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St. Joseph Health / Covenant Health Chaplain - Hospice in Petaluma, California

We are looking for a Chaplain for the HCN Sonoma Hospice Direct Department at St Joseph Home Care Network.

Location: Petaluma, CA

Work Schedule: On Call / Per Diem

Shift: 8-hour, Days

Job Summary:

Provides spiritual assessment and delivery of spiritual support services to hospice patient/families in keeping with their belief systems. Able to provide empathetic spiritual support to families with varied and diverse viewpoints. Maintains relationship with community clergy. Assists hospice patient/family members in connecting with community clergy as needed. Provides spiritual education and leadership for hospice staff and volunteers. Participates and coordinates all care as a member of an interdisciplinary team within scope of practice. Participates in agency committees and activities related to promoting sacred encounters, perfect care of bereavement, participates in hospice orientation, training & competencies of chaplains.

Essential Functions:

  • Demonstrates competency in conducting assessments of patient/families’ spiritual needs and concerns.

  • Demonstrates competency in being able to relate to and sensitively serve patients of differing religious and spiritual backgrounds and orientations and belief systems.

  • Able to provide spiritual support, education and leadership to hospice staff and volunteers.

  • Demonstrates skill and competency in pastoral counseling around end-of-life issues.

  • Is familiar with and able to refer patient/families to community religious and spiritual resources.

  • Is familiar with traditions, prayers and rituals of major different religious groups and community religious leaders.

  • Demonstrates understanding and knowledge of hospice policies and procedures around child abuse, elder abuse, suicide and substance abuse.

  • Demonstrates sound understanding of and commitment to hospice philosophy of care.

  • Demonstrates sound understanding of and commitment to hospice philosophy of team.

  • Enforces safety policies and procedures and safe practices by staff and volunteers.

  • Develops and implements a Plan of Care based on the initial and re-assessment data.

  • Provides direct spiritual care to patients and families based on their needs.

  • Serves as liaison and support to community clergy and spiritual counselors as needed.


  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work with patients/families of all faiths and spiritual beliefs.

  • Ability to network with community clergy and congregations.

  • Knowledge of hospice philosophy of care and end of life spiritual issues.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of and competency in computer documentation.

Minimum Position Requirements:

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Divinity or High School diploma with 4 years of theological, pastoral experience.

Experience: 1 year Pastoral ministry or chaplaincy experience.


  • Valid CA Driver’s License.

  • Auto insurance.

Preferred Position Qualifications:

Education: Master's Degree in Divinity, Theology, Pastoral Ministry or equivalent educ/experience

Experience: 1 year Hospice or Palliative care experience

St. Joseph Home Care Network (SJHCN) is a Home Health ministry of St. Joseph Health, serving three Northern California counties; Humboldt County, Napa County and Sonoma County. Our networks of compassionate, highly skilled employees are dedicated to putting the patient first to improve the health of individuals and families in our community. The Home Health caregivers assist in restoring a patient's optimal health and support the family by going into the home and ministering to the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of the patient and family members. Our home care services are a literal representation of reaching out to our community to care for our dear neighbors.

Company: St. Joseph Home Care Network

Category: Spiritual/ Mission/ Pastoral Care

Req ID: R341844