Director of Social Services

Buckner Retirement Houston, TX

The social worker is responsible for developing, implementing, and integrating geriatric ElderCare services to senior adults within the health care units of Buckner and the community at large. The social worker performs all social services within an interdisciplinary team model requiring close communication and collaboration with all involved health care providers to meet the psychosocial needs of the resident/client.


NOTE: Some descriptions may have more specific duties and/or goals and objectives attached to this form. Such attachments normally reflect unique aspects of specific locations, shifts, departments, etc.

* Provides social casework services to residents of health care, assisted living, and The Harbor in compliance with applicable licensing standards.

* Provides consultation and intervention as needed for independent living residents.

* Completes assessments and care plans within state time requirements.

* Maintains quarterly progress notes and additional documentation regarding interventions as services are provided.

* Maintain compliance with Buckner policies and procedures and all state and federal laws and regulatory requirements

* Identifies problems and strengths of residents and makes appropriate referrals to community resources as needed.

* Assists with appropriate discharge plans for residents moving through the continuum of care.

* Participates in interdisciplinary meetings including but not limited to weekly care planning, weekly Medicare updates, monthly quality assurance meetings, and family conferences as scheduled.

* Maintains close, positive communication with interdisciplinary staff including, but not limited to, administrator, director of nursing, activity director and other direct care staff regarding residents needs, progress, and services provided.

* Meets with administrator on a regular basis to share information regarding the status of residents receiving social services.

* Provides educational and psychosocial counseling to residents and families.

* Selects, trains and supervises volunteers/interns engaged in delivery of social services to health care patients, assisted living and memory loss unit clients.

* Maintains resource materials, community contacts, and agency relationships that are current and relevant to the needs of senior adults today.

* Establishes and maintains relationships with community leaders and agencies dealing with senior adults and services to the senior adult population

* Develops and participates in facility and community educational seminars regarding Buckner ElderCare services and other issues current and relevant to the needs of senior adults and their families.

* Consults with other social work and industry professionals as appropriate to augment or develop individual plans of service or to improve on-going delivery of services.

* Maintains records of activities performed that document program effectiveness, statistics, and monitoring of client satisfaction.

* Accepts and performs other assignments as required.


NOTE: These requirements represent minimum levels in order to perform the job on a satisfactory basis. Candidates must have the ability to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the job.

* BSW or BA in related field required. LSW in social work and five years experience or LMSW and two years experience preferred. Experience in Long Term Care or Home Health settings preferred. Experience in social service delivery to senior client populations and program management preferred.

* Preferred 2-3 years experience with senior adults in the long-term care setting providing assessment, casework, and care planning for residents and families.

* Ascribes to Christian values and principles.

* Works with little supervision, is self-motivated, flexible, organized, and exercises ethical and professional judgment in service delivery and maintenance of confidentiality.

* Ability to work cooperatively within the interdisciplinary team.

* Ability to develop and maintain positive rapport with residents and families.

* Proficient in the use of computer, printer, keyboard and software for Word, Excel, e-mail, and database applications.

* Be organized in planning work load of their own duties as well as those of the Volunteers/Interns.

* Ability to use up to 50 pounds of force.

* Ability to walk frequently and occasionally stand and/or sit for prolonged periods of time.

* Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

* Ability to problem-solve, prioritize multiple tasks and organize work for short term and long term planning.

* Ability to work under stress and remain flexible in changing situations.

* Ability to travel occasionally and get to appointments in a timely fashion.