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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

Plan and administer department programs in accordance with policies and accepted practice.  Executive leadership falls into three major categories: fiscal, programmatic, and personnel.  

Primary activities and decision-making authority are predominantly performed independently.  Analyze, compare and evaluate various courses of action with the authority to make independent recommendations on matters of significance, free from immediate direction, within the scope of assigned responsibilities.

Balance business administration of the Departments of Social Work and Spiritual Care with advocacy and oversight for the clinical practice of social work and chaplains.

Administrative oversight for the development of the UMHS Clinical Pastoral Education Program.


  • Directs the development, management and reporting of department budgets to assure fiscal responsibility to institution. 

  • Evaluate and coordinate the departments’ services and the needs of the patients and the community served.  

  • Develop, manage and report compliance with all regulatory and institutional policies.  

  • Utilize and supervise work of department managers.  

  • Oversee interviewing, selecting and training of employees; assure appropriate compensation;

  • Responsible for the vision and mission, strategic direction, and operationalization of the core values for the Social Work and Spiritual Care departments.

  • Responsibilities include the authority to hire, fire, or promote assigned employees. This includes handling grievances, complaints and discipline, when necessary.

  • Responsible for planning and directing the activities of the following UMHS areas: Spiritual Care, Office of Decedent Affairs, and Social Work.

  • Provide administrative coverage to the hospital in rotation with other Health System leaders including department directors and other administrators.

  • Serve as member of Health System committees and initiatives, including disaster planning and preparedness, administrator on call program, and other committees as identified.     

  • Teach two semesters a year of a master’s level course at the UM School of Social Work.

  • Administrative oversight for student program and training.

  • Participate in training of students and staff from Social Work, Spiritual Care, and other disciplines.

  • Champion interprofessional education and scholarly activities including: teaching, research, presentations, consultations, publications, etc.


General supervision is received from Chief Nurse Executive, UMHS and the Dean of the School of Social Work.


Administrative and functional supervision, orientation and mentorship may be provided for managers in Social Work and Spiritual Care, and leadership in other departments with direct reporting relationship.


Required Qualifications*

Master's degree in social work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education is necessary. 

Extensive experience in health care social work and as a leader of social work clinical practice is necessary.

Considerable experience in fiscal, programmatic and personnel management is required.

Master’s level teaching experience in Social Work.

Familiarity with spiritual care and the provision of chaplain services is required.

Current licensure (LMSW) to practice Social Work, licensure in the State of Michigan will be required.  Licensure will be verified via PSV by department administration.

Desired Qualifications*

PhD is preferred.

Experience in research is desired.

Background Screening

University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.