Cayuga Medical Center
  • Spiritual Care
  • Ithaca, NY, USA
  • Per Diem

Job Summary: This position is primarily responsible for providing spiritual care that supports the well-being of medical center patients, loved ones and staff. Core duties include pastoral visitation with patients and staff, support in complex medical decision making process, and connecting individuals to appropriate clergy or other community resources. All chaplains are expected to be collaborative members of the healthcare team who offer a calm presence of respectful support and generous hospitality to all.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Patient Care Services

Provide timely response and support to patients and families in crisis. (Able to respond on-site within 60 minutes or less when scheduled to be on-call.)

Ensure confidential and timely notification of appropriate clergy as directed by patient/loved ones.

Provide or make referral for requested spiritual support for patients who are not affiliated with a specific religious community.

  • Spiritual Leadership

Provide inclusive, interfaith, and non-sectarian spiritual care to patients and families.

Serve as a resource person to patients and loved ones in times of complex medical decision making.

Assist with funeral services or other rites and rituals for patients upon request and as available.

  • Community Interaction

Work with local clergy and faith communities to provide continued of spiritual care upon request.

Positively represent Cayuga Medical Center in the workplace and in our community.

  • Department Operations

Document visits appropriately in the electronic medical record, and notify incoming chaplain about particular concerns or acute patient-care needs.

Seek to enhance and improve the delivery of chaplaincy services to the community.

Participate in chaplain staff meetings as scheduled, and respond to scheduling needs as they arise.

Serve as a backup for Director of Spiritual Care and Staff Chaplain as available.

  • Education and Development

Attend annual educational event(s) to enhance knowledge and skill as a spiritual caregiver.

Educate department directors and CMC staff on issues relating to chaplaincy services and spiritual care.

  • Exhibit flexibility and willingness to assume other appropriate responsibilities not noted above.



Theological Degree from an accredited seminary.

Endorsement by appropriate religious community (may include ordination, or endorsement as chaplain).

Maintains "good standing" with religious community, denomination, or clerical body.

Successful completion of at least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, with board certification (BCC) or eligibility (four units of CPE) strongly preferred.


Previous hospital chaplaincy experience is preferred.

Demonstrated ability to relate to persons across differences. (religion, race, class, culture, ability, etc.)

Demonstrated ability to provide effective pastoral care and support in times of crisis and decision-making.

Strong verbal and written communication skills.

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