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Correctional Chaplain

Date Posted:  Nov 19, 2020
Requisition ID:  152083

Michigan City, IN, US, 46360

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.


About the Indiana Department of Correction:

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 Information:

This role typically starts at a rate of $19.48 per hour, for a base salary of $37,986.00.

About the Job:

The Correctional Chaplain participates in full pastoral care programs within the Indiana State Prison and functions as an advisor on all problems involving the spiritual needs of the offenders.  

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Prepares and conducts work services;
  • Performs Sacramental ministry such as Baptism, Communion and Anointing;
  • Maintains correspondence with relatives of offenders and offenders; answering general questions about the facility, giving reassuance concerning comfort and care, or to gain information necessary for an individual treatment plan;
  • Coordinates visits to offenders by outside clergy;
  • Notifies offenders of family deaths or other personal tragedies;
  • Represents the facility at community services organization meetings and in contact with local clergy;
  • Conducts tours of facility, presents informal education programs for local clergy and trains local volunteer religious education teachers;
  • Makes rounds, participates in group therapy sessions, attends treatment team meetings and evaluations individual patient treatment programs;
  • Conducts individual counseling sessions as part of a therapeutic program or individual's request.

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 We're Looking For:
  • Graduation from an accredited theological school with a 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.  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 acknowledgement) by a faith group/denomination, OR
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in a social/behavioral science that includes a minimum of twenty (20) semester 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 acknowledgement) by a faith group/denomination, OR
  • Experience equal to six (6) years of work as an Institutional Chaplain, licensed or ordained minister, or other credential pastoral/ministerial position or ecclesiastical endorsement (written acknowledgement) by a faith group/denomination.

NOTE:  Proof of ordination, endorsement and/or credentials must accompany application.  

What You'll Need for Success:
  • Specialized knowledge of Theology and history of religious groups;
  • Basic knowledge of psychology as it relates to religious faith;
  • Basic knowledge of group and family therapy dynamics;
  • Ability to prepare clear and effective correspondence and reports;
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to deal with people, regardless of religious affiliation.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role provides supervision for offenders and requires a high level of judgment and care.


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

If this is an Intermittent position, the position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Nearest Major Market: Michigan City