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Bozeman Health SYSTEM MANAGER OF SPIRITUAL CARE in Bozeman, Montana



  • Spiritual health of persons is an essential and critical aspect of total healthcare, and patients have a right to care which respects their cultural, spiritual, personal values, preferences, and beliefs. Bozeman Health provides a Spiritual Health Department to address and assess the cultural and spiritual needs of staff, patients, and families. The System Manager of Spiritual Health promotes spiritual health as an important aspect of total health. He/she leads a team of caring and compassionate professionals in the Spiritual Health Department and supervises all spiritual care for the Bozeman Health. The Manager oversees and provides for spiritual support and services to patients, families, staff and volunteers through spiritual counseling, culturally appropriate interventions, referrals to community spiritual leaders and other community resources. The System Manager develops objectives, policies and procedures, maintains productivity, and oversees the department budget. The System Manager focuses on the mission of Bozeman Health and provides research and evidence-based clinical spiritual care that is patient and family centered, caring and compassionate, and integrating spiritual resources as pathways for healing, well-being, and health-related quality of life for each person. The System Manager maintains standards and competencies, customer relations, safety for patients, and communicates the relationship of spiritual care to other professionals and entities throughout the Bozeman Health system. The System Manager provides for the conceptualization and development of the community-wide mission of spiritual health through networking, public education, and promotion of professional competency



  • Required:

  • Master's Degree in a theological or pastoral field, or an advanced degree at the graduate professional level equivalent to two years of full time study. That study shall be completed at a school accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

  • Preferred:

  • Theological education or spiritual leadership degree at the doctoral level (DMin., EdD, Ph,D)


  • Required:

  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement and/or ordination in good standing by an appropriate faith group for ministry as a healthcare chaplain or spiritual care professional. Successful completion of a minimum of four units of Clinical Pastoral Education from an accredited training center approved by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Is certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), or the Canadian Association for Spiritual Practice and Education (CAPPE)

  • Preferred:


  • Required:

  • Minimum of three (3) years full-time experience as a spiritual care department director/supervisor of a multi-person staff

  • Preferred:



  • Personal computers, hardware and basic software prsograms including email, word processing, etc.

  • Diverse religious/spiritual values and belief systems

  • Spiritual assessment and clinical interventions

  • Post-traumatic stress management

  • Grief/bereavement reactions

  • Bioethics, medical ethics principles for decision-making, resolving ethical dilemmas


  • Oral and written communication

  • Active listening

  • Public speaking and leadership of religious services

  • Ministerial functions and rituals

  • Making cost effective decisions

  • Managing staff, scheduling, and payroll


  • Refer to policy manual for specific instructions/guidelines. Follow established policies and procedures.

  • Adhere to the standards of the job description and overall philosophy of Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

  • Remain calm in situations of extreme stress and crisis.

  • Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest, and positive attitude.


  • Excellent working relationships with all levels of staff inside the organization.

  • Work independently with minimum supervision.


    • Provides direct spiritual care for patients and families consistent with their cultural, spiritual, personal values, preferences, and beliefs.
  • Hires, supervises, trains, and schedules all Bozeman Health spiritual care staff, including Deaconess Hospital, Big Sky Medical Center, BH Cancer Center, Hillcrest Senior Living Community, community outreach staff; validates professional staff competencies and provides yearly evaluations.

  • Attends all appropriate Bozeman Health Leadership meetings, taking an active role in Bozeman Health leadership, training, and team building.

  • Directs the use of the Sanctuary, Chapels, and Healing Garden; provides ministerial functions (blessings, funerals, memorial services, rituals of passage, weddings, etc.), and sets regular religious/spiritual service schedule and special services as needed to meet the spiritual needs of patients, families, and staff.

  • Creates and presents the Spiritual Care Department budget for each fiscal year and maintains budget parameters and productivity during the year.

  • Creates all policies and procedures for the Department of Spiritual Health.

  • Provides through the Department for 24 hr. on-call emergency crisis/trauma support for patients and families