Company: Veterans Health Administration
Location: Grand Junction
Posted on: April 9, 2021
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all
requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/13/2021.
Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may
only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified
citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English proficiency: All
candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English. Education.
Applicants must possess a Master of Divinity degree or equivalent
educational qualifications as evidenced by a graduate-level
theological degree from a college, university or theological school
accredited by a member of the Council for Higher Education
Accreditation (CHEA) or Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE: For
applicants who do not possess a Master of Divinity degree or
equivalent educational degree, an approved educational equivalency
review from a nationally recognized board certification body for
chaplains is acceptable. May qualify based on being covered by the
Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification
Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA
employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).
Foreign Education. To be creditable, theological or related
education completed outside the U.S. must be submitted to a current
affiliate agency of the National Association of Credential
Evaluation Services (NACES) listed at
https://www.naces.org/members. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).
Applicants must have completed four units of CPE from a CPE center
that is accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education. Ecclesiastical Endorsement. In accordance
with 38 C.F.R. -- 17.655, ecclesiastical endorsement is a condition
of employment as a VA chaplain. An individual must possess and
maintain a full and active ecclesiastical endorsement to be
employed as a VA chaplain. Applicants must have an ecclesiastical
endorsement, dated within the past 12 months. Ecclesiastical
endorsements must be from the official national endorsing authority
of the applicant's/employee's faith group or denomination.
Ecclesiastical endorsement is a written official statement, by the
official national endorsing body of the faith group or
denomination, certifying that the applicant is in good standing
with the applicant's faith group or denomination; and stating that
the individual is, in the opinion of the endorsing body, qualified
to perform the full range of ministry required in the VA
pluralistic setting. Loss of endorsement will result in removal
from the GS-0060 Chaplain series and may result in termination of
employment. The National Chaplain Service maintains a list of
approved endorsing organizations that can be found here:
Board Certification. Applicants must be a Board Certified Chaplain
certified by the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. (BCCI) --
or nationally recognized certification body that utilizes the BCCI
-- Common Qualifications and Competencies for Professional
Chaplaincy or a certifying organization that has a reciprocity
agreement with BCCI --. Exception. Non-certified applicants who
otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a
temporary appointment under the authority of 38 U.S.C. --
7405(c)(2) for a period not to exceed two years. This exception
only applies at the GS-11 level. For the journey level (GS-11) and
above, the candidate must have board certification. At the time of
appointment, the supervisor in collaboration with Human Resources,
will provide the uncertified chaplain with the written requirements
for obtaining certification, the date by which the certification
must by acquired, and the consequences for not becoming certified
by the deadline. The written notice must be provided prior to the
entrance on duty date. Failure to become certified within two years
from date of appointment will result in removal from the GS-0060
Chaplain series and may result in termination of employment.
Temporary graduate chaplain appointments may not be extended beyond
two years and may not be converted to a new temporary appointment
in this occupation. Loss of Endorsement or Certification. Chaplains
must maintain ecclesiastical endorsement and board certification.
Loss of endorsement or board certification will result in removal
from the GS-0060 Chaplain occupation and may result in termination
of employment. Grade Determinations: GS-11: At this level, the
candidate must have one year of creditable experience equivalent to
the GS-9 level that is directly related to the position to be
In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-9 grade level, the
candidate must meet the experience above and demonstrate the
i. Knowledge of advance care planning to educate, inform, and
counsel patients and families.
ii. Skill in guiding patients in verbalizing and expressing values
through life review, oral history, and end of life preparation and
iii. Ability to develop pastoral care programs that are measurable,
outcome-driven and evidenced based within the department
iv. Skill in counseling on medical and ethical issues, terminal
diagnoses or crises, moral injury, problems of conscience, family
or marital difficulties and justice or confinement matters.
v. Ability to support the development of staff resiliency and
develop programs for staff development and wellness by providing
spiritual and emotional support.
vi. Ability to educate and equip healthcare staff and trainees
screening for spiritual and religious needs of patients and the
importance of appropriate referrals to chaplains for complex
vii. Knowledge of community needs to coordinate with community
organizations to provide comprehensive spiritual care, utilizing
outside community resources to meet the religious needs of patients
that cannot be met by chaplain staff. GS-12: The candidate must
have one year of creditable experience equivalent to the journey
level (GS-11) that is directly related to the position to be
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for GS-12: In
addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate
the following KSAs:
i. Ability to apply relevant theories and methodologies to their
ii. Ability to integrate specialized psychological and sociological
theory with an advanced approach to spiritual care.
iii. Skill to seek out primary research and research literature
that informs the ministry specialty and one's spiritual care
iv. Skill in developing and implementing methods for measuring
effectiveness of chaplain practice and services in the specialty
area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services
and to design system changes.
v. Ability to mediate conflict, hold various emotions and diffuse
moral distress among staff and complex crisis situations.
vi. Ability to provide specialized consultation, teaching and
mentoring to colleagues and students on advanced spiritual care
interventions in the service delivery area.
vii. Ability to apply advanced clinical knowledge to write
policies, procedures and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the
service delivery area References: VA Handbook 5005/135 Part II,
Appendix G67 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.
Physical Requirements: This position requires the Chaplain to
meaningfully engage with Veteran patients and family members by
walking and moving within the healthcare setting or with the
incumbent using an assistive device.
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