Position Description

Application Deadline Open until filled
# of Openings 1
Salary Range $50 hourly Stipend
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Chaplain (Per Diem)

Pay Class: Chaplain FLSA Non-Exempt 

* Hourly stipend of $50 paid for all hours worked as scheduled by , or called to work by, Police Commander


Under the general supervision of the Police Commander, provides a ministry of presence, support and counsel to police department and fire department staff as well as victims of crime.


NOTE: Examples listed in this class specification represents but is not necessarily exhaustive or descriptive of duties assigned to this position. Each individual in this classification may not necessarily perform all the duties listed. Management reserves the right to assign other related

tasks if such duties are a logical assignment for this position.

                    Responds to calls 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, Citywide, as requested;

                   Provides a ministry of presence, support and counsel to police department and fire department staff and their families in areas of stress management, post shooting, burnout and other areas as requested;

                   Performs important follow-up after Police Department and Fire Department staff have stabilized a situation;

                   Offers prayer;

            Aids victims of crime and their families;

                   Coordinates support services to transients and homeless community members;

                   Provides instruction and conducts workshops in areas such as stress management, ethics and family life;

                   Visits with sick or injured police and fire department staff and/or their families;

                    Responds to religious/spiritual questions;

                   Offers a listening ear without judgement and with confidentiality;

                   Assists law enforcement with calls such as death notifications, suicide and suicide prevention, rape and sexual assault, accidents with severe injuries or death, homicide and violent assaults, disasters, child abuse, missing persons, terrorism, family disturbances and other incidents as requested;

                   Coordinates a variety of agencies and churches to bring needed help in times of crisis;

                   Assists in bringing community together and creating positive opportunities for community

members to interact with police and fire department staff;

    Performs other duties as assigned.


Experience:  Ecclesiastically certified in good standing and endorsed for law enforcement chaplaincy by a recognized religious body with five (5) years of experience in ministry. Must never have been convicted of a criminal offense involving moral turpitude.

NOTE: It is the employee's responsibility to renew all applicable license(s). The City will reimburse the employee for any required training expenses.


NOTE: The following are a representative sample of the KSA's necessary to perform essential tasks of the position.

Knowledge of: The organizational structure of the police and fire departments; geographical configurations and characteristics of the response districts; community, medical, psychiatric and other helping resources in the local area; department operating procedures for administration, emergency operations and incident management systems. English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation; principles and procedures of recordkeeping; and techniques used in dealing with the public.

Skill and Ability to: Serve on a 24-hour on-call basis; manifest a broad base of experience and professional ministry, emotional stability and personal flexibility; carry a department-issued identification card; wear department-issued uniform and equipment; meet once per month and police or fire station; become involved in training programs that enhance one's efficiency in meeting and dealing with people in crisis; maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and documents; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, peers, and the general public.


Characterized by initiative, commitment to teamwork and quality performance, and a customer­ service orientation; must interact in a positive manner with City employees and the public.


NOTE: The physical and psychological demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this classification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job, on a case-by-case basis.

Perform work within an indoor and outdoor environment, hostile environment during emergency operations; enter potentially hazardous situations. Ability to stand, sit, walk, talk and hear; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and smell; use hands and fingers to handle and operate objects, tools, controls, etc; reach with hands and arms; and perform frequent, repetitive motions with hands, wrists and arms. Mental application uses memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, critical thinking and creative problem solving. Individual must exercise good judgment and be flexible and sensitive in response to changing situations and needs.

 All communication and correspondence from the City of Coalinga will be sent to the applicant via electronic communication to the email address provided by the applicant on the submitted employment application. The City of Coalinga is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, disability, or covered veteran’s status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

Contact information: 

City of Coalinga-Human Resources 

Phone: (559) 935-1533 ext. 112/199

Email: hr@coalinga.com

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