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Correctional Chaplain

Date Posted:  Dec 31, 2021
Requisition ID:  287802

Madison, IN, US, 47250


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC):

We promote public safety by providing meaningful, effective opportunities for successful re-entry.  As the model of best correctional practices, we strive to return productive citizens to our communities and inspire a culture of accountability, integrity and professionalism. 


Salary Informaiton:

This position traditionally starts at $37,986.00 annually.

About the Job:

As the Correctional Chaplain, you will be responsible for all religious and spiritual needs of the offenders in a Correctional Facility. In addition, you will develop, implement, maintain, and participate in a wide variety of religious programs within the facility.  

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Oversee the religious and spiritual programs and ensure that programs are developed and implemented in accordance with acceptable standards. 
  • Prepare and conduct weekly worship services. 
  • Provide sacramental ministries. 
  • Coordinate visits with offenders by outside clergy. 
  • Notify offenders of family deaths or other personal tragedies. 
  • Recommend and arrange transportation for offenders to attend funerals. 
  • Act as a liaison between the facility and community religious resources. 
  • Conduct individual counseling sessions with offenders as needed. 
  • Maintain a working knowledge of community-based programs, agencies, and governmental agencies that have significant relevance to the religious and spiritual area. 
  • Participate in the selection of religious/spiritual service volunteers and evaluate volunteer program performances. 

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time. 

What You'll Need for Success:

This person must have the following requirements to be considered for employment: ​

  • Master's of Divinity degree or completion of a graduate training program in Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Religious Studies, or a Comparative Religions accredited by the Association of Theological Schools required.  
  • Substitution: Bachelor's degree in a social/behavioral science that includes a minimum of twenty (20) credit hours of coursework in Pastoral Psychology/Pastoral Counseling (transcripts must accompany application).  
  • Ordination as a minister, priest, rabbi, or commission to function in a ministry of pastoral care by an appropriate religious authority or ecclesiastical endorsement (written acknowledgment) by a faith group/denomination. 
  • Six (6) years of experience as an Institutional Chaplain.  
  • Must test negative on all drug screenings. 
  • Specialized knowledge of Theology and the history of religious groups. 
  • Thorough knowledge of specific religious practices. 
  • Ability to provide religious counseling services to both offenders and their families. 
  • Ability to speak effectively in public. 
  • Ability to deal with a diverse population regardless of religious affiliation. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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