Executive Director, National Chaplain Service

Washington, D.C
Jan 08, 2022
Jan 15, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week

Financial Disclosure Report: Required
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized/Authorized
Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized
Relocation Expenses: Authorized

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp .

The Executive Director, National Chaplain Service (ED, NCS) serves as senior and principal advisor to the Under Secretary for Health (USH) and the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer (AUSH for PCS/CNO) on all policies and procedures pertaining to delivery of services, assessment of services and outcome analysis relating to Veterans Health Administration's spiritual and pastoral services, programs and initiatives.

The ED, NCS provides national leadership and manages several specific initiatives relating to the provisions of spiritual/pastoral care in the health care setting. The ED, NCS is responsible for the on-going integration of spiritual/pastoral care in the multidisciplinary spectrum of health care provided at VA Medical Centers and Outpatient Clinics nationwide. The ED, NCS collaborates with top VA officials representing various professions and programs to ensure a consistent, uniform approach to spiritual/pastoral care.

The ED, NCS develops policies, guidelines, and professional standards for the practice of Chaplaincy in VA. The ED, NCS represents VA as liaison with Ecclesiastical Endorsers, professional organizations, clergy groups, oversight and reviewing organizations (IG, GAO, JCAHO, etc.), the Department of Defense, and addresses concerns that vary from Department - wide policy issues to individual cases. The ED, NCS approves requests from religious organizations to become ecclesiastical endorsing organizations to provide applicants for VA Chaplaincy. The ED, NCS develops short- and long-term goals, objectives, priorities, and plans for the Chaplaincy program consistent with VA's and VHA's missions, strategies, and goals to assure that top quality pastoral healthcare delivery services are available, immediately accessible and efficiently provided to all eligible Veterans.

As ED, NCS you will:
  • Manage a national training program for chaplains, which provides both essential orientations for each new chaplain, and career development training. Solicits professionals from various health care disciplines to provide a broad perspective on VA health care issues. Develops cooperative training / sharing agreements with federal and non- federal organizations in order to collaborate and make more effective use of resources to attain mutual goals.
  • Develop and support research activities which will help to advance the understanding of the role of spirituality in health care and wellness and / or which will lead to improved methods in the provision of spiritual / pastoral care in the health care setting.
  • Perform site visits and reviews reports of site visits performed by subordinate staff in order to evaluate the spiritual / pastoral care provided at individual VA facilities. Reviews and approves plans for the construction, alteration, and utilization of chapel and worship space at VA facilities.
  • On a nationwide basis, manage the recruitment and examining of chaplain candidates via the Board of Excepted Service Examiners and manages the budget for the National Chaplain Center for Excellence.
  • Coordinate extensively the agency responses to proposed legislation, audits, investigation on VA Chaplain Services. Catalyze and coordinate activities by working with key officials within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Congress as well as across all VHA offices and programs.
  • Provide statistics, reports, or white papers to higher-level management on issues pertaining to VA Chaplaincy.
  • Monitor the proper ecclesiastical endorsement of every chaplain providing care at VA facilities. Serve as a senior executive leader in spiritual and pastoral care to the other VHA Central Offices, networks and medical centers. Represent the USH and VHA with professional associations, Veteran Service Organization and other Federal Agencies.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • 2-Year 7306 appointment with potential for re-appointment (not guaranteed)
  • The incumbent often carries books and papers to and from meetings and conferences. It is highly likely that the incumbent may have to travel between office buildings for meetings, which will involve going outside during various elements of weather.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement as required by Executive Order 14043, for further details, refer to additional information below.
  • English Language Proficiency. Chaplains must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. ? 7403(f).


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/14/2022.

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Education: Applicants must possess a Master of Divinity degree or equivalent educational qualifications as evidenced by a graduate-level theological degree from a college, university or theological school accredited by a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    NOTE: For applicants who do not possess a Master of Divinity degree or equivalent educational degree, an approved educational equivalency review from a nationally recognized board certification body for chaplains (see Board Certification) is acceptable. Board Certification: Applicants must be a Board Certified Chaplain certified by the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. (BCCI) ® or nationally recognized certification body that utilizes the BCCI ® Common Qualifications and Competencies for Professional Chaplaincy or a certifying organization that has a reciprocity agreement with BCCI ®. Foreign Education: To be creditable, theological or related education completed outside the U.S. must be submitted to a current affiliate agency of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) listed at https://www.naces.org/members.
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Applicants must have completed four units of CPE from a CPE center that is accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement: In accordance with 38 C.F.R. § 17.655, ecclesiastical endorsement is a condition of employment as a VA chaplain. An individual must possess and maintain a full and active ecclesiastical endorsement to be employed as a VA chaplain. Applicants must have an ecclesiastical endorsement, dated within the past 12 months. Ecclesiastical endorsements must be from the official national endorsing authority of the applicant's/employee's faith group or denomination. Ecclesiastical endorsement is a written official statement, by the official national endorsing body of the faith group or denomination, certifying that the applicant is in good standing with the applicant's faith group or denomination; and stating that the individual is, in the opinion of the endorsing body, qualified to perform the full range of ministry required in the VA pluralistic setting. The National Chaplain Service maintains a list of approved endorsing organizations that can be found here: https://www.patientcare.va.gov/chaplain/Employment_Information_and_Resources.asp .


Applicants must possess extensive leadership experience providing spiritual/pastoral care in the health care setting sufficient to qualify for the equivalent of a senior executive equivalent position within the Federal service. In addition, the incumbent is broadly acquainted with clinical treatment modalities, administrative and clinical support systems and is knowledgeable about multifaceted health care delivery systems.

In addition to basic requirements, the following technical and executive core qualifications are required for this position. Typically, these qualifications would be gained through education, experience and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in responsible management/executive level assignments in health care at a national or Network level, equivalent positions in a hospital/network/regional office or allied medical care facility, or executive positions in an academic institution. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. If you are currently a federal employee, this type of experience is typically found at positions at the GS-15 level and above.

To meet the minimum qualifications, applicants must possess all of the necessary requirements for this position, you MUST SHOW in your RESUME that you possess the five Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualification(s) outlined below. Eligibility will be based on clear and concise accomplishments that emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments (with results), policy initiatives and level of contacts.

Applicants can obtain a sample resume along with additional information regarding the Executive Core Qualifications on the Internet at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/qualify.asp .

  • ECQ 1. LEADING CHANGE: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  • ECQ 2. LEADING PEOPLE: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • ECQ 3. RESULTS DRIVEN: Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
  • ECQ 4. BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Applicants may focus on resource management, with particular emphasis on financial management (budget).
  • ECQ 5. BUILDING COALITIONS: Ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Applicants may demonstrate that they have external contacts as well as internal interactions.

Leadership experience in developing, implementing and communicating results and outcomes of critical issues of spiritual/pastoral care in the multidisciplinary spectrum of health care provided in a large, complex healthcare system. Ability to plan, lead and implement the improvement strategies of Chaplain services in order to advance the understanding of the role of spirituality in health care.


PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must submit a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency.

Additional information

  • It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
  • Veterans' Preference does not apply to Senior Executive Equivalent positions.
  • VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
  • As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. Per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, 2 weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or that has been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization. For Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or AstraZeneca/Oxford, full vaccination is 2 weeks after receiving the second dose in a 2-dose series. For Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen, full vaccination is 2 weeks after an employee has received a single dose.HR Office staff must verify your vaccination status prior to issuing a final offer of employment and before you report for New Employee Orientation. [In addition, new hires must show vaccination documentation and submit their completed VA FORM 10230, COVID-19 Vaccination Form, to VA HR staff when reporting for New Employee Orientation. HR staff will upload vaccination information in the VA Light Electronic Action Framework (LEAF) system. If you are unable to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination due to a legally covered exception (i.e., medical or religious reasons), VA will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation is needed and how you can request an exception. If you request a legally required exception, you must first complete the VA FORM 10230, COVID-19 Vaccination Form, and return the form to the servicing HR Office staff within 2 business days. The HR Office staff will submit the form to your new supervisor of record for adjudication of the exception request. You may receive a final offer or be appointed while your request for medical or religious exception is being adjudicated. Some positions must be adjudicated favorably prior to receiving a final offer. Please contact the HR Point of Contact listed in the JOA for more information.
  • If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

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