Social Work Specialist I

Patient Care Providers
18001118 Requisition #

Classification Title: Social Work Specialist I

Department: Care Coordination

Pay Grade:

Salary: $46,587 to commensurate

Percent of Time: 100


Staff Type: Professional & Scientific

Type of Position: Regular


University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.®


The university is located along the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City, a city of some 77,000 people (170,000+ in the metro area) regularly ranked as one of the nation’s best places to live. Iowa City is less than four hours from Chicago and within five hours of Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City, readily accessible via interstate highways and a regional airport 30 minutes away.


Position Summary: Provide leadership and advanced social work practice skills in areas of social casework, program development, teaching and training, research and public education.   Collaborate with a variety of health care professionals to develop approaches to affect treatment options and assist in the coordination of social work activities related to facilitating movement of adult medical patients and families through the continuum of care.  Contributes to the social work profession, building on social work education and experience to enhance department initiatives and patient experience.



Position Responsibilities:

Responsibility:  Demonstrates initiative in problem solving and program development and/or identifies, conducts and documents research and special projects

·         Originates new ideas and initiates problem solving and program development.

·         Develops services that improve patient care and benefit the clinical service, the department, and/or the hospital.

·         Serves as an agent of planned change.

·         Consciously uses self and professional skills to achieve goals.

·         Provides leadership in interdisciplinary problem solving.

·         Demonstrates persistence.

·         Represents the interests of the University, hospital and/or departmental leadership in the use of resources to meet service and productivity demands within departmental goals and budgets; strives to promote continual        process and quality improvement.

·         Participates in grant proposals and other funding initiatives aimed at furthering patient treatment options and or program resources

·         Identifies opportunities for practice research and special projects.

·         Develops and submits research/project proposals in accordance with policies and procedures.

·         Conducts research/projects in accordance with policies and procedures.

·         Documents research/project outcome in accordance with policies and procedures.

Responsibility:  Provides informal and formal leadership

·         Chairs departmental committees and task forces.

·         Serves on inter-departmental and hospital committees and work groups.

·         Serves on or chairs community groups and agency boards

·         Builds relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to improve patient experience and access to resources

·         Participates in professional groups and welcomes the richness of talent from a diverse workforce and recognizes that diversity brings stimulation, challenge, and energy that contribute to a productive and effective                workplace.

·         Is available for consultation and case finding or to develop approaches to treatment and care which are appropriate for patient and their families

Responsibility:  Demonstrates knowledge of practice areas.

·         Demonstrates conceptual and technical knowledge.

·         Demonstrates ability to apply theoretical knowledge.

·         Completes further education related to job/assignment.

·         Continues to build relationships with patients and families in order to develop and implement plan of care, using clinical impressions to address treatment adherence and access to care concerns

·         Acts as a resource for navigating financial resources, including insurance coverage options, changes related to the federal and state health programs and the disability process.

Responsibility:  Demonstrates ability to develop the social work role.

·         Works with team members toward department and/or hospital objectives.

·         Promotes teamwork and serves as team builder.

·         Functions pro-actively and effectively collaborates with other disciplines.

·         Demonstrates respect for all members of the University community in the course of performing one’s duties and in response to administrators, supervisors, coworkers, and customers.


Responsibility:  Contributes to social work practice.

·         Serves as resource for others for complex discharges including identifying resources

·         Serves as a practicum instructor for social work students or acts as a job shadow guide for short term placements.

·         Serves as a mentor for new staff, teaching core and advanced competencies and/or evaluating new staff.

·         Provides education on social work skills, including diagnostic and treatment, and provides information on specialized areas of practice.

·         Evaluates own professional practice and improves care based on results.

·         Seeks opportunities to enhance own professional knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to current position and/or to prepare for potential future roles and overall career development.


Please attach a resume and cover letter as part of the application process. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information, please contact Anna Hernandez, 319-467-5368


Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.

Position Qualifications:


Education Required

  • Master’s degree with a major concentration in social work

 Experience Requirements

  • 3-5 years of specialized social work experience
  • A license to practice social work in Iowa, LISW strongly preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

 Desirable Qualifications

  • Additional graduate education and/or continuing education related to advanced social work practice and skills
  • Certification by the Academy of Certified Social Workers, ACM (Accredited Case Manager), CCM (Certified Case Manager), or other specialized certification for social workers related to the role
  • Demonstrated leadership skills including  critical thinking, independent decision-making, time management program development activities and contribution to practice are highly desirable
  • Ability to coordinate complex planning efforts involving multiple disciplines, departments and community resources
  • Experience working with all ages of patients and their families, providing counseling, crisis intervention as well as experience with palliative care, hospice and end of life.
  • Solid understanding of community resources available for a variety of medical and psychiatric conditions including knowledge and experience with levels of care, federal and state regulations and financial resources for post-acute hospitalization is highly desirable

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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