Who We Are
For nearly 150 years, JFS of St. Louis has offered compassionate support and practical solutions to help people in greater St. Louis navigate life’s challenges. Our professional staff assist the elderly, protect children at risk, provide food and services to those in need, support families, and enhance community connections. We serve people in need, inclusive of all ages, races, religions, ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations. JFS is a dynamic organization, with committed volunteers and talented staff dedicated to an inspiring mission.
Chaplain Position Summary:
The Chaplain ensures that older Jewish adults at risk of isolation feel connected spiritually and to the community by delivering pastoral care to Jewish residents of area skilled nursing, assisted living facilities and group homes. The Chaplain also provides care to home-based clients, individuals receiving hospice care and hospital patients as needed.
- Makes individual pastoral visits to residents of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, hospice patients, and homebound individuals. Structures group programs where possible and appropriate for the residents served.
- Provides spiritual support to clients and family members on issues of loss, grief, depression, illness, isolation, and end of life issues.
- Performs or delegates clerical support tasks for the program (typing, correspondence, reports, and program materials).
- Completes client documentation
- Plans and implements consistent outreach to skilled nursing and assisted living facilities to identify Jewish residents in need of chaplaincy services.
- Provides feedback to the PQI Committee on program activities and results.
- May perform funerals for the unaffiliated.
- May take a lead role in supervising one or more volunteers.
- Demonstrate teamwork in delivery of care management services.
- Performs other duties as required or assigned
- Complies with all company policies and standards.
To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with varying abilities to perform the essential functions.
Education: Master’s Degree in social work, counseling, psychology, human services, or education.
Work Experience: Is an ordained Rabbi or current enrollment as rabbinical student. Experience in counseling, geriatrics, and pastoral care.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Must identify Jewishly and be affiliated with the Jewish Community.
- Able to communicate on an individual level and in group situations.
- Ability to use standard office equipment, computers and related software applications.
Licenses, Certifications and Professional Affiliations:
- Certification in chaplaincy desirable, but not required.
Volunteers, as needed
Work is typically performed in an inside office environment or in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Occasionally makes visits in private homes/hospitals.
This position requires prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds. Must take appropriate precautions to prevent exposure to infection.
Travel within the community is required. Must have access to reliable, private transportation.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
JFS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.