State of Washington Classified Job Specification
Conducts worship, pastoral and administrative services at a State institution and provides spiritual and moral guidance for residents within the institution.
Positions in this class are distinguished from the Religious Program Specialist class by providing religious and spiritual programs, services and ceremonies/celebrations for multiple faith groups.
Acts as Chaplain for the institution; prepares and conducts religious services; administers sacraments and other religious rites; conducts special services on religious holidays and on special occasions, as appropriate;
Ministers to the religious needs of persons of all religious faiths; provides for the protection of the resident's constitutional guarantee of religious freedom;
Conducts group sessions, seminars and individual counseling;
Leads religious study groups;
Participates in the treatment modalities of the institution by counseling individuals, groups, and/or participates in diagnostic workups and treatment programs;
Offers consultation to staff in religious and therapeutic areas and participates in the continuing education of staff in the area of his/her competence;
Corresponds with relatives, court officials, and friends of residents or patients on religious matters; works closely with professional staff to further treatment;
Explains and interprets institution's religious and treatment programs to community groups;
Arranges community religious contacts for those to be released;
Ministers to the ill and conducts funeral services for deceased patients, residents, or staff at the request of their families;
Obtains and distributes religious literature that is appropriate for the faiths represented;
Arranges for choir or organist to provide sacred music at services;
Arranges for appropriate volunteer ministers to conduct special services for members of recognized denominations;
May supervise other staff;
Performs other duties as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: factors involved in development of behavior problems; purposes of mental and correctional institutions; methods and objectives of rehabilitation programs; current treatment modalities; methods and processes of supervision.
Ability to: prepare and conduct religious services and courses in religion; establish rapport and counsel students, patients and their families on moral or ethical problems; understand behavior of individuals under severe emotional strains; cooperate with other staff members and clergy; intervene therapeutically in crisis; provide in depth counseling; recruit, supervise, and evaluate staff.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
A graduate degree from seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and current certification by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education or National Association of Catholic Chaplains.
Three years of experience as an ordained minister, priest or other religious leader such as rabbi, imam, Latter Day Saint bishop, or shaman of a nationally recognized faith.
NOTE: A Chaplain must be currently ordained and endorsed for chaplaincy by, and in good standing with, a nationally recognized religious body.
Class Specification History
New class Effective March 14, 1980
Revises minimum qualifications August 15, 1986
New class code: (formerly 38790) effective July 1, 2007
Revises title, definition, and distinguishing characteristics; adopted August 11, 2011, effective August 12, 2011.
(12/18/2012) Housekeeping revision, removed desirable qualifications language.