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Job Title:Chaplain (Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:893499

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$71,455.00 to $92,890.00 / Per Year


Friday, May 17, 2013 to Friday, July 19, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Cincinnati, OH United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Come Join The Department of Veterans Affairs, where Chaplains are interdisciplinary team members, providing a complete range of spiritual care ministries to veterans and their families.

This is a permanent full time position for a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cincinnati OH.  For information about the VA Medical Center see their web site: 


  • The Chaplain Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor coordinates and oversees a program of clinical pastoral education accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.
  • The candidate will establish a professional consultation committee, publish course prerequisites and requirements, recruit students, evaluate student functioning, and provide documents to the ACPE national office as required. 
  • As a certified CPE Supervisor, the candidate will be involved in regional/national activities of ACPE, insuring the good standing of the CPE Program with the accrediting organization.
  • The Chaplain participates in design and implementation of in-service training and orientation material and programs for other services in the medical center.
  • The Chaplain also provides spiritual and pastoral care to Veterans.    


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?

Department of Veterans Affairs Core Values Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, Excellence = I CARE


Incomplete applications will not be considered.  
For questions, please contact the agency representative at


  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Certification as a Supervisor or Associate Supervisor of CPE
  • You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year
  • You may be subject to random urinalysis testing
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement dated within the past year


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  • Recruits and screens students for CPE Program, recruits faculty, develops/advises an interdisciplinary professional consultation committee.
  • Supervises and evaluates students' functioning, and certifies completion of training.
  • Participates in regional and national activities of ACPE, assuring that the program remains in good standing with the accrediting organization.
  • The CPE Supervisor participates as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team in the care of patients. 



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Applicants must meet all of the following 7 requirements: 


Ecclesiastical Endorsement: You must have 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.

Ecclesiastical Endorsements are only accepted from 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.   Note: Endorsements must be for VA Chaplaincy.   The following endorsements are not acceptable:  endorsement for the Armed Forces Chaplaincy on form 2088; endorsement for the Federal Bureau of Prisons; endorsement for The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.  

Education:  A Master of Divinity from an accredited institution OR at least 70 hours of graduate course work at an accredited institution which included 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.


Certification: Certification by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) as an Associate Supervisor or Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Experience:  At least three years of professional ministry experience. At least two years of this experience must have followed completion of the Master of Divinity or equivalent. 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.
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


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.

    See "How to Apply" for a list of required documents.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be rated and given one of the following category ratings:  Very Highly Qualified, Highly Qualified, Well Qualified or 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.  


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The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a variety of tangible and intangible benefits including the opportunity to serve America's Veterans.   For information, please see the following:





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1 Applying on USAJOBS: To begin the process, go to create an account if you do not have one.   search for the vacancy announcement you want to apply for and read the instructions 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 which 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 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 asked to

provide your biographic, eligibility and other information before you start answering the assessment questions. After completing the questionnaire, you will have the option to upload additional documents, if necessary. Once satisfied, submit your application. You will receive an "Acknowledgement Letter" by email.  The acknowledgement letter confirms the questionnaire has been received and data will be built in the computerized system for the vacancy that you applied for.

2 Apply directly on APPLICATION MANAGER: To begin the process, go to application manager and sign in, or create an account. 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 questionnaire, you will be able to upload or re-use documents that are already uploaded in application manager.  To view previously used 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 and application. Click, "Next" and submit your questionnaire and selected document(s) will be transmitted.

3 Fax 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. Fax to (478) 757-3144.  NOTE: The application faxed goes directly to a computerized system and not to our office. Please be patient. You may contact our office to verify if your application is complete by email at

4 Fax the additional documents after submitting the assessment questionnaire online or OPM Form 1203fx: You must answer the questionnaire and submit your answers first before attempting to fax supporting documents. Download USA Staffing fax cover page at,  fax to (478) 757-3144.   Use the USA Staffing

fax cover sheet every time you fax document(s).  All documents faxed to application manager will upload in your application manager account and you will be able to re-use them for future jobs.


Your complete application package must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time Friday, July 19, 2013. If you cannot complete the application process, please contact our office for alternate application procedures.


1. Your Resume  

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire (multiple choice questions, completed on-line) 
3. Ecclesiastical Endorsement dated within the past year

4. Federal Form OF-306, signed and dated not earlier than 90 days prior to the closing date of this announcement

5. Copy of Certificate from ACPE as an Associate Supervisor or Supervisor of CPE 
6. Veteran preference Documentation, if applicable (Discharge form(s) DD-214, documentation of service-connected disability, if any)
7.Transcript(s) of all graduate-level education.  Copies are acceptable


John Batten
Phone: (757)728-3180
Agency Information:
VA National Chaplain Center
Department of Veterans Affairs
100 Emancipation Dr Building 33
Hampton, VA


Within a few days after the closing date of the announcemenmt you will receive an email notifying you of the result of your evaluation by the Board of Excepted Service Examiners for Chaplains.  The Notice will tell you whether your applicatipon has been referred to the selecting official for fina;l consideration.


If your application is referred to the selecting official, then you will be contacted by official(s) from the medical center if an interview is desired.


If your application is referred but you are not selected you will receive an email mewssage from the National Chaplain Center.

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