Director of Pastoral Care/Chaplain

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Mercy Circle

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Chicago IL


3659 W. 99th Street

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Mercy Circle is a newly constructed continuing care and retirement community sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy located on Chicago’s south side. Mercy Circle provides retirement apartments, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing care to individuals 62 years of age or older.  We are seeking a qualified individual to serve as the Director of Pastoral Care/Chaplain. This full-time (32 hour/week), benefit-eligible leadership role is responsible for providing spiritual and emotional support and counseling services to residents, families and staff. The Director of Pastoral Care reports to the Executive Director.


  • Demonstrates, promotes and integrates the Mission of Mercy Circle and its Core Values in daily work activities.
  • Performs daily pastoral visitation to residents to determine and address spiritual needs, Records pastoral care notes within the resident electronic medical record.
  • Ensures all requests for pastoral care are responded to in a timely manner.
  • Plans, develops, and executes programming related to spiritual interests for residents. Retains outside speakers when possible.
  • Plans and delivers regular prayer and other spiritual or sacramental services to meet residents’ needs.
  • Participates and leads committees as assigned. This position will be the chairperson for the community Ethics Committee.
  • Understands and is able to interpret Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.
  • Develops relationships with residents and staff that are caring, trusting, reliable and beneficial.
  • Communicates with members of the healthcare team, through formal and informal means of transmitting information, in order to provide optimal care for residents.
  • As part of the interdisciplinary team, conducts assessments, completes progress notes, attends and participates in care plan conferences.
  • Advocates for and addresses the spiritual and psychosocial needs of the residents.
  • Assists with transporting residents to religious services and programs.
  • Attends meetings as required.
  • Collaborates with the activities department to provide spiritual activities, groups and events to the residents.
  • Ensures ritual and sacramental needs are met.
  • Works collaboratively with the liturgy committee.
  • Delivers portions of the new hire orientation as it relates to values, mission and sponsors’ history. Provides training to staff as appropriate.
  • Manages all work with the highest degree of confidentiality – exercising discretion, judgment and diplomacy.
  • May need to work occasional evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Will participate in Manager on Duty weekend/holiday rotation
  • Other tasks as directed by the Executive Director

Mercy Circle is an EOE (Equal Opportunity Employer) and drug-free workplace.

Mercy Circle offers a number of generous and competitive benefits to associates including, but not limited to:  medical, dental, vision, disability, life, 403b retirement savings plan, paid time off and tuition reimbursement.

If interested, please submit your resume with salary history to Susan Tirpak at


  • Education: Master of Divinity, theology or other graduate pastoral care or religion degree or equivalent from an accredited institution; three quarters of clinical pastoral education or equivalent chaplain or pastoral experience.
  • Certification: Endorsement for ministry by religious group with which chaplain is affiliated (i.e., ordination, denominational endorsement); certification by professional chaplains’ endorsing body (recognized by COMISS); either meets or is actively pursuing requirements for endorsement and certification.
  • Job Related Experience:  Minimum of three years of pastoral care experience in health care or retirement setting.
  • Skills/Knowledge: Possesses compassionate, caring and empathic personality.  Ability to relate well with others in an ill, frail or vulnerable condition. Ability to think proactively, acts creatively, and takes initiative appropriately.  Excellent communication, critical-thinking, and interpersonal skills.  Demonstrated ability to work as a part of multiple teams.
  • Demonstrates computer proficiency
  • Ability to be flexible with work schedule


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