Part Time Chaplain Health Sciences North- Sudbury

Job Posting

Non Union

Date Posted: Sept 19, 2018

Posting #: 18-0507

Position: Chaplain

Status: Permanent Part-Time

Program: Cross Program Services

Department: Ethics/Spiritual and Religious Care

Site: Ramsey Lake Health Centre (RLHC)


Provide spiritual and religious care to, and assess spiritual and emotional needs of patients, families, staff, and volunteers. Ensure practices are consistent with the mission, vision, and values of HSN.


Under the general direction of the Clinical Bioethicist/Manager Spiritual and Religious Care.


  1. Provide spiritual care to patients, families, staff, and volunteers, while maintaining a workload that allows for Chaplain-initiated Ministry on all units through empathetic listening.
  2. Conduct spiritual assessments and document all visits in patient charts according to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
  3. Practice evidence-based care, including ongoing evaluation of new practices and performing research.
  4. Organize, design, and lead religious ceremonies of worship and rituals.
  5. Identify and arrange for patient’s spiritual practice to be met within a multi-faith, no faith, or multi-cultural context.
  6. Maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) and CRPO.
  7. Identify and clarify ethical issues, and provide support and guidance in the ethical decision-making process to ensure adherence to HSN’s ethical decision-making framework.
  8. Act as an advocate for spiritual and religious care needs of patients, families, staff, and volunteers.
  9. Provide support and debriefing and defusings to staff, physicians and volunteers as required.
  10. Educate staff on the role of Spiritual and Religious Care and other in-services as required.
  11. Act as a resource to staff regarding diversity sensitivity.
  12. Seek and create opportunities to enhance the quality of professional care practice.
  13. Educate and promote health, safety and wellness in the work place.
  14. Liaise with community clergy to foster relationships and arrange for Sacramental Ministry.
  15. Determine and align improvement projects with HSN True North; monitor and adjust to achieve goal outcomes.
  16. Participate in education and training specific to current, relevant federal and provincial health and safety legislation, standards and guidelines.
  17. Educate and promote health, safety and wellness in the work place.
  18. Represent the department or program on various committees and in meetings as required.
  19. Perform other duties as required.



  1. Minimum of a four (4) year Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies, Philosophy, Theology, or in a related field, from an accredited religious institution or university.
  2. Successful completion of one (1) Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) unit authorized by the CASC or equivalent.
  3. Current Certificate of Registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
  4. Membership with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care is preferred.
  5. Ministry of Labour “Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps” training certificate is required.


  1. Minimum of two (2) years’ experience working as a Spiritual Care Professional within a health care environment.


  1. Demonstrated knowledge of current practices and theories through integration into the provision of Spiritual and Religious Care.
  2. Demonstrated ability to function as a spiritual and religious care team member.
  3. Demonstrated ability to facilitate workshops, educational programs, presentations, and in-services.
  4. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with patients/families and other Health Care Professionals.
  5. Demonstrated ability to function in a multi-faith environment with equity, justice, and sensitivity.
  6. Demonstrated training, experience or utilization of lean methodology for process improvement.
  7. Demonstrated ability to independently identify issues, plan improvements, measure success and continue improvement.
  8. Demonstrated excellent computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office software (e.g. Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook) and patient information systems.
  9. Demonstrated superior interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  10. Effective time management and organizational skills with the ability to organize and prioritize as required.
  11. Demonstrated discretion and maturity when handling confidential information.
  12. Demonstrated commitment to the safety of co-workers and patients.


  1. Successful criminal reference check is required for vulnerable sector.
  2. Demonstrated ability to work with individuals from diverse economic, cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds.
  3. Ability to use tact and discretion in dealing with health care providers, patients and families.
  4. Proven ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  5. Ability to travel between local sites.
  6. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development.
  7. Demonstrated professionalism in dealing with confidential and sensitive issues.
  8. Demonstrated positive work record and excellent attendance record.
  9. Ability to meet the physical and sensory demands of the job.

Selection Process:

Candidates will be selected for this position on the basis of their skill, ability, experience and qualifications as identified in the resume and completed Application Form submitted. The Hospital reserves the right to conduct a formal interview where required.


Days (7.5 Hours/Day, Monday to Friday)

French Language Service Designation:

Bilingualism is an Asset



N.B. Applications for this position must be submitted to the Human Resources Department before 1600 hours on October 3, 2018.


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