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Director of Pastoral Care - Frasier Meadows, Boulder, CO

November 03, 2020

Director of Pastoral Care

In the top tier of retirement communities in the nation, Frasier is an independent, (historically Methodist), mission driven, CARF accredited home to a vibrant community of nearly 450 residents who have chosen Frasier as the base for a retirement that is active physically, intellectually and socially.  Located in Boulder, CO, this includes many retired professors and staff from the University of Colorado.  The Director of Pastoral Care plays a significant role in the lives of both residents and staff as Frasier continues to implement innovative methods to create community, and build on our culture of excellence.

The Director of Pastoral Care is the leader of a team working to provide spiritual care for residents, family members/friends and staff of all faith traditions (including none) at Frasier.  This means knowing the community well and being able to sensitively discern the needs, joys and sorrows of all of its members, and cultivate and facilitate an atmosphere in which residents can thrive.  Candidates must be ordained or credentialed for chaplaincy.
For more information, or to apply, please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to David Erickson-Pearson at Erickson-Pearson Search: email - epdavid@earthlink.net;  phone - 303-703-6165. 

BACKGROUND
Frasier is an independent not-for-profit, CARF/CCAC accredited Life Plan Community that is broadly regarded as in the top tier of retirement communities in the nation, located in one of the most livable, desirable cities in the nation, Boulder, CO.  The 20 acre campus is home to nearly 500 active residents in independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing units in a beautiful, modern facility which is in the final stages of a $90+M expansion program.  Frasier is a vibrant and interesting community with 350 employees, a comprehensive and diverse program, and an operating budget approaching $38 Million.  It has an excellent reputation, both within the local community and within Leading Age, the national not for profit senior living professional association.  For more information about the organization, visit www.frasiermeadows.org.

For the past six years, Frasier has been engaged in comprehensive development program – Frasier Forward, addressing organizational growth strategy, physical plant development, and program and management structures, accelerated by the post recovery experience of a 100 year flood in 2013 which rendered a significant part of the facility unusable.  Hardest hit was the assisted living facility that had to close. In addition, the skilled nursing unit needed to be downsized to the current size of 54 beds.   However, an entirely new 38 unit assisted living facility opened in January 2015, evenly divided between traditional and memory loss units.

Frasier Forward is in its final stages.  In addition to renovating a number of common areas, such as the library, dining venues and a large gathering space that includes breathtaking views of the Flatirons, the comprehensive expansion program has included a new WELL Building Standard certified independent living building with 98 apartments, an expanded Wellness Center with a new exercise pool and additional fitness spaces, and a beautiful new multi-use performing and events center with an art gallery and a movie theater.  Final stages of construction include additional extensive landscaping and robust flood defense measures.  All services and programs have been designed to enhance the lives of current and future resident’s and also to serve and engage the local community.  
 
THE POSITION
The Director of Pastoral Care is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, supervising, scheduling and evaluating/assessing mission and spiritual care services at Frasier to ensure their effectiveness, appropriateness and focus.  Reporting to the Vice President of Operations, s/he supervises currently two other Pastoral Care Associates/Chaplains as they together serve the entire campus community of  residents, family members/friends and staff, of all faith traditions.  In addition, the Director serves as a member of Frasier’s senior leadership team and is actively engaged in organizational planning and decision-making.  This vacancy has been occasioned by the retirement of the current Director.
Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Establish strategic plan for a complete program of spiritual care for residents, family members/friends and staff, of all faith traditions.
  • Actively participate in the delivery of spiritual care, with particular attention to persons experiencing loss and grief.
  • Ensure that all requests for spiritual care are responded to in a timely manner; Triage and manage crises in the practice of spiritual care.
  • Ensure that appropriate worship opportunities are provided. Ensure that ritual and sacramental needs are met.
  • Supervise and facilitate the work of those delivering spiritual care, both staff or volunteer. Provide orientation and training according to organizational and regulatory standards.
  • Ensure availability of and participation in ongoing education and development for yourself, your team, and our community residents and staff members.
  • Foster a collaborative relationship with community clergy and faith group leaders; Coordinate clergy, pastoral visitors, and volunteers from the religious community
  • Be an active participant in exploring and analyzing the potential for establishing an industry leading clinical pastoral care education and training program at Frasier; and, if appropriate, implement and manage the program.
  • Provide liaison with organizational personnel. Support an interdisciplinary approach to spiritual care. Provide liaison to other departments such as social work, volunteers, etc.
  • Formulate and utilize spiritual assessments to contribute to plans of care; Document contribution to care effectively in the appropriate records.
  • Develop and manage the departmental budget, ensuring technology, staff space, and operational/project supplies, including ritual items and religious literature.
  • Serve as a member of the senior leadership team, facilitating the understanding and application of the mission and values into organizational decisions, activities, and strategic planning.
 
POSITION REQUIREMENTS
  • College bachelor’s degree (required), a master's level theological degree (required) or equivalent, clinical training in chaplaincy, ordination or commissioning for ministry by a recognized religious group; a current endorsement for chaplaincy by a recognized religious group, and appearance before a national certifying commission for assessment of competency is preferred but not required.
  • Successful completion of at least two (2) units (four preferred) Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in a program accredited by a national certifying agency and the ability to obtain final certification within three years.
  • Successful completion of college-level courses in gerontology, psychology and counseling preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of various faith traditions; ecumenical sensitivity.
  • Demonstrated ability to function pastorally in a manner that respects the physical, emotional, and spiritual boundaries of others.
  • Experience working with the elderly, sick and dying
  • Training in working with, and understanding dementia
  • Experience with end-of-life planning
  • Ability to work with and relate with persons, including clergy, of all faith traditions.
  • Must have exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have strong knowledge of computers, MS Office Suite, and A/V equipment.
  • Ability to develop strong and positive relationships, apply innovation and creativity to your work and have a great sense of humor.
  
TO APPLY:
Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to David Erickson-Pearson at Erickson-Pearson Search: email - epdavid@earthlink.net;  phone - 303-703-6165.
 
 

Contact: David Erickson-Pearson

Address: 350 Ponca Place Boulder CO 80303

Phone: 303-703-6165

Email:

Website: https://www.frasiermeadows.org/