State of Washington Classified Job Specification
Conducts worship, pastoral and administrative services at a state institution or agency and provides spiritual and moral guidance for residents within the institution or agency.
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.
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
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.
Revised definition, removed distinguishing characteristics, and title change adopted 11/14/2019, effective 11/15/2019; previously Chaplain.