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Job Summary

Why Join the Department of Social Work Geriatrics Center team?

As a member of this team, you will play a vital role in providing psychosocial assessments and care management services within the Geriatrics Center’s Neurology services (in particular the movement disorders clinics) to facilitate an understanding and resolution of problems related to the management of chronic neurological diseases, as well as environmental needs, interpersonal conflict, and physical, emotional, mental health and substance use concerns. You will be able to analyze, compare, and evaluate various courses of action with the authority to make independent recommendations on matters of significance, within the scope of your responsibilities.

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

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:

  • Collaborating with Geriatrics Center Health Care Teams for ongoing patient care and care management services
  • Conducting patient psycho-social and family assessments
  • Identifying needs of patients and families for ongoing health care and social service support
  • Assisting patients/families with transitions of care, such as outpatient, inpatient, sub-acute (rehab) and to other medical services and treatments.
  • Assuming responsibility for difficult and complex cases based on experience or area of expertise.
  • Working directly with patients and families both face-to-face and by video/phone contacts.
  • Brief therapeutic interventions drawing on evidence-based psychotherapies, psychoeducation, safety planning, assisting family members in understanding and supporting the patient, grief counseling, and referrals to community resources are some of the skills needed and additional duties of this position.

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 medical and mental health social work
  • Previous experience with neurological diseases related to movement disorders (particularly Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Ataxia, and Functional Movement Disorders)
  • Skilled in developing rapport and effectively communicating with a diverse patient/family population
  • Efficient, accurate assessment of patient and family needs and effective case dispositions
  • Previous experience with disability benefits, assessment of financial resources, and collaboration with pertinent movement disorders/neurology foundations
  • 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
  • Experience with evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions and familiarity with brief, structured interventions (e.g., Motivational Interviewing, Behavioral Activation) along with a basic knowledge of psychopharmacology

Work Schedule

This is part time, 20 hours/week position. The typical schedule will include Tue and Fri, 8:00 am- 4:30 pm or 9:00 am- 5:00 pm, plus one additional day per week (tbd)

Work Locations

This position will work out of the following work site locations:

Primary Work location:

  • East Ann Arbor Health Center: 4260 Plymouth Rd, 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.