Chaplain (Protestant)


Vacancy ID: 690109   Announcement Number: 690109   USAJOBS Control Number: 319706600

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Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is: 690109
1. Title of Job

Chaplain (Protestant)
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

12

11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

001 Clinical Chaplain

21. Geographic Availability

Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


461360047 Hot Springs, SD

22. Transition Assistance Plan

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23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Instructions for Applicants for VA Chaplain:

Please select the answer for each of the following questions that most closely describes your experience, education and/or training.   In your resume and/or application be sure to include descriptions of your experience, education, and/or training with enough detail that the officials who review your application can identify the source of the experience, education, or training that you claim in your answers to the questionnaire.

If any of your answers to the assessment questions are inconsistent with, or not supported by, the information in your other application documents, the Board of Examiners may lower your rating.  

Please answer all the questions.

1. Do you have ecclesiastical endorsement, dated within the past year, signed by the authorized endorsing official for your faith group?   (The list of authorized endorsing officials is on the VA Chaplain web site: http://www.va.gov/CHAPLAIN/components/Employment_Information.asp)    You must submit a copy of your endorsement.

A. No
B. Yes
C. I am endorsed, however my religious faith group is not on the current list of endorsing organizations. My faith group will submit a Request to Designate an Ecclesiastical Endorsing Official (VA Form 10-0379) to the National Chaplain Center before the closing date of this announcement.

2. Do you meet the requirement for graduate education described in the announcement? 

A. No
B. Yes. I have a Master of Divinity from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
C. Yes. I have graduate education from one or more accredited institutions that meets the Master of Divinity equivalency standard described in the announcement.

3. How much full time ministry experience do you have after completing your Master of Divinity or equivalent education?     If you have part time experience (less than 40 hours per week) you must pro-rate it to determine its full time equivalence.   Prorate it by dividing the average number of hours you worked per week by 40, then multiply that fraction times the length of calendar time you held the position.

If you worked more than 40 hours per week in one job, or a combination of jobs, you will get full time credit for that period of time.   You cannot get more than full time credit for any period of time.

Include all your professional ministry experience, regardless of whether you got paid.

A. Less than one year
B. Between one and two years
C. Between two and three years
D. More than three years

4. How many units of Clinical Pastoral Education have you completed?

A. None
B. One
C. Two
D. Three or more
E. I have completed fewer than two units of Clinical Pastoral Education. I have submitted a narrative description of training that I would like to be considered as equivalent to one or more units.

5. I have performed spiritual assessments and documented them in medical records

A. I have not done this
B. I did this as a CPE student or intern
C. I did this as a staff chaplain
D. I have developed a spiritual assessment for use in a health care facility, or I have trained chaplains in how to perform spiritual assessments

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.   

6. In the past 12 months I have completed continuing education relevant to health care

A. 10 to 20 hours
B. 21 to 30 hours
C. 31 to 40 hours
D. More than 40 hours

7. I contribute to maintaining the integrity of the organization.  I display high standards of ethical conduct and understand the impact of violating these standards on an organization, self and others

A. I have completed training during the past year pertaining to ethical conduct in the health care setting
B. I frequently deal with sensitive issues that require a high standard of ethical conduct and trustworthiness
C. I train health care providers on the subject of ethical conduct
D. I have received an award or formal commendation in the last year related to ethical conduct

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

8. I plan and provide care using knowledge of and in conformance with professional standards (Joint Commission et al)

A. I provide spiritual and pastoral care in other-than a health care facility
B. I provide spiritual and pastoral care in a health care facility in conformance with professional standards (Joint Commission et al)
C. I have changed pastoral care policy(s) and/or procedure(s) in response to findings by reviewing organization(s)
D. I train health care providers about standards and procedures of professional healthcare reviewing organizations (Joint Commission et al).

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

9. I have used formal dispute-resolution procedures to resolve disputes between co-workers, between patients, and/or between employees and supervisors

A. I have not done this
B. I have completed training in dispute resolution
C. I have resolved disputes between co-workers, and/or between employees and supervisors
D. I have used formal dispute-resolution procedures to resolve disputes between co-workers, between patients, and/or between employees and supervisors
E. I train others in formal dispute-resolution techniques

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

10. I adapt my behavior and work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; and to effectively deal with ambiguity.

A. I have changed my pastoral care work methods in accordance with changes in policy, procedures or standards established by my facility and/or cognate groups.
B. In my pastoral care work I frequently change my behavior and work methods to meet unusual situations and situations that are not addressed in facility policies and procedures
C. Within the past year I have recommended a change in patient care policy or procedures in a health care facility that has been approved by facility management.
D. I have received an award or formal commendation in the last year related to recommending and/or implementing a change in spiritual/pastoral care in a health care setting

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

11.  I have used a computer to enter and retrieve information about patient care within the last year.

A. I have not done this
B. I have done this as a CPE student or intern outside of VA
C. I have done this as a CPE Student in a VA medical center or as a staff chaplain outside of the VA
D. I have done this as a staff chaplain in a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

12. How often have you led formal worship services in the past year?

A. Four times or less
B. Twice per month
C. Weekly
D. More than once per week.

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

13. How often do you administer the sacraments, rites and/or ordinances of your faith group such as Baptism, Funerals, weddings?

A. These sacraments are not applicable in my faith tradition
B. Less than once per week
C. Two or three times per month
D. Every week

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

14. I organize and prioritize work; devise strategies to achieve goals; coordinate work with other stakeholders; and monitor and evaluate outcomes of my work.

A. I meet or exceed the established performance requirements for my position
B. I have designed and implemented a quality improvement project in a health care facility in the past two years
C. I have received an award, commendation, or other formal recognition within my health care facility within the past two years for a quality improvement accomplishment
D. I have received an award, commendation, or other formal recognition from outside my health care facility within the past two years for a quality improvement accomplishment

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

15. I set well-defined and realistic personal goals; display a high degree of initiative, effort and commitment toward completing assignments in a timely manner; work with minimal supervision; am motivated to achieve; demonsrate responsible behavior.

A. I work with minimal supervision and complete my assignments within established deadlines
B. Within the past year I have participated in a group, committee or taskforce in a health care setting to complete an assignment within an established deadline.
C. Within the past year I have led a group, committee or taskforce in a health care setting to complete an assignment within an established deadline.
D. Within the past year I have received an award or formal commendation related to my high level of personal initiative and achievement

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

16. I have trained clergy in my community about the needs of Veterans returning from active duty

A. I have not done this
B. I have been trained about the needs of Veterans returning from active duty
C. I have trained members of my faith group about the needs of Veterans returning from active duty
D. I have trained clergy in my community about the needs of Veterans returning from active duty

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

17.  I have located appropriate persons in the community to care for religious needs of patients of faith groups other than my own.

A. I have not done this
B. I have done this as a CPE student or intern
C. I have done this as a hospital chaplain
D. I have done this as a military or VA chaplain (not during CPE)

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

18. I have accommodated the religious needs of patients of faith groups other than my own

A. I contact other chaplains or community clergy as needed to provide for the needs of patients of faith groups other than my own.
B. I have devised means to accommodate various religious practices as a Clinical Pastoral Education Student (intern or resident)
C. I have devised means to accommodate various religious practices as a chaplain in a hospital or prison setting
D. I frequently instruct other chaplains in a health care facility on this topic

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

19. I safeguard patients' rights to free exercise of religion and against unwanted ministry from myself or others.

A. I have not done this
B. I have done this as a CPE student or intern outside of VA
C. I have done this as a CPE Student in a VA medical center or as a staff chaplain in a non-VA health care setting
D. I have done this as a staff chaplain in a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

20.  I have documented pastoral care in a formal system of medical records

A. I have not done this
B. I have documented pastoral care in a formal system of medical records as a CPE Student or intern
C. I have documented pastoral care in a formal system of medical records as a staff chaplain
D. have documented pastoral care in electronic medical records as a staff chaplain.
E. I have trained chaplains in patient care documentation

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

21.  I have trained clergy, chaplains, and/or other health care providers in topics pertaining to spiritual and pastoral care.

A. I have not done this
B. I oriented new staff and volunteers
C. I presented in-service training for professional healthcare staff of a facility
D. I developed Training used at more than one medical center, or presented at a national conference

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

22. I have provided spiritual and pastoral care in a health care facility for patients with substance abuse and dual-diagnosis

A. I have not done this
B. I have done this as a CPE student or intern
C. I have done this as a staff chaplain
D. I have trained chaplains to perform this work

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

23. I have provided spiritual and pastoral care for Veterans and their families

A. I have not done this
B. I have done this in my church/parish/synagogue or community
C. I have done this as a CPE student in a VA medical center
D. I have done this as a Staff Chaplain in a VA medical center

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

24.  I have provided spiritual and pastoral care in a healthcare facility for patients with severe mental illness

A. I have not done this
B. I did this as a CPE student or intern
C. I did this as a staff chaplain
D. I have trained chaplains to perform this work

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

25. I have collaborated with clergy of other faith groups to provide spiritual and pastoral care in a health care setting

A. I have not done this
B. I have done this as a CPE student or intern
C. I have done this as a hospital chaplain
D. I have done this as a military or VA chaplain (not during CPE)

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

26. I have used both individual and group counseling modalities in a healthcare facility

A. I have not done this
B. I used both individual and group counseling modalities as a student
C. I used both individual and group counseling modalities as a staff chaplain
D. I have trained chaplains in individual and group counseling modalities

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

27. I have written policies or procedures pertaining to spiritual and pastoral care in a health care facility

A. I have not done this
B. I have drafted policies or procedures for higher-level approval
C. I have approved and implemented spiritual and pastoral care policies or procedures for a health care facility

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

28.  I am a member of one or more interdisciplinary health care teams.  I advise the team(s) to assure that patients' religious and spiritual needs are addressed in care plans

A. I have not done this
B. I have done this as a CPE student or intern
C. I have done this as a staff chaplain
D. I have done this as a Staff Chaplain in a VA medical center

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

29. I have provided pastoral counseling in a healthcare setting to patients and family members pertaining to end-of-life decision-making including assistance with advance directives

A. I have not done this
B. I did this as a CPE student or intern
C. I did this as a staff chaplain
D. I have trained chaplains to perform this work

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.

30. I train or advise healthcare providers in ethical decision-making

A. I have not done this
B. I participated in ethical decision-making as a CPE student or Intern in a health care facility
C. I contribute to ethical decision-making as a chaplain member of an interdisciplinary team
D. I have been a member of a hospital ethics committee
E. I have led or chaired a hospital ethics committee

Narrative:    Please list the job or jobs in which you performed the work described in the previous question.   Give the name of the employer and the beginning and ending dates between which you performed the work.

You need not list this information here if you have specifically listed this work in your descriptions of your job(s) in your resume or application.