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Job Summary

Provide social work leadership and professional expertise to lead a segment within the Department of Social Work and the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools.  Responsibilities also include clinical supervision, case consultation, RAHS mental health program management, personnel management to support excellent social work services to patients and their families in clinical areas as assigned. Responsibilities may also include the provision of direct patient care.  Assure compliance with regulatory agencies, University and Health System policies and procedures.  Exercise considerable independent decision-making authority and expertise specific to an assigned area.  Recruit, select, hire, orient and train, and evaluate staff in assigned areas. Primary activities and decision making authority are predominantly performed independently. Analyze, compare and evaluate data from a variety of sources, and undertake 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. Participate in and contribute to projects and initiatives of the departmental management group.


General supervision is received from Social Work Department Director and RAHS Director


Functional and administrative supervision, orientation and mentorship are provided for Supervisors and Clinical Social Workers.



  • Post positions, review resumes, interview candidates, select and hire, orient and train new staff.
  • Membership in (or may lead) community interdisciplinary committees focused on patient care, program development, quality, etc.
  • Using mental health data from a variety of sources to support programmatic decisions.
  • Provide clinical consultation to staff, as well as administrative and clinical supervision.
  • Develop areas of programmatic specialty; evaluate existing programs, create proposals for new or expanded programs.
  • Assume responsibility for difficult and complex cases based on experience or area of expertise as needed.
  • Provide specialty consultation to other health care staff.
  • May provide direct patient care services.
  • Serve as a practicum instructor or preceptor for graduate or undergraduate social work students.
  • Conduct scholarly presentation to Social Work staff and participate in educational activities for staff, social work students and trainees of other disciplines.
  • Contribute to social work research projects by assisting in project management and analyzing data and presenting data.
  • Provide presentations and consultations to other civic organizations as assigned.
  • Participate in community activities which promote health care.
  • Participate as a member of the RAHS disciplinary team, including problem solving, program planning, clinical care planning, and quality improvement.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Master's degree in social work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education is necessary.
  • Current licensure (LMSW) to practice Social Work in the State of Michigan is required.  Licensure will be verified via PSV by department administration.
  • Professional social work individual psychotherapy experience using CBT and MI.  Extensive experience with psychosocial issues, diagnoses (using the DSM IV) and psychosocial services. 


Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience of professional social work is necessary.
  • Prior leadership experience is required commensurate with responsibilities.
  • Certification by the Academy of Certified Social Workers is desirable.
  • Applicants should have a strong background and/or expertise in evidence base psychotherapy models. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills necessary to provide mental health care to patients and families, communicate complex concepts to all levels of personnel and collaborate effectively with other health care team members.  Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and appropriately in written and verbal forms. 


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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine 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.