Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Chaplain (Roman Catholic) in Cleveland, Ohio

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Cleveland, OH
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 9/29/2016 (24 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/7/2016 (15 day(s) away)

Job Overview


To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Come Join Our Team of Chaplains who provide a complete range of spiritual care ministries to veterans and their families. Such ministry encompasses all aspects of pastoral care, assuring that the religious, spiritual, moral and ethical issues faced by Veterans are addressed as part of the holistic care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Chaplains work in an interfaith environment as members of a pluralistic chaplaincy.

Vacancy Identification Number: 1812549

Summary of the Job: The chaplain has full responsibility for providing a complete religious ministry to Roman Catholic Veteran patients and their family. The chaplain assesses religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical problems of Roman Catholic Veteran patients and plans and provides appropriate ministration, including individual in-depth pastoral ministry.

For detailed information about Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, please click on the link: Position Description:62902-O

Tour of Duty:Monday-Friday, 8am - 4:30pm and requires rotating tour from Sunday-Thursday, 8am-4:30pm.

The Department of Veterans Affairs will make reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities. VA is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Please read the entire vacancy announcement before applying. Incomplete applications will not be considered


The Chaplain may serve the newly admitted, pre-and-post operative patients, the critically ill, the terminally ill, homeless, nursing home, substance abuse, spinal cord injured, ambulatory care, psychiatric, and the spouses, families and significant others concerned. Duties include but not limited to:

  • Determining the need for and provide regular and Roman Catholic worship services, at times and locations such that Veteran patients well have access.
  • Performing sacraments and/or rituals to meet the unique needs of Roman Catholic Veteran patients.
  • Locating other staff chaplains or clergy persons from the community that the chaplain cannot meet.
  • Providing availability of the sacraments of Holy Communion, Reconciliation, and Anointing of the Sick.

  • Providing spiritual assessment drawing from the rich Roman Catholic tradition of spiritual direction as well as the assessment of spiritual injury.

  • Providing pastoral support and pastoral counseling of Roman Catholic Veteran patients and their families.
  • Ensuring Roman Catholic Veteran patients and their family members have access to full pastoral and spiritual care, Sacraments and Rituals according to the Roman Catholic faith tradition.
  • Locating other staff chaplains in the medical center or clergy person from the community when Veteran patients have religious needs that chaplain cannot meet.
  • Providing when appropriate, extensive and intensive pastoral counseling of individual Veteran patient.
  • Providing counsel and pastoral support to relatives of Veteran patients in difficult and trying situations to alleviate their anxieties, to foster effective cooperation of these relatives with the treatment regimen of the medical center, and to help them deal with grief.
  • Assuring that the right of each and every Veteran patient to free exercise of religion is upheld and are protected from proselytizing by staff, other Veteran patients, or visitors, regardless of faith groups within a therapeutic milieu, when appropriate.
  • Participating actively on interdisciplinary teams/groups, and committees to assure that the religious and spiritual dimensions of health and wellness are addressed in all aspects of the medical center's holistic patient care.
  • Assisting other health care providers and treatment teams in recognizing and addressing the emotional and spiritual needs of Veteran patients are met.
  • Assisting Veteran patients and other healthcare providers or teams in translating religious spiritual value into effective living.
  • Communicating effectively with persons of diverse races, cultures, religions, nationalities, ages, and persons having varying types and degrees of disability, in order to understand and address specific needs.
  • Accurately documenting Veteran patient's assessments, treatment, and ministry in paper and/or on an electronic records systems.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must complete a one-year trial period
  • ### Qualifications

To be considered for this position applicants must meet all of the following requirements: Ecclesiastical Endorsement: An ecclesiastical endorsement, dated within 12 months prior to the closing date of the announcement, from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services USA. An ecclesiastical endorsement is the written official statement by the endorsing body certifying that you are in good standing with the faith group or denomination and that you, in the opinion of the endorsing body, are qualified to provide the full range of ministry required in the VA's pluralistic setting.

Education: A Master of Divinity from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or the equivalent. Equivalent education is a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution plus at least 70 graduate semester hours which included all of the following: at least 20 semester hours in pastoral ministry; 20 semester hours in any combination of theology, ethics, and philosophy of religion; 20 semester hours in the study of sacred writings, including the study of languages in which sacred writings are written; and 10 semester hours in religious history and/or world religions. Clinical Pastoral Education: In addition to the education requirement, applicants must have completed at least 2 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) [as defined by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). 800 hours of supervised ministry in a formal training program which incorporated both ministry formation and pastoral care skills development will be considered for equivalency to the required CPE. Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work can help build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. At least three years of ministry experience is required. At least two years of this experience must have followed completion of the Master of Divinity or equivalent education. Experience during graduate education may count for up to one year of the three years of required experience. One year of the experience must have demonstrated all of the following:

  • (a) ability to serve as a consultant or expert to a multidisciplinary treatment team;
  • (b) in-depth knowledge of related professional fields, particularly in the behavioral sciences;
  • (c) understanding of, and ability to respond to, the particular concerns and issues pertaining to treatment of veterans;
  • (d) knowledge of the structure, regulations, practices, and programs of healthcare delivery systems;
  • (e) ability to interpret and apply a body of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures in professional practice;
  • (f) ability to develop and maintain liaisons with a variety of outside organizations. *Completion of a doctoral degree directly related to pastoral ministry may be substituted for one year of this experience.

Clinical Pastoral Education in excess of two units counts toward the experience requirement.

English Language Competency: All applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English. Selective Service Registration: By law, all males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service (the military draft) or have a valid exemption

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show proof that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

  • If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10 Points Veteran's Preference, link to the form SF-15, plus the proof required by that form. You may download VA letters by going to For more information on veterans' preference see
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): This program is not applicable to positions in the excepted civil service.
Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next
  • Once the online questionnaire is completed and submitted you will receive an automated email acknowledgement that your submission was successful.
  • The acknowledgement email does not mean that your application is complete. You must submit all the documents listed in the How to Apply instructions.
  • Approximately 2 weeks after the vacancy has closed, you will receive a "Notice of Results" via email, or by mail, if you did not provide an email address.
  • The Notice will tell you your rating; and whether your application was forwarded to the selecting official for final consideration.
  • If your name is referred to the hiring official, you will be contacted directly by the medical center if an interview is desired
  • The medical center will contact you if you are selected.
  • If your application is referred and you are not selected you will be notified by email, generally about 3 weeks after you receive the Notice of Results.

Benefits: The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.

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  • The withholding rate for the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) for Federal civil service employees hired on or after January 1, 2014 will be 4.4% of the employee's salary. The Federal Office of Personnel Management is modifying its systems to implement this new withholding rate. Until the personnel/payroll systems are updated, FERS retirement contributions will be withheld at the prior rate of 3.1%.
Other Information

Salary Range: $73,819.00 to $95,965.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0060-12/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451985000

Job Announcement Number: BESE-1812549-BU