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%)
- 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.
- 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:
Jewish Family Services
877 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12208