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Clinical Ethicist

Facility: Providence St. Joseph Health
State: Irvine, Calif.
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Contact Name: Chris Owens
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Providence St. Joseph Health is calling a Clinical Ethicist to our location in Irvine, CA.

We are seeking a Clinical Ethicist to provide support to the Regional Director of Ethics of Southern California This person will advance the theological and ethical dimensions of the PSJH health care ministry consistent with the PSJH Mission and Values and the Theology and Ethics statement of Vision: "We animate and energize the moral identity of PSJH as a ministry of the Catholic Church at the service of all, empowering caregivers and leaders in developing personal and professional capacities for ethical decision making in alignment with the Mission and Values of PSJH. We nurture conditions where individuals and the organization can act with integrity and justice in identifying and responding to emerging ethical and social issues." The Clinical Ethicist supports the work of the Regional Director of Ethics for Southern California, provides direct ethics support for local ministry ethics committees, provides clinical ethics consultation and ethics education, and assists others with policy development and review. The Clinical Ethicist serves on local ministry ethics committees and various committees and councils of the Theology and Ethics Department, and contributes to system-wide projects and initiatives of the Department and other departmental goals.

In this position you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Perform all duties and responsibilities consistent with the Mission and Values of PSJH and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs).
  • Assist ethics committees and ethics consultation teams with the coordination of clinical ethics consultations. Participate in clinical ethics consultations.
  • Participate in complex clinical ethics consultation cases with the Regional Director of Ethics (where applicable and as is appropriate).
  • Provide ethics and coordinating support for local ministry ethics committees within a region and be a member of ethics committees. Chair local ministry ethics committees as appropriate.
  • Provide support for the integration of ethics processes, policies, initiatives, and resources for local ministries and their ethics committees within a region.
  • Support ethics education programs and provide ethics education for local ministries and their ethics committees within a region.
  • Provide support and assistance to the Regional Director of Ethics.
  • Participate as a member of the Regional Ethics Council and the PSJH Ethics Leadership Council.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Mission Integration Officer, local Directors of Mission Integration, and Mission Integration Managers within a region as is appropriate.

Knowledge and skills for this position include:

  • Appropriately communicate and apply Catholic moral and social teaching and tradition to clinical, social, and organizational issues.
  • Possess general knowledge of health care delivery, operations and priorities as well as knowledge of the nature and function of health care ethics committees.
  • Be able to implement procedures, policies, educational tools, and quality metrics.
  • Effective communicate with diverse groups, facilitate meetings, manage conflict and build consensus with appropriate personal attributes such as compassion and prudence while engaging in self-care and resilience.
  • Be able to teach, present and facilitate with adult learning methods, critical thinking and moral reasoning.
  • Be able to facilitate, coach, and negotiate in routine ethics consultations.
  • Possess cultural sensitivity with patients, family, and staff.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Master's Degree in Bioethics, Moral Philosophy, or Moral Theology -OR-
  • Master's Degree in Clinical concentration with significant coursework in Bioethics, Moral Philosophy, or Moral Theology.
  • Five (5) years of experience in a health care setting.
  • Thorough knowledge of Catholic health care ethics and the Ethical & Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.
  • Knowledge of Catholic moral and social teaching and the Catholic moral tradition.
  • General knowledge of the principles and issues of Bioethics.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Two (2) years of supervised clinical ethics experience in a Catholic health care setting or other faith-based health care setting.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details

Our Mission

As expressions of God's healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services guided by a Mission of caring the Sisters of Providence began over 160 years ago. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Spiritual/Mission/Pastoral Care

Location: California-Irvine

Req ID: 253424