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Muslim Chaplain (Intermittent) (9769)

Muslim Chaplain (Intermittent)

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: XT54
  • Class Code: 9769
  • Established: 11/04/1981
  • Revised: 09/25/1990
  • Title Changed: --


Under direction, to provide spiritual and moral guidance to State institution residents, to conduct Islamic religious services and instructions; and to do other related work. In the Islamic faith, it is understood that a female appointed to this classification can only provide services to female residents; whereas a male appointed to this classification can provide services to both female and male residents.

Typical Tasks

Interviews and counsels mental patients, juvenile or adult offenders, or Veterans Home Members on ethical and moral problems and spiritual matters; presides at Jumah Prayer Services, Eids and Taiwah, Ramadan and other Islamic days of religious observance, and conducts other Islamic services as needed by the residents; organizes and instructs classes in Islamic religion and ethics; cooperates with other staff members in carrying out the institution treatment program; supervises the arranging of programs conducted in the institution by visiting religious and allied groups; assists in problems involving welfare agencies where family help is needed; visits the sick; works with residents in their group and club activities; counsels with families on problems involved in rehabilitation.

Minimum Qualifications

Currently in good standing with the American Muslim Community, verified and approved by the local resident Imam where the applicant attends as a member. All candidates must attach to their application a letter of certification of good standing issued by the local resident Imam. and Education: Completion of at least two years of Islamic Religious studies, including Islamic History, the Holy Quaran, Principles of Faith and Articles of Faith in any masjid or college. and Experience: Completion of the equivalent of one year of full-time supervised clinical or field training in the community. Such training to include Islamic religious counseling and guidance, religious education, and the care and welfare of the family as it relates to religious education. and Completion of no less than two years' experience as an Imam or Instructress in the Islamic religion in a public or private institution or masjid.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Factors involved in the development of behavior problems, including a knowledge of mental disorders and principles of mental hygiene; purposes of mental and correctional institutions; methods of rehabilitation.


Ability to: Organize, prepare, and conduct Islamic religious services and courses on ethics, religion, and sacred music; counsel institution residents and their families on moral and ethical problems; establish rapport with institution residents; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.

Special Personal Characteristics

Insight into factors involved in the proper human development and of behavior problems, including a knowledge of mental disorders and principles of mental hygiene; demonstrated aptitude for working effectively with the socially abnormal; interest in the welfare and spiritual needs of institution residents; emotional stability; adaptability; firmness; patience; self-control; tact; good dress; neat personal appearance; pleasant and wholesome personality; good judgment in moral, ethical, and religious matters.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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