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Job Title:Chaplain (Protestant)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:690109

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, August 1, 2012 to Tuesday, August 14, 2012




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy - Hot Springs, SD United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Department of Veterans Affairs Core Values   I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect, E xcellence = I CARE

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides exceptional health care for our Nation's Veterans

This is a permanent full time position for a Protestant Staff Chaplain.  The primary work site will be Hot Springs SD.  The chaplain will occasionally travel to VA centers in Fort Meade and Rapid City SD.   For information about the VA Black Hills Health Care System, see the following web site: 




  • Must be a US Citizen
  • You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year
  • You may be subject to random urinalysis testing


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The chaplain has full responsibility for providing a complete religious ministry to Veteran patients.   The chaplain completes spiritual assessments to ascertain patients' religious background, to determine their religious and spiritual needs and to determine an appropriate plan of care.  Provides extensive and intensive pastoral counseling of individual patients.  Also provides counsel and pastoral support to relatives of patients to alleviate their anxieties, to foster effective cooperation with the treatment plan, and to help them deal with grief.


The chaplain will perform weekly general Protestant worship services and will provide for the religious needs of patients of  Protestant denominations other than his/her own to the greatest extent possible within the practices of his or her faith tradition.


The chaplain is responsible for assuring that all assigned patients have maximum opportunities for free exercise of religion and are protected from proselytizing from any source.  The chaplain will locate other staff chaplains or community clergy persons when necessary to meet religious needs.  When desired by patients, the chaplain provides consultation on ethical and moral issues; counseling for problems of conscience; counseling for family and marital differences; spiritual consolation, support and guidance to those seeking solutions to personal problems of adjustment to illness.  


The chaplain documents spiritual care and assessments in electronic medical records.   The chaplain protects sensitive information from unauthorized release, loss, alteration or unauthorized deletion.      


The chaplain maintains contact with families of patients, with local clergy, with local church groups and with interested community organizations to further their interest in the problems of the patients.



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To be considered for this position applicants must meet all of the following requirements:


  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement: An ecclesiastical endorsement, dated within the past 12 months, from the official national endorsing authority of your faith group/denomination.  An ecclesiastical endorsement is the written official statement by the endorsing body certifying that you are in good standing with the faith group or denomination 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.    Endorsements must be specifically for VA Chaplaincy.  Endorsements for the military or Federal prisons Chaplaincy are not acceptable.

       Ecclesiastical Endorsements must be signed by the endorsing official designated by the faith group.  The list of endorsing    

       officials is online at the VA Chaplain website:   Choose "employment information" then scroll down to the   

       list. If your faith group is not on the list contact John Batten at 757-728-7062 or Mario Dagulo at 757-728-7069.


  • Education:  The degree of Master of Divinity from an accredited institution or a bachelor's degree 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.


  • Clinical Pastoral Education: In addition to the education requirement and experience requirements, applicants must have completed at least 2 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) [as defined by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), or the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP)].   800 hours of supervised ministry in a formal training program which incorporated both ministry formation and pastoral care skills development may be substituted for the required CPE.


  • Experience At least 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.  Completion of a doctoral degree directly related to pastoral ministry may be substituted for one year of 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.


You application or resume must indicate whether each job held was part-time or full-time. You must indicate how many hours per week you worked in jobs that were less than full-time. Part-time experience will be pro-rated by its proportion of a 40 hour work week.


  •  English Language Competency:  All applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.


  • Selective Service Registration:  By law, all males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service (the military draft) or have a valid exemption.


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.

  • If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Member 4 Copy or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required in the instructions on that form. For more information on veterans' preference see


       If you are a Veteran with service-connected disability, you may go to and create a login account to 

       retreive your service-connect disability letter from VA.


  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with the Selective Service unless exempt (see ).



Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be given one of the following category ratings:  Most Qualified, Highly Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified, or Minimally Qualified.  Within each category Veterans who are entitled to preference must be hired ahead of other persons.  All applicants will be notified of the results of the review of their qualifications by the Board of Excepted Service Examiners.  

Applicants in the highest category are referred to the hiring facility for final consideration.  Applicants in lower categories may be considered if there are fewer than three applicants in the highest category.   


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Benefits: The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to Federal employees at

See also the Department of Veterans Affairs website:





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

1. Your Resume.   Your application or resume must indicate whether each job held was part-time or full-time. You must indicate how many hours per week you worked in jobs that were less than full-time. Part-time experience will be pro-rated by its proportion of a 40 hour work week.

 2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire (multiple choice questions, completed on line)

3.Ecclesiastical Endorsement, dated within the past 12 months

4.Federal Form OF-306 "Declaration for Federal Employment." You must submit OF Form 306, dated October 2011, click on link to download the form, signed and dated within 90-days of the closing date, Tuesday, August 14, 2012 to be eligible.

5. Certificates or evaluations showing completion of Clinical Pastoral Education, or a detailed description of training you would like considered as equivalent

6. Veteran preference Documentation, if applicable

7.Transcript(s) of all graduate-level education.  Copies are acceptable


Incomplete applications will not be considered.


(1) Applying on USAJOBS: To begin the process, go to and create an account, if you have not done so or log into your existing USAJOBS account. USAJOBS has features such as resume builder, upload up to ten support documents and be notified when a vacancy opens. Once signed in, search for the vacancy announcement you want to apply for and read the instruction carefully. Click, "Apply Online" and you will be prompted to select a resume that was built or uploaded. Press the "Ctrl key" and select the uploaded file(s) that you want to transfer to application manager. Read the three statements, select that applies and click, "Apply for this position now." You will be transferred to to answer the vacancy assessment questionnaire and upload other document(s), if necessary. NOTE: The uploaded files selected in USAJOBS will transfer over to application manager. The system will transfer directly to application manager if you have an account. If you do not have an account with application manager, you will be prompted to create an account. Follow the instructions to create an account, once you have established an account. You will be asks to provide your biographic, eligibility and other information before you start answering the assessment questions. After completing questionnaire, you will have the option to upload additional documents, if necessary. Once satisfied, submit your application. You will receive an "Acknowledgement Letter." The acknowledgement letter confirms the questionnaire has been received and data will be built in the system for the vacancy that you applied for.


(2) Applying directly on APPLICATION MANAGER: To begin the process, go to application manager and sign in, or create an account, if you have not done so. Once signed in, scroll down to the bottom of the page enter the Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) in the "Start a new application" box.  You will be taken to the assessment questionnaire and once you have completed the questionnaires, you will be able to upload or re-use documents that are already uploaded in application manager.  To view re-use documents, click, "re-use document" and scroll down to the bottom of the page to view uploaded documents. Select document(s) you want to submit with your questionnaire. Click, "Next" and submit your questionnaire and selected document(s) will be transmitted.  


(3) Faxing your application: To begin the process, download the vacancy assessment questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire and OPM Form 1203fx, . Use OPM Form 1203-fx to answer the vacancy assessment questionnaire. One answer per question! Use OPM Form 1203-fx (minus instruction sheet) as the fax cover sheet. Place all supporting documents such as OF 306, resume, transcripts, CPE, ecclesiastical endorsement, Veterans information, if applicable and any other documents that are relevant to the job and Fax Vacancy ID#  690109 to (478) 757-3144 and allow 24-48 hours for the system to build data. NOTE: The faxed document(s) goes to a computerize system and not to our office.  


(4) Answering the questionnaire online and faxing the supporting documents: To begin the process, follow instruction in number two and submit the questionnaire. Allow approximately up to two hours for the system to create your data. Now you are ready to fax the support documents. First, download and print the fax cover page at,  and fax to (478) 757-3144. Allow 24-48 hours for the system to match the faxed documents with your data. Continue to use the fax cover sheet if every time you fax document(s).   NOTE: You must answer the questionnaire and submit your answer first before attempting to fax the supporting documents. All documents faxed to application manager will load into your application manager account and you will be able to re-use for future job applications.


Your complete application package must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time,Tuesday, August 14, 2012. If you cannot complete the application process, please contact our office for alternate application procedures.



Required Documents:

A resume or Federal application form.  Your application or resume must indicate whether each job held was part-time or full-time. You must indicate how many hours per week you worked in jobs that were less than full-time. Part-time experience will be pro-rated by its proportion of a 40 hour work week.

Ecclesiastical endorsement dated within the past year

Federal Form OF-306 "Declaration for Federal Employment." You must submit OF Form 306, dated October 2011, click on link to download the form, signed and dated within 90-days of the closing date, TAG:Closing Date to be considered.

Documentation of Clinical Pastoral Education or a detailed description of education you would like considered as equivalent

Transcripts of all graduate education (copies are acceptable)  Transcripts must show the name of the institution and the degree awarded, if any.

Veterans documentation if you are requesting Veteran preference 


Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Mario R. Dagulo
Phone: (757)728-7069
Fax: (757)728-3179
Agency Information:
VA National Chaplain Center
Department of Veterans Affairs
100 Emancipation Dr Building 33
Hampton, VA
23667 Fax: (757)728-3179


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The acknowledgement email does not mean that your application is complete.   You must submit all the documents listed in the How to Apply instructions. You may call us to verify if your application is complete.

After the Board of Excepted Service Examiners rates your application you will receive a Notice of Results.   If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by the medical center if they wish to interview you.  

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).


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