Director Social Services II

Genesis Healthcare, Inc   •  

Takoma Park, MD

Industry: Healthcare

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Not Specified years

Posted 60 days ago

This job is no longer available.

Job Description

Position Summary:
The Director of Social Services II plans, develops, organizes, evaluates and directs the overall operation of the Social Services Department in accordance with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics and maintaining compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines and regulations, Genesis policies and procedures, and standards of care for specialty practice (Reference: Social Services Job Description Addendum Specialty Practice).

The Director of Social Services II is a member of the interdisciplinary and management team of the nursing center. The Director may supervise other members within the Social Services function, or may operate as the sole Social Services employee, based on the size and complexity of the center. The Director of Social Services II is responsible for fostering a climate, policies, and routines that enable residents to maximize their individuality, independence, and dignity.
This climate shall provide patients/residents with the highest practical level of physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being and quality of life.

If and when the Director of Social Services II performs responsibilities across multiple centers, there is a reporting relationship to the Area Social Services Specialist.

Responsibilities/Accountabilities Leadership
1. Develops and maintains a good working rapport with intra-department personnel and meets with administration, medical, and nursing staffs, and other related departments for collaboration and planning.

Administrative
1. Plans, organizes, implements, evaluates, and directs a comprehensive Social Services program. Accountable for Social Services practice, measuring outcomes to interventions, and departmental productivity.
2. Recruits, interviews, selects, supervises, and evaluates all Social Services staff.
3. Coordinates and implements Social Services Orientation for new center staff.
4. Assists in determining departmental staffing and budgetary needs.
5. Communicates to the Center Executive Director equipment and supply needs of the Social Services department.
6. Reviews departmental policies and procedures as part of the facility's interdisciplinary team to assure compliance with federal and state regulations.
7. Participates in Quality Improvement interdisciplinary meetings.
8. Ensures all government, organizational, and state specific requirements for Social Services documentation are met by all staff members. Monitors departmental Point Click Care compliance.
9. Provides oral and written reports/recommendations to the Center Executive Director concerning the operation of the Social Services department.
10. Prepares Social Services department for annual state survey.
11. Serves as active contributor in designated center meetings (Morning Meeting, Utilization Management, Customer at Risk, Care Planning, etc.).

Education
1. Educates staff regarding the role of Social Services in the facility and the psychosocial needs of the patients/residents and their families/significant others including the problems of aging and disability.
2. Participates in new employee orientation, including but not limited to educating staff regarding residents' rights and how to recognize and prevent abuse, neglect and mistreatment. Supports the Nurse Practice Educator in regards to staff education.
3. Educates patients/residents and families/significant others regarding their rights and responsibilities, health care decision making/advance directives, effective problem solving and the extent of community, health and social services that are available to them, including those necessary for effective discharge planning.
4. Attends and participates in continuing education and professional development programs.
5. May serve as clinical field instructors for social work students enrolled in CSWE- accredited education programs.
6. May supervise trainees, or staff other than Social Services.



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QUALIFICATIONS:

Specific Educational/Vocational Requirements Specific Educational/Vocational Requirements 1. Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited school of Social Work required 2. Must possess any certifications/licensures as required by State of employment to practice in long term care. 3. Additional certification such as Geriatric Case Management, Hospice & Palliative Care, Gerontology, Clinical Social Work, Health Care, Nephrology, Mental Health, and/or Substance Abuse preferred. 4. 3-5 years of supervised Social Service experience in a health care setting working directly with individuals preferred. 5. Management/administrative/supervisory experience preferred. 6. This position requires that the employee is able to read, write, speak and understand the spoken English language to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our patients and visitors at the work site when responding to their medical and physical needs. 7. Must provide verification of TST (tuberculin skin test) as required by state law and in accordance with Company policy. TSTs will be administered at the work site if required.

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