Social Worker

  • Job Tracking ID: 85434-294259
  • Job Location: Newark, NJ
  • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
  • Level of Education: BA/BS
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: September 23, 2019
  • Years of Experience: Any
  • Starting Date: ASAP

Job Description:

New Community Corporation in Newark, New Jersey is one of the largest and most comprehensive community development agencies in the country; New Community’s success rests on its comprehensive approach to community development. It is active in housing, health care, education, job training, childcare and economic development. It has provided training to community development professionals from around the country and the world, having hosted representatives from more than 20 countries in recent years. The goal of New Community is to help community residents improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement.

In this role, the Social Worker assist the resident population to attain or maintain their highest practicable physical, mental and psycho-social well-being in accordance with Federal, State, and Local standards, guidelines and regulations that govern Long Term Care.

  • Counsels resident and family to reduce anxiety related to illness, institutionalization to ease transition to long term placement.
  • Evaluate resident’s social, psychological, financial cultural and family situation and incorporate this information into social service treatment plan.
  • Document psycho-social information according to department guidelines, MDS and as significant resident events occur.
  • Promotes good working relationship with community health, welfare, and social agencies; reaches out to develop new resources.
  • Coordinate group services with residents and families to discuss common issues and concerns related to long term care.
  • Acts as liaison to coordinate individual resident-family conferences and notifies treatment team members.
  • Interpret and communicate social, psychological, emotional and family problems to attending physician and other treatment team members.
  • Provide consultation to members of nursing home staff, community agencies and other persons/groups seeking guidance in efforts to solve resident problems.
  • Participate in in-service programs regarding the social and emotional components of illness and their effect on residents and families as well as annual Resident Bill of Rights in-service.
  • Participate in Interdisciplinary Resident Care conference which meets weekly.
  • Inform resident and family of Resident’s Bill of Rights after admission and annually.
  • Assist resident in executing an advance Directive, if needed.
  • Monitor resident care and activity to assure that all residents are treated fairly and with kindness, dignity, and respect.
  • Report all instances of actual reported and/or suspected verbal or physical abuse of the resident to the Administrator and/or the office of the Ombudsman.
  • Identify residents with discharge potential or those in need of alternate placement.
  • Utilize community agencies and resources (i.e. Mental Health, Legal, and Home Health Care services) to meet the need of discharged residents.
  • Works in conjunction with the Admission staff and the Director of Nursing to assess and screen residents for potential admission.
  • Meet with perspective families or residents as needed to discuss admission policies and procedures.
  • Communicate with superiors when appropriate and seek approval and advice in situations outside ones’ authority and expertise.
  • Interpret the department’s policies and procedures to personnel, residents, visitors, and government agencies as necessary.
  • Participate in scheduled programs and activities.
  • Follow and maintain assignments and/or work schedule in completing and performing assigned tasks.
  • Perform all tasks in accordance with established policies and procedures and as directed by supervisor.
  • Perform other duties as required in support of facility and/or department functions.

Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work
  • At least one (1) years’ experience as a social worker with knowledge of the casework process, counseling and social work service.
  • Ability to read and write English; follow oral and written directions.
  • Must have good communication skills and the ability to work as a team player.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and sensitivity when interacting with residents, families and co-workers.
  • Maintain appropriate levels of confidentiality and discretion of all residents care information.
  • Bi-lingual ( English and Spanish), preferred