Skip to main content
Northwestern Medicine Logo

Chaplain Specialist, Per-diem, Days

Northwestern Medicine
Remote Position: 
Required degree level: 

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?


The Chaplain Specialist reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization's Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

The Chaplain Specialist provides spiritual care services to patients, patient family members and friends, and staff, especially in relation to his/her own faith group.


  • Provides spiritual care to patients and families through direct visitation and through consultation with staff caring for patients.
  • Conducts spiritual assessments, provides appropriate evidence based interventions, identifies and provides spiritual care for patients who might be at risk for spiritual distress.
  • Provides supportive care to staff include one on one support as well as group debriefings, the Care Cart and educational events.
  • Serves as resource to staff regarding religious and spiritual issues and perspectives in relation to clinical issues and decisions.
  • Appropriately documents all patient encounters in the medical record.
  • Officiates at memorial services, worship services, and other functions of the hospital.
  • Serves as resource to patients and staff regarding advanced directives and ethical issues.
  • Engages in continuing professional education and development programs.
  • Follows established policies, procedures, and standard of care.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and willingness to adapt to the needs and changes of Spiritual Care and of Northwestern Medicine.
  • Engages in continuing quality management as part of Spiritual Care.
  • Participates in system and hospital-wide quality management initiatives
  • Provides data and reports to support the Spiritual Care department scorecard and assists in the analysis of data as needed.
  • Brings cases with legal, risk management, or ethical implications to the attention of a manager in an expedient manner.
  • Partners with CPE faculty in CPE curriculum development for residents and interns.


Required :

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Master's level degree in Theology/Divinity or a related field.
  • One Unit of ACPE Certified CPE.

Preferred :

  • Doctorate level degree in Theology/Ministry or related field.
  • 2+ years of chaplaincy or 5+ years ministry experience

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

Northwestern Medicine is dedicated to providing the most advanced healthcare to the communities and patients we serve. The Northwestern Medicine clinical and administrative staff, medical and science faculty and medical students come together everyday with a shared commitment to superior quality, academic excellence, scientific discovery and patient safety.

Click the link find out more about Northwestern Medicine. 

Vision Accommodations, Hearing Accommodations, Neurodiversity, Learning, Mental Health, Mobility