Protestant Chaplain

Recruitment #240320-1510HC-001


Are you ordained to administer the religious rites as a Chaplain of the Protestant faith and looking to join an organization where your role will positively impact members of our state's population?

The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOC) is expanding our religious services department and hiring multiple Protestant Chaplains who will provide spiritual services to the incarcerated person in Connecticut. The current current vacancy exists at York Correctional Institution in East Lyme but this pool of applicants will be used to fill future vacancies across the State. 

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  • Sick, vacation, and personal leave.
  • This is a Hazardous Duty Position and offers a pension plan, the State Employees Retirement System Tier IV.
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  • Make a difference in the public sector.
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.  

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Work Schedule: Full-time, 35 hours per week, flexible schedule based on program and facility needs.

Location: These positions may be directed to any one of our facilities based on the candidate's preference and Department needs:

Candidates selected for this position will be required to attend the 14 week Training Academy in Cheshire, CT. Additional information will be provide during the hiring process.

As a Chaplain at the DOC, you will work with our various offender populations conducting religious services in our state facilities, including:

  • Administering rites and sacraments;
  • Preparing and preaching sermons;
  • Conferring with visiting clergy;
  • Counseling individuals and their families;
  • Collaborating with facility staff on religious concerns that may arise.
  • Meeting the needs of the department, including providing worship services during Holidays.

The Religious Services Unit offers a wide range of worship services, religious studies, special religious programs and counseling to the inmate population. Annually, more than 80,000 hours of ministry time, more than 20,000 worship services and religious programs and more than 50,000 individual and group counseling sessions are provided to offenders by the Chaplaincy staff which is supplemented by numerous religious volunteers from the community.


The Connecticut Department of Correction is a diverse agency with a wide variety of employees from Correction Officers, to Educators, to Managers and Skilled Professionals. We value differences that make us stronger as a team and support our mission statement. 

The Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC) is the agency responsible for corrections in the U.S. State of Connecticut. The agency operates 13 correctional facilities. It has its headquarters in Wethersfield. The DOC protects public safety by ensuring offenders serve their sentences of imprisonments in facilities that are safe, human, and provide re-entry programming.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction is a unified system; all sentenced and un-sentenced offenders are supervised by the DOC. The Department also provides supervision for offenders on parole, community release, and other discretionary release programs.

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Selection Plan

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Before you apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from branch to branch but it does not impact your state service credit.
Important information for after you apply:
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  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
Questions about this position should be directed to Jake Ferrari at


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


  • Preaches and conducts religious services in a state facility; 
  • Administers rites and sacraments; 
  • Prepares and preaches sermons; 
  • Confers with visiting clergy; 
  • Consults with facility staff on religious problems; 
  • Interprets Chaplain function to other departments in facility; 
  • Under appropriate clinical supervision, counsels individuals and their families; 
  • Participates in team meetings; 
  • Keeps records and writes reports; 
  • Assists in organizing and conducting seminars for community clergy; 
  • Participates in various in-house educational programs; 
  • May speak to lay and professional groups; 
  • May train and conduct choir; 
  • May serve on a variety of committees; 
  • May participate in Employee Assistance Program; 
  • May counsel staff and their families; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of pastoral ministry and ability to perform requirements of formal religious services;
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills.


  • Incumbents must possess one of the following:
    • Graduation from an accredited three (3) year post graduate theological seminary;
    • A Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent;
    • Completion of all formal religious training required by a recognized religious denomination necessary to perform the pastoral role.

  • One (1) year of pastoral experience or equivalent experience within a recognized religious denomination.


  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) experience;
  • Experience working with diverse and at-risk populations;
  • Experience working with diverse cultures;
  • Experience or familiarity with other faith traditions;
  • Experience working independently;
  • Experience multi-tasking and having the ability to keep records and work schedules organized;
  • Experience working in a team environment with others who may come from different backgrounds and/or beliefs;
  • Regional or National Endorsement/Ordination/Faculties;
  • Post-graduate education accredited by the Association of Theological Schools; and
  • Formal Religious Training must be recognized by a regional or national religious denomination.


  • 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 or credentialing by the same endorsing authority must be ongoing and uninterrupted as a condition of employment.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and maintain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


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


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.