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Company Name:
Hospice Calgary Society
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Location:
Calgary, Alberta
Country:
Canada
Industry:
Health
Position type:
Part Time
Experience level:
5 - 10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Spiritual Care Coordinator

Spiritual Care Coordinator 

Permanent – Part-Time – 0.8 FTE

Our Employee Engagement Surveys show that year over year we continue to get very high ratings and we are operating from a position of outstanding strength!

Do you bring independence and initiative to your role as a spiritual care practitioner?

Are you passionate about playing a role in providing end-of-life support to patients, clients, and their families?

Hospice Calgary guides children, teens and adults through the grieving process as they face a life threatening illness and death of a loved one. Our team of professionals provides individual, family and group support as well as 24-hour end-of-life care. We operate two centres of care: Sage Centre & Children’s Grief Center for counselling and education services and Rosedale Hospice for residential end-of-life care.

Rosedale Hospice is our residential end-of-life cancer care facility. It is a quiet, peaceful home where patients and their family and friends are cared for in a supportive environment. We have a full complement of staff and volunteers who work together to ensure that each client receives individualized, 24-hour care.

Position Summary:  The Spiritual Care Coordinator is responsible for providing psycho-social and spiritual support to Rosedale Hospice patients, their families, and members of the inter-professional team (staff and volunteers). The position works primarily from Rosedale Hospice with additional regular support to Sage Centre programs.

The Spiritual Care Coordinator is a core member of the inter-professional team and contributes to an ethical, safe, and inclusive environment through knowledge and practice of the organization’s policies and procedures.  

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Spiritual Care

  • Provides formal spiritual assessments for patients at Rosedale Hospice
  • Effectively documents and shares with the inter-professional team, the spiritual care needs of patients and families
  • Provides spiritual care directly with patients and families at Rosedale Hospice through the provision of support at the bedside or in the community
  • Provides spiritual care directly for clients and families in the Living with Cancer program and other programs at Sage Centre as needed (on or off site)
  • Builds a network of support with spiritual and religious representatives in the community and coordinates spiritual and religious care for patients and families with that network
  • Responsive to both urgent and ongoing patient, client and family situations

Counselling & Group Facilitation

  • Responsive to both urgent and ongoing patient, client and family situations
  • Provides psycho-social support to patients and families to assist with existential anxiety
  • Assists patients and families with funeral/memorial planning and financial support applications
  • Provides information and referrals to patients and their families for additional  appropriate internal and external support services as needed
  • Provides confidential support to the inter-professional team members and volunteers as needed regarding grief and/or challenging care situations
  • Co-facilitates (8 hours/month) the Living With Cancer Program at Sage Centre
  • Facilitates the Living Through Loss Program at Sage Centre

General

  • Demonstrates initiative in using best practice in spiritual care and social work or counselling
  • Ability to recognize ethical dilemmas and engage all relevant parties in a process to address ethical issues
  • Acts as Staff Lead for Hospice Calgary’s Ethics Committee
  • Collaborates and cooperates with other members of the inter-professional team in the promotion of the well-being of the patient and family, alerting them to changes as appropriate
  • Participates in weekly Patient Rounds
  • Participates in family meetings
  • Develops and facilitates presentations for staff and the community at large
  • Collaborates on projects and research initiatives as coordinated by the management team
  • Performs other duties as required

Qualifications:

  • 5 years pastoral care or clinical experience required
  • Experience in health care setting and/or grief support preferred
  • Certified spiritual care worker with current Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) membership or registration with other related certified profession
  • Degree in related theology, social work, or counselling
  • Training and experience in spiritual direction, counselling, and education
  • Knowledge of contemplative end-of-life care approaches and an understanding and appreciation of hospice care
  • Working knowledge of acute and community end-of-life care resources
  • Ability to work with integrity and respect in all belief systems and no belief system
  • Working knowledge of a variety of Christian and non-Christian religious traditions and customs is required
  • Computer literate with multimedia capabilities
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of Hospice Calgary’s staff and volunteer teams
  • Values volunteers and understands their role in the organization’s success
  • Current criminal record check and Vulnerable Sector Search

Working Conditions:

  • A standard work week is usually required (134.4 hours/month)
  • Availability to be on-call during non-work hours for consultation  
  • Flexibility to accommodate working from both Hospice Calgary sites and within the community
  • Travel within Calgary between Hospice Calgary sites is required
  • Must have valid Alberta driver’s license and own transportation

Our Mission

To help families and individuals achieve support, hope, and well-being through compassionate end-of-life and bereavement care.

Our Organization

We are leaders: we strive for excellence and provide high quality service to our clients.

We live our values: we don’t just say we value compassion and empathy, we demonstrate these values daily.

We make a difference: we respect the individual needs of each patient/client and know we have a positive impact on the community.

Applications will be accepted until suitable candidates are found. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Submit resume and cover letter with attention to Erin Forsyth, Director of Clinical Care [email protected]