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    Summary

    This announcement will remain open until June 28, 2019 or until the position is filled. Complete applications received by Friday, November 9, 2018, will be given first consideration. After that, if the position remains unfilled, complete applications received by each subsequent Friday will be considered.

    The position provides clinical pastoral care to Veterans and has responsibility for overseeing and coordinating an accredited program of Clinical Pastoral Education, (ACPE).

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    Responsibilities

    • Recruiting faculty, developing and advising an interdisciplinary professional consultation committee.
    • Developing training objectives and course materials for the accredited Clinical CPE program.
    • Publishing course prerequisites and requirements.
    • Participating in regional and national activities of ACPE.
    • Ensuring the good standing of the CPE program with the accrediting organization.
    • Managing the budget for CPE program.
    • Selecting religious materials and scheduling seminars, and other educational opportunities to enhance the learning opportunity for those residents or interns in the CPE program.
    • Recruiting and screening students.
    • Supervising and evaluating student functioning.
    • Certifying completion of training to the ACPE standards.
    • Collaborating with the Chief, Chaplain Service assigning duties to be performed by CPE residents, interns and or any student involved in the CPE program.
    • Conducting spiritual assessments, with the patient's consent, to determine patients' religious background, desire for spiritual and pastoral care, spiritual resources and injuries.
    • Meeting the religious and spiritual needs of patients or finds other VAMC chaplains to provide for sacramental needs that he/she cannot meet in adherence with policy of medical center.
    • Responding to the request of staff professionals for spiritual care interventions and/or spiritual assessment.
    • Counseling patients with life threatening illness, patients diagnosed as terminal and, at time of death to the needs of the families of patients.
    • Providing supportive care for family members and significant others of patients, especially in crisis situations, assisting them in their understanding of the treatment program.
    • Communicating effectively with persons of diverse races, cultures, religions, nationalities, ages, and persons having varying types and degrees of disability to understand and address their specific needs.
    • Participating actively on interdisciplinary teams, groups and committees to assure that the religious and spiritual dimensions of health and wellness are addressed in all aspects of the Medical Center's holistic Veteran care.
    • Documenting care in electronic medical records and protecting sensitive information from loss, disclosure, or alteration.
    Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period
    • Subject to background/security investigation
    • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
    • Ecclesiastical Endorsement

    Qualifications

    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/28/2019.

    1. Ecclesiastical Endorsement: An ecclesiastical endorsement, dated within 12 months prior to the closing date of the announcement, from the official national endorsing authority of your faith group. An ecclesiastical endorsement is the written official statement by the endorsing body certifying that you are in good standing with the faith group and that you, in the opinion of the endorsing body, are qualified to provide the full range of ministry required in the VA's pluralistic setting. Only endorsements specifically for VA Chaplaincy are accepted. Note: Endorsements for military chaplaincy, for other Federal Chaplaincies, for Chaplain Cognate Groups, and endorsements to whom it may concern are not acceptable.

    Ecclesiastical Endorsements must be signed by the endorsing official designated to VA by the religious organization/faith group. Please see the list on our website to assure that your endorsement is signed by the appropriate official. http://www.patientcare.va.gov/chaplain/index.asp Choose "employment information" then scroll down to the list.

    If your faith group is not on the list it must submit a Request to Designate an Ecclesiastical Endorsing Official to the National VA Chaplain Center on or before the closing date of this announcement. The request form, VHA Form 10-0389, is at the following web address: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-0379-fill.pdf Page 1 of the form gives instructions about documents that must accompany the request. The faith group must submit a document from the Internal Revenue Service showing that IRS has determined that the group/organization is tax-exempt as a religious organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3). The request form and supporting documents may be submitted by fax, email, or regular mail to:

    National VA Chaplain Center
    100 Emancipation Drive, Building 33
    Hampton, VA 23667
    Attention: John Batten
    FAX: 757-728-3179
    EMAIL: John.Batten@va.gov
    Do not submit application documents to the above address.
    Do not submit the Request to Designate an Endorsing Official with your personal application documents.

    2. Education: A Master of Divinity from an accredited institution or the equivalent. Equivalent education is a bachelor's degree (of at least 120 semester hours) from an accredited institution plus at least 70 graduate semester hours which included all of the following: at least 20 semester hours in pastoral ministry; 20 semester hours in any combination of theology, ethics, and philosophy of religion; 20 semester hours in the study of sacred writings, including the study of languages in which sacred writings are written; and 10 semester hours in religious history and/or world religions.

    3. Certification: Certification by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) as an ACPE-certified Educator or Associate Educator.

    4. Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work can help build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    A minimum of three years of ministry experience. At least two years of this experience must have followed completion of the Master of Divinity or equivalent education. Experience during graduate education may count for up to one year of the three years of required experience. One year of the experience must have demonstrated all of the following:
    (a) ability to serve as a consultant or expert to a multidisciplinary treatment team;
    (b) in-depth knowledge of related professional fields, particularly in the behavioral sciences;
    (c) understanding of, and ability to respond to, the particular concerns and issues pertaining to treatment of veterans;
    (d) knowledge of the structure, regulations, practices, and programs of healthcare delivery systems;
    (e) ability to interpret and apply a body of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures in professional practice;
    (f) ability to develop and maintain liaisons with a variety of outside organizations.
    *Completion of a doctoral degree directly related to pastoral ministry may be substituted for one year of this experience, unless the doctoral degree is used to satisfy the "equivalent education" as described above. Part time experience is prorated in comparison to 40 hours per week to determine its length.

    5. English Language Proficiency: All applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

    Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

    Education

    Transcripts must be submitted with your application (student copies are acceptable.) Transcripts must indicate the degree(s) awarded and the date(s). A copy of the certificate or diploma must be submitted if no completion date is indicated on the transcript. Transcripts must show the name of the institution.

    PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.

    SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show proof that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

    Additional information

    Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    All applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated by the Board of Excepted Service Examiners to determine the degree to which the documents provided demonstrate that the applicant has the following competencies:

    • Communicates effectively orally and in writing.
    • Clearly expresses complex and sensitive information to individuals and groups through teaching, supervising, performing ministry, program administration.
    • Acquires and applies new pertinent knowledge and skills,
    • Prioritizes work and determines goals and resource requirements, monitors progress and measures and documents outcomes.
    • Seeks and applies methods to improve work practices.
    • Provides excellent customer service to students, patients, families, staff, the public, and all stakeholders
    • Plans and provides pastoral care in conjunction with interdisciplinary teams using knowledge of and in conformance with standards of cognate groups (APC, ACPE, NACC, NAJC, NCVACC, NAVAC, Joint Commission etc.)
    • Assures that all patients have opportunities for free exercise of religion; and protects patients from proselytizing and unwanted ministry from any and all sources.
    • Educates students by assessing learning needs; developing a learning contract, using various training aids, using action-reflection model, providing constructive feedback, acting as a mentor.
    • Performs administrative tasks in accordance with ACPE Standards and requirements.
    • Seeks, values, and effectively deals with diversity in all aspects of the program.
    Applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be given a numerical score between 70 and 100 by the Board of Excepted Service Examiners, comprised of the Associate Directors of the National VA Chaplain Center. The numerical score is based on the totality of relevant competencies. It is not determined by summing scores on each competency.

    Those Veterans who are entitled to preference will get either 5 or 10 points added. Applicants will be referred to the medical center for final consideration in score order. The medical center must select from among the applicants with the three highest scores.

    Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:



    1. Your resume, (List all jobs held whether paid or unpaid. You must indicate whether each job held was full time or part time. For part time jobs indicate the average number of hours you worked per week).
    2. Assessment Questionnaire, You must complete online through www.usajobs.gov
    3. Ecclesiastical Endorsement, dated within the past 12 months signed by the designated endorsing official of the faith group.
    4. Clinical Pastoral Education or equivalent training, Certificates or evaluations showing completion of Clinical Pastoral Education. Only documented units of Clinical Pastoral Education completed in programs accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) or the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) automatically count toward the CPE requirement. You must provide a detailed narrative description of any other training you would like considered toward the CPE requirement. Your description must include the following information:
    • The beginning and ending dates of training
    • The name and location of the institution(s) in which the supervised ministry was performed;
    • The name(s) and title(s) of the educational supervisor(s)/instructor(s);
    • The total number of hours of performance of ministry in a health care setting; The total number of hours of classroom or didactics, and individual meetings with the supervisor/instructor;
    • The learning objectives, the method(s) of reporting on and evaluation of the practice of ministry, and how feedback from peers and teachers was obtained.
    5. College transcript(s). Copies are acceptable. Transcripts must indicate the degree awarded, if any, and the date awarded or conferred. A copy of the certificate or diploma must be submitted, if no completion date is indicated on the transcript. Transcripts must show the name of the institution. If you have a Master of Divinity Degree you do not need to submit undergraduate transcripts.


    Veteran's preference documents, if you are a Veteran. Please go tohttp://www.fedshirevets.gov/ *All documents must be submitted by midnight EST on 06/28/2019

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on06/28/2019~ to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10298742.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
    NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Incomplete applications, application documents received after the closing date, or applications submitted to the National Chaplain Center at the address above will not be considered.

    Agency contact information

    Mario Dagulo

    Phone

    757-728-7069

    Fax

    757-728-3179

    Email

    Mario.Dagulo@va.gov

    Address

    WG Bill Hefner Salisbury VA Medical Center
    1601 Brenner Avenue
    Salisbury, NC 28144
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    OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

    Come Join Our Team of Chaplains who provide a complete range of spiritual care ministries to Veterans and their families. Such ministry encompasses all aspects of pastoral care, assuring that the religious, spiritual, moral and ethical issues faced by Veterans are addressed as part of the holistic care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Chaplains work in an interfaith environment as members of a pluralistic chaplaincy.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs will make reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities. VA is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    Visit our careers page

    Learn more about what it's like to work at Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

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    Next steps

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/511400300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.