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Staff Chaplain

Job Ref: 27049

Talent Area: Professional

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
Houston, TX 77070

Area/Department: Spiritual Care

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: Full-Time

Organization: Houston Methodist


Work Week: M - F

Company Profile

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital opened its doors to Northwest Houston in December 2000. In May 2010, a major expansion on the 52-acre campus doubled the size of the hospital, brining more expertise, more state-of-the-art technology and more specialized care to the community. With 251 licensed beds, 16 operating rooms and over 1,600 employees, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital was specifically designed to provide comprehensive, personalized care for the community.

Job Summary


The Staff Chaplain provides pastoral care and counseling to patients, families and staff at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. Cooperates with Clergy of the community, The Methodist System Spiritual Care Departments, Spiritual Care volunteer clergy and hospital staff to ensure the spiritual needs of patients, families and staff are fulfilled.  Promotes the Methodist Willowbrook and the Methodist Healthcare System mission and values, along with the meaning of being a church affiliated health care institution, to employees and staff. Will be actively involved in community service activities, as assigned by the Director.



Neonate, Pediatric, Adolescent, Adult and Geriatric



  1. Serve as hospital wide staff chaplain on assigned nursing unit(s); consult regularly with physicians, hospital leadership and other team members concerning ways to assess and meet the religious, spiritual, emotional, and related needs of patients, families and hospital personnel.
  2. Provide pastoral support and sacramental ministry to patients and families during hospitalization, particularly for pre-operative, critically ill or dying patients.
  3. Provide pastoral support and sacramental ministry to hospital personnel.
  4. Help plan and activate departmental programs as assigned by the Director.
  5. Plans and leads worship services in hospital chapel as assigned by the Director.
  6. Requires availability to remain on-site for extended periods during emergency and/ or disaster situations.  This includes preparation for, during, and recovery of disaster situations.
  7. Responds to emergency calls as needed, and rotates with other chaplains in taking 24-hour on-call responsibility.
  8. Anticipates, assesses and responds to the spiritual and emotional needs of patients, families, staff, and leadership by providing immediate interventions that meets these needs.
  9. Records and documents visits of all pastoral referrals in Methodist records and in-house records of visits performed.
  10. Participates with other staff members in making resources available to the community.
  11. Educates, using other resources if indicated, staff concerning diverse religious beliefs of patient population.
  12. Demonstrates the components of the I CARE values statement (Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence).

13)Demonstrates Service pride standards (smiles and makes eye contact; greets each patient and visitor; seeks out patient and visitor contact; displays appropriate body language at all times; takes 5 minutes each day to go above and beyond for one patient or visitor; honors diversity; thanks every customer).

14)Follows all safety rules while on the job.  Reports all accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards.  Communicates with peers and management regarding any hazards identified in the workplace.



  • Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from an accredited school of theology 
  • Four or more units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) through a center accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral education, Inc.



  • Parish experience or equivalent as judged appropriate by the interviewing personnel



  • Ordination or commission to function in spiritual care ministry by recognized faith group, or in the ordination process
  • Endorsement by appropriate faith group committee on chaplaincy, or in the endorsement process
  • Eligible for Board Certification by the Association of Professional Chaplains, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, National Association of Jewish Chaplains, or other nationally recognized chaplain certifying body within two (2) years of full time employment preferred.



  • Excellent spoken and written English; email etiquette
  • Excellent ability to build and sustain interpersonal relationships
  • Ability to maintain composure, professional demeanor and appropriate social interactions with colleagues/staff, patients, physicians, families, and the community during routine and disaster/emergency situations and drills.
  • Maintain ability to respond with support and solutions for life threatening situations, and/or disaster events in effort to provide pastoral care during times such as hurricane ride-out and/or recovery.
  • Ability to work under changing and unpredictable levels of stress
  • Good integrative skills between pastoral care and theological/ethical issues and situations
  • Computer data entry skills and organizational skills


Equal Employment Opportunity

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