Chaplain Fellow - Spiritual Care Services - Fixed Term (1.0 FTE, Days)

Category: Patient Services
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Req: 19612
FTE: 1

Patient Services

1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shift - 12 Month Fixed Term

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Job Summary

This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.

The Chaplain Fellow is a supported, training yearlong position of professional spiritual care for employees with limited clinical / pediatric hospital spiritual care experience and who are graduates from Clinical Pastoral Education and master’s program. As this is a full-time benefited employee position at Stanford Children’s Health (SCH), candidates will need to apply to SCH’s online portal and follow the standard processes for SCH employee screening and onboarding if accepted. 

Two days per week (40% of time) will be protected non-clinical time. One day is set aside for the Chaplain Fellow’s required participation in the Post Residency Fellowship Program at SMCH. In this Fellowship Program, the Fellow will be supervised by the Clinical Mentor/Lead Chaplain. One day will also be set aside for research and integration of clinical practice, and other asynchronous learning and education.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.  They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the hospital’s policies and procedures, including its Service Standards and its Code of Conduct.


  • At least 40% of the fellow’s time is protected non-clinical, non-patient facing time to be spent engaged in educational professional development opportunities including reflection, exploration, trainings, research, and clinical consultation. This will include working with Mentor/ Lead Chaplain towards Board Certification application.

  • Participates in a minimum of weekly individual clinical supervision 1:1 with their SCH Clinical Mentor. Fellows have access to their Clinical Mentor for daily ad hoc consultative needs.

  • Participates in didactic seminars- and other programs as administered by the Clinical Mentor/Lead Chaplain.

  • Receives training on how to collaborate with interdisciplinary health care teams to devise, develop, and implement spiritual assessments and care plans into the overall plan of care.

  • Develops increasing mastery of completion of spiritual assessments of patients/families to evaluate emotional, relational, cultural, spiritual, and religious strengths and needs by applying spiritual care theories of practice, social / family dynamic theories and age-appropriate competencies.

  • Gains knowledge on the development and implementation of patient/family assessments and care plans.

  • Learns how to prepare and maintain electronic medical records in accordance with SCH Spiritual Care Services department and/or health system policies. Provides written and oral reports and hand-offs in accordance with department processes and standards.

  • Under the guidance of Fellow’s SCH Clinical Mentor, provides supportive spiritual counseling, grief counseling, and spiritual/ religious therapeutic interventions to assist patients and families in coping with illness, processing medical information and changes in the level of functioning and care needs, and as appropriate, in facing end of life. Provides resources, as available, to connect patients and families to their assessed and requested faith/ religious community.

  • Under the guidance of the Fellow’s SCH Clinical Mentor, gains familiarity with child abuse reporting laws, the requirements of a chaplain as mandated reporter, and in working with LPCH SCAN team and social workers, who are the primary clinical professional for addressing such concerns.

  • Opportunity for individualized focus on or engagement in targeted patient care improvement initiatives.

  • Provides a clinical case presentation/Capstone project to SCH spiritual care department at the conclusion of the fellowship.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: Master's degree in Spirituality, Religious Studies, Divinity or from an accredited graduate program or the equivalent, and at least 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education at an APCE accredited program.

Experience: None Required

License/ Certification: None Required

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification. 

  • Developing knowledge and ability to apply theories, principles, and provision of clinical hospital-based spiritual care.

  • Ability to gather data needed to assess spiritual care needs of patients and families.

  • Evolving ability to manage an increasingly complex caseload, maintain confidentiality of information, and determine an effective course of action in emergencies and other clinically acute situations.

  • Evolving ability to provide clear, concise documentation and succinct case presentation for discussion.

  • Developing knowledge and ability to apply effective assessment, counseling techniques, sourcing and resourcing faith-specific requests and needs for a culturally and religiously diverse setting, and equitable distribution of resources.

  • Developing knowledge of medical center resources to support patient/family cultural, spiritual, and religious needs.

  • Evolving ability to skillfully advocate on behalf of patient/family spiritual and existential needs.

  • Development of knowledge of and sensitivity to the significance of cultural considerations of LPCH's patient population.

  • Development of knowledge in the application of interventions founded in theories and practices of spiritual care. Develop knowledge of interventions based in trauma informed, family centered, and strengths-based philosophies and how to collaborate effectively with social work team members who are primarily tasked with psychosocial assessments and interventions.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 

Pay Range

Compensation is based on the level and requirements of the role.

Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, location, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.

Typically, new team members join at the minimum to mid salary range.

Minimum to Midpoint Range (1.0 FTE): $52,000.00 to $52,000.00

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
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