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Director of Spiritual Care

Company: Ascension
Location: Jacksonville
Posted on: September 16, 2021

Job Description:

We Are Hiring:

As a community, we welcome all faiths, and are inspired by the mission and values of Ascension, to provide high-quality, compassionate, personalized care with dignity, especially to those in our communities who are most in need. This guiding vision is the cornerstone of who we are as a company: national, nonprofit and patient-focused.


Ascension Florida  and Gulf Coast is seeking a Director of Spiritual Care to join the team in Florida.


This position will require travel throughout our Florida and Gulf Coast ministry market.

What You Will Do:

The Director of Spiritual Care leads, directs and implements key initiatives, program, services and priorities within the Mission Integration Spiritual Care Center of Expertise within an Ascension Healthcare subsidiary.  The Director of Spiritual Care provides operational leadership to a continuum of spiritual care services across a ministry market that aligns with the professional standards of chaplaincy; achieves the expectations outlined in the Ascension Striving for Excellence in Spiritual Care; and, upholds Catholic identity as reflected in the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.



  • Responsible for the ministry market-wide operational dynamic mission integration strategic plan to achieve goals and priorities. 
  • Directs and manages Spiritual Care departmental operations. 
  • As the Spiritual Care COE leader, ensures the coordination and alignment of a variety of spiritual care projects and sub-projects and the linkages between them in support of the overall mission integration goals of the ministry.
  • Collaborates with other clinical and operational leaders to effectively integrate spiritual care within person-care models and delivery settings within a clinically-integrated system of care.
  • Clarifies the direction and tactics for spiritual care to align with the overall strategic direction of the Spiritual Care COE.
  • Establishes evaluative and quality improvement processes for spiritual care performance and defines quality goals and improvement opportunities. 
  • Leads the Striving for Excellence in Spiritual Care assessment and planning process to advance excellence in spiritual care throughout the ministry market. 
  • Directs the Spiritual Care COE communications and keeps internal and external stakeholders informed about the priorities, outcomes and organizational commitment to spiritual care as a core commitment and expression of Ascension’s Catholic identity.  Proficient at communicating interpersonally, through the written work, and a variety of virtual and electronic media.
  • Provides leadership in creating a spiritual environment that contributes to personal and organizational transformation that reflects the Mission.
  • Represent Spiritual Care at national, ministry market and community-based committees, councils and task groups as assigned.
  • Works collaboratively with Ascension’s Mission Integration Spiritual Care Center of Expertise to ensure alignment and coordination with national strategic priorities and COE standards of excellence.
  • Manage the overall chaplain staff resources to provide coverage based on acuity needs, volume, emergency department demands, and high distress areas such as cancer services, step-down units and initiatives targeting the underserved. Develop plan or community relationship to offer or extend spiritual care to family care centers, among people whose primary language is not English, or live in more rural areas of our communities. Collaborate with area faith leaders and pastors to help connect their members to their faith communities.  
  • Advances the professional field of spiritual care, develops talent and identifies the plan for continuing professional development and spiritual formation of spiritual care providers.
  • As requested by the Chief Mission Integration Officer, may serve as faculty for orientation, education and/or formation programs, presentations, retreats, etc.
What You Will Need:

Licensure / Certification / Registration:

  • Chaplain preferred. Licensure required relevant to state in which work is performed.
  • Chaplain specializing in Cert of Endorsement preferred. Licensure required relevant to state in which work is performed.


  • Master's degree in Divinity, Theology, Pastoral Studies or related field is required.

Work Experience:

  • 3 years of experience required.
  • 5 years of experience preferred.
  • 1 year of leadership or management experience preferred.
Additional Preferences:
  • Experience in a significant healthcare leadership role with clinical supervisory and operational decision-making responsibilities.
Why Join Our Team:

When you join Ascension, you join a team of over 160,000 individuals across the country committed to a Mission of serving others and providing compassionate, personalized care to all. Our inclusive culture, continuing education programs, career coaches and benefit offerings are just a few of the resources and tools that team members can use to create a rewarding career path. In fact, Ascension spent nearly $46 million in tuition assistance alone to support associate growth and development. If you are looking for a career where you can grow and make a difference in your community, we invite you to join our team today.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer:

Ascension is an equal opportunity employer (EEO) and affords equal opportunity to all associates and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.

For further information regarding your EEO rights, click on the following link to the “EEO is the Law” poster:


EEO is the Law Poster Supplement

Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants.

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This employer participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. Please click the E-Verify link below for more information.


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