Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chaplain in Marion, Indiana

  • Duties



VA Northern Indiana has one opening for a Protestant Chaplain (any Protestant denomination) at our Marion, Indiana facility. Come Join Our Team of Chaplains who provide a complete range of spiritual care ministries to Veterans and their families. Such ministry encompasses all aspects of pastoral care, assuring that the religious, spiritual, moral and ethical issues faced by Veterans are addressed as part of the holistic care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Chaplains work in an interfaith environment as members of a pluralistic chaplaincy.

The Chaplain has full responsibility for providing a complete religious ministry to Veteran patients and their families. The Chaplain assesses religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical problems and plans and provides appropriate ministration, including individual in-depth pastoral ministry to Veteran patients and their families. This Chaplain will provide ministry to both Women's Health and Mental Health patients as well as other Veterans.

Work schedule: Sunday - Thursday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Will provide emergency call back coverage on a rotating basis.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Position Description Title/PD#:00734-O Promotion Potential: The Chaplain may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

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  • Interaction with Veterans to conduct spiritual assessments.
  • Providing in-depth pastoral counseling to individual Veteran and family members and demonstrating sensitivity to the religious needs and requirements of each other and each individual Veteran.
  • Arranging needed special services, including rites and sacraments and providing bereavement support when needed.
  • Conducting weekly regularly scheduled services.
  • Preparing and delivering sermons or formal worship services.
  • Providing ward services for those individuals who are unable to attend regularly scheduled services.
  • Conducting periodic needs assessments of assigned populations served by the facility.
  • Developing programs of spiritual care that include spiritual assessment, direct pastoral care, and program evaluation components.
  • Selecting religious materials that will be used therapeutically for assigned Veteran populations in collaboration of Chief Chaplain and Chaplain Department staff.
  • Coordinating religious meetings, for example, religious awareness groups, and interfaith meetings as called for by population served.
  • Evaluating the need for volunteer assistance in the religious program and to exercise appropriate supervision of volunteers utilized in the program.
  • Serving as a mentor/preceptor for new chaplains, chaplain residents, and chaplain students.
  • Providing counsel on medical ethical issues, such as Advance Directives, in the context of the Veteran's religious faith perspective.
  • Communicating effectively with persons of diverse races, cultures, religions, nationalities, ages, and persons having varying types and degrees of disability to understand and address their specific needs.
  • Providing support and encouragement to primary family members and friends to be present and supportive as they are able in response to regular and emergent needs of the Veteran.
  • Participating actively on interdisciplinary teams, groups and committees to assure that the religious and spiritual dimensions of health and wellness are addressed in all aspects of the Medical Center's holistic Veteran care.
  • Developing and conducting pastoral care classes concerning outpatient ministry and telehealth chaplaincy for the chaplain staff, residents and students.
  • Advancing positive community relations through the development of relationships with local pastors, church groups and community organizations.
  • Seeking other clinical staff chaplains or clergy person in the community for religious/pastoral care service that he or she cannot provide.
  • Documenting care in electronic medical records and protecting sensitive information from loss, disclosure, or alterations. *And other related duties as assigned.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


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  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Education Requirement
  • Specialized Experience Requirement

This position is open to Current VA Chaplains Only. Your resume should describe in detail your ministry in health care settings; including Women's Health and Mental Health experience. List all jobs held whether paid or unpaid. You must indicate whether each job held was full time or part time. For part time jobs indicate the average number of hours you worked per week. Your resume must describe work you have performed and education you have completed that demonstrate that you meet the specialized requirement for this position.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/02/2018.

GS-11:To qualify as a GS-11, you must be an eligible and qualified Current GS-11 VA Chaplain.

GS-12: To qualify as a GS-12, you must have 1 year of progressively responsible specialized professional experience equivalent in complexity and responsibility to the GS-11 level. You must have a minimum of three years of ministry experience. At least two years of this experience must have followed completion of the Master of Divinity or equivalent education. Experience during graduate education may count for up to one year of the three years of required experience.

One year of the experience must have demonstrated all of the following: * (a) ability to serve as a consultant or expert to a multidisciplinary treatment team; * (b) in-depth knowledge of related professional fields, particularly in the behavioral sciences; * (c) understanding of, and ability to respond to, the particular concerns and issues pertaining to treatment of veterans; * (d) knowledge of the structure, regulations, practices, and programs of healthcare delivery systems; * (e) ability to interpret and apply a body of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures in professional practice; * (f) ability to develop and maintain liaisons with a variety of outside organizations.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.



Current VA Chaplains possess the Master of Divinity degree, normally based upon completion of 3 years of graduate study, or possess equivalent educational qualifications.

Additional information

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

First and full consideration will be given to any best qualified VANIHCS Chaplains.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated on the following competencies:

  • Advising Patients & Families
  • Clinical Ethics
  • Computerized Patient Records
  • Establishment of Religion
  • Free Exercise of Religion
  • Interdisciplinary Care
  • Pastoral Care
  • Sacraments, Rituals, Ordinances, and Worship
  • Spiritual Assessment
  • Values Diversity
  • Veteran and Customer Focus

Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


  • Required Documents


Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume - Your resume must include a description of job duties, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, and average hours worked per week. Descriptions of job duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of your experience.
  • SF-50 - Most recent SF-50-Notification of Personnel Action that demonstrates your eligibility to apply for this position (Time in Grade, Current Series, etc.)

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement, CPE Documentation, Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits



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  • How to Apply


How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 04/02/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package. NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Incomplete applications, application documents received after the closing date, or applications submitted to the National Chaplain Center will not be considered.

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Agency contact information
Jeffery Grayson

260-426-5431 X73950



Northern Indiana HCS 1700 East 38th Street Marion, IN US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/13/2018 to 04/02/2018

Salary: $61,674 to $96,099 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11 - 12

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent