Position Purpose summary:
The Chaplain provides Christian based pastoral care through the provision of spiritual care, emotional support and practical assistance within a multi-faceted social service setting for individuals and families experiencing crisis while ensuring that practices are in accordance with Salvation Army standards.
The incumbent is also responsible for the coordination of activities associated with discipleship and outreach ministries.
- Participate in the development and implementation of chaplaincy programs and services which meet identified client needs, in conjunction with the management team, service staff, community partners and clients.
- Provide crisis support, spiritual care, and pastoral counseling to individuals and families, respecting their freedom of choice and privacy to select and/or request spiritual support
- Knowledge of other faith groups beliefs and practices and maintain a connection to community faith and spiritual group leaders for appropriate referrals and support of clients as needed
- Maintain knowledge of current best practices by reviewing various spiritual care literatures, consulting with community/denominational experts in spiritual care, and attending professional development activities.
- Plan and conduct chapel services, pastoral care programs (including on-going visitation), and Bible studies for clients as applicable; pray with them as opportunity permits.
- Assist clients towards achieving personal and spiritual wellbeing.
- Ensure there is acknowledgement and celebration of events in the Christian calendar.
- Visit with the clients in the Centre of Hope particularly those identified by frontline staff as having needs.
- Visit with clients in the community (including apartments, hospitals, coffee shops, etc.) to provide spiritual care support in alignment with Housing First Principles.
- Provide accompaniment support to appointments for clients identified as having specific vulnerabilities.
- Engage in creative programming to connect with clients (such as recreational activities, seasonal programs, etc.)
- Communicate in an empathetic and influential manner with clients, families, staff and community agencies.
- Follow-up decisions made at the mercy seat or at any other time, with a view to discipling.
- Provide pastoral counseling services for staff as requested or provide referrals as appropriate.
- Responsible for ensuring a high standard of holistic, client-centered care, and establishing a standard that ensures clients are treated with the utmost of respect, in a warm, personal and professional manner.
- Maintain documentation standards including a spiritual history, assessment, individual goals and progress notes when pastoral counsel is provided.
- Maintain an organized system of recording and reporting on Chaplaincy activities ensuring up-to-date client files, written statistics/records/log of activities; prepare and submit monthly statistical reports.
- Participate in case reviews, as appropriate, prepared to discuss how the spiritual issues of a client are being addressed through the entire range of case management:
- Spiritual assessment
- Pastoral care plan
- Review and develop annual goals and objectives in consultation with the spiritual care team.
- Participate in the development, provision, and evaluation of relevant religious services and programs.
- Ensure compliance with all legal, contractual and internal accreditation requirements as they pertain to the provision of spiritual and religious care.
- May assist with developing and revising policies, protocols and day-to-day operating procedures for the delivery of spiritual and religious care in compliance with Salvation Army standards.
- Receive, respond to and report as necessary all complaints, recommendations or requests for information from the public.
- Network with Salvation Army ministries, social agencies, community providers, particularly those in the field of volunteer services.
Health and Safety
- Work in compliance with OH&S Act and Regulations and abide by the Salvation Army’s health and safety policies and procedures.
- Work closely with security, identifying any safety and security needs
- Responsible to work in compliance with the Ontario Health and Safety Acts and Regulations
- Responsible to use personal protective equipment and clothing as directed by the employer
- Responsible to report workplace hazards and dangers
- Responsible to work in a manner as require by the employer and use the prescribed safety equipment
- Responsible to report workplace injuries or illness
Perform other position related duties as required.
This position description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities of the incumbent.
This position description will be reviewed by the employee and supervisor on a regular basis. Amendments can be made at any time at the discretion of the employer.
The above responsibilities must be discharged in accordance with the Salvation Army’s Mission Statement, in a professional manner, exemplifying Christian Standards of conduct.
- This position reports directly to the Executive Director or designate.
- Represents The Salvation Army London Centre of Hope on various committees as determined by the Executive Director.
- Works as a team member with the Centre of Hope’s administration and other pastoral care givers in corporate problem-solving for the benefit of the program and individuals; acts as a member of a case management team.
- Ability to work effectively with all managers and staff and create a working climate that is positive and mutually supportive.
FINANCIAL AND MATERIALS MANAGEMENT:
- This is a permanent full-time position based on 40 hours per week.
- Flexibility in scheduling required to accommodate the requirements of the position.
- The Supervisor will set the hours of work and work schedule.
- Due to the vulnerable population supported, the chaplain may be exposed to verbal and or physical risk.
- Ability to lift/move 20 lbs.
- Travel is associated with this position.
EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS:
- Completion of a Certificate in Chaplaincy from an accredited institution, Bible College Certificate or equivalent
- Ordination and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) as delivered by Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC formerly CAPPE) would be an asset.
- A university degree in Theology is preferred.
- Certification in Critical Incident Stress Management (CCISM) would be an asset.
- Valid Ontario Class “G” Drivers licence, own vehicle and insurance, a copy of a current driver’s abstract that is satisfactory to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion, is required.
- Provide an original copy of a Criminal Background Check with vulnerable sector screening that is satisfactory to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion, is required. The screening is secured either through the national Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) or through a local police detachment.
- Requires screening through The Salvation Army Abuse Registry.
- Alternative combinations of education and experience may be considered.
EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE:
- Minimum of three (3) years of prior related experience in a social service setting specifically working with the urban disadvantaged population providing emotional and spiritual support.
- Extensive knowledge of spiritual care and/or pastoral counseling.
- Maintain a working knowledge of legislation, standards and protocols related to spiritual and religious care.
- Thorough knowledge of community resources, various theologies and faith backgrounds.
- Good working knowledge of issues surrounding mental health, addictions and homelessness.
- Knowledge and understanding of The Salvation Army, its mission and its principles, and a commitment to uphold, promote and exemplify these principles in all dealings with other staff, clients and other agencies.
- Can give testimony to personal salvation through the atoning sacrifice of Christ, and is living as a disciple of Jesus Christ with a vibrant, Christ-centered faith in Him
- Is practicing a disciplined and balanced life, committed to prayer, study and personal development.
- Is very familiar with, and has a love for, God’s word; with a heart to be involved in the Mission of God to reach the “lost” and actively mentors’ people in spiritual life and personal maturity.
- Knowledge and focus on women’s specific programming and women’s ministries.
SKILLS AND CAPABILITIES:
- Ability to undergo applicable screening and background checks successfully that are satisfactory to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion (i.e., The Salvation Army Abuse Registry) and provide an original copy of a Background Check with vulnerable sector screening.
- Ability and willingness to develop an understanding and support for the mission and purpose of The Salvation Army in Canada and its implications as related to position responsibilities.
In support of our commitment to a healthy and safe workplace and community, The Salvation Army (TSA) has a vaccination requirement for all employees in Canada. The successful candidate will be made an offer of employment on the condition of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be required to provide proof of full vaccination, prior to their employment start date. The requirement to be fully vaccinated is subject to provincial/territorial human rights legislation. If the candidate is unable to vaccinate for a reason protected by the Human Rights Code, a request for accommodation can be submitted and written proof satisfactory to TSA will be required.
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