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Job Summary

Why Join the Department of Social Work Renal Team?

This role would be integral to address the psychosocial needs of chronic dialysis patients who are seen at our main medical center. In addition, this role provides critical anticipatory support and guidance to our Young Adult Nephrology clinic and Adult Outpatient Nephrology clinics. The ideal candidate will have previously dialysis experience, familiarity with the CMS conditions of coverage as it relates to renal patient care, and an interest working with multiple dynamic interprofessional teams. There are also opportunities for programmatic, educational, and research activities.

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. We are seeking a diverse candidate pool who is passionate about providing optimal psychosocial care to this patient population.

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

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.


You will be responsible for:

  • Working with interprofessional team members in a busy dialysis unit and outpatient setting
  • Psychosocial assessments of renal patients for needs related to coping, mental health and tangible resources related to their renal care
  • Dialysis initiation, care coordination, and placements
  • Connecting to community resources for continuity of care and providing families additional support as needed
  • Opportunities to advocate for appropriate accommodations
  • Participation in interdisciplinary Plan of Care team meetings and QAPI meetings/initiatives/goals
  • Working with patients around issues of grief/loss and end-of-life decision making
  • Assessment and development of supportive programming to enhance the patient/family experience
  • Completion of accurate psychosocial and plan of care assessments in a variety of situations
  • Collaborative relationships with multidisciplinary team members for patient care coordination
  • Provision of referrals and follow-up to community resources as needed
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and precise, timely documentation
  • Independent decision-making skills and prioritization of multiple, competing tasks
  • Participation in team and department meetings

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree (MSW) in social work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education
  • Current license (LMSW) to practice social work in the State of Michigan, with clinical certification. LLMSW’s will not be considered for this position.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Capable of making effective, independent judgment calls in a variety of demanding situations
  • Must be flexible, adaptive, and able to prioritize competing demands in a fast-paced environment
  • Significant experience with Dialysis and/or Nephrology patients; medical social work and/or has transferrable skills

Work Schedule

This is a 40 hour/week position- Monday – Friday Day shift

Work Locations

(primary location)

1500 E Medical Ctr Dr

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

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.

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.