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 whom the faith group has formally designated to the Department of Veterans Affairs. All designated endorsing officials are on a list online at the VA Chaplain website: www.va.gov/chaplain Choose "employment information" then scroll down to the link 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.
To be considered equivalent to CPE, training must include the following components:
1. It must be a formal educational program, with curriculum, theological reflection, and evaluation components, which includes performing health care ministry.
2. The program must include 400 hours of supervised education, training and ministry for equivalency to one unit of CPE.
3. The educational supervisor(s), preceptor(s), teacher(s), or coach/mentor(s), responsible for the program must be qualified to provide the supervision.
4. The educational model must include an action/reflection component (that may vary from one program to another) that may have included but not be limited to: verbatims, case conferences, didactics, Interpersonal Relationships (IPR), worship seminars, spiritual assessments, theological reflection, and group process.
In describing supervised ministry that you would like to be considered as equivalent training please include the following information for each period of training
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, 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
Please provide supporting documents along with your narrative description of the training. Examples of supporting documents include: Written evaluation of your performance in the program, showing that you successfully completed the training, signed by the supervisor or an appropriate individual; transcripts showing completion of Clinical Pastoral Education; or a certificate, letter, or other document verifying completion of the training. If you cannot provide any supporting documents, please tell us why.
- Experience: For GS-11: At least two years of professional ministry experience. At least one year 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 two years of required experience. To qualify for GS-12 the individual must have, in addition to the experience required for GS-11, at least one year of professional ministry experience which followed completion of the Master of Divinity or equivalent education. 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 (such as the Doctor of Ministry) may be substituted for one year of experience
In order for us to determine whether you meet the length of experience requirement, 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. If we cannot determine your length of professional ministry experience we will not consider you for this position.
- 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.
Veterans Preference Information:
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.
If the service member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any official document from the armed forces that certifies the service member served over 180 continuous days, such as Officer's Evaluation Report (OER), military awards, active-duty orders, if National Guards or Reserves, or military schools or training. The service member will be responsible to provide proof upon discharge.
The Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx If you are a Veteran with service-connected disability, you may go to https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ 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 http://www.sss.gov/ ).
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be rated by the Board of Excepted Service Examiners and given one of the following category ratings: Most Qualified, Highly Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified, or Minimally Qualified. All applicants will be notified of the results of the review of their qualifications, and whether their application has been referred to the medical center for final consideration.
Applicants in the highest category are referred to the hiring facility for final consideration. Persons in the category who are entitled to Veteran preference must be hired ahead of others. Applicants in lower categories may be considered if there are fewer than three applicants in the highest category.