Toronto Ontario, Canada

Jan 23, 2019    Permanent


Job Description

Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care (PAC) and Emily’s House Paediatric Hospice (EH) is a not-for-profit charity whose primary focus is to provide practical, emotional, spiritual and respite support to adults, children and families facing a life-threatening illness. Care is offered in both a residential setting (EH) as well as visiting hospice program in the community, (PAC). PAC/EH are seeking a Chaplain/spiritual care provider, with experience in palliative care with both adults and children. The Chaplain is a member of the interdisciplinary team and provides direct spiritual support and/or counsel to patients/families in keeping with patients/families’ beliefs, as well as staff and volunteers. POSITION SUMMARY: • The Chaplain/spiritual care provider offers direct spiritual/pastoral/bereavement support and/or counseling to adults, children and families, hospice staff, and volunteers in both the residential hospice and community programs either directly or through coordination of care with other spiritual counselors. • Acknowledges and respect people's beliefs, culture and values related to life's meaning including suffering and loss and a desire to receive support. • Works with the clinical team and volunteers to ensure each client and their loved ones receive the fullness of care physically, spiritually and emotionally. • Conducts spiritual/bereavement assessments on clients and their families/caregivers in a timely manner and ensures that identified needs are addressed in the clients plan of care. • Demonstrates exceptional service to clients, families, referral sources, co-workers and others involved in hospice care. • Assists team members as needed to ensure that this level of service is consistently provided. • Provides accurate and timely documentation of patient services to reflect the plan of care. • Serves as liaison and support to community chaplains and spiritual counselors. • Attends Interdisciplinary rounds to facilitate coordination of care and discussion of interdisciplinary group involvement. • Provides consultation, education, and support to the interdisciplinary group and volunteers on spiritual care and bereavement counseling. • Recruits community chaplains, spiritual counselors, and spiritual care volunteers • Actively participates in quality assessment performance improvement teams and activities. • Serves as a community liaison for the hospice team. • Demonstrates ability to relate effectively with physicians, health care professionals, clients/families, the community, and members of the hospice interdisciplinary team • Conducts Memorial Services semi-annually to celebrate the lives of those who have passed in Emily’s House and/or the community. • Arranges and participates in appropriate religious rites for clients, their families and friends, especially at times of death. • Coordinates clergy, pastoral visitors, and volunteers from the religious community. • Supervises and supports volunteers of pastoral caregivers, in co-operation with Volunteer Services. • Provides liaison to other departments such as social work, volunteers, etc. • Develops and maintains procedures to keep records of pastoral activity to communicate with the other members of the department and interdisciplinary team. Remuneration: Based on experience + competitive benefit package. To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to No phone calls please. Deadline: February 22, 2019

Required Skills

• The ideal candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills, experience in working with adults,children/families dealing with life-threatening illness, excellent grasp on spiritual/bereavement matters/issues, assessment skills, funeral planning, public speaking and demonstrate cultural competence and ability to comfortably work in diversity and in an inter-faith context. • Must be an individual who by ordination or by ecclesiastical endorsement from their denomination or governing college, has been approved to function in a pastoral/counselling capacity. • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) and interpersonal skills. • Excellent problem solving, organizational and time management skills. • Must be able to work in a team and/or independently; must be a responsible self-starter. • Willingness and ability to maintain flexibility in the event of unforeseen situations. Core Competencies: • Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide a safe environment and communicate effectively with all age groups of clients served by the Spiritual Care Services Department. • The analytical ability to assess clients’ spiritual needs and sense of well-being and find appropriate solutions to client problems. • Empathy for the problems experienced by clients and families; commitment to help the distressed. • Demonstrates strong leadership skills with the ability to build and motivate teams. • Adapt to constantly changing circumstances while maintaining a professional perspective.

Education Required

• Graduate of accredited seminary or school of theology (M.Div. MTS or equivalent theological degree). • Completion of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE units) preferred

Experience Required

• Experience in hospice/palliative care in community visiting hospice, residential hospice, hospital or long-term care setting.


Kimberley Goring, Manager of Hospice Administration
Philip Aziz Centre

Toronto Ontario
M4M 1X8

Ministry Type


Annual Fundraising Required