Spiritual Care Coordinator

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Spiritual Care Coordinator

Temporary Full-time Contract June 2018 to March 2019

St. Joseph’s Hospice is a faith-based organization that provides quality of life at the end of life, offering compassionate holistic care and support to individuals living with a terminal illness. Support is extended to their family members and caregivers, and to those grieving the loss of a loved one. Hospice programs and services are at no cost to those we support and are available irrespective of age, gender, religion, race, ethnicity or economic status.

Whether in the community, our wellness centre, or our 10-suite residence, St. Joseph’s Hospice provides specialized programs and services with a person-centred approach. Individuals and families are intimately involved in creating their own plan of care which best addresses their unique needs. Our competent and committed Hospice staff and volunteers work together as a team with other community partners and service providers to provide full support and quality hospice palliative care.

Working within an interdisciplinary team, and in accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values of St. Joseph’s Hospice, the Spiritual Care Coordinator will guide and facilitate spiritual engagement and support to meet the needs of everyone Hospice serves, including persons of faith and those who have no religious affiliation or practice.


Spiritual Engagement

• Works as a member of an interdisciplinary team to identify, guide and facilitate the spiritual support and unique faith needs of our residents and their circle of care.

• Works collaboratively with the Hospice Program Team to promote and facilitate the grieving process/needs of the residents and their circle of care and community bereavement clients.

Program and Group Activities

• Leads and works collaboratively with staff and volunteers, planning, delivering and measuring the effectiveness of various programs and associated services in the community and our Hospice home.

Community Outreach

• Builds strong relationships with various faith leaders to optimally support the diverse faith, cultural and spiritual needs of those we serve.

• Nurtures and seeks out opportunities for partnerships that will enhance the ability of the Hospice to meet the spiritual needs of those we serve including the development of service/activities within our programs.

• Contributes to the development of a culturally competent agency.


To perform this role successfully, an individual must be able to perform essential duties satisfactorily. The Requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and /or abilities required.

• University degree in Religious, Theological or Pastoral studies, Master’s degree preferred.

• Certificate in Pastoral Care (Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice), or equivalent.

• Member of Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) preferred.

• Member of College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario or equivalent is preferred.

• 5 years related pastoral experience and training.

• Certificate or training in Thanatology or end-of-life care.

• Demonstrated knowledge and respect of other faiths and traditions while using sound theological, assessment and reflective skills.

• Demonstrated experience in program planning, development, facilitation and evaluation.

• Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to the principles of patient and family centered care

• Sound assessment and care planning skills with an ability to create a therapeutic alliance, establishing appropriate boundaries and limits to support grieving persons.

• Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to the Health Ethics Guide of the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada (CHAC).

• Demonstrated knowledge of effective group facilitation principles with recent experience facilitating groups.

• Experience working with diverse communities with sound knowledge of the larger system and social service network, and demonstrated ability to form community partnerships. Proven knowledge of hospice palliative care is a requirement, as well as a certificate in the Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care, or the commitment to obtain.

• Demonstrated relationship management skills consistent with the Mission, Vision, and Values of St. Joseph’s.

• Willingness to work flexible hours and a valid Ontario driver’s license and use of a vehicle.

St. Joseph’s Hospice is an equal opportunity employer and we will accommodate your needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Upon individual request, hiring processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities. If you require any accommodations to fully and fairly participate in the application, interview or selection process, please contact Human Resources at (519) 337-0537ext 102 or gkemble@sjhospice.ca and we will endeavor to provide a suitable accommodation in a manner that takes into account your accessibility needs.

To further explore this opportunity, please submit your résumé with covering letter and on or before March 30, 2018 to the attention of:

Graham Kemble

Director, Human Resources

St. Joseph’s Hospice


Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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