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SENIOR CHAPLAIN

The Senior Chaplain is responsible for conducting worship services/religious instructions and for providing spiritual counseling and crisis intervention to inmates and staff personnel in

Class Code:

M049C

Job Grade:

GS07

Special Job Requirements:

None

Typical Functions:

Supervises a small pastoral staff by participating in interviewing and recommending applicants for hire, training employees, assigning and reviewing work, counseling staff and volunteers, and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Supervises, schedules, and coordinates religious programs, pastoral/spiritual advisor visits, worship services, seminars, workshops, and spiritual training for inmates. Counsels prisoners and staff having religious/spiritual needs or personal problems. Responds to emergency situations within the prison units which require pastoral support, including the notification of hospitalization or death of a prisoner to his/her family member(s). Visits hospitalized and segregated prisoners who require pastoral assistance. Compiles, analyzes, and reports data for review to determine the effectiveness of religious programs. Coordinates public relations activities with community, civic, and religious organizations to provide information and to solicit donations to the ministry. Conducts non-denominational worship services through religious sermons. Recruits, interviews, and selects free world religious representatives qualified to minister to inmates and orients new volunteers to agency policies and procedures. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Knowledge of the principles and practices of theology and counseling. Knowledge of volunteer and community programs. Ability to offer spiritual support and counseling. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinate personnel. Ability to plan, develop, and conduct activities for religious training seminars. Ability to prepare and present oral and written reports. Ability to assess the effectiveness of existing religious programs and guidelines and recommend revisions.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in counseling, theology, religious studies, or a related field; plus one year of experience in chaplaincy services and denominational endorsement. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

None

Exempt:

E
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