In addition to carrying a caseload, the Supervisory Social Worker is responsible for the provision of crisis intervention, protective services and social casework on a voluntary or involuntary basis to a caseload of mentally and physically impaired, abused, and/or neglected older clients, in accordance with the standards of the social work profession, agency policies, and requirements of the funding source:
Supervision of staff in the preliminary screening of applicants for service at case intake, screening for program eligibility, conducting triage for emergency intervention, ascertaining short-term need, and providing accurate and offering appropriate information and referral services to clients, families and collaterals.
Direction of social work staff in their provision of In-Home and In-Office Assessment of the social and emotional needs of the older adult client and her family, utilizing prescribed standardized assessment instruments (i.e. PSA, EISEP-PATH); securing where appropriate the assistance of other social work and/or other professional consultants.
Supervision of staff and provision of direct service to clients related to the development and implementation of a written case plan for the provision of the full range of social services for the older adult client(s) and family, including:
Individual and family counseling and guidance in the resolution of problems of the client(s) and family.
The provision of appropriate information to clients and collaterals regarding the normal physical, social and psychological development of individuals, challenges to functioning presented by conditions of impairment, disease, social stresses and dysfunction; and ways of coping and preserving individual functioning and autonomy.
The provision of specific information about health, welfare, education and recreation services available to serve the older client.
Screening of client eligibility, and application for such benefits and entitlements as may be available and helpful.
The arrangement for direct provision of services such as homemaker, home health aide, public assistance, Medicare, Medicaid, emergency cash relief, legal aid, protective services, vocational placement, medical and psychiatric examination and therapy, housing, etc.
Evaluation of clients' capacity to manage their own affairs and protect themselves from financial exploitation. Assistance in securing needed and legitimate financial management or guardianship arrangements. Disbursement of monies as issued through JASA relief funds or client financial management services, to secure needed goods and services for older clients.
Referral to, and maintenance of cooperative relationships with other community agencies, to meet the needs of clients.
Monitoring staff in their ongoing in-home visits to clients to evaluate client functioning, monitor risk, assess the status of current services, and update and revise the case plan; seeking appropriate guidance from the supervisor in situations requiring clarification and consultation.
Extended Hours - In situations deemed by the Program Director or her designee as "crises", should such situations commence during the workday, the staff person will continue to function throughout the period of crisis, on a compensatory time basis, until discharged from these responsibilities by the program supervisor.
Emergency Schedules - In certain crisis situations, such as "cold weather days" requiring visitation of clients lacking heat, or scheduled appointments for emergency medical or psychiatric examinations, or initiation of emergency homecare services, or implementation of court-ordered protective actions; the worker may be instructed to report to work during times other than the normally scheduled work week, including evenings, weekends and holidays. JASA will provide door-to-door transportation, meals allowances, and the worker will receive compensatory time from time of home departure to time of return.
Supervision and disbursement of monies to staff and clients, as issued through JASA relief funds or client financial management services, to secure needed goods and services for older clients.
Supervises Masters' and BA-level social work staff, community aides, Title V workers, homemakers, home health aides, interns and volunteers.
Represents and interprets the agency at community conferences and meetings.
Provides leadership role in staff training and unit meetings.
Supervises other staff with regard to completion of required case records, forms, reports and statistics within mandated timeframes, reviews and signs off on such documents, and completion of reports for program management utilizing computers, if so required.
Performs of such other duties as assigned.
Graduate of an Accredited College or University with a Master of Social Work or equivalent Master's level degree in counseling, gerontology, psychology or related field.
New York State Certification in Social Work preferred.
Must be computer literate, including ability to learn and use program-specific software.
Minimum of three year's post-master's level experience in social work, which must include supervision of professional social work staff.
Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to provide professional supervision and leadership to social work staff.
Good writing/record keeping skills.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand English.
Knowledge of Yiddish /Russian/Spanish/or Patois helpful.
Ability to travel to clients' homes using mass transit and to negotiate any steps and barriers in clients' residences.
Understanding and appreciation of the roles of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference, and individual values as they relate to serving clients and families.
JASA's mission is to sustain and enrich the lives of the aging in the New York metropolitan area so that they can remain in the community with dignity and autonomy.Founded in 1968, JASA is one of New York’s largest and most trusted agencies serving older adults in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Long Island. We provide life sustaining programs for seniors and peace of mind for their fa...milies and friends.We fulfill the Jewish value of honoring the aging while serving adults of all races, religions, and economic backgrounds.