Swedish Medical Center Chaplain - Palliative Care in Seattle, Washington


Swedish Medical Group is looking for a Chaplain (1.0 FTE, Days) to work in Palliative Care at Swedish Cherry Hill in Seattle, WA .

The Chaplain is responsible for supportive work providing spiritual and emotional care to patients, families and staff of Swedish Health Services and provides specialist level expertise in assessing and addressing the spiritual and existential needs of patients. The chaplain is also responsible for the provision of supportive services such as debriefings and education for staff. The chaplain is a fully integrated member of the interdisciplinary Palliative Care team and contributes to team goal setting. S/he acts as a consultant to the clinical team, service lines and other departments and participates in program development and quality improvement initiatives. This position is the liaison between patients/families and community clergy as needed. The Chapl a in supports the needs of the Palliative care team and provides palliative care for the hospital and ambulatory patients as needed.

In this position you will:

  • Demonstrate Swedish core values of respect, justice, compassion, stewardship, and excellence to customers, employees, and visitors; and provides quality service in the performance of work assignments and duties.

  • Make initial spiritual assessment. Provide spiritual and emotional support to patients/families, staff and volunteers.

  • Determine and supports spiritual practices in keeping with the patient's and family's religious tradition

  • Enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings, and workshops

  • Identify and interpret cultures and faith traditions that impact health care practice and decisions

  • Utilize appropriate pastoral care interventions and counseling techniques targeted to intended outcomes


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Master's Div or equivalent degree

  • Minimum of 3 years in ministry

  • Minimum one year in medical setting with palliative care experience, including the care of the imminently dying and their families.

  • Ordination or commissioning for chaplaincy

  • Endorsement by ecclesial body for chaplaincy

  • Current Certification by the Association of Professional Chaplains, National Association of Catholic Chaplains or National Association of Jewish Chaplains; be provisional certified; or be eligible to obtain certification within 1-3 years of employment

  • Current valid driver’s license and functional transportation

  • Demonstrated PC skills, i.e. proficient with MS Office products including Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook

  • Open to and supportive of a wide range of spiritualities

  • Ability to work with interdisciplinary health care team; knowledge and practice of theology; knowledge and practice of grieving process; knowledge and practice of medical ethical issues

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with peers, physicians, medical providers and other business leaders and departments

  • Ability to develop and present educational programs for various teams, understanding adult learning principles

  • Assertive and creative in problem solving

  • Self-directed and able to work under pressure and continuing change

  • Flexible and willing to take on increasing responsibility

  • Ability to work in a high volume environment while maintaining high quality standards

  • Sensitively manage highly confidential information

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Completion of 4 units of CPE, M. Div or equivalent degree

  • Advanced Certification in Palliative Care

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits — see our website for details


Our Mission

Our nonprofit Mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of each person we serve. Our Vision is to demonstrate the highest-quality, best-value healthcare to all we serve.

About Us

Swedish is the largest nonprofit health care provider in the greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group a network of more than 118 primary care and specialty locations throughout the Puget Sound. Swedish employs more than 13,300 employees and 3,100 physicians and allied health professionals. Whether through physician clinics, education, research and innovation or other outreach, we’re committed to caring for the people in our region and beyond. Swedish is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Swedish does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, protected veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Spiritual/Mission/Pastoral Care

Location: Washington-Seattle

Work Locations: Cherry Hill Main Bldg (WA150) 500 17th Ave James Tower Seattle, 98122

Req ID: 213938