The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.
The Spiritual Health department at the SCCA provides relationally-grounded, outcomes-oriented, multidisciplinary, and research-informed chaplaincy care to culturally and spiritually diverse patients, family, and staff, both inpatient (at UW Medical Center) and outpatient (at the SCCA South Lake Union, SCCA--Northwest Hospital campus, and SCCAPeninsula/Poulsbo). Spiritual Health embraces continuous quality improvement, a culture of learning and engagement, and professional leadership in the oncology and outpatient chaplaincy arenas. The department is engaged in clinical care, education, and some research
The SCCA has an opening in Spiritual Health for a full-time position (5 days per week), primarily in the outpatient setting (e.g., 4 days per week) but with some regular inpatient responsibilities (e.g., 1 day per week). Responsibilities include provision of care to adults with cancer as well as to their support persons and to staff. The ideal candidate will:
have demonstrated chaplaincy care skills
work well both independently and with colleagues (e.g., within a department of five and with health care teams)
function well in a complex academic medical specialty care context
demonstrate good analytical skills and attention to detail
evidence strong capabilities with electronic charting and Microsoft Office and exhibit proficiency in thorough documentation of clinical work
thrive in an environment of ongoing change, both in healthcare services delivery and in chaplaincy care.
Screen and assess patient/family needs, resources, struggles, hopes, and goals
Actively, empathically, and compassionately inquire and facilitate conversation, rituals, and connections around these issues, intervening in ways that sustain, guide, and/or work toward healing
Explore life histories, legacies, and values/goals that guide medical decisions and that help patients/families navigate challenging times in meaningful and potentially transformative ways
Provide care, counsel, debriefings, and specialized programs to support staff, providers, volunteers, non-employees at all sites of care
Educate staff, providers, students, and volunteers regarding spiritual, religious, emotional, and existential issues as well as how to collaborate in screening for and addressing these issues
Be a voice for the spiritual, religious, and emotional needs and well-being in the broader organization
Be active participants in relationally-grounded, evidence-based, research-informed chaplaincy care that seeks continuous quality improvement
To apply and be considered for the position please submit a formal electronic application on our careers site. Please be prepared to include all of the following: a cover letter, including reason for applying, and a resume. Also, please e-mail a verbatim account of one of your chaplaincy care encounters (and analysis) reflecting your current abilities to The Rev. Stephen King, Ph.D, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For full consideration, please apply by November 15th.
MDiv or equivalent degree appropriate for certifications below; at least four units of clinical pastoral education (ACPE)
Religious group endorsement for health care, all leading to certification in the Association of Professional Chaplains or equivalent organization sharing common standards within two years
Ability to communicate effectively with culturally, religiously, and spiritually diverse patients, providers, families, staff, volunteers, non-employees
Demonstrates professional values and behaviors, demonstrates good boundaries, demonstrates good leadership skills, remains non-judgmental , and respects the dignity and worth of every individual
Must have excellent chaplaincy care skills, work well independently and with others, function well in complex and constantly changing contexts, be committed to continuous improvement, have good analytical skills, be a detail-oriented person, and work well with electronic charting and Microsoft Office
Must be committed to learning and providing outcomes-oriented, evidence-based chaplaincy care, and have a strong desire to becoming research literate in the field
Education or experience in a major academic health care organization
Substantial experience in oncology
Knowledge regarding spiritual/religious/existential distress and negative spiritual/religious coping
We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at email@example.com or by calling 206-667-4700.
The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was incorporated in 1998 as a separate, jointly governed non-profit that included the cancer programs of three partners. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s. The purpose of this organization is to provide state-of the-art patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northwest, and according to the National Cancer Data Base, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients in general have better survival rates than patients treated at other cancer treatment centers.