Occ. Code 8281000




New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard



            CHAPLAIN conducts religious services and provides spiritual guidance for the patients or inmates of his/her faith admitted to a State institution:  establishes periods for worship, conducts religious services and administers rites and sacraments; counsels individuals on personal and spiritual problems; does pastoral calling on those of his/her own faith in order to develop good relationships with patients or inmates with particular attention to those newly admitted to the institution, patients passing through an emotional crisis, the critically ill, the dying and those about to be released; conducts a religious education program through planning and organizing instructional classes, group discussions, forums, broadcasts, and group music programs; works closely with medical officers, psychologists, social workers, nurses, parole and placement officers in order to further the rehabilitation of patients or inmates; speaks before community groups on the program of the institution to which he/she is assigned; consults with the institution head and other chaplains on the coordination of the religious program and its relationship with the overall functions of the institution; aids in selecting religious books and equipment for purchase; maintains records of religious activities.


            Part-time visiting chaplain positions exist in some institutions where the number of communicants is not sufficiently large to justify a full-time resident chaplain position.  Part-time positions are not allocated to a statutory salary grade.  QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates must possess ecclesiastical endorsement from the official endorsing agency of the Chaplains faith or denomination at the time of appointment and maintain such endorsement for the duration of their employment.



Revised:  11/10



NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.