Pastoral Educator – Hamilton

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is a multi-site, values-based, academic health science centre affiliated with McMaster University and Mohawk College. We are committed to making a difference in people’s lives and the future of our community through integrated health services and internationally recognized clinical and research programs. We are dedicated to providing compassionate, sensitive care to our patients and their families and to achieving excellence in health care through our ongoing commitment to education and research. Join our team of dedicated professionals who share in the vision of tomorrow and truly believe “it is an honour to serve our community”.


Regular Full Time – Posting #13696
Department: Spiritual Care
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday, days


Under the direction of the Director for Spiritual Care of the St. Joseph’s Health System, the Pastoral Educator is accountable for managing, providing and evaluating programs of Supervised Pastoral Education (SPE) throughout the SJHS in accordance with the standards of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC). The Pastoral Educator develops curriculum, supervises Spiritual Care residents’ and learners’ clinical work, provides educational opportunities and evaluates residents and learners. In conjunction with Pastoral Educator responsibilities, s/he will be grounded in clinical practice and take responsibility in consultation with the Director of Spiritual Care for the delivery of Spiritual Care clinical services as assigned. S/he will work collaboratively with other supervisors and stakeholders in the field in planning, coordinating and administering programs and events to ensure effective and efficient delivery within available resources of the overall training program of the department that are aligned to the priorities and strategic directions of the organization. The Pastoral Educator will liaise with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) and other educational institutions and work collaboratively to optimize learner and resident intake/flow and clinical experience for residents and learners. The incumbent is also responsible for promoting the development, facilitation, collaboration and completion of research projects engaged by the Spiritual Care staff and that of residents and learners. The Pastoral Educator is also responsible for the training, ongoing education and ongoing supervision of all assignments of the Spiritual Care Support Volunteers within the Spiritual Care Department. The Pastoral Educator will also participate in the on-call responsibilities of the Spiritual Care Department.


  • Masters of Divinity or a graduate degree in a related theological field
  • Certification as a Supervisor-Educator with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care
  • Certification as a Spiritual Care Practitioner with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care
  • Registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Approved by CRPO as meeting the criteria of a Clinical Supervisor
  • Minimum of three years recent experience in SPE course leadership.


  • Conceptual Knowledge of Clinical Supervision
  • Aptitude in SPE Program Design, Implementation and Administration
  • Engagement in the Supervision of Individual SPE
  • Facilitation of SPE Group Seminars and Related Activities
  • Experience in program management, evaluation and research related to the provision of clinically based education.
  • Experience working with inter-professional teams.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of current and emerging spiritual health practitioner standards of practice.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge, experience and abilities in supervised practice- based learning.
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal written and verbal communication skills including ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy with diverse groups of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated effective presentation skills including the ability to present and discuss complex information in a way that establishes rapport, persuades others and gains understanding.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continued learning and effectiveness in promoting the value of learning and acquiring new information and skills to stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness promoting compliance with professional and ethical practices, accreditation standards, and applicable legislation.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize work, and the work of others effectively and meet deadlines in a busy environment with frequent interruptions.
  • Demonstrated trouble shooting skills and ability to problem solve issues that may arise in carrying out the duties of this position.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to health and safety policies, procedures and applicable legislation.
  • Demonstrated person-centered focus and commitment to the Mission, Vision, Values and strategic directions of the department and of the St. Joseph’s Health System.
  • Demonstrated professional work ethic and behaviors in interactions with internal and external contacts.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as a team member through collaboration, respect and effective communication.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working with minimal supervision with proven reliability and trustworthiness.


Monday to Friday, days
To apply for this career opportunity please apply online to Req #13696 via the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Careers website at or email

All positions will comply and work in conjunction with the Mission, Vision and Core Values of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. We foster a culture of patient and staff safety.

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