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Job Summary

The Little Victors League program is seeking a full-time Social Worker.  LVL is a support program dedicated to children and families who are born with or develop complex medical conditions, enabling them to thrive and live their best lives. LVL provides highly organized care from prenatal diagnosis, throughout the baby’s NICU and hospital stays, to home and in the community.  The goal is to coordinate resources for the most fragile babies and their families across the continuum of care that begins in the NICU and continues to home and community. 

 Navigating the healthcare system can be a daunting task. The LVL Social Worker will be a part of the community team providing this home-based care. The LVL team is comprised of care coordinators, social workers and support team professionals, with supervising physicians and specialists at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The LVL Social Worker will join nurse practitioners and/or physicians during community visits, as well as in the outpatient and inpatient settings.

Why Join the Department of Social Work Team?

You will be part of an interdisciplinary team of social workers and other medical professionals providing bio-psychosocial assessments, treatment and case management services to patients with medical and/or psychiatric diagnoses.  You will play a vital role in providing clinical social work services to patients and families in a pediatric setting.

The Department of Social Work strives to foster an environment of respect, diversity and inclusion; a place where every person feels valued and can thrive. 

What Perks and Benefits Can You Look Forward to?

  • 2:1 match on retirement savings
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage starting on day one of employment
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) and paid holidays
  • Financial support for continuing education and certifications

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.


The range of services provided includes coordination of care, psychosocial assessments, resource planning, financial/legal issues, child and family education, and referrals to internal and external providers and community resources. Specific responsibilities unique to this position include assessment, development, implementation, and revision of the patient/family/caregiver plan of care. This assessment is the foundation for social, emotional,  and financial factors that determine how families manage and cope with the child’s chronic complex condition. Ability to work well with interdisciplinary team and culturally diverse populations is essential. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide expert care coordination, education, consultation and advocacy.
  • Work with a primary medical team, consulting services, and hospital personnel to develop an organized care plan for patients who have been identified to participate in the program.
  • Act as the primary resource for care coordination for families.  Complete psychosocial assessments, identify goals and objectives for optimal family functioning
  • Work collaboratively with the case manager, NICU and other inpatient social workers, outside agencies, and families to coordinate care of the complex patient.
  • Transition the patient from the inpatient to the outpatient setting by supporting patient education for the clinical diagnosis as well as educating families on community resources that are available.
  • Join nurse practitioners and/or physicians during community visits, as well as in the outpatient and inpatient settings
  • Participation in team meetings and hospital-wide bereavement committees
  • Coordinate a seamless patient hand-off between the inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Provide training to other UMHS staff, specifically medical rotators within the LVL care team re: end-of-life issues, the palliative care program and the role of social work within the hospital setting. 

Expectations of the position:

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills, with ability to successfully resolve conflict respectfully and effectively with all members of the health care team, patients/families, social agencies and community resources.
  • Must possess strong assessment skills, the ability to establish therapeutic relationships quickly, and to relate well to a diverse population. 
  • Demonstrated excellent problem solving skills.
  • Ability to employ a variety of counseling techniques, in home and/or hospice setting, as well as in acute care hospital 
  • Extensive experience with pediatric chronic complex conditions and end-of-life care
  • Critical decision making, excellent assessments, brief interventions and multi-tasking are only several of the advanced skills required for success.
  • Ability to provide high-level interventions while also meeting basic tangible and concrete needs
  • Demonstrated ability to access community resources in order to facilitate discharge planning or maintain care plan in the home
  • Experience providing crisis intervention and grief counseling is essential, along with brief interventions to facilitate patient and family participation in appropriate health care decision making
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team atmosphere
  • Willingness to travel within the community is required as part of home visits for enrolled patients
  • Demonstrated ability for time management, priority setting, work delegation and work organization.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Master's degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.
  • A current license to practice social work in the State of Michigan.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous experience with families and children around issues of chronic illness, adjustment to illness and disability, learning/school issues, locating community resources
  • Due to the nature of the medical diagnoses associated with this population, proficiency in loss and bereavement issues is desirable
  • Previous experience with medical and mental health social work.
  • Skilled in developing rapport and effectively communicating with a diverse patient population.
  • Efficient, accurate assessment of patient needs and effective care planning
  • Effective organizational skills, flexibility, self-motivation, the ability to effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks in a dynamic medical clinic.
  • Independent, sound decision-making is necessary for success in this position.
  • Effective collaboration with a large multi-disciplinary team.
  • Proficiency in keeping accurate and timely clinical records by computer.

Work Schedule

This is a 40 hour/week position. The typical schedule will fall between Monday-Friday with start and end times 8:00-4:30 or 8:30-5:00.   

Work Locations

C.S. Mott Hospital, 1540 E. Hospital Drive,  Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate. Advancement through the career ladder at the Expert or Clinical Scholar Level is required for placement in the MSW Senior Classification.

Background Screening

University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidate 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 any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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