Catholic Chaplain (32 Hour)

Recruitment #240708-1510HC-001


Are you ordained to administer the religious rites as a Chaplain of the Catholic faith and looking to join an organization where your role will positively impact members of our state's population?
If so, we want you join us!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is seeking a Catholic ordained Chaplain.

Position Highlights: 
  • FACILITY: Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH)
  • LOCATION: Middletown, CT
  • SCHEDULE: Part-time, (32 hours weekly), Sunday 9:00am-2:30pm, Monday 8:30am-4:00pm, Tuesday 8:30am-4:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am-2:30pm, Thursday 9:00am-2:30pm.
What We Can Offer You:
*Benefit offerings will vary with part-time positions. 
    Discover The Opportunity To:

    • Engage in a rewarding career;
    • Showcase your talents in a meaningful role;
    • Provide support to a division that is passionate about the work we do.

    The Role:

    Job duties include, but are not limited to:

    • 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;   
    • Keep records and write reports;
    • Participates in various in-house educational programs. 

          About Us:
          DMHAS is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve. 

          CVH's vision and mission is to promote recovery through collaborative, compassionate, and culturally competent treatment in a safe, healthy, and caring environment.  We provide trauma informed gender responsive treatment that empowers individuals to manage recovery, improve quality of life and return to the community.  

          Please note:

           We hope you take this opportunity to continue your career with us and make a difference!

          Selection Plan

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          • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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          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.


          • Ordained priest through the catholic church - ordination in good standing. 
          • Experience with Mental health and/or substance use disorders.
          • Experience providing sacraments/rights, rituals.
          • Experience with Pastoral counseling.


          • 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.

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