Clinical Ethicist - 20hrs

Posted November 29th 2021

Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston, MA,

Closing date
January 31st 2022


At Boston Children’s Hospital, the quality of our care – and our inclusive hospital working environment – lies in the diversity of our people. With patients from local communities and 160 countries around the world, we’re committed to reflecting the spectrum of their cultures, while opening doors of opportunity for our team. Here, different talents pursue common goals. Voices are heard and ideas are shared. Join us, and discover how your unique contributions can change lives. Yours included. The Clinical Ethicist will be responsible for:

  • Providing ethics consultations, organizing and participating in clinical ethics rounds and other educational offerings, and collaborating with clinical teams, patients and families, to address ethical issues in health care and research for the predominantly-pediatric BCH patient population.
  • Leading or participating in development and review of hospital policies involving ethical considerations. May participate in organizational ethics activities and develop new ethics programs.
  • Supporting a culture of reflective discussion of ethical issues; facilitating change to strengthen moral community.
  • Contributing to the profession via research, publication, and participation in the activities of professional organizations and academic centers including the HMS Center for Bioethics.
  • Schedule is somewhat flexible, 20 hrs, working over 3-5 days per week.

To qualify, you must have:

  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree in bioethics, moral philosophy or other discipline directly relevant to job responsibilities. Prefer Master’s Degree or other advanced ethics training and clinical degree in health professional field.  Healthcare Ethics Consultant certification would be a plus.
  • 3+ years of experience in clinical bioethics.  Healthcare experience or relevant bioethics fellowship experience may be counted. Prefer 1+ year of bioethics work experience, preferably in pediatric hospital or health delivery system.
  • Sensitivity in discussing ethical decisions regarding disclosure of potentially distressing information, appropriateness of life-sustaining treatment, donation of organs, and other matters potentially involving conflicts of interests and values. Prefer experience in having such conversations with individuals from a range of religious, cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds and communities.
  • Demonstrated ability in multidisciplinary collaboration and the ability to initiate, prioritize, and manage multiple projects, working across multiple departmental lines of authority and accountability and under pressure to meet deadlines.

The Clinical Ethicist will join a collegial and innovative professional environment, including the highly engaged BCH ethics committee and its active subcommittee on diversity equity and inclusion, as well as the vibrant community of the Boston teaching hospitals and nearby Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics. Please note: During a public health emergency, individuals in this role may be expected to take on additional duties to respond to organizational needs. Boston Children’s Hospital offers competitive compensation and unmatched benefits, including affordable health, vision and dental insurance, generous levels of time off, 403(b) Retirement Savings plan, Pension, Tuition Reimbursement, and discounted rates on T-passes (50% off). Discover your best. Boston Children’s Hospital is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disability.

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