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Job Title:  Chaplain (Protestant)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  1007238

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 to Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Part Time 16 hours - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fargo, ND View Map
United States Citizens
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Come Join Our Team of Chaplains who provide a complete range of spiritual care ministries to veterans and their families.



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.


This is a part-time (16 hours per week) position for a Staff Chaplain at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center located in Fargo, ND.   The Chaplain provides spiritual ministry and Protestant worship services, particularly for patients in Palliative Care, Hospice, and Community Living.   VA Chaplains assure that Veterans' right to free exercise of religion is upheld; and that they are protected from proselytizing.


The salary is paid for the hours worked.  The hourly salary range is $27.51 to $35.76. 


 Please read the entire vacancy announcement before applying.



  • Not Required


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  • Must be a US Citizen
  • You will be required to serve a trial period of 1 year
  • You may be subject to random urinalysis testing
  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement dated within past year


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The Chaplain's duties include:

  • Providing Protestant worship services
  • Completing spiritual assessments
  • Documenting assessments and care provided in electronic medical records
  • Guiding Veterans with selection of prayer, scripture, meditation readings and/or other literature
  • Counseling Veterans for religious, spiritual, moral and ethical problems in accordance with the patients' desires


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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.

    • 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.  
  • If requesting to be an endorsing agency for VA Chaplaincy. Your faith group must submit a Request to Designate an Ecclesiastical Endorsing Official (VA Form 10-0379) to the National Chaplain Center before the closing date of this announcement. Click on link to download or print the form,

Education:  A Master of Divinity from an accredited institution or the equivalent.   Equivalent education is 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, 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 two years of 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.  

Completion of a Master of Divinity or the equivalent and 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


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 with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 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 by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (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:

  • Determining patients' pastoral, religious, spiritual, situational, moral and ethical issues/needs by active listening, ministry of presence, and pastoral support
  • Communicating health care information to individuals, groups, patients, treatment teams
  • Displaying initiative, organizing and planning work
  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with individuals.   
  • Working effectively with chaplains of other faiths. 
  • Performing liaison between the health care facility and religious and civic communities
  • Relating well to people from varied backgrounds and religious faiths;
  • Demonstrating sensitivity to diversities of race, gender, age, color, national origin, disabilities and culture
  • Assuring that all patients have opportunities for free exercise of religion.  
  • Demonstrating flexibility and innovation in finding ways to accommodate patients' religious needs.
  • Protecting patients from proselytizing. 
  • Demonstrating by example that the organization does not favor any faith group, or religion as opposed to non-religion.
  • Providing pastoral care and support for patients, relatives and significant others in a health care facility who have a wide variety of mental/social/spiritual/physical needs, including providing care in emergencies.
  • Performing sacraments, rituals, ordinances, and worship services as appropriate to meet the needs of patients of the faith group by which the individual is endorsed
  • Documenting care in medical records


Qualified 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 three highest-scoring applicants.



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See also the Department of Veterans Affairs website:




For further information about the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fargo, see their website:




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

1. Your Resume.  Your resume should describe in detail your ministry in health care settings, particularly your experience in ministry to hospice and palliative care patients and their families. 
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire (questions on-line)

3. Ecclesiastical Endorsement, dated within the past 12 months
4. Federal Form OF-306 "Declaration for Federal Employment" signed and dated not earlier than 90 days prior to the closing date of this announcement
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. College transcript(s), copies are acceptable 

All documents must be submitted by midnight Eastern Daylight Time on the closing date.    Incomplete applications will not be considered.


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.

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 TAG:VacancyID 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 Thursday, December 19, 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 is the applicants' responsibility to ensure application is complete. Follow these 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.)


Required Documents:

  • Your resume
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement dated within a year prior to the closing date of this announcement
  • Federal Form OF-306 "Declaration for Federal Employment" dated not earlier than 90 days prior to the closing date of this announcement
  • Documentation of Clinical Pastoral Education or a detailed description of education you would like considered as equivalent
  • Transcripts of graduate education (copies are acceptable)
  • if you are a Veteran, submit copies of all discharge forms DD-214.
  • If you are claiming 10-point Veteran preference submit form SF-15 with the documentation described in the instructions to that form.


 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.
  • All applicants will be notified of the results of the review of their qualifications by the Board of Excepted Service Examiners.
  • The Board of Excepted Service Examiners will rate your qualifications with numerical ratings from 70 to 100; and Veteran's preference points will be added to the score.
    • Approximately two weeks after the announcement has closed you will receive a Notice of Results via email, or by mail, if you did not provide an email address.  The Notice will tell you whether you your rating; and whether your application has been forwarded to the selecting official for final consideration.
    • If your name is referred to the selecting official, you will be contacted directly by that office if an interview is desired
  • If your application is referred to the selecting official, once a selection is made you will be notified (generally 3 to 4 weeks after the Notice of Results).

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