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Job Title:Chaplain (Roman Catholic)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:930430

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$70,062.00 to $91,080.00 / Per Year


Monday, July 29, 2013 to Monday, August 12, 2013




Part Time 24 hours - Excepted Service Permanent




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


United States Citizens


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? 

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides outstanding health care for our nation's Veterans. VA Core Values: Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, Excellence = I CARE 

Come Join Our Team of Chaplains who provide a complete range of spiritual care ministries to veterans and their families. Such ministry will encompass 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. 

This is an permanent part-time (24 hours per week) position for a Roman Catholic Staff Chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. The Chaplain functions as a Staff Chaplain within Chaplain Service. 

  • The chaplain has full responsibility for providing a complete religious ministry to patients.  Such Ministry generally will encompass individual pastoral ministry. 
  • Will be concern directly with religious, moral and ethical problems of the patient. 
  • Provide adequate ministration to the newly admitted, pre and post operative patients, the critically ill and the lonesome, and the families concerns.
  • Must have a part-time ecclesiastical endorsement dated within the past year from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Service USA in Washington DC.
  • Relocation expense are not authorized.
  • The work is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required.


  • Must be a US Citizen
  • You may be subject to random urinalysis testing
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement by the Archdiocese of the Military


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The Chaplain's duties includes but not limited to:

  • Provide a well-­rounded religious ministry for veteran patients and members.
  • Participate in the total care program of the hospital with other professional and non-professional individuals and services.
    Interpret the purpose and mission of the hospital, as appropriate, to the religious and civic community.
  • Provides a pastoral ministry to patients of various faith groups through initial visits to newly admitted patients, conscientious attention to the spiritual needs of patients in crisis situations, and regular pastoral care of hospitalized veterans. 
  • Understands and is able to respond to the particular concerns and issues pertaining to the treatment of Veterans.
    Provide guidance and religious instruction, as appropriate, to individuals or groups.
  • Arranges and conducts regular weekly  religious worship services and, when required, provides "ward services" for those unable to attend stated chapel services.
  • Devote time to the pastoral counseling of individual patients, looking to the solution of personal problems. 
    Provide necessary attention to the needs of relatives of patients, especially at times of crisis. 
  • Participate as appropriate, in the consideration of patients' problems with other professional and non-professional personnel in the hospital and maintains a cooperative relationship with these allied services in the interest of patient care.
  • Maintain a cooperative relationship with individuals and groups in the community to win assistance in the religious program of the hospital, as well as to gain acceptance of the mission of the total hospital program.
  • Perform call-backs, funerals and other duties as assigned.


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In order to be qualified for this position, you must possess all of the following:

  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement: An ecclesiastical endorsement, dated within the past 12 months. Ecclesiastical endorsements for Roman Catholics are issued only by the Archdiocese for the Military Service USA in Washington, DC. The endorsing official is Bishop Richard Higgins, phone number 202-269-9100 ext. 21. Endorsements must be specifically for part-time VA Chaplaincy. Endorsement for the Armed Forces on the military endorsement form (2088) is not acceptable for VA Chaplaincy. Endorsements for the Federal Bureau of Prisons or for the Association of professional Chaplains or other groups are not valid for VA.
  • Basic Educational Requirement: The degree of Master of Divinity from an accredited institution OR a bachelor's degree plus 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
  • Clinical Pastoral Education: Completion of two units of Clinical Pastoral Education, in program(s) accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE); or the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP), or the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. 800 hours of supervised ministry in a formal educational program that incorporated both ministry formation and pastoral care skills development can be considered as equivalent training. The most common equivalencies are internships/field study during seminary, and diaconal study during and/or after seminary. You must give a narrative description of all training you would like considered towards equivalency. The description must include the beginning and ending dates of training, the location at which the supervised ministry was performed, the number of hours per week, a description of how the ministry was supervised, including a description of a peer-group if any.
  • Experience: In addition to the required Clinical Pastoral Education applicants must have 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. Completion of a doctoral degree directly related to pastoral ministry may be substituted for one year of this experience. Ministry experience obtained during graduate education will be given credit for up to one year of the required experience. Experience prior to graduate education will not count toward the minimum experience requirement. Applicants must have at least one year of ministry experience that has demonstrated the following abilities:

                  a.   Ability to serve as 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 health care delivery systems. 
                  e. Ability to interpret and apply a body of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures in professional practice.

  • 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, submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you have a service-connected disability or are claiming preference as the spouse or widow of a Veteran, you must submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see 


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: 

  • Assessing patients’ spiritual needs and planning care in various care settings
  • Communicating health care information to individuals, groups, patients, treatment teams
  • Acquiring new pertinent knowledge and skills through on-going professional self-development 
  • Organizing work, setting goals, measuring and documenting outcomes
  • Providing information and assistance to internal and external stakeholders including patients, families, staff members, community organizations, Veterans organizations
  • Providing pastoral care in a hospital setting to patients, relatives and significant others in accordance with standards of cognate groups such as the Association of Professional Chaplains, the Joint Commission
  • Assuring that patients have opportunity for free exercise of religion and preventing proselytizing from any source 
  • Utilizing information technology including documenting care in electronic medical records
  • Advising interdisciplinary teams about patient needs and incorporating spiritual care into holistic health care
  • Providing care and advice on difficult and complex issues in accordance with principles and practices of clinical and moral ethics
  • Performing sacraments, rituals, ordinances, and worship service as appropriate to meet the needs of patients of the faith group by which the individual is endorsed
  • Dealing effectively with diversity.  Providing culturally competent care
  • Taking initiative to seek methods to improve care and to lead workgroups, committees, and teams. 

Applicants will be given a numerical score between 70 and 100.  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 highest three applicants.  


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Benefits:  Department of Veterans Affairs employees receive comprehensive benefits including eligibility for Federal Employee Health and Life Insurance programs, weekend differential pay, the Federal Employee Retirement System, and generous vacation and sick leave.   For further information on benefits see




Instructions for the on-line application process are on the VA Chaplain web site:   Open "Employment Information" then the "How to Apply Pamphlet" 


For information about the Dayton VA Medical Center see their web site:


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

1. Your Resume or a Federal Application form
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire (follow instructions below to complete this on line)
3. Ecclesiastical Endorsement dated within the past 12 months
4. Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
5.Transcript(s) of ALL relevant graduate-level education (Masters and Doctoral) copies are acceptable.  Copies must show the institution at which the education was completed. 

6. Documents showing completion of two units of Clinical Pastoral Education, or a detailed description of education that you would like to be considered for equivalency  

7. Optional Form OF-306 (Required)  The form must be signed within the past 90 days.  To get this form: Go to  Click on "Resource Center" at the top of the screen.  From the drop-down list select "Supplemental Forms."   Select "Optional Forms."    The forms are listed in numerical order. 

8. If you have previously worked as a permanent VA chaplain, submit a copy of your last "Notification of Personnel Action"  (Form SF-50) 

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.   You will receive a confirmation email that your questionnaire has been received.   This does not mean that your application is complete.  You must submit all of the supplemental documents listed below.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following vacancy number:   930430 Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire  
View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 Your complete Application Package (containing the above required documents) must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time Monday, August 12, 2013.

If you cannot complete the application process using one of options identified in the "How to Apply" section, please contact our office for alternate application procedures. 

It's the applicant's responsibility to ensure application is complete. Follow the steps to verify if your application is complete.

  • Sign-in into
  • Select, “My Account” and a drop down menu will appear.
  • Select, “Application Status” history of jobs will appear.
  • Select, “More Information” and you will be directed to
    (Note: If you see an “In-Complete status!” Look under “Document Section.” This section will list all documents you have uploaded. A status of “Process” indicate documents were uploaded successfully. Inventory documents against what is required as per the vacancy announcement to determine completeness.
  • If missing document(s), click "upload" and follow the instructions. Go back to account status and the

document(s) uploaded should be listed with a status of "Pending-Processing."


To report a problem with Application Manager, send an email message to . In your message, provide the following information if possible:

  • Your Application Manager user name
  • The nature of the problem
  • The steps you took before the problem occurred
  • The main statement of any error message you may have received. (You may attach a screen capture of the error message if you know how to do this.)  


  • Occupational Questionnaire (complete this on-line)
  • Resume or federal application form.   Please note:  Your resume must give the beginning and ending date of each job held, and the average number of hours worked per week.   Without this information we cannot tell whether you meet the experience requirement and you will be rated ineligible.
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement by the Archdiocese for the Military Service USA dated within the past year
  • Documents showing completion of 2 units of Clinical Pastoral Education or a detailed narrative description of equivalent training.
  • Transcripts of all graduate education (copies are acceptable)
  • Form OF-306 "Declaration for Federal Employment" dated within the past 90 days.  (Go to, open "Resource Center," select "Supplemental Forms,"  Select "Optional Forms.")
  • Veterans documents (if applicable)  Military discharge form DD-214 and Claim for 10-point Veterans Preference (SF-15)
  • If you have previously worked as a permanent VA chaplain, submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action," SF-50




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.  That acknowledgement email does not mean that your application is complete.   You must also submit all of the documents listed under "Required Documents."

After your application has been rated, you will receive a Notice of Results.    The Notice will tell you, your rating, and whether your application has been referred to the medical center.   If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for an interview.

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

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