Director Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Job Description

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is searching for a Director of Pastoral and Spiritual Care. The Director will provide leadership for pastoral and spiritual care services and support mission integration efforts to help animate our Catholic identity. The Director provides leadership to a large and talented team of chaplains who provide a continuum of pastoral and spiritual care services across our regional healthcare system. The Director oversees approximately 25 full and parttime staff who serve St. Elizabeth’s patients and their families, as well as our own associates. The size of the team and the scope of work, requires a talented manager with strong operational and systems development skills. The Director will be responsible for building a strong and cohesive multi-hospital team, while supporting the ongoing professional development of individual chaplains. Finally, the Director will use data, assessment and benchmarking to track trends and lead change to respond to opportunities, challenges and changes in the field of pastoral and spiritual care.

We are seeking a leader with a deep understanding of our Catholic tradition and the inspiration and resources it offers pastoral and spiritual care and mission integration in healthcare. The leader will have a demonstrated capacity to lead in a religiously diverse community and will have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion, equity and diversity.

The Director will join St. Elizabeth at an exciting time. St. Elizabeth is preparing to launch a new strategic plan in which our Catholic mission is a key driver. St. Elizabeth is strongly positioned, deeply committed to its mission and people, and a regional leader in healthcare. The Director will join, and report to, the new Vice President of Mission.

Develop, guide and assess all Spiritual and Pastoral Care functions. Responsibilities include hiring, supervising and developing chaplains (and volunteers) and building a strong and cohesive multi-hospital team. Create staffing and resource plans and monitoring budgets. Track trends and data and be responsive to changes and opportunities. Update and create standard policies and processes to ensure we best use our resources to support our patients and associates.



Oversees office operations and space management (e.g., chapels, sacramental services, etc.)



Collaborates with people and departments across the system in support of departmental and SEH goals and priorities and represents the department on organizational committees (e.g., Ethics Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, etc.).



Supports internal system-wide mission formation and integration efforts.


Performs other duties as assigned.





Education, Credentials, Licenses:

  • Master’s degree in Theology, Pastoral Care, Healthcare Administration, Counseling, an MDIV or related field

  • Chaplaincy Certification
  • Advanced Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

Specialized Knowledge:

  • An understanding of Catholic theology and the Church’s sacramental tradition and their implications for spiritual and pastoral care in a healthcare context
  • Systems and operations development and management
  • Strategic planning and evaluation
  • Training in diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Broad religious literacy, and respect for, other faith traditions
  • Training in Healthcare Administration
  • Business / systems management training
  • Knowledge of the Ethical & Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare

Kind and Length of Experience:

  • Five years of experience in pastoral care, healthcare or a related field
  • Demonstrated progressive leadership experience
  • Experience guiding teams and managing people

  • Managerial and direct supervision experience