Spiritual Counselor

Job Summary

This position is 0.8 FTE. The Spiritual Counselor is responsible for providing spiritual and emotional support to patients and their families as a part of the interdisciplinary health care team. Acts as a liaison between patient/family and community clergy. May mentor new and/or volunteer spiritual counselors. Works effectively and cooperatively in the workplace. Location/Department specific tasks and competencies may apply. Salary Range: $25.33/hr to $37.99/hr DOE Skagit Regional Health offers a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision, 457b/401a (retirement), long term disability, sick time, and paid time off to all employees working 20 or more hours per week.

Essential Functions

  • Assure spiritual assessment of patient and family/caregiver is provided and appropriate services are rendered in a timely manner.
  • Support the interdisciplinary team through active participation in the preparation, evaluation and implementation of the plan of care to ensure continuity and comprehensiveness of care.
  • Provide direct spiritual care to patients and family/caregivers in accordance with the objectives outlined in the plan of care.
  • Document correctly and succinctly in the patient record per established policy and procedure.
  • Maintain accurate records of service utilization and related quality assurance activities and program development.
  • Consult and provide education to the interdisciplinary team members, patients and families about spirituality and related care and services.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with community clergy.
  • Maintain current knowledge and expertise in clinical spiritual care.
  • Identify, demonstrate and effectively apply knowledge of diverse spiritual, religious, lifestyle, cultural, belief and value systems.
  • Maintain ability to effectively utilize Microsoft Office and department specific software applications.
  • Communicate effectively and cooperatively in the workplace.
  • Actively contribute to the achievement of Quality Improvement and Lean Process Improvement activities.
  • Complete all mandatory learning requirements in a timely manner. Maintain current licensure and/or certification as required.
  • Attend and actively participate in all department, team and/or committee meetings.
  • Comply with all Skagit Regional Health, department and location specific policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Supervisor or designee.


Master’s degree in theology, divinity, pastoral studies or equivalent education and experience required. Minimum of two (2) units of Clinical Pastoral Educator from ACPE or CPSP preferred.


Minimum of two (2) years of experience in one’s spiritual or religious group. At least one (1) year experience in health care spiritual counseling preferred. Prior experience in program development and management of service related programs and supervision of volunteers preferred.


Must meet the requirements as outlined for one’s spiritual or religious group. Current Washington Driver’s License and automobile insurance will be required in the Hospice Department.

Other Qualifications

Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills required. Must be able to effectively utilize Microsoft Office and department specific applications to perform work. Well developed problem solving skills required. Knowledge of and experience in the areas of suffering and loss, family therapy and group process development and facilitation. Knowledge of and sensitivity to a wide variety of spiritual, religious, lifestyle, cultural, belief and value systems. Ability to coordinate work schedule with requirements of position (may include overtime, on-call and weekend work).

Hiring Manager Contact Information

If you have questions or would like to apply for this position, use the form to the right to submit your resume or ask a question. You may also call 360-814-5550.

Spiritual Care

Talon Windwalker, Hospice Spiritual Counselor, talks about working at Hospice of the Northwest

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