Social Worker (S)

Rochester, NY


Provides professional social work services to patients and their families; collaborates with hospital staff and community social services resources relative to the psycho-social problems of patients; participates in formulating procedures and policies of the Division of Social Service; and participates in educational and research programs, including the orientation and training of new staff and students.


Under direction and with considerable independence performs complex social work duties. Is assigned cases by a Senior Social Worker according to experience and competence (e.g., psychiatry, surgical, OB-GYN, etc.). Quality of work done is determined through observation and review of cases by a Senior Social Worker. Responsibilities include all, or most of the following, as well as related duties.

Determines whether social work services are needed for patients and, when necessary, seeks further clarification of reasons for referral.

Evaluates the psycho-social status of patients and family to determine specific needs for service. Provides brief or intensive assistance through counseling and direct services to the patient and patient's family. Discusses plans for treatment and disposition with patients; helps patients and family to cope with home and community problems which hinder health care; evaluates and makes recommendations regarding hospital release, home care, financial assistance, use of clinics, custodial institutions and rehabilitation services. Makes home visits when necessary. Refers patient and family to community resources to maintain continuity of service.

Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with community agencies which may be helpful to patients.

Supervises Social Work Aides and social work students, and evaluates their performance. Assists in the orientation and training of new members of the staff both through individual and group meetings. Arranges and carries out case conferences on a planned basis.

Orients medical students and other hospital staff to the psycho-social aspects of illness and to services rendered through the Division of Social Service. Provides information on psycho-social needs and problems of individuals with specific diseases or other medical problems. Teaches casework, group work and community organization to residents in medicine and psychiatry, medical students and nurses, and trainees in psychology and social work.

Provides social service consultation to other members of the hospital staff. Attends rounds and staff meetings to coordinate the efforts of the hospital and clinic staffs for the patient's welfare. Helps develop a rehabilitation plan for individuals through the sharing of knowledge of the patients and mobilization of available resources.

Attends and participates in departmental, hospital, professional and special meetings to keep abreast of social service activities and to share new developments in the Strong Memorial Hospital Social Service program. Meets with members of community agencies to share information, procedures and techniques. Maintains a thorough knowledge of social work practices and the policies of community agencies through workshops, symposia and social work literature.

Makes recommendations on procedures and policies of the Division of Social Service. Completes recording on all cases according to established policies. Conducts correspondence with other institutions and community agencies.


Master's degree from an accredited school of social work. Licensure as a social worker, as defined by the State Board for Social Work, State Education Department, Division of Professional Licensing Services is required. If licensure has not been obtained upon employment, the individual has 18 months within which to obtain it, unless duties will be performed under OMH in which case a minimum of a limited permit (not to exceed 1 year) or NYS Licensure will be required upon employment start.

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All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 57,595 - $ 80,600 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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Location: Strong Memorial Hospital
Full/Part Time: Full-Time