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Hillcrest Medical Center
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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#113223 Staff Chaplain

Initial Review Date: Wed 12/22/2021

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position is a limited position with the possibility of extension/career conversion.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/22/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Involves the facilitation and nurturing of personal religious rituals and spiritual practices for patients, their families, staff, faculty, allied health students (as applicable), and other health care team members. Provides spiritual care and emotional support, including exploration of issues that are of meaning and value and/or issues causing moral or spiritual distress to patients, their families, staff, and others.

Functions as a chaplain with families on an interfaith basis. Serves as a bridge to patient's religious community or congregation and to appropriate clergy or religious/spiritual leaders. Assists with recruiting, training and deployment of community spiritual care volunteers. Offers education and fosters conversation and clarification on cultural, ethical, religious, and other topics/dynamics that can affect patient care, family interactions, and staff performance.

Applies skills as a seasoned, experienced spiritual care specialist to develop programs and respond to the spiritual needs of patients and their families, faculty, staff, allied health students (as appropriate), and other health care team members. Utilizes appropriate EMR systems (EPIC, etc.) to document contact with patients and family members, spiritual care services provided, and any necessary follow-up. Provides monthly Spiritual Care Report outlining services provided by Staff Chaplains and Spiritual Care Volunteers. Provides on-call weekend, nights and holiday spiritual care services as required.

This position will be located at both Jacobs and Hillcrest Medical Center. The schedule will primarily be nights, weekends, and holidays.


  • A Master's Degree in theology, divinity, religious studies; or its equivalent in relevant training/experience.

  • Completion of at least 1 unit (but preferably four) units of "ACPE" CPE from an accredited training center.

  • A minimum of three (3+) or more years of ministerial/chaplain experience.

  • One (1) year of Hospital Chaplaincy experience with supporting patients and clinical teams with decision making.

  • One (1) year experience with crisis intervention and end of life hospital spiritual care/chaplaincy.

  • Ordination or commissioning by one's faith group to serve as a religious leader and endorsement or official recognition by that faith group to function as a chaplain.


  • Certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), Neshama: the Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC), the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) or the National Association of Veterans Affairs Chaplains (NAVAC).

  • Bilingual - English and Spanish.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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