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Specialized Counselor Coach KMH N

Location: Kenmore, NY, United States

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Job Description

Salary: 18.54-27.80 USD

Facility: Kenmore Mercy Hospital

Shift: Shift 1

Status: Per Diem FTE: 0.100000

Bargaining Unit: ACE Associates

Exempt from Overtime: Exempt: No

Work Schedule: Days

Hours: 9-5


Under the direction of the Vice President of Mission Services, the Specialized Counselor-Coach ministers to patients, families, and associates in regard to religious/spiritual beliefs and personal concerns; As an integral member of the multidisciplinary team, the Specialized Counselor - Coach provides spiritual and emotional support for patients, families and staff within the context of illness, suffering, loss, and death; Primary areas of responsibility include units such as Intensive Care, Emergency, Oncology, anti-partum at risk and neo-natal intensive care: The Specialized Counselor-Coach receives referrals, complete documentation including Spiritual Assessments as well as provide on-going ministry and support



  • Bachelor's Degree in Pastoral Ministry or related field required (to include Counseling and Mental Health fields)
  • Master's Degree preferred
  • One (1) unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, preferred
  • Ecclesiastical Endorsements -
    • Must be in good standing to serve as a Specialized Counselor/Coach according to the code of ethics for spiritual care professionals and the standards of practice for professional chaplains. Should the Specialized Counselor/Coach characterize or hold themselves out to be a member of any religious clergy, he or she must be held as a member in good standing of same religious clergy or order at all times while employed at Catholic Health.


  • Active, practicing Catholic preferred with pastoral and/or counseling experience marked by demonstrated grasp of both the complexity of health care as a business and the unique moral, ethical and social expectations placed on the health care provider who claims a Catholic identity
  • Well-formed in Catholic tradition, knowledge of Catholic theology and Catholic social teaching preferred
  • At least two (2) years of experience in one or more of the following are recommended: health care, education, counseling, mission or spiritual care


  • High level of interpersonal, facilitative and communication skills
  • Strong theological reflection skills
  • Strong conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills
  • Commitment to Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
  • Exhibits strong pastoral identity
  • Strong emotional and spiritual maturity
  • Ability to maintain professional and personal confidentiality and HIPAA regulations
  • Flexibility in work hours, programs and services
  • Ability to work well as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to utilize computer for documentation, communication and preparation of material for ministry
  • Presentation and teaching skills
  • Ability to lead and coordinate prayer/Communion services
  • Ability to provide group facilitation and critical incident stress management
  • Knowledge of Advance Directives policy and ability to facilitate discussion with patient/resident/family



  • Normal heat, light space, and safe working environment; typical of most office jobs
  • Clinical area of workplace
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