Lead Spiritual Care Counselor

August 17, 2017

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities: The Lead Spiritual Care Counselor coordinates and ensures provision of appropriate spiritual services to HOF patients, families and other loved ones. Coordinates and provides liaison between HOF and the religious community. Coordinates and provides educational opportunities for local religious leaders, clergy and lay leaders of religious communities regarding end of life spiritual care. Coordinates, develops and provides staff and volunteers with education and support related to spiritual care.
Primary Department: Outpatient Unit
Reporting Relationship: Counseling Services & Program Manager
Position Type: Non-Exempt, Full Time, Benefited
Salary Range: Grade 7   Range of $ 24.06 – $ 33.30

Job Details and Essential Functions:
• Responsible for recruiting, orienting, assigning, coordinating and supervising spiritual volunteers in coordination with the Bereavement and Volunteer Support Services Coordinator
• Conduct pre-bereavement contacts with the patient and family as assigned in the Hospice Plan of Care.
• Conduct Bereavement Assessments, visits, and other contacts as assigned, creating appropriate documentation
• Provide funeral or memorial services for patients as requested
• Conduct or participate in the memorial service(s) for employees, facilities, and family members of Company’s Bereavement Program as required or requested
• Provide direct pastoral non-denominational care to Hospice patients and families including spiritual assessment, crisis intervention, counseling and linkage with spiritual resources
• Assess spiritual needs of patients/families/caregivers in a timely manner, and provide consultation. Contact patient/family’s preferred spiritual advisor to ensure ongoing involvement and to invite participation in interdisciplinary care planning when requested by team member or patient/family member
• Contact clergy or spiritual counselors to assist in spiritual care of patients and family members
• Develop and document plan for spiritual care, in conjunction with the interdisciplinary team when requested by team member or patient/family member
• Evaluate and revise plan for spiritual care of patients/families/caregivers with the interdisciplinary team on an ongoing basis
• Maintain records of spiritual care services utilization and related activities for quality assurance, program development and policy and procedure review and revision
• Provide consultation, education, and support to the interdisciplinary team on spiritual care. Participate in staff meetings, department meetings, team meetings, briefings, in-services, committees and other related activities as needed at various workplace settings as requested (CCH, SNF etc.)
• Establish networks with faith communities throughout the service area for the purposes of teaching about the hospice philosophy and enlisting aid in providing spiritual support
• Serve a preceptor for all new Spiritual Care Providers and assign duties as appropriate
• Comply with local, state and federal laws, Medicare regulations, JCAHO standards and established policies and procedures
Knowledge and Skills
Required
• Demonstrates excellent planning, observation and communication
• Comfort in an interfaith setting. Ability to accept different lifestyles, cultures, beliefs and values.
• Ability to network with community clergy and congregations
• Understanding of Hospice philosophy, principles of death/dying. Compliance with accepted professional standards and practices.
• Ability to provide accurate written documentation in a timely manner
• Self-directed with the ability to work with little supervision. Flexible and cooperative in fulfilling all obligations
• Must have the ability to function autonomously and possess effective time management skills
• Experience inter-acting with families and patients during the transition, dying and bereavement periods.
• Demonstrated exceptional communications and interpersonal skills, adaptability, organizational and team building skills, responsibility and leadership
• Intermediate experience with MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
• Public speaking, developing relationships with identified partners, groups, businesses with whom Hospice of the Foothills may have or need to establish affiliation
Education & Experience
Required
• Graduate of accredited seminary or school of theology (B.D., M.Div. or equivalent theological degree), or degree in counseling, or equivalent experience
• Experience inter-acting with families and patients during the transition, dying and bereavement periods.
• Demonstrated exceptional communications and interpersonal skills, adaptability, organizational and team building skills, responsibility and leadership
• Three years of experience working with death and dying
• One year of Hospice/home health experience
• Knowledge of and commitment to hospice philosophy of care
Desired
• Five years of experience working with death and dying
• Three years of hospice/home health experience
License / Certifications
Required
• Possess and maintain valid California driver’s license, a reliable automobile and evidence of appropriate liability insurance
• Possess and maintain current CPR certification.

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