Coordinating Chaplain – Etobicoke




Coordinating Chaplain

Are you experienced in providing spiritual care to a diverse client group? Are you looking for a chance to showcase your expertise and leadership skills? If so, consider this unique opportunity with the Ministry of the Solicitor General, Toronto South Detention Centre, to oversee and coordinate a comprehensive, multi-cultural, and multi-faith chaplaincy program for inmates with diverse needs and security requirements.

Start a rewarding career in Correctional Services, where you can make a difference in the lives of individuals in custody and in keeping our communities safe. The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is one of the largest employers in the province, with a wide range of exciting career opportunities. We believe in the core values of trust, fairness, diversity, excellence, creativity, collaboration, efficiency and responsiveness.

We offer:

  • A defined benefit pension plan
  • Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits, which include adoptive parents
  • Comprehensive Health Plan
  • Life and Disability insurance
  • Collegial and professional work culture
  • Career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
  • On-the-job training to support your success in the role

The OPS has been recognized as a top employer. We are proud to have been acknowledged as one of:

  • Canada’s Top 100 Employers
  • Canada’s Best Diversity Employers
  • Greater Toronto’s Top Employers
  • Canada’s Greenest Employers
  • Canada’s Top Employers for Young People

What can I expect to do in this role?

In Ontario’s largest maximum security detention centre, you will:

  • Oversee, develop, deliver, and maintain a comprehensive spiritual and religious care service for inmates
  • Coordinate, direct, and supervise the activities of all faith groups within the institution
  • Guide, develop, and sustain a spiritual community within the institution
  • Develop and strengthen relations with community-based faith groups
  • Represent chaplaincy on management committees
  • Promote and monitor issues from a spiritual and religious perspective
  • Supervise the activities of chaplaincy staff, field placement, and/or summer students
  • Provide orientation and on-going training to subordinate staff
  • Ensure program adheres to OPS and ministry policies and legislative requirements
  • Forecast budgetary requirements and manage budget
  • Perform other duties, as assigned

Location: Etobicoke

How do I qualify?

Specialized Knowledge and Experience

  • You have extensive experience providing spiritual care programs and services within an institutional setting (such as health care, military, corrections, education, residential care, etc.)
  • You have applied knowledge of various faith groups, multi-denominational groups, as well as religious beliefs and practices, which may be acquired through a combination of university, theological school, certification program, and/or professional experience
  • You have demonstrated experience working collaboratively with various faith groups and communities
  • You have general understanding of the criminal justice system and correctional institutions in order to develop spiritual programming that meets the needs of inmates

Group Leadership and Supervisory Skills

  • You are able to orient, train and oversee subordinate staff and volunteer personnel
  • You can represent chaplaincy on management committees to bring forward issues and discuss services
  • You have communication and interpersonal skills to interact with inmates, families, staff, and volunteers
  • You are able to promote, and advocate for, spiritual and religious needs
  • You are able to develop and strengthen relations with community-based faith groups

Program Coordination and Organizational Skills

  • You can plan, organize, and implement spiritual and religious care services and programs for the institution
  • You have demonstrated financial skills to prepare and submit a proposed budget for chaplaincy services and to administer the approved funds

Analytical Skills and Good Judgement

  • You can identify and resolve issues as well as work within the legislative framework and requirements
  • You are able to coordinate the selection of appropriate religious educational programs for inmates
    OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Salary Range: $66,390 – $83,605 Per Year

Additional Information:

  • 1 Permanent – Full Time, 160 Horner Ave, Etobicoke, Toronto Region, Vulnerable Sector Check, Credit History Check, Local Police Databases Search, PIP/NICHE/RMS
  • Note:
    In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.
    Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Acquisition Branch (TAB), HR Service Delivery Division (HRSDD) to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual’s employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 168277, by Monday, September 20, 2021.

Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.
If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at w to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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