Clinical Chaplain, Supportive & Palliative Care Program
University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Posted in Call Centre and Customer Service

Job Info

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has an opening for a full-time Clinical Chaplain working in the Supportive and Palliative Care Program. The Clinical Chaplain is an integral part of the interprofessional Palliative Care Program serving patients referred to the Supportive and Palliative Care Service and those patients and families cared for within University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. This Chaplain, as the spiritual care case manager, coordinates the spiritual and/or religious care of patients and families. The Chaplain will conduct a spiritual care assessment and develop a spiritual plan of care for patients and families. They advocate for and with patients, families, and staff according to values consistent with individual belief systems.

Position responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Responds to all inpatient and outpatient consultations to the Supportive and Palliative Care Consult Service to provide spiritual services. Attends family meetings upon request.
  • Assesses patient and family spiritual needs, creates, and directs the spiritual plan of care as a part of the interprofessional plan of care, coordinating with other spiritual care providers, community clergy or spiritual leaders as desired by the patient or family.
  • Serves as a resource to medical and nursing staff in the provision of spiritual care.
  • Maintains current working knowledge of ethical principles and process, participating in institutional activities upon request.
  • Participates in the development and provision of grief support services for families and UIHC staff. This might include providing educational programs, remembrance services, rituals for staff etc.
  • Provides strong educational experience for all learners, staff, and patients and families in the arena of spiritual care for people with life threatening illnesses by being shadowed, giving in-services and formal presentations both in-house and in the community.
  • Mutually responsible for providing 24-hour on-call Chaplain coverage at UIHC, as scheduled by the Spiritual Services Department.
  • Administers the No One Dies Alone (NODA) program and helps to ensure its application.
To request a copy of the full job description for the Clinical Chaplain position in the Supportive and Palliative Care Program, please contact

Location: This position is located at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, IA and is not eligible for remote work.

Starting salary:$50,000 to commensurate (based on qualifications and experience)

Pay level 3A. To view the entire salary range for 3A:

Benefits Highlights: Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans. Complete information regarding the full benefits package may be viewed at:

About the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics-recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States-is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.®

Living in the Iowa City area: The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is located along the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City, a city of some 77,000 people (170,000+ in the metro area) regularly ranked as one of the nation's best places to live. Iowa City is less than four hours from Chicago and within five hours of Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City, readily accessible via interstate highways and a regional airport 30 minutes away.

Education and Experience Required:
  • A master's degree and Board Certified Chaplain or eligible to be board certified. Board certification is required within 2 years of hire.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills; ability to effectively transmit, receive, and interpret ideas, information, and needs through appropriate communication methods and behaviors.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple concurrent objectives, projects, groups, or activities, making effective judgments as to prioritizing and time allocation. Demonstrates high attention to detail and problem-solving skills.
  • Familiarity with EMR (electronic medical record).
  • Experience in fast-paced, high-volume work environment.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with multi-disciplinary team.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • 3 - 5 years' clinical experience in Oncology or Palliative Care in the Hospital, Hospice, or Homecare setting.
Application Process:
  • Applicants must upload a resume and a cover letter (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.
  • Final candidates will be asked to provide 5 references at a later stage of the interview process.
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on March 28, or on date of closing.
  • Successful candidates will be subject to a credential check, criminal background check, and completion of a health evaluation.
  • This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.
  • For questions, contact Heidi Bodensteiner at

Additional Information
  • Classification Title: Behavioral Health Consultant
  • Appointment Type: Professional and Scientific
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Work Modality Options: On Campus
  • Pay Level: 3A
Contact Information
  • Organization: Healthcare
  • Contact Name: Heidi Bodensteiner
  • Contact Email:

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