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Social Work Specialist I

Patient Care Providers
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The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics department of Care Coordination is seeking a Social Work Specialist I to provide leadership and advanced social work practice skills in areas of social casework, program development, teaching and training, research, and public education.  This role will also 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.  Additionally, this position contributes to the social work profession, building on social work education and experience to enhance department initiatives and patient experience. Duties to include:

·         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.

·         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.

·         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.

·         Understands and applies recovery principles to all aspects of care

·         Includes identification of unique needs, strengths and assets in patient assessments

·         Includes individualized treatment plans:  goals that reflect patient/family participation, strategies to support/build patient strengths, assets and goals, strategies that will help patient and all staff minimize the use of coercive interventions.

·         Involves family/support system in care to the extent possible by: encouraging visitation, allowing participation in assessment, treatment planning, education and discharge planning, communicating an understanding of the impact of mental illness on families, therapeutic approaches to explore and possibly reduce patient reluctance to involve family/support system

·        Characterizes interactions with others in all work settings by: respectful, person-centered language, recovery-enhancing relationships with patients, conversations that communicate an understanding of the impact of stigma, discrimination and social isolation, and attempts to reduce it.

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.®


Our primary and specialty care is provided by experts from all medical specialties, attracting patients from around the world. We offer our care in convenient, comfortable settings, using the most advanced approaches and with the best outcomes as our goal.


Percent of Time: 100


Benefits Highlights:

·         Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa

·         Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans

·         For more information about Why Iowa?, click here


The University of Iowa offers a generous benefits package, including 24 days paid vacation per year to start and paid sick leave. Complete information regarding the full benefits package may be viewed at: https://hr.uiowa.edu/benefits/fpsm.

Required Qualifications

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

·         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


Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload a cover letter and resume (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.


Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on November 15, 2019.


Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

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 fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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