The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.
Spiritual Health at the SCCA provides relationally-grounded, outcomes-oriented, multidisciplinary, and research-informed chaplaincy care to culturally and spiritually diverse patients, family, and staff, both inpatient (at UW Medical Center) and at multiple outpatient settings. Spiritual Health embraces continuous quality improvement, a culture of learning and engagement, and professional leadership in the oncology and outpatient chaplaincy arenas.
The SCCA has an immediate opening for a per diem Spiritual Health clinician, potentially working at any of the sites of care. Responsibilities include provision of care to adults with cancer as well as to their support persons and to staff.
The ideal candidate will
have demonstrated chaplaincy care skills
work well both independently and with colleagues (e.g., within a department of five and with health care teams)
function well in a complex academic medical specialty care context
demonstrate good analytical skills and attention to detail
evidence strong capabilities with electronic charting and Microsoft Office and exhibit proficiency in thorough documentation of clinical work
thrive in an environment of ongoing change, both in healthcare services delivery and in chaplaincy care.
The successful candidate will be committed to ongoing learning and to providing outcomes-oriented, evidence-based chaplaincy care. Care is provided in collaboration with multidisciplinary colleagues in supportive care services. Previous experience in oncology and/or in an academic health care setting is preferred.
Work Schedule: This is per diem position. We are anticipating that Chaplain will work at .8 for about 4 months from late April - mid August and less frequently as needed otherwise.
Provide spiritual, religious, existential, and emotional care to patients/families at all sites of care
Support staff, providers, volunteers, and non-employees (e.g., Transfer Price Agreement staff, Bible study leaders, Catholic Chaplain, some providers, etc.) when work and outside of work issues are weighing upon them in ways that are or may potentially impact their highest level of care for our patients/families at all sites of care
Provide limited education to staff, providers, volunteers, non-employees, and students at all sites of care and beyond
Participate in the life of the organization in supportive capacities
Screen and assess patient/family needs, resources, struggles, hopes, and goals
Actively, empathically, and compassionately inquire and facilitate conversation, rituals, and connections around these issues, intervening in ways that sustain, guide, and/or work toward healing
Explore life histories, legacies, and values/goals that guide medical decisions and that help patients/families navigate challenging times in meaningful and potentially transformative ways
Provide care, counsel, debriefings, and specialized programs to support staff, providers, volunteers, non-employees at all sites of care
Be active participants in relationally-grounded, evidence-based, research-informed chaplaincy care that seeks continuous quality improvement
[In the absence of the Manager, there will be tiered leadership with the most experienced person available being the go-to person for administration, in consultation with the Manager and other team members as available.]
Either an MDiv or equivalent degree and at least one unit of CPE OR at least four units of clinical pastoral education (ACPE) with at least a Bachelors degree and some appropriate spiritual education (e.g., spiritual direction education)
Ordination/commissioning and/or endorsement for health care chaplaincy by one's religious judicatory body (or actively in process) if there is such a path for one in ones spiritual tradition.
Ability to communicate effectively with culturally, religiously, and spiritually diverse patients, providers, families, staff, volunteers, non-employees
Demonstrates professional values and behaviors, demonstrates good boundaries, demonstrates good leadership skills, remains non-judgmental, and respects the dignity and worth of every individual
Must have excellent chaplaincy care skills, work well independently and with others, function well in complex and constantly changing contexts, be committed to continuous improvement, have good analytical skills, be a detail-oriented person, and work well with electronic charting and Microsoft Office
Must be committed to learning and providing outcomes-oriented, evidence-based chaplaincy care, and have a strong desire to becoming research literate in the field
Education or experience in a major academic health care organization
Substantial experience in oncology
Knowledge regarding spiritual/religious/existential distress and negative spiritual/religious coping
To apply and be considered for the position, please include all of the following: a cover letter, including reason for applying, and a resume
Please e-mail a verbatim account of one of your chaplaincy care encounters and analysis reflecting your current abilities to The Rev. Stephen King, Ph.D, at email@example.com.
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At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, improve treatments, and learn how to prevent cancers from growing. Although Fred Hutchinson opened its doors in 1975, its history began about 20 years before that. In 1962 Fred Hutchinson envisioned a center devoted to studying cancer, a disease that took his brother’s life. Today Fred Hutchinson is contributing to the next waves of breakthrough treatments and prevention strategies. Fred Hutchinson collaborates with the Seattle Cancer Alliance, the National Cancer Institute, and the University of Washington.