Chaplain at SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors
Santa Clara and South San Mateo County, CA

Part-time Chaplain for Santa Clara and South San Mateo County

For information about SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors see our website

Job Type and Location
Part-time employee (10-15 hours/week) in and around San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood City. As the ministry grows, more locations may be added and hours may increase. You must live in the San Francisco Bay Area to be considered for this position - we do not relocate anyone. Please pass on to any clergy who may be interested - it is ideal for someone who is at a church, but has spare time during the week as most of our services are mid-week.

Job Description
SpiritCare is looking for a part-time chaplain who can lead monthly worship services with communion at assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation communities for adults. Chaplaincy brings the hope and compassion of Jesus beyond the walls of a care community to enrich residents’ lives, as well as those of the staff and caregivers. The ministry serves all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, language, gender, religion, culture, country of origin and economic status.

This is an ideal position for a church pastor who wants a second job, a recent divinity graduate who is making a career change after working in another field, an experienced hospice or hospital chaplain, or a newly retired pastor.

The chaplain will be a self-starter who reports to the SpiritCare Board chairperson or executive director.

Job Responsibilities
·         Organize and lead monthly worship services

o    Work with the board and activity directors to schedule services. Services typically take place between 10 am and 3:30 pm mid-week. A full schedule will contain between 20 and 30 services each month

o    Plan order of service, Bible readings, sermon content and prayers for services

·         Promote and be an ambassador for SpiritCare

o    Create and email a weekly message to care communities

o    Contribute to SpiritCare’s social media sites

o    Optionally speak at local organizations

·         Help SpiritCare grow

o    Recommend facilities that SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors could serve

o    Carry out ministry in accordance with SpiritCare’s goals

o    Encourage financial contributions or donations

o    Attend fund-raising events organized by SpiritCare

o    Work with the board to recruit volunteers and board members


Essential Qualifications and Skills
·         The candidate will have a vibrant, committed relationship to Jesus Christ and a servant’s heart. We desire a candidate who is loving, personable, humble, and has some administrative skills.

·         Agreement with SpiritCare’s Statement of Ethics and Mission

o    The mission of SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors is to serve the spiritual and emotional needs of the elderly living in long-term care centers by sharing the comfort and encouragement of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

·         A degree in divinity, theology, pastoral care, or related field from an accredited institution, or equivalent experience

·         Work or volunteer experience with older adults and others dependent on carers

·         Experience as a chaplain, pastor, priest, minister or other worship service leadership role

·         Ability to lead hymn singing

·         Ability to drive with valid driving license in the south San Francisco Bay Area and peninsula

·         Excellent spoken and written communication skills

·         Strong administrative and recordkeeping skills

·         A flexible, positive working relationship that embodies trust, confidence and compassion

Desirable Qualifications and Skills
·         Credentials as a chaplain from a nationally recognized organization

·         Experience in hospice ministry, counseling or church planting

·         Diverse contacts in churches, potential funding organizations and/or elder care businesses

·         Membership in a professional association or networking group

·         Ability to add weekly messages to the website

·         Active use of social media, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

·         Ability to use online video conferencing, e.g. Zoom

·         Experience using Google Workspace apps and Salesforce (or other customer relationship management software)

·         Experience using MileIQ to track mileage

·         Salary is based on experience and mutually agreed schedule

·         Flexible hours, based on mutually agreed schedule

·         Partial reimbursement of travel expenses

·         Paid time off

·         SpiritCare does not provide health benefits or a savings plan.

SpiritCare may with a candidate’s permission, conduct a background check.

It is helpful, but not essential if the pastor can help board members raise funds to support the ministry. We don't have a paid staff other than pastors, so the organization is run by volunteers and a volunteer board.



SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors
1443 Howard Ave
Burlingame, California 94010


Angela Hey


Santa Clara and South San Mateo County, CA
Job type
Part Time
Pay rate
$40 to $60/hour negotiable
Ordained position
Exempt status
Public Speaking
Health Care and Social Services