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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 3.

The Social Worker is an integral part of the hospital multidisciplinary team. The Social Worker works with patients, their families and caregivers to assess their psychosocial and mental health needs. The Social Worker is responsible for the coordination and delivery of care services to patients and their families. They educate patients, family and staff on diagnosis, treatment programs and available resources.

The Social Worker also conducts psychosocial, emotional, and socioeconomic assessment of children with life threatening disease and collaborate on care plans with evaluation of patient outcomes. They work collaboratively with other members of the patients care team to assure high quality of care. They provide crisis intervention, emotional support, resource information, and legal reporting when needed, long-term care planning, etc. Additionally, the Social Worker’s goals are to:

  • Provide overall coordination for mental health and social services for patients of SUNY Downstate Primary Care Ambulatory Care Department.
  • Assess the psychosocial needs of patients and refer them to appropriate social services and behavioral health services, internal or external, as needed.
  • Create individual care plans for all patients that are actively engaged in social worker services.
  • Engage family members/caregivers to discuss patient status and provide supportive counseling and guidance where indicated.
  • Assist patients with obtaining durable medical equipment, medications, medical supplies and all other services that will improve patient home environment and self-management abilities.
  • Connect and reconnect patients to long term care services such as Managed long-term Care Plan {MLTC), FIDA, MAP, HARP programs.
  • Collaborate in a team-based care model with all members of the patient care team including PCPs, nursing, behavioral health and support staff, including:
    • Attending and participating in daily clinic huddles.
    • Receiving warm handoffs from PCPs, nurses and other clinicians.
    • Providing feedback to PCPs on a regular basis in regards to the status of the patient and all interventions provided.
  • Participate in at least weekly caseload review with supervisor.
  • Document in EMR all interventions and interactions with patients, caregivers, hospital divisions and external agencies, including follow up and disposition of cases.
  • Maintain a tracking system for active and inactive patients to reflect status and disposition.
  • Communicate with all individuals and groups required to ensure appropriate referrals are made and loops are closed, including but not limited to, patients, patients' families and caregivers, SUNY Downstate divisions, care coordinators and other relevant staff at external agencies, and insurance companies.
  • Interact and communicate with inpatient discharge planning staff, social work and care management to manage care transitions for high-risk patients.
  • Utilize online available community resource directories to access most effective and efficient services for patients.

Required Qualifications:

  • New York State Social Worker Licensure (LCSW or LMSW).
  • Master's Degree in Social Sciences.
  • 1+ years of social work experience.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State and TJC regulations.
  • Knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid, and Managed Care Standards, requirements, benefits, and benefits administration.
  • Knowledge of federal and state programs that provide financial support to underserved populations; knowledge of community resources.
  • Computer proficiency/literacy such as Microsoft Office Suite and clinical applications.
  • Ability to work with diverse patient population with knowledge and sensitivity to cultural and spiritual influences impacting patient care. 
  • Social work assessment and counseling skills, 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 as well as strong verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Hospital experience preferred.

Work Schedule:

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

Salary Grade/Rank:


Salary Range:

Commensurate with experience and qualifications


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:


  An approved COVID-19 vaccination.

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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