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Pastoral Care Coordinator

Calvary Cessnock Retirement Community

Permanent Full Time

About the role

The Pastoral Care Coordinator leads the Pastoral Care Team in the delivery of services to residents and their family members. The Pastoral Care Coordinator delivers services that are consistent with our model of care, whilst ensuring that the diverse pastoral needs of residents, their families and carers are identified and responded to. In doing this, the Pastoral Care Coordinator promotes and respects the vision and mission Calvary and ensures that our values of hospitality, healing, stewardship and respect are reflected in all duties.

We are currently looking for a full time permanent Pastoral Care Coordinator to be based at our Cessnock Retirement Community.

What you bring

  • Recent experience working in a pastoral care practitioner role in either aged care, health care or welfare
  • A relevant qualification in clinical pastoral education (CPE), pastoral counselling or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to be compassionate yet maintain professional boundaries
  • Demonstrated ability to lead Prayer and Liturgy
  • Ability to meet the sacramental needs of Catholic residents
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • The ability to develop healing, sustaining, guiding, reconciling and nurturing relationships
  • Demonstrated proficiency in using client information systems and Microsoft Outlook, Word and other Office applications
  • Commitment to working within the vision, mission and values of Calvary
  • Current Drivers Licence


This is an excellent opportunity to be a part of a leading mission based health care organisation. We offer paid parental leave, salary packaging, career progression, flexible working hours and training and skills development. Calvary is also proud to be recognised as a leader in gender equality. Further details are available here: https://www.calvarycare.org.au/careers/benefits/

About Calvary

Calvary is a national Catholic provider of health, community and aged care services operating in six states and territories. Our services include public and private hospital care, acute and sub-acute care, home care services and retirement and aged care services, in both rural and metropolitan areas. Calvary employs over 11,000 people and has over 1,500 volunteers.

Calvary continues the mission of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, a mission focused on caring for those who are sick, dying and in need. We express our values of hospitality, healing, stewardship and respect through “being for others” exemplified by the Spirit of Calvary and the example of Venerable Mary Potter.

How to join the team

To join our diverse, compassionate and dedicated team for a rewarding Calvary career, please submit an online application.

Please note: attached to the job advertisement on the Calvary Careers portal are important documents relating to the role. Please ensure you view these documents before beginning your application. It is suggested that you download a copy of these for your reference.

Candidates must hold Australian or NZ Citizenship or the capacity to permanently work in Australia. Employment of a temporary visa holder may only occur if no suitable permanent resident or citizen of Australia has been identified for this position following suitable labour market testing.

As part of the application process, you may be required to participate in a health evaluation, which could include face to face assessment and drug and alcohol testing, to ensure your suitability for the role.

Please note we are unable to accept emailed applications or resumes and phone calls from recruitment agencies.

Applications close: midnight on Friday 13 December 2019.

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Head of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Practice



  • Join an industry leading not-for-profit organisation
  • Inclusive & diverse culture
  • Great location in the heart of Sydney CBD

About us

At Uniting, we believe in taking real steps to make the world a better place. We work to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice.

Our services are in the areas of aged care and disability, community services, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Practice. We actively engage with social justice issues and advocate for the people we serve.

Uniting is the services and advocacy arm of the Uniting Church NSW & ACT and as such Uniting leaders understand, support and can express the mission and purpose of the Uniting Church.

The Uniting Church believes in love in action; motivated by the love of God expressed through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We believe that we exist as a church because we are called to be together in mission, God’s mission, which is to bring love, compassion, justice, freedom and hope to all of God’s creation.

As an organisation we celebrate our diversity and welcome all people regardless of lifestyle choices, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

We are bold, imaginative, respectful and compassionate.

About the opportunity

Our Chaplaincy and Pastoral Practice team has been going through an exciting period of transformation and we are seeking a full-time Head of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Practice to continue to lead this critical period of change. The role will be based at our head office in the Sydney CBD. This is both a pastoral and a senior leadership role in which you will need to understand the latest developments in chaplaincy practice, nurture development and communicate change to Executive and practitioners. In this role, you will:

  • Enhance the profile and champion the value of chaplaincy through across Uniting services and the Uniting Church. Promote and ensure the sustainability of Chaplaincy in Uniting and be responsible for managing, leading and developing teams of Chaplains and Pastoral Practitioners to deliver a high level of differentiated quality spiritual and pastoral support to staff and clients of Uniting.
  • Define priorities and appropriate outcomes and budget management for the Chaplaincy and Pastoral Practitioner team
  • Encourage innovative practice in the delivery of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Practice.
  • Work with the Director of Mission, Communities and Social Impact to identify and implement collaborative strategies to achieve strong missional relationships between Uniting and the wider Uniting Church. Promote the values and standards of the Uniting Church.
  • Establish and nurture collaborative relationships based on trust, integrity and respect across Uniting and with service managers and leaders.

About you

You are an experienced Chaplain or Chaplaincy coordinator with at least 5 years in practice and substantial experience in a senior leadership role in any capacity in a large organisation. You'll be an enthusiastic self-starter who can work independently and, importantly, is not afraid of hard work. Specifically, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Your understanding of the Uniting Church in Australia and your support for its practices and ethos
  • Your capacity to lead an operational area across the State with multiple teams and to build the capability of others.
  • Your competence in providing high-level strategic advice and practical support to the Board and Executive on current practice and developments in chaplaincy and spiritual support.
  • Your ability to champion an inclusive and diverse work environment

Benefits & Culture

Uniting is proud to be an EEO employer. Uniting supports an inclusive approach in the workplace. We celebrate our diversity and welcome staff regardless of ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity and lifestyle choices. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

  • Ongoing training & development
  • Diverse and inclusive work environment

Click on the link below to apply. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact Maureen Balisbisan via email: mbalisbisan@uniting.org (quoting job #929).

Employment with Uniting is subject to satisfactory background checks which will include a national police check, working with vulnerable people and children checks.

How to apply

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