Social Work Manager

Northwest Hospital Shoreline, WA

Join our award-winning team at UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center. We're proud of the acclaim we've received for our excellence in patient care and safety. Among the local, regional and national recognition we've received are:

* The Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award

* The Emergency Medicine Excellence Award

* This is the second consecutive year Northwest Hospital has achieved both the Spine Surgery Excellence Award and a ranking among the top 10 percent in the nation for spine surgery.

* The Stroke Care Excellence Award

* Winner of the Health Grades Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety for the last three years in a row, we're also one of the safest places to get care – among the top 5% in the country.

UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest.

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit community hospital, offering comprehensive medical, surgical and therapeutic services. With 281 beds, more than 1900 employees and a world-class medical staff, we provide innovative, technologically advanced care on a patient-friendly, easy-access campus just north of Seattle.

Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

As a UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.

We're interested in learning more about you and appreciate your taking the time to apply online. UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is committed to employing a diverse workforce. EOE

UW Medicine – Northwest Hospital and Medical Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome job applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, physical or mental disability, or any other protected characteristic. Minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


The Manager of Social Work provides leadership and supervision to the social work team. This role also designs policies, procedures and processes that support the psychosocial-related discharge planning needs of the patients served. The Manager is responsible for providing programmatic support for complex patients who present in the Emergency Department, Geropsychiatric unit, acute care and the Intensive Outpatient Care Program. In addition, the Manager of Social Work partners with the Manager of Care Transitions and the interprofessional team to ensure policies and procedures are created that support the psychosocial needs as patients transition to the appropriate next level of care.

The Manager of Social Work is responsible for maintaining the highest level of knowledge and understanding of the role each Social Worker plays in the care and discharge planning of our complex patients. The manager is expected to assess for and address identified gaps in knowledge, training, performance, advocacy, and any other skills required to ensure that patients are provided with the highest level of service possible.


Education Background

* Master of Social Work is required.

Licensure, Registration, Certification

* Holds a current Washington State License.

Special Skills/Training

* Holds a proven ability to function in a complex environment, with continually shifting priorities.

* Is able to organize and present data in a clear, concise, and easily understood manner.

* Able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patient being served.

Work Experience

* Requires a minimum of 5 years Social Work experience in a health care setting, preferably in an acute care hospital.

* Requires experience in Care Management or discharge planning.

* Requires experience in change management.

* Requires a minimum of 2 years of supervisory or managerial experience.

Physical Abilities

Physical Demand Level: SedentaryIn an 8-hour workday, must be able to-

Lift / Carry 10 pounds occasionally

As required, must be able to-

Sit, Stand, Walk, Bend, Squat, Kneel, Crawl, Climb and Reach above shoulders

Push and Pull

Perform fine motor functions

Must possess functional vision, hearing, and speech in order to communicate effectively with clients, client advocates, and staff.