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VP Mission Effectiveness/Spiritual Care


The Mission Services and Spiritual Care Vice President provides leadership in promoting the mission and values of UPMC Mercy throughout UPMC Mercy and in working to develop spiritual care as an integral dimension of all aspects of UPMC Mercy. The Mission Services and Spiritual Care Vice President reports to the President of UPMC Mercy and is a member of the Executive Management Group. The Mission and Spiritual Care Vice President assists physicians and staff in integrating Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Services into clinical practices. The Mission and Spiritual Care Vice President assists the organization in reaching out to the community and in advocating for the economically needy. The Mission and Spiritual Care Vice President promotes spirituality throughout UPMC Mercy. If appropriate, this position may assume administrative responsibility for additional organizational departments and service lines.Provides executive leadership and direction to Spiritual Care, McAuley Inn, Volunteer Services, Gift Shop, Information Desk, Child Development Center, Mercy Health Center, Community Programs, Values in Practice and Brady Library.

  • Assist in coordinating and strengthening relationships with the Bishop of Pittsburgh and the Catholic churches in the area served by UPMC Mercy.
  • Ensure and direct ongoing clinical, pastoral and spiritual formation of Spiritual Care staff, especially in light of the mission and values of the institution.
  • Provide spiritual care within UPMC Mercy
  • Assume administrative responsibility for organizational departments.
  • Responsible for the organization of the Institutional Ethics Committee and consults.
  • Manage the liturgical program of UPMC Mercy.
  • Manage the operations and day-to-day functioning of the department.
  • Represent the Spiritual Care department on appropriate committees and at appropriate meetings both within and outside UPMC Mercy.
  • Keep informed of changes and/or new emphasis concerning mission services, Catholic identity, and Ethical and Directives through the Catholic Health Association and the Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association.
  • Oversee UPMC Mercy's Community Benefits and Social Accountability reporting.
  • Identify appropriate utilization of staff based on patient volumes and acuity for each shift, and make decisions for staffing to assure quality of care.
  • Develop and coordinate volunteers from the community to assist with providing spiritual care with UPMC Mercy.
  • Provide leadership for the process of reflection and dialogue in the development of standards for mission throughout the organization along with methods of accountability for achieving these standards.
  • Act in a professional manner reflecting the values of UPMC Mercy.
  • Oversee budget and leadership at McAuley Inn.
  • Foster and promote wellness, prevention and the spiritual dimension of healthcare throughout UPMC Mercy for patients and employees.
  • Supervise the practicums of students in the field of pastoral healthcare ministry and the work of all pastoral care volunteers.
  • Participate in hospital committees, in staff meetings, and in administrative decision-making to ensure that these decisions address and support the Catholic identity of UPMC Mercy.
  • Establish and maintain relationships between UPMC Mercy and the churches in the area it serves.
  • Design, facilitate and act as chairperson for the Mission Team.
  • Carry out the UPMC Mercy mission projects.
  • Responsible for the presentation of the Catholicity and Ethical and Religious Directives at the Employee Orientation.
  • Review corporate documents, publications to ensure mission sensitivity and Catholicity.
  • Foster an understanding of Catholic identity in a Catholic healthcare hospital.
  • Is responsible for developing policies and practices that make spiritual care available throughout UPMC Mercy.


  • A Master's Degree or equivalent in a related area, i.e. ethics, theology, spirituality, organizational development, pastoral care.  
  • A background and training in Ethics is preferred.  
  • Preference is for one with lived experience of the Catholic faith. 
  • A personal spiritual life and a clear sense of personal mission should be evidenced.  
  • At least two years of healthcare related experience is preferred. Demonstrated leadership at the professional level

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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