The Director of Ethics provides leadership to clinical ethics services through consultation, education, and policy development. This position serves the hospital and clinic by working collaboratively with physicians, patients, families, co-workers, and health ministry leaders to facilitate ethical decision-making consistent with the Ethical and ReligiousDirectives for Catholic Health Care Services and the integration of Mercy Values. The Director of Ethics contributes to a robust ethics culture in which coworkers, physicians, leaders, and community partners consider the implications of their daily work to ensure alignment with Mercy values.
The Director of Ethics supports the integration of the mission of the Mercy Health Ministry by their participation and leadership of mission and formation activities.
Experience:At least one year of clinical ethics experience in a health care setting for those without a Ph.D. or its equivalent. For those with a Ph.D. or its equivalent, at least six months of supervised clinical ethics experience in a healthcare setting or equivalent
Required Education:Master’s degree in Bioethics, Moral Philosophy, Moral Theology or a related academic training acceptable
Thorough knowledge of Catholic healthcare ethics and the Ethical & Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.
Knowledge of Catholic moral and social teaching and the Catholic moral tradition.
Knowledge of the mission, values, and priorities of Catholic health care.
Knowledge of ethical theory, bioethics and common bioethical issues, clinical ethics, organizational, and social ethics.
Ability to appropriately communicate and apply the Catholic moral tradition and Catholic moral and social teaching to clinical, social, and organizational issues.
General knowledge of health care delivery, operations, and priorities.
Ability to create and implement items such as procedures, policies, educational tools, and quality metrics.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; effective communication with diverse groups; ability to facilitate meetings; ability to manage conflict and build consensus; appropriate personal attributes such as compassion and prudence.
Teaching/presentation skills and facilitation with adult learning methods; critical thinking; creative problem solving; expertise in moral reasoning.
Ability to facilitate, coach, and negotiate in ethics consultations and mission discernments.
Must be able to use/learn to use the comprehensive electronic medical record.
Must have technological acumen to efficiently provide education and consultation services. Such technology may include Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, tele-consults, telephone, videoconference, and webinars.
Preferred Experience: Five years in clinical ethics consultation or health-care experience.
Preferred Education:Ph.D. in Moral Theology or Moral Philosophy with a specialization in health care ethics, or D.Be. (Doctorate in Bioethics).