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Clinical Ethicist, Full-time, Days

Location Chicago, Illinois Business Unit Northwestern Medicine Corporate Job REQID 92760 Job Function General Healthcare Shift Day Job (1st) Apply Now

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?


  • $10,000 Tuition Reimbursement per year ($5,700 part-time)
  • $6,000 Student Loan Repayment ($3,000 part-time)
  • $1,000 Professional Development per year ($500 part-time)
  • $250 Wellbeing Fund per year($125 for part-time)
  • Annual Employee Merit Increase and Incentive Bonus
  • Paid time off and Holiday pay


The Clinical Ethicistreflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

The Clinical Ethicist is a core member of the NMH Ethics Program which supports a comprehensive clinical consultation service, promotes ethical competency of providers through innovative education, and embraces a preventive ethics model by embedding in targeted units and specialty clinics and developing policies and approaches to promote ethical care. While the NMH ethics team is focused solely at this hospital, it is our vision that it will ultimately serve as the hub or leader of a well-resourced system-wide ethics model. In performing this role, the Clinical Ethicist collaborates with the Medical Director, Program Director, Nurse Ethicist, 40+ member Medical Ethics Committee, and NM leadership.



  • Provides healthcare ethics consultation throughout the continuum of care, working collaboratively with healthcare providers, patients, and proxy decision-makers to deliver high quality and sensitive consultation to patients and their loved ones.
  • Develops and provides multidisciplinary ethics education for staff, including physicians and house staff.
  • Develops, reviews and revises system policies and guidelines requiring ethical guidance or oversight.
  • Engages in preventive ethics activities and initiatives in collaboration with leadership and/or appropriate stakeholders, consistent with established mechanisms for documentation and reporting.
  • Develops and implements strategies to mitigate moral distress/moral injury among the workforce.
  • Evaluates and improves healthcare ethics consultation methods, approaches, and ethics quality improvement.
  • Contributes to system-wide medical ethics problem-solving as needed. Serves as a liaison and provides ethical guidance to relevant committees and high priority initiatives as needed. Engages with campus partners and health system members in shared initiatives.
  • Documents in the electronic medical record.
  • Collaborates in quality and patient safety improvement efforts as relevant.
  • Conducts high quality independent and collaborative ethics research and scholarship. Contributes nationally.



  • Doctorate (preferred) or Master's Degree in relevant field such as Ethics, Nursing, Philosophy, Social Work, or Theology; or an equivalent terminal degree (JD, DO, MD) with relevant coursework (preferably Master’s in Ethics) and/or 1-2 year full-time Fellowship in Bioethics or Clinical Medical Ethics, or equivalent.
  • 3 years’ clinical healthcare experience preferably in an acute care, academic hospital setting (e.g. medicine, nursing, social work, ethics, clinical psychology, chaplaincy)
  • 3 years' experience as the primary consultant in conducting healthcare ethics consultations (could include clinical ethics fellowship years)
  • Healthcare Ethics Consultant Certification (HEC-C) or eligible for certification within 1-2 years of hire.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; effective communication with diverse groups; ability to facilitate meetings; ability to manage conflict and build consensus.
  • Sensitivity to diversity, bias, cultural responsiveness among workforce and patients / families / community.
  • Critical thinking; creative problem solving; expertise in moral reasoning; appropriate personal attributes such as compassion and prudence.
  • Strong skills in teaching, research, writing and professional presentation.
  • Personal maturity, self-awareness and ability to manage conflict, distress and emotional situations with maturity, diplomacy, empathy and resourcefulness, engaging other professional supports as needed.
  • Team-oriented professional with proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a complex interdisciplinary environment to achieve program goals and deadlines.



  • Doctorate in Ethics.
  • At least 5 years clinical experience including fellowship.
  • At least 5 years ethics consultation experience in a high-volume setting.
  • Healthcare Ethics Consultant Certification completed.
  • Academic productivity demonstrated; Experience in curriculum development.

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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