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Associate Chaplain

  • Job ID: 007058054
  • Status: Casual
  • Regular/Temporary: Limited
  • Hours: Shifts vary as needed
  • Shift: Variable
  • Facility: UPMC Altoona
  • Department: Pastoral Care
  • Location: , Altoona PA
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $18.03 to $28.90 / hour


UPMC Altoona is seeking an Associate Chaplain to support each shift, including weekends, on a casual basis! 


The Associate Chaplain serves as a full member of the pastoral/spiritual care team and provides for the spiritual needs of the patients/families and staff as designated by the director and in keeping with their own competencies and professional education. The role of the Associate Chaplain is distinct from the role of the chaplain in that the chaplain's CPE training and certification by a recognized accrediting agency enables him/her to minister in a far more in-depth way than the associate's training allows.

  • Participates in Interdisciplinary Plan of Care conferences.
  • Coordinates contacting patients' clergy if requested.
  • Assists the director and chaplains with various administrative tasks
  • Collaborates in planning various liturgical programs with the Director of Pastoral Care and chaplains.
  • Wears identification badge in accordance with Hospital policy.
  • Participates in call rotation.
  • Meets continuing education requirements as outlined by the department.
  • Supports the Hospital chaplain's ministry of spiritual care to patients by:Completing visitation assignments and communicating the services available through the pastoral care department; Screening patients', families', and staff's needs; communicating with chaplains if a patient/family/staff wish to meet with the chaplains
  • Completes annual goals and objectives with the director, meeting with director on regular basis to discuss progress on goals and objectives.
  • Charts visits to patients.


  • Bachelor's Degree Required. Major in Pastoral Ministry, Theology, or related field is preferred.
  • Completion of a minimum of 1 unit of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) preferred. Candidate must have a 1 unit CPE within one year of hire date.
  • A minimum of 1 year of hospital/healthcare-related experience preferred.
  • Personal and Professional Requirements:
    • Endorsement from a recognized ecclesial body (church)
    • Good people/communication skills
    • Good physical and emotional health
    • Ability and stamina to minister to patients with various physical and emotional disabilities
    • Flexibility regarding work hours
    • Ability and desire to work with professional clergy of varying faith backgrounds
    • Ability and desire to work within the context of team approach to ministry
    • Skilled in the use of personal computers and related software
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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