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Pastoral Care Worker - Calvary Ryde Retirement Community, Ryde, NSW

About the role

Calvary Ryde Retirement Community offers permanent accommodation for more than 240 residents living in residential care, respite accommodation and on-site independent living units.

As the Pastoral Care Worker you will provide compassionate, competent and respectful spiritual and emotional care in the aged care home. You will work in a supportive team environment in collaboration with the other members of the pastoral care team, multi-disciplinary clinical teams and various faith traditions in the local area.

You will be a member of the care team in the delivery of services to residents and their family members and you primary focus is to ensure that the diverse pastoral and spiritual needs of residents, their families and staff are identified and responded to.

The Pastoral Care Worker promotes and respects the vision, mission and values of Calvary and ensures that our values of hospitality, healing, stewardship and respect are reflected in all duties.

What you bring

  • COVID-19 vaccination is a mandatory requirement unless assessed exempt
  • Recent experience working in a pastoral care role in either aged care, health care or community settings
  • A relevant qualification in clinical pastoral education (CPE), pastoral counselling, an equivalent or a commitment to work towards attaining such a qualification
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience working in teams across a large, complex Church or not-for-profit organisations
  • Demonstrated empathy and affinity with vulnerable people
  • Demonstrated experience in caring for people dealing with grief and loss
  • Understanding of various mainstream faith traditions
  • Demonstrated ability to lead Prayer and Liturgy
  • Demonstrated understanding of the distinction between religion and spirituality
  • Demonstrated commitment to own spiritual growth
  • Highly effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, including moderate level computer skills
  • Commitment to working within the vision, mission and values of Calvary
  • Possession of a valid Aged Care Police Certificate or equivalent depending on current legislative requirements
  • Current driver licence

While not an essential criteria, it would be an advantage if you were able to meet the sacramental needs of our Catholic residents


This is an excellent opportunity to be a part of a leading mission based health care organisation. We offer paid parental leave, salary packaging, career progression, flexible working hours and training and skills development. Calvary is also proud to be recognised as a leader in gender equality. Further details are available here:

About Calvary

At Calvary our vision as a Catholic Health, Community and Retirement Communities provider is to excel and be recognised as a continuing source of healing, hope and nurturing to the people and communities we serve.

Calvary is a charitable Catholic not-for-profit organisation with more than 18,000 staff and volunteers, 14 public and private hospitals, 72 Retirement and Retirement Communities facilities, and 19 Community Care centres.

Calvary operate across 6 states and territories within Australia. Established in Sydney in 1885, by the arrival of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary in Australia, our mission is to provide health care to the most vulnerable, especially those reaching the end of their life. We provide aged and community care, acute and sub-acute health care, specialist palliative care and comprehensive care for people in the final year of their life.

Calvary Retirement Communities currently consists of seventy two Residential Retirement Communities sites across NSW, Qld, Vic, Tas, SA and the ACT with potential for growth, expansion or the additional of value add services in the communities that Calvary serves

How to join the team

To join our diverse, compassionate and dedicated team for a rewarding Calvary career, please submit an online application.

Please note: attached to the job advertisement on the Calvary Careers portal are important documents relating to the role. Please ensure you view these documents before beginning your application. It is suggested that you download a copy of these for your reference.

Candidates must hold Australian or NZ Citizenship or the capacity to permanently work in Australia. Employment of a temporary visa holder may only occur if no suitable permanent resident or citizen of Australia has been identified for this position following suitable labour market testing.

As part of the application process, you may be required to participate in a health evaluation, which could include face to face assessment and drug and alcohol testing, to ensure your suitability for the role.

Please note we are unable to accept emailed applications or resumes and phone calls from recruitment agencies

Selection Criteria

  • Desirable: Briefly describe your experience in a similar role?
  • Desirable: Do you have a relevant qualification in clinical pastoral education (CPE), pastoral counselling or equivalent?
  • Essential: Do you have a current Influenza Immunisation and COVID-19 Vaccinations, or are you willing to obtain one?

Contact Person: Matt Peel
Contact Number: 0439 922 241
Contact Email: [email protected]

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