This title is in the unclassified service and in the SUNY Professional Services Negotiating Unit. This title is in Appendix A of the SUNY Policies of the Board of Trustees and, as a consequence, incumbents serving in this title are not eligible for permanent appointment (tenure), but, instead receive five year renewable term appointments.
As a family, Social Services positions are an integral part of the hospital health care team. Collectively they provide the most comprehensive service possible to be able to assess and identify psychosocial needs and develop criteria to assure that patients and families in need of social work assistance obtain needed services. The social service climate, supervision, and training resources are utilized optimally to deliver the full range of social service.
Directs the total operation of the department in the delivery of social services to University Hospital patients and their families within the context of the Institution. Develops, plans, initiates and maintains a sound social service program compatible with the defined philosophy and goals of the department; develops policies and procedures governing all aspects of the department's work, identifying social work staffing needs, assigning staff according to experience level, service and program needs. Insures continual professional growth and the development of practice skills through a program of in-service training and attendance at outside conferences; assumes full responsibility for the supervision and continued professional growth of the department in keeping with current trends in the health field, for the staff in carrying out discharge planning activities in accordance with New York State and University Hospital regulations and for providing leadership in initiating new programs and avenues of service to patients. Oversees the development and maintenance of systems and department accountability through statistical reporting, staff supervision, chart recording, etc., and the administration of the department budget*; oversees the integration of the department program into the overall operation of the Institution; functions as chief liaison between the Institution/Department and the Community which may include serving on committees, and participating in meetings, conferences, and workshops, teaching related subjects on health care and the psychosocial factors of illness to students and medical staff and maintaining liaison with a graduate school of social work in the interest of the teaching program at University Hospital.
MSW and CSW certification or eligible. At least six years related experience in a hospital or health care setting, to include at least two years in a supervisory/ administrative capacity.
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