Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

  • Chaplain

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Overview

    The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.


    The Spiritual Health department at the SCCA provides relationally-grounded, outcomes-oriented, multidisciplinary, and research-informed chaplaincy care to culturally and spiritually diverse patients, family, and staff, both inpatient (at UW Medical Center) and outpatient (at the SCCA— South Lake Union, SCCA--Northwest Hospital campus, and SCCA—Peninsula/Poulsbo). Spiritual Health embraces continuous quality improvement, a culture of learning and engagement, and professional leadership in the oncology and outpatient chaplaincy arenas. The department is engaged in clinical care, education, and some research


    The SCCA has an opening in Spiritual Health for a full-time position (5 days per week), primarily in the outpatient setting (e.g., 4 days per week) but with some regular inpatient responsibilities (e.g., 1 day per week). Responsibilities include provision of care to adults with cancer as well as to their support persons and to staff. The ideal candidate will:

    • have demonstrated chaplaincy care skills
    • work well both independently and with colleagues (e.g., within a department of five and with health care teams)
    • function well in a complex academic medical specialty care context
    • demonstrate good analytical skills and attention to detail
    • evidence strong capabilities with electronic charting and Microsoft Office and exhibit proficiency in thorough documentation of clinical work
    • thrive in an environment of ongoing change, both in healthcare services delivery and in chaplaincy care.


    • Screen and assess patient/family needs, resources, struggles, hopes, and goals
    • Actively, empathically, and compassionately inquire and facilitate conversation, rituals, and connections around these issues, intervening in ways that sustain, guide, and/or work toward healing
    • Explore life histories, legacies, and values/goals that guide medical decisions and that help patients/families navigate challenging times in meaningful and potentially transformative ways
    • Provide care, counsel, debriefings, and specialized programs to support staff, providers, volunteers, non-employees at all sites of care
    • Educate staff, providers, students, and volunteers regarding spiritual, religious, emotional, and existential issues as well as how to collaborate in screening for and addressing these issues
    • Be a voice for the spiritual, religious, and emotional needs and well-being in the broader organization
    • Be active participants in relationally-grounded, evidence-based, research-informed chaplaincy care that seeks continuous quality improvement


    Application instructions:

    To apply and be considered for the position please submit a formal electronic application on our careers site. Please be prepared to include all of the following: a cover letter, including reason for applying, and a resume. Also, please e-mail a verbatim account of one of your chaplaincy care encounters (and analysis) reflecting your current abilities to The Rev. Stephen King, Ph.D, at For full consideration, please apply by November 15th.


    • MDiv or equivalent degree appropriate for certifications below; at least four units of clinical pastoral education (ACPE)
    • Religious group endorsement for health care, all leading to certification in the Association of Professional Chaplains or equivalent organization sharing common standards within two years
    • Ability to communicate effectively with culturally, religiously, and spiritually diverse patients, providers, families, staff, volunteers, non-employees
    • Demonstrates professional values and behaviors, demonstrates good boundaries, demonstrates good leadership skills, remains non-judgmental , and respects the dignity and worth of every individual
    • Must have excellent chaplaincy care skills, work well independently and with others, function well in complex and constantly changing contexts, be committed to continuous improvement, have good analytical skills, be a detail-oriented person, and work well with electronic charting and Microsoft Office
    • Must be committed to learning and providing outcomes-oriented, evidence-based chaplaincy care, and have a strong desire to becoming research literate in the field


    • Education or experience in a major academic health care organization
    • Substantial experience in oncology
    • Knowledge regarding spiritual/religious/existential distress and negative spiritual/religious coping

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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