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Social Worker 3

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Department: Social Work Operating
Local Title: Social Worker 3
Budget Title: Teaching Hospital Social Worker III
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Clinical, Patient Care


Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

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Job Summary:

The Department of Social Work at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full-time Social Worker III. The successful candidate will:

  • Be an integral part of the hospital multidisciplinary team, and work with patients and their families and caregivers, to assess patient and family psychosocial and discharge planning needs (relevant to medical treatment).
  • Be responsible for the coordination and delivery of care services to children, adolescents, and their families as well.
  • Educate patients, family and staff on diagnosis, treatment programs and resources available.
  • Conduct psychosocial, emotional, and socioeconomic assessment of children with life threatening diseases (w/family members) and collaborate on care plans with evaluation of patient outcomes.
  • Collaborate with other members of the patients care team to assure high quality of care.
  • Provide crisis intervention, emotional support, resource information, discharge planning, and legal reporting.
  • Assess, plan and support patients to cope with social, emotional, economic and environmental problems.
  • Help patients maintain their independence in the community.
  • Work jointly with healthcare providers on social issues that may affect patients health and well-being.
  • Screen and assess the psychosocial needs of the patient and family to develop, communicate, and implement an effective and comprehensive plan for psychosocial interventions.
  • Provide social work services to specialty areas within the hospital that requires a Social Worker for regulatory requirements. 
  • Participate in daily multidisciplinary huddles in the unit assigned to discuss plan of care and discharge planning needs. 
  • Proactively collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to develop and carry out appropriate discharge plans.
  • Coordinate transition of needs as homecare services, DME, and placements for nursing home, acute and sub-acute rehab facilities in a timely manner.
  • In coordination with Care Management, process placement of patients in SNF, sub-acute and nursing homes through discharge and closing the case within 24-hours post-discharge.
  • Provide grief and bereavement counseling to patients, families and caregivers.
  • Initiate and oversee guardianship referrals in collaboration with the Risk Management Department. 
  • Complete legal reports for suspected child abuse and elder abuse, and domestic violence referrals.
  • Serve as the liaison to Administration of Children Services (ACS) and Adult Protective Services (APS). 
  • Provide patient/family conferences and education as needed, to ensure appropriate length of stay and transition care from the hospital.
  • Refer patients to appropriate community resources.
  • Proactively prevent unnecessary admission by providing psychosocial interventions and assistant in the ED and work closely with ED Case Managers as required by the organization.
  • Take accountability for Length of Stay (LOS) within their assigned unit and perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Social Science.
  • New York State Licensure: Social Worker, LCSW, LMSW.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and TJC regulations.
  • Knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid and Managed Care Standards, requirements, benefits and benefits administration. 
  • Knowledge of state and federal programs that provide financial assistance to underserved populations.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Proficiency in use of PC, Microsoft Office Suite, and clinical applications. 
  • Ability to work with diverse patient populations, with knowledge and sensitivity to cultural and spiritual influences impacting on patient care.
  • Social work assessment and counseling skills, to include grief and bereavement counseling, alcohol, and drug intervention, and support for victims of abuse, neglect and violence. 
  • Possess a positive attitude, motivation and good interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good problem resolution skill set.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team approach.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1 to 3-years of post-master's experience in a hospital or health care setting and CCM preferred.

Work Schedule:

Monday to Friday; 9:00am to 5:00pm

Salary Grade/Rank:


Salary Range:

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at


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