Position Summary: This position supervises less than 2 staff or is the sole Social Services employee. The Director of Social Services I 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 I is a member of the interdisciplinary and management team of the nursing center and may directly supervise one member of the Social Services staff in the facility. The Director of Social Services I 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 DSS5
SPECIFIC EDUCATIONAL/VOCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: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. 2. Recruits, interviews, selects, supervises, and evaluates, and directs a comprehensive Social Services program. 3. Coordinates and implements Social Services Orientation for new center staff. 4. Assists in determining departmental staffing and budgetary needs. 5. Communicates to the Administrator 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. 9. Provides oral and written reports/recommendations to the Administrator concerning the operation of the Social Services Department. 10. Prepares Social Services department for annual survey. 11. Serves as an active contributor in designated center meetings (Morning Meeting, Utilization Management, Customer at Risk, Care Planning, etc.). Advocacy 1. Works with Social Services staff, interdisciplinary team, and administration to promote and protect resident rights and the psychological well being of all patients/residents. Prevents and addresses patient/resident abuse as mandated by law and professional licensure. 2. Identifies and monitors changes and opportunities such as legislation, regulations, and programs that impact nursing home patients/residents. 3. Works with patients/residents, families, significant others and staff to provide support and information for taking a more proactive role in self advocacy to improve the quality of life/care for individual patients/residents. 4. Responds to issues identified by patients/residents and families to determine satisfaction with services.
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 is available to them, including those necessary for effective discharge planning. 4. Attends and participates in continuing education and professional development programs Specific Educational Requirements 1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited school of Social Work or related Human Services degree required. 2. Must possess Nevada Social Work Licensures 3. 1-3 years of supervised Social Services experience in health care setting working directly with individuals preferred. 4. Additional certification such as Geriatric Case Management, Hospice & Palliative Care, Gerontology, Clinical Social Work, Health Care, Nephrology, Mental Health, and/or Substance Abuse preferred. 5. Management/administrative/supervisory experience preferred.