The Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC) is a multi-departmental component of the Feinberg School of Medicine. We specialize in the clinical care and scientific study of neurological diseases that interfere with cognition and behavior. Areas of emphasis include age-related memory impairments and dementias. We are focused on Alzheimer’s disease, Primary Progressive Aphasia and Frontotemporal Dementia. Our three interacting missions are to investigate the causes and clinical characteristics of neurodegenerative diseases, to ensure that our patients are the beneficiaries of the latest research advances, and to explore the neural foundations of behavior and cognition in health and disease.
The Social Worker 1 is responsible for: contributing to the recruitment and retention of research subjects for the clinical core of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center and providing clinical social work services for dementia patients and families in the Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic of Northwestern Medical Group. In addition, they will assist in coordinating and rigorously evaluating programs focused on the education and support of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders and their families. They will be responsible for delivering internal and community education programs and the coordination and planning of annual conferences. They will develop collaborative community relationships among health and social service agencies with special emphasis on minority communities underrepresented in research.
- Coordinate, rigorously evaluate and track participation of education and support programs such as: 1) Support and Education for Early Dementia (SEED), 2) support groups, 3) ilLUMAnations, 4) The Memory Ensemble and 5) The Buddy Program for persons with dementia and their families. Manage data, communication with participants and IRB submissions and continuing reviews.
- Provide clinical social work services to patients and families of the Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic and the Northwestern CNADC Clinical Core research. Complete psychosocial assessments and provide education, counseling and linkage to appropriate community services.
- Coordinate and deliver local and statewide internal and community education programs around dementia, caregiving, and other relevant topics.
- Participate in the coordination and planning of major annual educational events including Alzheimer Day and the FTD/PPA Caregiver Education and Support Conference
- Develop collaborative community relationships with health and social service agencies with special emphasis on minority communities underrepresented in research.
- Assist with website updates and organization.
- Participate in writing grant proposals and progress reports.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or higher degree in social work or related field with 1-3 years of experience. OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias, in addition to counseling skills and knowledge of community resources related patients and families.
- Must be a licensed social worker (LSW) or licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).
- COW - Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
- ORG - Good organizational and time management skills
- PRS – Good problem-solving skills
- CUF - Customer service focused
- MEETS DE - Ability to work accurately with interruptions, to meet deadlines;
- COMP - Good computer skills with experience in word processing, spreadsheet and database applications.
- Master’s degree in social work, licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).
- Skilled in research methods.
- Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
- Experience working with diverse communities/demonstrated cultural competence.
- Group Facilitation experience and skills.
- Conference planning experience.
- Skilled in statistical analysis software such as SPSS.
- Skilled in qualitative data analysis software such as NVivo.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.