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University of Rochester Chaplain Resident, SMH in Rochester, New York


General Description:

Founded in 1971, the Clinical Pastoral Education Program (CPE) at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Chaplaincy Services is fully accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) - the ACPE is nationally recognized as an accrediting agency in the field of clinical pastoral education by the U.S. Secretary of Education through the U.S. Department of Education. Clinical Pastoral Education is interfaith professional education that helps students to learn and improve their ministry and pastoral skills. Our program provides multi-faith ministry in a manner that is sensitive and respectful to different cultures, religious practices, and belief systems.

Our Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program is a comprehensive program that integrates peer review, supervisory evaluation, and personal reflection. Students’ learning in the program, are facilitated through intense involvement with persons in need, feedback from peers and teachers, and closely guided personal and theological reflection. This action-reflection model of learning helps students to develop a new awareness of self and those to whom they minister. Plus, as part of an interdisciplinary care team, they apply learned theory with personal and pastoral experience as they minister to patients, families, and staff. Students are encouraged to use their own personal experience as a resource for ministry. Their learning is enhanced through active participation in educational conferences, interdisciplinary meetings, and grand rounds.

Program Qualifications:

The Chaplain Resident must have a Bachelor’s Degree, enrolled in seminary, or hold Masters from seminary, or equivalent. Experience in human services or ministry, preferably in a congregation or clinical setting, is preferred. Must be open to working with persons of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds.

CPE Program Evaluation:

This is a 12-month educational program. Chaplain Resident evaluations are conducted four times a year at the end of each unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and written by the ACPE Certified Educator who is conducting the unit (10 weeks). The evaluation is confidential, kept on file in the Chaplaincy Services Department’s office and will only be released on written permission by the Chaplain Resident. Upon successful completion of this full-time CPE Residency program, students will receive 3 units of ACPE credit.


The Chaplain Resident is accountable to and under the direct supervision of the Directors of Chaplaincy Services (ACPE Certified Educators or designee) for the provision of spiritual support and adherence to Chaplaincy Services and Hospital policies procedures and standards of professional conduct. Chaplain Residents provide spiritual/religious care to patients, family and staff in all areas of the hospital to all age groups.

The Chaplain Resident:

  • Prepares for and participates in educational seminars, individual supervision, peer group seminars, grand rounds and other assigned educational activities.

  • Make ongoing spiritual assessments with patient and families based on their stated spiritual/religious needs.

  • Designs a plan of care that may include but is not limited to prayer, religious rituals, life review, exploring the spiritual meaning of a situation, bereavement support and supportive/listening presence.

  • Serves as a resource consultant to patients and their families on issues related to spiritual/religious and cultural needs.

  • Contribute to Interdisciplinary Care Rounds and actively collaborate with team members on assigned units.

  • Be available to physicians, nursing, administrative staff and other employees for spiritual/religious consultation. Receives, prioritizes and responds to referrals.

  • Document spiritual assessment, interventions and spiritual care plan in eRecord.

  • Initiates referrals to appropriate hospital staff to help address identified needs.

  • Conducts and participate in worship services, prayer services, and memorial services as needed. Be available for consultation with other clergy in regard to patient support.

  • Provides chaplain coverage as requested, to other units or programs.

  • Completes Hospital and Social Work & Patient and Family Services required in-service training programs within the required time frame. Completes Chaplaincy Services forms, health updates, and documentation within the designated deadlines.

  • Attends Chaplaincy Services and Patient and Family Services team meetings.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $35,360 - $45,968 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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Location: Strong Memorial Hospital
Full/Part Time: Full-Time