Resident Services San Francisco, California


The role of chaplain at Covia is based on the recognition that all human beings have spiritual needs, whether such needs are specifically religious or not (e.g. for meaning and purpose; for connection). The chaplains of Covia engage the spiritual needs of residents, enhance the spiritual life of every person in the community, and advocate for spiritual values in community life through explicitly religious channels and spiritual programs; through spiritual programs that are open to those of all faiths or those of none;  and through their care, presence, and counsel. This is a full-time position at San Francisco Towers in San Francisco, CA.


Pastoral presence:

  • Build relationships of trust through visits, presence, counsel, and conversations with residents, staff, and visitors.
  • Regularly visit residents in assisted living, skilled nursing, and in outside hospital facilities.
  • Collaborate with staff in assessing resident needs and proposing and/or delivering appropriate responses or care plans.
  • Counsel residents, their families, and staff, in response to issues of life transitions, end of life, grief, and loss.
  • Work with residents and staff to assist new residents in their transition into community life.
  • Collaborate with Covia’s employee assistance vendor (CONCERN) to help meet needs of staff during times of crisis.


  • Provide regular worship services and sacramental rites appropriate to constituencies in all levels of care within the community.
  • Lead special services that are inclusive and welcoming to all faiths and denominations. These may include special celebrations (such as the Blessing of the Animals), Holidays, and Memorial services.
  • Coordinate with worship leaders from other faiths to provide appropriate services as fit the needs of the residents. These may include Roman Catholic Mass, Jewish High Holy Days, Buddhist meditation groups, Christian services for particular denominations as appropriate, and other services.


  • Organize a diverse spiritual program to meet the needs of residents.
  • Collaborate with staff to initiate or participate in programs and activities aimed at fostering wellness and spiritual well-being.
  • Provide support and training for staff on topics such as counseling at times of loss, caregiver support, and bioethics.


  • Collaborate with Executive Director regarding the overall spiritual care program and spiritual health of the community.
  • Attend chaplain’s meetings.
  • Communicate changes in plans and new developments of the Spiritual Care program in the community. 
  • Provide oversight and training for resident volunteers assisting with chapel activities.
  • Provide recruitment, screening, oversight and training for volunteer or visiting clergy.
  • Participate in staff and resident committee meetings.
  • Provide oversight and management of chapel funds.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience working in environments that foster religious diversity and inclusion.
  • Provide pastoral care to residents and staff, regardless of religious or spiritual background or belief and to support the whole community as an ongoing, organic system.
  • Demonstrate team leadership.

Education and Qualifications

  • Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Master of Theological Studies (MTS) or equivalent from an accredited college or university or theological school.
  • Ordained in good standing with their denominational judicatory and/or ecclesiastical endorsement for specialized ministry.
  • One or more units in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).
  • Preferred training in gerontology, geriatric care, and/or the spirituality of aging.
  • Preferred experience in a residential/clinical setting with palliative care, hospice, or end of life services.

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