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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
Position Announcement: Staff Ethicist
February 2018
© 2020 by The National Catholic Bioethics Center

Position Announcement: Staff Ethicist

Starting date: June 1, 2018, or earlier.

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The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) is seeking a full-time ethicist to join its professional staff in Philadelphia beginning June 1, 2018 (or earlier). Applicant must be a practicing Catholic who is committed to magisterial teaching, trained in the Catholic moral tradition, conversant with medical ethics and bioethics, and holding a doctorate or other terminal degree. Proficiency in Spanish is highly desirable.

Additional desirable qualifications include:

• Significant teaching and public speaking experience, including publications in scholarly journals.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

• Experience working in a health care system or institution.

• Thorough familiarity with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.

• Familiarity with the structures, hierarchical order, and customs of the Catholic Church.

• An ability to read and analyze detailed texts, including legal documents.

Specific responsibilities include:

• Participation in the NCBC Catholic Identity and Ethics Review program, which involves the evaluation of system and institutional policies and protocols.

• Participation in ethical consultation services on rotation (telephone and e-mail). This includes a 24/7 emergency consultation rotation for one week each month.

• Teaching at the NCBC annual seminars, the National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics, and other educational programs.

• Willingness to publish in NCBC publications and accept speaking engagements.

• Other institutional consultation services as assigned.

• Travel as required.

Applications should include the following:

• Letter of interest with a narrative of the applicant’s background and professional experience.

• Curriculum vitae.

• Three samples of the applicant’s research and writing, both popular and academic.

• Three letters of recommendation or names of references.

Applications should be sent by surface mail to Dr. John M. Haas, President, or by electronic mail to All applications will be received and held in confidence. Deadline: March 15, 2018 The NCBC was founded in 1972 to apply the moral tradition of the Roman Catholic Church to ethical issues arising from developments in health care and the life sciences. The NCBC’s highly trained staff consists of six full-time ethicists and two adjunct ethicists, each of whom holds at least one doctorate; a small publications department; and additional administrative and support staff. Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the NCBC website (