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Chaplain

Los Gatos Meadows offers a positive work environment where teamwork, open communication, and professionalism are emphasized. Los Gatos Meadows is owned and operated by Episcopal Senior Communities which has earned a place on the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area list as reported by the San Francisco Business Journals.
The overriding goal of every ESC employee is to provide gracious, exceptional service to residents, visitors, and fellow employees.
Primary Purpose:
The role of chaplain at ESC is based on the recognition that all human beings have spiritual needs, whether such needs are specifically religious or not (e.g. for meaning and purpose; for love; for forgiveness; for creativity; for hope). The chaplains of ESC engage the spiritual needs of residents, enhance the spiritual life of every person in the community, and advocate for spiritual values in community life through explicitly religious channels and spiritual programs; through spiritual programs that are open to those of all faiths or those of none; and through their care, presence, and counsel.
Part Time position: 15-18 hours a week, ideally spread over three days a week.
Essential Responsibilities:
Build relationships of trust through visits, presence, counsel and conversations with residents, staff, visitors, and others.
As part of the Interdisciplinary Team, regularly visit residents in Memory Care, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing in the community and chart activity and observations. Visit residents in outside hospital facilities as appropriate.
Collaborate with staff in assessing resident needs and proposing and/or delivering appropriate responses or care plans, especially when facing transitions of level of care. (For example, by attending Continuation of Care and/or individual care conferences.)
As appropriate, counsel residents and their families, as well as staff, especially in response to issues of life transitions, end of life, grief, and loss.
Work with residents and staff to assist new residents in their transition into community life.
Lead or provide regular worship services and sacramental rites appropriate to constituencies in all levels of care within the community.
Lead or provide special services that are inclusive and welcoming to all faiths and denominations. Such as: celebrations, Memorial Services. etc.
Collaborate with staff to initiate or participate in programs and activities aimed at fostering wellness and spiritual well-being.
Collaborate and consult regularly with the Executive Director regarding the overall spiritual care program and spiritual health of the community.
Consult and attend chaplain's meetings with the Director of Spiritual Care and chaplains of other communities.
Provide oversight and training for resident volunteers assisting with chapel activities (such as altar guild, ushering, etc.).
Participate in staff and resident committee meetings, as appropriate.
Provide oversight and management of chapel funds, as appropriate.

Requirements:
Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Master of Theological Studies (MTS) or equivalent from an accredited college or university or theological school.
Ordained in good standing with their denominational judicatory and/or ecclesiastical endorsement for specialized ministry.
One or more units in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). A CPE residency program is preferred.
Demonstrated experience working in environments that foster religious diversity and inclusion.
Ability to provide pastoral care to residents and staff, regardless of religious or spiritual background or belief and to support the whole community as an ongoing, organic system.
Special skills in non-judgmental listening and providing counsel, guidance in ethical decision making, and mediation and conflict resolution.
Ability to work collaboratively.
Ability to maintain confidentiality in accordance with Canonical practice and California-mandated reporting requirements.
Ability to distinguish between spiritual counseling and psychotherapy, and--in consultation with other staff members--a willingness to make referrals to appropriate professionals.
Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
Training in gerontology, geriatric care, and/or the spirituality of aging.
Experience in a residential/clinical setting.
Experience with palliative care, hospice, or end of life services.
Experience leading a congregation.
Some prior experience with business or in a business environment.
Required to talk to and listen to residents, families, and staff.
Sit, stand, bend, lift and carry during working hours, including the ability to sit with residents and family members during counseling.
Must be able to travel to other locations as needed.
Must clear FBI/DOJ Livescan, TB and Physical.

Episcopal Senior Communities is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate with respect to any protected class. www.jtm-esc.org

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