Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Associate Chaplain (35 Hour)

Recruitment #210609-1511HC-001


If you are you interested in a career that you are passionate about and receive personal fulfillment while making a difference, the Albert J. Solnit Children's Center is looking for you to be a part of their team!

At the Albert J. Solnit Children's Center, we treat our youth and each other with dignity and respect. It is in this relational, cultural and gender-sensitive surrounding that our therapeutic milieu is based. Interdisciplinary teams develop, implement and continually assess individualized treatment plans.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) seeks a qualified individual for One (1) Full Time (35 hours) Associate Chaplain. 

This position is first shift 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The schedule is: Monday through Friday

The Albert J. Solnit Children's Center South Campus is a state-administered Psychiatric facility for Connecticut's children who are under the age of eighteen, located on a 67-acre campus overlooking the Connecticut River in Middletown, CT. The center provides comprehensive care to children and adolescents with severe mental illness and related behavior and emotional problems who cannot be safely assessed or treated in a less restrictive setting.

Mission and Beliefs: Our Mission Statement is Caring, Healing and Teaching -Partnering with children, families and communities to build hope and create opportunities. We are widely recognized as a center of excellence for family-centered treatment of children and youth with serious emotional disturbances. We believe that: Children and adolescents with serious emotional disorders can lead productive and satisfying lives. Children, youth and their families have the right and responsibility to participate in their treatment. No child will be refused treatment based on their ability to pay for services. Our services work best when integrated with community care.

The campus includes: Four coed hospital units Three female adolescent Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility cottages (PRTF) Two schools Indoor pool Playgrounds Ball field Two gyms Recreation Rooms Outdoor picnic area.

New State Employees start at minimum salary range. We offer competitive benefits including health and dental insurance, a retirement plan, group life insurance, and other supplemental benefits. Paid time off is also offered, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year, in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals. We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.

Selection Plan

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meets the preferred qualifications, so please ensure that your application is complete and details your experience as outlined in this job posting. Please include your resume within the "Resume Tab" of your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, attendance reports, supervisory references, college transcripts, licenses, etc. at the discretion of the hiring agency. You do not have to submit these documents with your application.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

Applicants are encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status board daily to monitor their status and check for notices from recruiters. Viewing notices from the board ensures applicants have full visibility of all emailed notices.

Candidates will be required to successfully pass an extensive background check to include State Police check, Federal background (fingerprint), pre-employment physical, drug screen, DMV check and TB Test.

If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Lisa Womble,


In the Chaplaincy Department of a state hospital, correctional facility or agency, this class is accountable for ministering to the clinical pastoral needs as well as social welfare of the population and conducting religious services.


Provides clinical pastoral services to clients and their families; accepts referrals; attends clinical staff meetings; participates in or conducts group and individual therapy sessions; maintains documentation on patient’s current status; works cooperatively with staff of other disciplines; interprets Chaplain function to other departments in facility; participates in discharge planning, encouraging family and community support; provides emotional and spiritual support during crises; provides pastoral counseling to agency staff; accepts community referrals and provides crisis intervention counseling; prepares and conducts religious services; administers rites and sacraments; acts as liaison between agency and various religious communities; may serve as consultant to community clergy in area of mental health; may provide religious education; may speak to lay and professional groups; may participate in Employee Assistance Program; may recruit and oversee activities of community volunteers; may function as clinical team leader, case coordinator or primary therapist; may participate in various in-house educational programs; may serve on a variety of committees; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of pastoral ministry and ability to perform requirements of formal religious services; considerable pastoral care and counseling skills; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; some training ability.


  1. Graduation from an accredited three (3) year postgraduate theological seminary or the equivalent of a Master of Divinity degree.
  2. Three (3) years of pastoral experience or equivalent experience within a recognized religious denomination.


  1. Completion of formal religious training recognized by a denomination which included completion of an undergraduate four (4) year degree or its equivalent may be substituted for the General Experience.
  2. Completion of all formal religious training required by a recognized religious denomination necessary to perform the pastoral role may be substituted for the Master's level training.


  1. Incumbents in this class must have been ordained or commissioned by a religious body and received endorsement by an acceptable recognized denominational authority for this position. Endorsement by the same endorsing authority must be ongoing and uninterrupted as a condition of employment.
  2. Incumbents in this class must have two (2) units of clinical training in a program accredited by a national accrediting agency or one (1) unit of clinical training and one (1) equivalent unit. A doctoral degree or another graduate degree related to pastoral care from an accredited educational program meets the criteria for one equivalency unit.
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and maintain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
  4. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain clients or inmates; may have some exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive/abusive clients or inmates; may be exposed to disagreeable conditions.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.