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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

Provide social work assessment, intervention and case management to patients and their families within the Geriatrics Center’s primary and specialty care services to facilitate an understanding and resolution of problems related to management of acute and chronic diseases common to older adult patients, as well as environmental needs,  interpersonal conflict, and physical, emotional, mental health and substance abuse concerns or disorders;  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 their responsibilities (or under appropriate supervision for LLMSW).  

Provide services that are patient-centered, understandable, respectful and compatible with developmental age, cultural health beliefs and practices, and in preferred language.

Participate in health system disaster-response as assigned.  This may include reassignment to other clinical areas, as needed.

Work location, assigned hours, days of week, and specific work assignment may be modified in response to department, patient care and service needs.



  • Collaborate with Geriatrics Health Care Teams for ongoing patient care and coordination
  • Patient psycho-social and family assessment
  • Identify needs of patients and families for ongoing health care and social service support
  • Assist patient/family with transitions of care, such as outpatient, inpatient, sub-acute (rehab) and to other medical services and treatments.
  • Assume responsibility for difficult and complex cases based on experience or area of expertise.
  • Help patients/families access appropriate community resources and benefits.
  • Educate patients and family/caregivers about chronic diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias; Parkinson’s disease, PSP, Huntington’s Disease, depression, and other mental health or neurology-related issues per care plan; assist in development or collection of appropriate materials and resources.
  • Educate and support family members experiencing caregiver stress individually and in support groups.
  • Conduct patient and family consultations/meetings for Advanced Care Planning related to health care goals, long term care and/or palliative care issues
  • Assess and provide referrals for psychotherapy and support groups
  • May provide social work or counseling services to older adults in the home
  • Document services and activities per department standards and assist with program evaluation activities to track and analyze utilization and effectiveness of services.

Other duties include some or all of the following:

  • Serve as a practicum instructor or preceptor for graduate or undergraduate social work students.
  • Provide specialty consultation to other health care staff.
  • May assist in the recruitment, training and supervision of clinic volunteers. 
  • Provide presentations and consultations to other civic organizations on aging and healthcare issues as assigned.
  • Participate in community activities which promote health care.


General supervision is received from Social Work Department Manager and/or Supervisor.


Functional supervision, orientation and mentorship may be provided for Clinical Social Workers new to the department or clinical assignment.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Master's degree in social work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education is necessary.
  • Current licensure to practice Social Work in the State of Michigan is required and will be verified via PSV by department administration.   ((LMSW with clinical specialty or LLMSW candidates with relevant training/experience may be considered.)     
  • Certificate or significant coursework in aging studies
  • Additional training and/or experience in psychiatric, cognitive and movement disorders is desired.  

Additional Information

This job posting is for a University of Michigan Temporary position. Temporary employment may be full or part time, but in either case is limited in duration. Please review the full posting description for details.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine 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.

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.