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Spiritual Counselor Home Health/Hospice (Blair County)

  • Job ID: 601972519
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: Family Hospice & Palliative Care OP
  • Department: Hospice Clergy
  • Location: 20 Sheraton Drive, Altoona PA 16603
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $21.22 to $35.18 / hour


UPMC is hiring a Full-Time Hospice Spiritual Counselor for Blair County and surrounding counties, as needed.  This position is Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, and as needed for funerals, memorial services, and urgent visits.  Travel is reimbursed at the Federal mileage reimbursement rate.  If you are looking for flexible scheduling options and one-on-one spiritual care, apply today!

The hospice spiritual counselor provides counseling and guidance to patients, families, and caregivers as an integral part of the healing team.

Provides counseling and emotional support to the active and bereaved hospice patient/family, and caregivers without involving a particular creed, liturgy, or atheism.

Acts as a liaison between the community clergy and hospice program.


  • Focuses on customer service and continually strives to perform the duties of the job in a manner that will result in optimal patient satisfaction.
  • Develops and maintains a resource group of clergy in order to support the spiritual care needs of patients, families, and caregivers.Works with staff, clergy, and community groups to enhance their understanding of the spiritual issues of patients, families, and caregivers experiencing terminal illness and loss.
  • Provides direction and oversight for the bereavement program as applicable.
  • Attend compliance training and adhere to the organization standards of conduct, policies and procedures
  • Participates in the assessment of the patient's, families-, and caregiver's spiritual needs
  • Provides direct spiritual support to patients, families, and caregivers according to their acceptance of spiritual counseling and in a manner consistent with the patient's, families' and caregivers' beliefs and desires
  • Possesses the ability to obtain and interpret information considering age-specific needs
  • In cooperation with other members of the hospice team, conducts or makes arrangements for a funeral or memorial services as per the patient's and families' wishes
  • Plays an integral role in the Bereavement Program in conjunction with professional, paraprofessional, and volunteer staff.
  • Makes all reasonable efforts to facilitate visits by local clergy, pastoral counselors, or other individuals who can support the patient's, families' or caregiver's spiritual needs according to the patients /families/caregivers desires
  • Plays an active role in the interdisciplinary team by ensuring that all team members are informed of the spiritual concerns of the hospice patient, family, and caregivers
  • Works constructively with the hospice Interdisciplinary Team to enhance the spiritual and emotional support provided to the patient, family, and caregiver
  • Consults and coordinates services with other disciplines
  • Provides counseling/ spiritual support to members of the Interdisciplinary Team as needed
  • Performs duties and job responsibilities in a fashion which coincides with the service management philosophy of the organization towards patients, visitors, staff, peers, physicians and other departments within the organization
  • Identifies, develops, and participates in process improvement opportunities within the hospice agency that will enhance the quality of the services provided
  • Participates in the planning and presentation of memorial services as applicable.Identifies, investigates, and recommends solutions to organizational issues.
  • Proven ability to facilitate change.



A chaplain, clergy person, or someone with equivalent education, training, or experience who can provide spiritual care.

Ability to be open and flexible, ecumenical but not evangelistic in ministry.

Experience working with patients/families facing terminal illness/death.Knowledge of spiritual effects of terminal illness, grief, and loss.

Ability to work with and contribute to an Interdisciplinary Team (IDT).

Ability to convey and receive information in written or oral form without loss of important meaning and detail is required.

A reliable means of transportation is required.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Automotive Insurance
  • Driver's License
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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