Vacancy: Researcher, Interchurch Council for Hospital Chaplaincy

Wellington-based, or remote   |   Part-time or full-time

The Interchurch Council for Hospital Chaplaincy (ICHC) comprises a broad composition of Churches. We are committed to promoting, maintaining and developing, relevant, flexible, and competent Chaplaincy services within the Aotearoa New Zealand healthcare environment. The primary purpose of our ministry is to foster good health through excellence in pastoral care. Our Chaplains stand alongside other healthcare professionals in the hospital setting. We are committed to the principles of partnership expressed in the Treaty of Waitangi. Spiritual care and support is provided by Christian Chaplains in the most appropriate way for all healthcare clients, regardless of religious denomination, faith-orientation, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. Clients are at liberty to access the spiritual care of their choice. Our Chaplains’ role is to coordinate that process.

We are amid an exciting developmental phase. Part of the process includes creating new reporting instruments for funders. This project requires a fresh set of (quantitative and qualitative) frameworks to be used by Chaplains that will accurately and simply capture our work on a day to day basis. Secondly, the Board has initiated a review intent on optimising Hospital Chaplaincy competency and quality. The project comprises five aspects 1) recruitment pipelines; 2) chaplaincy registration; 3) professional development; 4) bicultural chaplaincy; and 5) multicultural/faith chaplaincy.

ICHC seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons to frame and/or undertake research. The role may be either part-time for a fixed term, or contracted and may operate from our offices in Wellington or remotely.

Please send a Covering Letter and CV to judy@ichc.org.nz.