Chaplain 2 Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown

Bon Secours Mercy Health - St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital

Thank you for considering a career at Mercy Health.

As a faith-based and patient-focused organization, Mercy Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of all people in mind, body and spirit through exceptional patient care. Success in this goal requires a culture of compassion, collaboration, excellence and respect. Mercy Health seeks people that are committed to our values of compassion, human dignity, integrity, service and stewardship to create an environment where associates want to work and help communities thrive.

Summary of Primary Function General Purpose of Position

Under the direction of the Director of Mission or Director of Spiritual Care, the Chaplain II ministers to patients, families, and staff around religious and spiritual needs. As an integral member of the multidisciplinary team, the chaplain provides spiritual care and emotional support within the context of illness, crisis, loss, and death. The chaplain is committed to the Mission and models its core values.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Recognizes the sacramental needs of the Catholic population.
  • Provide for religious and ritual needs of diverse faith groups.
  • Minister to a diverse population in a non-proselytizing manner and provide basic emotional and spiritual support to patients, visitors, our community, and fellow associates.
  • Collaborate with fellow team members and the interdisciplinary team including appropriate referrals that serve those in their care.
  • Provide effective pastoral skills and pastoral ministry by employing advanced pastoral care and counseling techniques, including but not limited to, emotional processing, reframing for meanings and perspectives, and facilitation of deeper theological and personal reflections.
  • Provides a specialized perspective at clinical care conferences while addressing the spiritual and emotional aspects of holistic care. Provide consultation for cases with significant relational, familial, religious, or cultural dynamics and engender appropriate spiritual care outcomes.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in conducting full-spectrum spiritual care assessment and care planning process.
  • Provide appropriate spiritual interventions in end-of-life situations and crisis cases (Code Blue, Death, Trauma, etc.).
  • Coordinate delivery of pastoral care resources for complex patient care situations and collaborate with Departmental leaders in making appropriate referrals.
  • Provide Advanced Care Planning consultations and elicits care preferences including Advanced Medical Directives documentation.
  • Professionally communicates clinically relevant information in the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) benefitting interdisciplinary care.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the Ethical and Religious Directives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and adheres to the policies of the Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH) as a Catholic healthcare organization.
  • 24/7 call with expectations for holidays/weekends.

This document is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, or working conditions associated with the job. Employees may be required to perform other job-related duties as required by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation.

Licensing/Certification:  4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) completed (required)


  • Master’s degree in related field such as Religious, Divinity, or Theology (required)
  • Doctoral degree in Theology or Philosophy (preferred)

Work Experience:

  • 1 years of experience as a Chaplain in a healthcare setting. (required)
  • Documentation of faith community endorsement by official representative(s) reflecting good standing in accordance with the requirements of his/her own faith/spiritual tradition to be involved in hospital ministry. (Required)
  • Completion of lay ministry or ordination process (preferred)

Training:  None

Language:  None

Patient Population – Competency is based on the patient population of the site/facility:

Not applicable for this position

Working Conditions

  • Periods of high stress and fluctuating workloads may occur
  • May be exposed to physical altercations and verbal abuse
  • May be exposed to limited hazardous substances or body fluids*
  • May have periods of constant interruptions
  • General office environment
  • Required to car travel to off-site locations, occasionally in adverse weather conditions
  • * Individuals in this position are required to exercise universal precautions, use personal protective equipment and devices, and learn the policies concerning infection control.

Physical Requirements:

Physical Demands

  • Frequency 0% 1-33% 34-66% 67-100%
  • Lifting/ Carrying (0-50 lbs.) X
  • Lifting/ Carrying (50-100 lbs.) X
  • Push/ Pull (0-50 lbs.) X
  • Push/ Pull (50-100 lbs.) X
  • Stoop, Kneel X
  • Crawling X
  • Climbing X
  • Balance X
  • Bending X

Work Position

  • Frequency 0% 1-33% 34-66% 67-100%
  • Sitting X
  • Walking X
  • Standing X
  • Additional Physical Requirements/Hazards
  • Physical Requirements
  • Manual dexterity (eye/hand coordination)
  • Perform shift work
  • Maneuver weight of patients
  • Hear alarms/telephone/audio recordings
  • Reach above shoulder
  • Repetitive arm/hand movements
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Color Vision
  • Acuity – far
  • Acuity – near
  • Hazards
  • Depth perception
  • Use of Latex products
  • Exposure to moving mechanical parts
  • Exposure to dust/fumes
  • Exposure to potential electrical shock
  • Exposure to x ray/electromagnetic energy
  • Exposure to high pitched noises
  • Gaseous risk exposure


  • Active listening
  • Apply Ethical Practices
  • Clinical Pastoral Care
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Crisis counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Demonstrate Empathy
  • Flexibility
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Healthcare Ethics
  • Human Relations
  • Interfaith Dialogue
  • Ministering to diverse populations
  • Organization Skills
  • Pastoral Care
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Pastoral Ministries
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Planning
  • Presentation Skills
  • Public Relations
  • Relationship building
  • Religious Studies
  • Spiritual Care
  • Spiritual Care Assessments
  • Spiritual Support
  • Teamwork
  • Theological Reflection
  • Verbal Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Facilitation of theological reflections
  • Medical Ethics
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Ability to lead and coordinate prayer and worship services
  • Ability to teach an understanding of diverse theology and ecclesiology

Mercy Health is an equal opportunity employer.

Many of our opportunities reward* your hard work with:

  • Comprehensive, affordable medical, dental and vision plans
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life insurance w/AD&D
  • Employer contributions to retirement savings plan when eligible
  • Paid time off
  • Educational Assistance
  • And much more

*Benefits offerings vary according to employment status

Scheduled Weekly Hours:  40
Work Shift:  Other (United States of America)
Department:  Pastoral Care – Youngstown Regional Office

All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. If you’d like to view a copy of the affirmative action plan or policy statement for Mercy Health – Youngstown, Ohio or Bon Secours – Franklin, Virginia; Petersburg, Virginia; and Emporia, Virginia, which are Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, please email [email protected]. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact The Talent Acquisition Team at [email protected]

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