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Chaplain - Hospice

Job ID: 86928
Location: Bellingham, WA
Work Type: Part Time
Shift: Day
Shift Length: 8 Hours
FTE: 0.50
Benefit Eligibility: Part-time benefits

Job Description


PeaceHealth is seeking a Chaplain - Hospice for a Part Time, 0.50 FTE, Day position. The salary range for this job opening at PeaceHealth is $30.22 – $45.32. The hiring rate is dependent upon several factors, including but not limited to education, training, work experience, terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreement, seniority, etc.

Job Summary

Provides direct spiritual care for patients, family members, and PeaceHealth caregivers across the continuum of care. Demonstrates a spiritual presence to all people which is compassionate, accepting, respectful, and sensitive. Works as a member of the health care team and with other health care professionals. Promotes healing of mind, body, and spirit through direct care, leadership, and pastoral education. Works collaboratively with other professionals, faith community leaders, students, and community professionals. Provides leadership in promoting the mission, values and vision of PeaceHealth.

Essential Functions

  • Assumes responsibility to provide spiritual care to patients and families in assigned areas and by referral and participation in interdisciplinary teams and other health care teams or service lines. Offers holistic spiritual care and counsel to address the spiritual, psychological, social, and physical needs of patients, families, and health care teams.
  • Assists others as they seek to make meaning during crises and as they try to integrate their personal, spiritual, and health care journeys. Facilitates theological reflection as appropriate.
  • Provides and documents interventions and interactions; requests follow up by other chaplains/disciplines as appropriate.
  • Assist people to move through immediate and emerging crisis/trauma. Provides crisis debriefing and support to health care teams as needed.
  • Assists others in ethical decision making, which may include Advance Care Planning, consistent with their values and belief system and in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Services (ERDs).
  • Provides notification, consultation and support for faith community leaders of patients and families wishing their faith community leaders notified and involved in their care. Works closely with faith community leaders to ensure patients’ spiritual needs are met during hospitalization and appropriate referrals for post-discharge spiritual care are made.
  • Provides support, resource, and leadership for the programs, initiatives, and on-going department functions and goals as assigned.
  • Provides support, education, and consultation to members of health care teams as they seek personal and professional growth in becoming more effective caregivers and in providing care which is relational, patient centered, and holistically oriented.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Theological Education as appropriate for chaplaincy and four units of ACPE Certified CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education).
  • Master's Degree from an accredited university or seminary preferred.


  • Minimum of 2 years Healthcare chaplaincy (or equivalent setting) experience .
  • Acute care experience preferred.


  • Required within 3 years: Chaplain Board Certified or certification eligible by National Association of Catholic Chaplains, or Association of Professional Chaplains, the National Association of Jewish Chaplains, or Spiritual Care Association/Healthcare Chaplaincy Association or Association of Clinical Pastoral Education certified or provisionally certified and
  • Basic Life Support for hospice chaplains.


  • Ability to assist others in medical decision making consistent with their values and belief system. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to interpret the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.
  • Ability to appropriately articulate his/her own spiritual perspective and integration while remaining respectful of the perspective of others.
  • Able to integrate experience and reflection into pastoral ministry.
  • Ability to interact with faith community leaders of diverse denominations and faith traditions.
  • Ability to work effectively with patients who have widely varying physical, emotional, cultural, and religious/spiritual needs which bring meaning to their lives and to their experiences as patients. 
  • Crisis counseling skills and/or experience required for addressing and processing trauma situations. 
  • Ability to integrate and utilize a variety of modalities in healing, i.e., guided meditation, music thanatology, etc. 
  • Computer literate and proficient in MS Office; Electronic Medical Record experience preferred.
  • Commitment to continuing education. 
  • Endorsement from or attestation of good standing in a faith tradition.

Working Conditions

  • Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • Sedentary work.

  • Predominantly operates in an office environment.
  • Some time spent on site in medical/hospital setting.

  • Vision and hearing required within normal limits (glasses, contacts, hearing aids permitted).
  • Ability to communicate and exchange accurate information.

PeaceHealth is committed to the overall wellbeing of our caregivers: physical, emotional, financial, social, and spiritual. We offer caregivers a competitive and comprehensive total rewards package. Some of the many benefits included in this package are full medical/dental/vision coverage; 403b retirement plan employer base and matching contributions; paid time off; employer-paid life and disability insurance with additional buyup coverage options; tuition and continuing education reimbursement; wellness benefits, and expanded EAP and mental health program.

See how PeaceHealth is committed to Inclusivity, Respect for Diversity and Cultural Humility.

For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application. EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state or federal laws.

PeaceHealth requires a completed Primary Vaccine Series (e.g., 2 dose monovalent Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax series or 1 dose J&J vaccine series) or be Up to Date (receiving the most recent Pfizer/Moderna bivalent vaccine/booster) for COVID-19 vaccination prior to their start date. PeaceHealth has a medical and religious exemption request process for those that are unable to receive the COVID-19 primary vaccine series due to medical/religious reasons. For caregivers that will be working in Oregon there is a personal vaccine exemption form that may be requested.

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