Part-Time Chaplain

at The Salvation Army HHB Housing and Support Services (view profile)
Location Hamilton, Canada
Date Posted February 27, 2023
Category Pastor
Job Type Full-time



Attention: Jonathan Miedema, Director of Spiritual Care


Please include the Job Title and Ministry Unit in the email subject line.    Please, no phone calls.  Mission, VISION and Values: The Salvation Army is an international Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity.


Mission Statement

The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.


Vision Statement

We are an innovative partner, mobilized to share hope wherever there is hardship, building communities that are just and know the love of Jesus.


Core Values

Hope: We give hope through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Service: We reach out to support others without discrimination.
Dignity: We respect and value each other, recognizing everyone’s worth.
Stewardship: We responsibly manage the resources entrusted to us. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Position Purpose summary:

This is a flexible position that offers a variance of hours from 12 up to 20 hours per week. The work schedule is determined in consultation with your supervisor and may vary according to requirements of responsibility.  Applicable shifts include a ½ hour unpaid meal break. The operational hours of our facilities are 24/7. Locational flexibility is required.

End Date: December 31, 2023 with the possibility of an extension and permanent hours



1.       Program and Service Responsibilities

  • Ensure the Spiritual Care programs are operated and developed in accordance with the mission and values of The Salvation Army, and with applicable contract(s) and/or agreements.
  • Provide and/or arrange for crisis support, spiritual care, and pastoral counseling to individuals and families, respecting their freedom of choice and privacy to select and/or request spiritual support.
  • Develop relationships with and deliver spiritual care to clients at HHB Housing and Support Services.
  • Coordinate spiritual activities including prayer, devotions, and Bible study for clients and staff. Assist in organizing appointments with a roster of spiritual care providers.
  • Work with interdisciplinary team members at HHB Housing and Support Services in problem solving for the benefit of clients. Attend and be an active participant in staff meetings, case management meetings and shelter discharge planning.
  • Have a knowledge of other faith groups, beliefs, and practices, maintain a connection to community faith and spiritual group leaders for referrals and support of client as needed, as well maintaining a current directory of available multi faith referrals.
  • Work with other pastoral/spiritual care providers to provide care best fitting with each client’s needs.
  • Contact and follow-up with families in the community where appropriate.
  • Participate in and/or help facilitate Wraparound groups in collaboration with our case management teams.
  • Maintain knowledge of current best practices by reviewing various spiritual care literatures, consulting with community/denominational experts in spiritual care, and attending professional development activities.


2.       Human Resources

  • Provide orientation and training for those involved in providing spiritual care.
  • May directly supervise volunteers.


3.       Financial and Administration

  • Prepare and submit monthly, quarterly, and annual statistical information as well as case and log entries.
  • Achieve and maintain Spiritual Care Accreditation Standards.


4.       Health and Safety

  • Work in compliance with OH&S Act and Regulations and abide by The Salvation Army’s health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as required.



  • May work with potentially aggressive clients.



  • Degree in Theology, Divinity or related discipline from an accredited university, theological school, or seminary.
  • Ordination or documentation in good standing in own faith group.
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) as delivered by Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC).
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification and CPR/First Aid Certification.
  • A valid Ontario Class “G” Driver’s License, access to a personal vehicle and a current driver’s abstract that is satisfactory to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion, is required.
  • Alternative combinations of education and experience may be considered.



  • Minimum of two (2) years of prior related experience, including, experience in providing emotional and spiritual support in a social service setting.
  • Extensive knowledge of spiritual care and/or pastoral counselling and its application within the emergency shelter environment.
  • Thorough knowledge of community resources, various theologies, and faith backgrounds.



  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of clients, staff, public, and community agencies.
  • Ability to prepare and present educational material.
  • Ability to deal with others effectively within a team setting and to use judgment and diplomacy.
  • Self-directed with a demonstrated ability to plan, establish, organize, and accomplish objectives, complete assignments, and meet deadlines.
  • Self-motivated and disciplined.
  • Understand ethical behaviour and business practices and ensure that own behaviour is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
  • Speak, listen, and write in a clear, thorough, and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques in both one-on-one and group settings.
  • Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information, and activities.
  • Participate in supervision/annual performance review process.
  • Participate in ongoing professional development and training.
  • Must comply with all Salvation Army policies and procedures and associated legislation.
  • Proficient computer skills in using all aspects of Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to undergo applicable screening and background checks successfully that are satisfactory to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion (i.e., The Salvation Army Abuse Registry) and provide an original copy of a Background Check with vulnerable sector screening.
  • Ability and willingness to develop an understanding and support for the mission and purpose of The Salvation Army in Canada and its implications as related to position responsibilities


In support of our commitment to a healthy and safe workplace and community, The Salvation Army (TSA) has a vaccination requirement for all new employees within the Province of Ontario, Social Services sector.  The successful candidate will be made an offer of employment on the condition of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be required to provide proof of full vaccination, prior to their employment start date. The requirement to be fully vaccinated is subject to provincial human rights legislation. If the candidate is unable to vaccinate for a reason protected by the Human Rights Code, a request for accommodation can be submitted and written proof satisfactory to TSA will be required.


The Salvation Army offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment process.  If you are contacted to participate in an interview or screening process, please advise us if you require accommodation.


We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

You must advise your managing supervisor of your intentions prior to submitting your application.