Job Description

At Harris Health System, we champion better health for our patients, their families and our community, by connecting them to an integrated healthcare system that provides high-quality healthcare. Harris Health focuses on the delivery of primary care, wellness and prevention services to the residents of Harris County, Texas, through its extensive network of inpatient and outpatient facilities. Harris Health is a proud recipient of the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance designation for its patient-centered medical homes. Harris Health's medical faculty and residents are provided by its nationally recognized medical school partners: Baylor College of Medicine; McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth); and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Skills / Requirements


The Director of Spiritual Care is responsible for oversite of Pastoral Care Department and the Pastoral Education program. The Director oversees and ensures the provision of spiritual care contribute to the wellbeing of patients, families and healthcare professionals by providing care that engages their spiritua, emotional and relational self. The Director oversees the provision of education and training of the Pastoral Care Residents and ensures that all standards of the Association for Clinical Patoral Care (ACPE) and accreditation guidelines are met.

Education/Specialized Training/Licensure: Master's degree  in Divinity, Pastoral Care, or Theology from an accredited theological seminary or equivalent Master's degree. 

Board Certified - Must be a Board Certified Chaplain. Consideration given to a certified ACPE educator who is also a Board Certified Chaplain.

Work Experience: Minimum of (5) years in an accredited theological seminary or spiritual care setting or in an ACPE Educational program.

Management Experience: At least 1 year experience as a chaplain director or equivalent or 5 years working in spiritual care or teaching in an ACPE educational program.

Communication Skills:
Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact)
Exceptional Verbal (e.g., Public Speaking)
Bilingual Skills:   Preferred,       Languages: Spanish
Writing/Composing (Correspondence/Reports)

Other Skills:
Analytical, Medical Terms, Research Statistical, P.C. - MS Word, MS Excel

Work Schedule: Flexible
Other Requirements: Ecclessiatrical endorsement and ordination from an official church body.  Experience providing direction to Spiritual Care Department.

Typical Duties That May Be Performed
1. Required to work on-site at least 40 hours per week.
2. Demonstrates effective oral and written communications, including email.
3. Prepares and delivers timely business communications including meeting agendas, presentations, PI reports, quarterly reports, and operational plans.
4. Analyze data and deliver accurate and understandable written and oral reports.
5. Demonstrates the ability to schedule, prepare for, and conduct effective meetings.
6. Understand and adhere to all Harris Health System's Policies and Procedures.
7. Understand and adhere to all legal and regulatory requirements.
8. Distinguishes between important and unimportant aspects of business and clinical situations as a basis for sound decision making.
9. Identifies alternate processes and potential solutions.
10. Demonstrates critical thinking and analysis.
11. Prioritizes as necessary to ensure critical processes/policies are complied with.
12. Develop and implement departmental policies and procedures.
13. Interprets regulatory requirements and ensures departmental compliance.
14. Promotes and applies problem-solving strategies that ensure the well-being of staff and the provision of safe, quality patient care.
15. Ability to control emotions in all situations.
16. Ability to perform effectively in a very stressful work environment.
17. Supervises and evaluates staff to ensure workload productivity, fiscal processing, etc.
18. Interprets existing policies, strategies and/or methods to meet changing and/or unusual conditions within the context of existing management principles.
19. Makes decisions based on analysis and categorization of data and information and consideration of several alternatives and consequences.
20. Decides time, place and sequence of operations within an organizational framework, as well as overseeing their execution.
21. Maintains concentration despite frequent interruptions to complete complex tasks.
22. Manages work of staff and provides and receives constructive feedback.
23. Required to provide a positive influence to others in activities such as leading, controlling, managing, supervising and teaching.
24. Exercises appropriate judgment, decisiveness, and creativity required on critical and/or unexpected situations involving moderate risk to the organization.
25. Interacts daily with medical staff, etc. to discuss relevant issues impacting his/her department.
26. Prepares annual budget for department.
27. Determine priorities in line with Harris Health System mission, vision, goals and objectives.

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