Director of Mission and Pastoral Care - MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
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MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's (MGUH) mission is to provide physical and spiritual comfort to patients and families in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, caring for the whole person. The Department of Mission and Pastoral Care provides spiritual and emotional support to patients, families and staff through sacramental and liturgical ministries as well as spiritual presence and conversation.
The Director of Mission and Pastoral Care guides the chaplains and staff of Mission and Pastoral Care in service of this mission. S/he upholds and promotes the Catholic and Jesuit identity and commitments of MGUH, and cultivates a culture of cooperation and understanding among religiously diverse chaplains and staff in service of patients and their caregivers. The incumbent is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of Mission and Pastoral Care. Reporting to the Vice President for Mission and Ministry and supervising approximately five full-time staff chaplains, a Coordinator for Clinical Pastoral Education(CPE), a CPE Senior Chaplain Resident, four CPE Pastoral Care Fellows, approximately 15C PE students, and volunteers, the Director has additional duties that include but are not limited to:
Leadership and Management
Engages in long and short-term strategic planning for the department in support of the overall strategic plans of Georgetown University, the Office of Mission and Ministry, and the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH).
Administers and maintains all department services outlined in the shared services agreement between Georgetown University and MGUH,in accordance with standards and criteria established by the Joint Commission, State, Local, and Federal Agencies, MedStar Health, and Georgetown University ensuring compliance to those external requirements.
Develops and monitors action plans to address patient and employee satisfaction, and safety initiatives of MGUH.
Guides and supports the work of chaplains of diverse religious traditions in serving the pastoral needs of patients, caregivers, and MGUH staff of every religious affiliation, managing performance per university policy and in consultation with Human Resources.
Oversees all volunteer chaplains, as well as develops and implements departmental policies and procedures consistent with those of Georgetown University and MGUH.
Manages department association memberships (e.g. National Association of Catholic Chaplains or Association for Clinical Pastoral Education).
Prepares operational and capital equipment budgets for the department in consultation with Georgetown University and MGUH, and regularly reviews expenditures to ensure that the department remains within budget.
Communicates and promotes the resources and activities of the department.
Oversees department religious services and programs as well as use and maintenance of office space and chapel.
Pastoral Care & Catholic and Jesuit Identity
Provides ministry and support to patients, their caregivers, and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital associates of the unit(s) and service line as needed, including making appropriate spiritual assessments, documenting visitations in the electronic medical record and coordinating pastoral requests as required.
Provides 24-hour on-call pastoral care throughout the hospital on a rotational basis as assigned, including providing appropriate pastoral responses or ministry to all emergencies, codes, and deaths.
Promotes the Catholic identity, Jesuit mission and Ignatian spiritual heritage of the university and MGUH, coordinating Mission and Pastoral Care participation in staff on-boarding and orientation programs and overseeing related programming.
Collaborates with MGUH administration, the Pelligrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and the Bioethics Committee in the implementation of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs).
Works with Public Affairs and Marketing to promote the religious identity of the hospital and to respond to external inquiries.
Maintains close communication and coordination with the Archdiocese of Washington, including annual reporting in consultation with the Vice President and the Office of the President.
Supports fundraising efforts to sustain Mission and Pastoral Care.
Advances Catholic and Jesuit commitments to interreligious understanding and cooperation.
Clinical Pastoral Education
Oversees Clinical Pastoral Education managed by the Coordinator of Clinical Pastoral Education.
Has direct responsibility for all human resources and administrative issues regarding CPE.
Other responsibilities as assigned.
Requirements and Qualifications
Master of divinity (Terminal degree preferred), including 4+units of ACPE accredited Clinical Pastoral Education
5+years'experience as a board-certified chaplain with certification as a chaplain by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, Association of Professional Chaplains, or Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
Meet the criteria established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and outlined in the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care (ERDs)
A member of the Catholic Church in good standing, with an extensive knowledge of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care, as well as an understanding of the Jesuit tradition and Ignatian spirituality
A deep expertise in pastoral care, and sensitivity to the pastoral needs of a diverse community with the ability to work in close and mutual collaboration with colleagues of other religious traditions
Ability to provides 24-hour on-call coverage in rotation with other members of the department
Ability to physically navigate the hospital campus to meet the pastoral needs of patients, caregivers, and MGUH associates
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