JFS is Hiring a Jewish Community Chaplain

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Jewish Community Chaplain sought to serve as in-house chaplain in senior continuum of care community (50%) and as regional resource (25-50%)

Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the in-house Chaplain for Daughters of Sarah Community for Seniors.  Job functions will include:
    • Providing pastoral care and counseling for residents of the Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and The Massry Assisted Living Center;
    • Liaising as needed with other community clergy (both Jewish and non-Jewish) to address resident needs;
    • Coordinating and conducting religious services for Jewish Holidays and celebrations;
    • Advising Activities, Dietary, and Social Service Departments on aspects of Jewish Holiday traditions, and serve as a resource to address Jewish observance questions (other than supervising Kashrut);
    • Providing programming on Jewish topics for residents, as requested;
    • Performing in-house funerals, as requested.
  • Serving as community-wide chaplain for Jewish residents in other long-term care facilities, providing Jewish education and support to activities and related staff and provide pastoral care for Jewish residents;
  • Training community volunteers who offer Jewish holiday, cultural and traditional activities to residents;
  • Liaising with community rabbis and clergy to ensure residents and families in long-term care settings have option of receiving pastoral care.
  • Providing guidance for Jewish holiday information and community-wide displays.
  • Coordinate and manage distribution of Jewish holiday newsletter and similar communications to promote education as to Jewish holiday customs and traditions.
  • Collaborate with Jewish and non-Jewish community professionals and volunteers to promote understanding and appreciation and innovations for Jewish pastoral care.
  • Serve on Jewish Community Committee for Aging and related committees.

Requirements include:

  • Minimum of one unit of clinical pastoral education and commitment to pursue additional units in first year of employment
  • Rabbinical ordination or equivalent experience.
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Theology, Pastoral Care, Judaism or Spirituality is required
  • Minimum of 1-3 years of experience in chaplaincy or pastoral experience, preferably in healthcare setting
  • Affiliation with NAJC: National Association of Jewish Chaplains within first year of employment preferred
  • End-of-life expertise is preferred.
  • Understanding of family dynamics; issues related to chronic disease management and emotional health; death and dying.
  • Able to work in a collaborative team relationship.
  • Able to perform public speaking engagements and lead weekly Shabbat and memorial services, as needed
  • Able to work flexible hours, including potential for some evenings and weekends
  • Able to work remotely
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Own or have access to a reliable car

All potential employees of Jewish Family Services are subject to a criminal background check.

For consideration, please submit a resume, cover letter and two professional references to:

Human Resources
Jewish Family Services
877 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

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