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Director of Spiritual Care
at Notre Dame Health Care Center, Inc.
Worcester, MA

Director of Spiritual Care
at Notre Dame Health Care Center, Inc.
Worcester, MA

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Rooted in the heritage of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Notre Dame Health Care (NDHC) is committed to the physical, spiritual, and emotional care of our residents and patients. As one of Worcesters largest healthcare organizations employing 420 employees, NDHC provides long term/skilled rehab care, residential assisted living care, adult/pediatric hospice and palliative care, and education, tutoring, and citizenship courses to hundreds of residents/patients every year. Our du Lac Assisting Living is looking for a Full-Time Director of Spiritual Care.

Under the guidance of the Executive Director, the incumbent will provide spiritual, religious and personal counseling and guidance to all residents of Notre Dame du Lac, their families and staff. The Spiritual Care Director will also Plan, develop, coordinate and/or conduct daily religious services for residents, family members, and staff of any faith. Maintain and submit reports of pastoral activities as required. Plan and maintain a visitation program for new residents and residents on medical leave. Review pastoral care programs and services on an ongoing basis to assure that spiritual objectives are being met. Participate in making recommended changes to meet resident needs. Assume the authority, responsibility and accountability for directing the religious services at Notre Dame du Lac. Attend and participate in department head meetings. Oversee a team of one or more Spiritual Care Associates. Act as a resource to residents, families and staff on ethical matters. Maintain a process of theological reflection, accepting daily pastoral responsibilities when required. Develop and maintain a good working rapport with personnel within and outside of Notre Dame du Lac in order to assure that the religious programs and activities can be properly maintained to meet the needs of residents. Be available to work occasional weekends and evenings as may be necessary. Other duties may apply.

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Master's Degree is preferred with knowledge of specialized fields of theology, liturgy, psychology, sociology, ecumenical orientation and Catholic ethical guidelines. Bachelor's Degree is acceptable with the specified knowledge and experience.

Two units in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) are required, certification with NACC or ACPE or its equivalent is preferred. Experience working with infirm elderly is needed as well as excellent communication and counseling skills, patience, tact, positive attitude, integrity, and cheerful enthusiasm.

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