Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Chaplain II

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy, and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.


Spiritual Health at the SCCA provides relationally-grounded, outcomes-oriented, and research-informed chaplaincy care to culturally and spiritually diverse patients, family, and staff/volunteers, both inpatient (at UWMC) and outpatient (at South Lake Union and multiple community sites). Spiritual Health embraces continuous quality improvement, a culture of learning and engagement, and being a leader in oncology and outpatient care. The department is engaged in clinical care, education, and research.


The SCCA has an opening for a full time spiritual health clinician effective May 16, 2022 or as soon as the position can be filled. #ZR


The clinical responsibilities are currently primarily in inpatient oncology, responsible for approximately 110 beds across four hospital units and engaged in patient/caregiver and staff care. The successful candidate will be joining a team of spiritual health clinicians and will collaborate closely with a multidisciplinary team, the UW Palliative Care service, and the UW Spiritual Care and Wellbeing team, as well as the SCCA Spiritual Health team. 


Scope of responsibilities

  • Provide spiritual, religious, existential, and emotional care to patients/families at all sites of care
  • Support staff, providers, volunteers, and non-employees (e.g., Transfer Price Agreement staff, Catholic Chaplain, etc.) when work and outside of work issues are weighing upon them in ways that are or may potentially impact their highest level of care for our patients/families at all sites of care
  • Provide education (orientations, in-services, trainings) to staff, providers, volunteers, non-employees, and students at all sites of care and beyond
  • Participate in the life of the organization in supportive and leadership capacities

Primary Responsibilities

  • 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.


The program seeks a detail-oriented person who functions well in complex contexts and wants to be stretched and to grow professionally.  The ideal candidate 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
  • be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing with diverse patients, providers, families, staff, volunteers, and non-employees
  • demonstrate professional values and behaviors, good boundaries, good leadership skills,
  • remain non-judgmental and respect the dignity and worth of every individual
  • be a strong teacher and leader
  • have expertise in staff care
  • be able to function well with a palliative care team
  • work well both independently and with other colleagues (e.g., within a department of six and with health care teams) 
  • must be committed to learning and providing outcomes-oriented, evidence-based chaplaincy care; work well in an oncology and academic health care context; and have a strong desire to becoming research literate in the field.


The minimal objective requirements are a master degree in spiritual studies (e.g., M. Div.), four units of CPE, ordination/commissioning for ministry, and spiritual group endorsement for health care, i.e., certification eligible with certification completed within two years of hire by a professsional organization that is aligned on Common Standards. Experience in both an academic and oncology health care context is preferred.


To apply and be considered for the position, please be prepared to include all of the following:  a cover letter, including reason for applying, and a resume. (2) Also, please e-mail a verbatim and analysis reflecting your current abilities to The Rev. Stephen King, Ph.D, at This position includes a competitive salary, paid time off, health insurance, as well as retirement and other benefits. 

Interested applicants should apply by Friday, April 15, 2022.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, 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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