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

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Dayton, OH
Work Schedule is Part Time 24 hours - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 8/3/2016 (82 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 8/2/2017 (282 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: 1752304

Job Summary: This is a part-time position of 25 hours per week. The chaplain functions as a Roman Catholic Chaplain within Chaplain Service at the Dayton VA Medical Center, Dayton, (OH). The chaplain full responsibility for providing a complete religious ministry to Veteran patients. Such ministry generally will encompass individual pastoral ministry. The chaplain will concern himself with religious, moral and ethical problems of the Veteran patient. The chaplain will provide adequate ministration to the newly admitted, pre and post-operative patients, the critically ill, lonesome, and the families concerns.

For detailed information about VA Dayton (OH) Medical Center, please click on the link:

Position Description:13101-A

Work Schedule: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

*Please read the entire job vacancy announcement before submitting an application. *

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

This position will remain open until filled. Each Friday applicants who applied during the preceding week will be considered.


Duties include:

  • Providing a pastoral ministry to Roman Catholic Veteran patients with initial visits to newly admitted patients and continuing with conscientious attention to their spiritual needs in crisis situations, as well as regular pastoral care.
  • Locating other staff Chaplains or clergy persons from the community to meet the need of Veteran patients that he cannot meet.
  • Providing guidance and religious instruction, as appropriate, to individuals or groups; arranges for and conducts regular weekly religious worship services and, as required, "ward services" for those unable to attend regular chapel services.
  • Devoting much time to the pastoral counseling of individual patients, seeking the solution of personal problems.
  • Maintaining a cooperative relationship with individuals and groups in the community to win assistance in the religious program of the Medical Center as well as understanding of the mission of the total Medical Center program.
  • Performing Roman Catholic worship services and provides all sacraments, rites and ordinances needed by Roman Catholic Veteran patients. This includes: setting up the chapel for Roman Catholic worship services and returning the chapel to religiously neutral condition after services; appropriately maintaining sacred items in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, praying with Roman Catholic Veteran patients at their request; providing Roman Catholic literature at patients' request; and providing sacraments at bedside.
  • Conducting personal visits with medical facility patients in the course of regular routine rounds through the units of the institution, by special visits, and interviews, or on the basis of requests and referral.
  • Maintaining contact with other members of a full recognized member of an integrated multi-professional team exchanging information to others on the team relative to the background and current condition of patients.
  • Assuring that the right of each and every Veteran patient and their families to free exercise of religion is upheld when appropriate within a therapeutic milieu.
  • Ensuring that Veteran patients are protected from proselytizing by staff, other patients, or visitors, regardless of faith group.
  • Communicating effectively with persons of diverse races, cultures, religions, nationalities, ages, sexual orientations, and persons having varying types and degrees of disability, in order to understand and address their specific needs.
  • Documenting Veteran patient's assessment, treatment, and ministry in electronic records system.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must complete a one-year trial period
  • Must be fluent in speaking and writing in English

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: $34.67 to $45.07 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: GS-0060-12/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 444670100

Job Announcement Number: BESE-1752304