Hospice Social Worker (Part Time 20 hours per week)


General Description: Responsible for providing psychosocial support to patients and families. Responsible for the psychosocial assessment and support of the patient/family from time of admission of the patient until the death of the patient, and assessing the bereavement needs of the patient’s survivors.

Supervision: Receive supervision from the Psychosocial Services Manager 

Employment Status: Non-Exempt. M-F 8AM-5PM, with some evening, wkend and holiday rotations.

SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE: Employee will demonstrate expertise in defined specialty area, ability to communicate effectively in the English language both verbally and in writing, will demonstrate organizational skills necessary to manage several projects simultaneously, will demonstrate the ability to work independently, is able to maintain confidentiality in all matters, including employee information, client information and agency matters. The employee will demonstrate initiative in recognizing unmet needs within the agency and assuring a timely and appropriate response.

WORK ENVIRONMENT/EQUIPMENT: Employee will perform the duties of the job in both inside and outside environmental conditions. Atmospheric conditions – fumes, odors, dust, poor ventilation, or smoking. The ambient noise level in this environment can flex, is generally low. The duties include using office machinery including extensive use of computers, copiers, etc.

PHYSICAL/COGNITIVE DEMANDS: The job requires the ability to sit for long periods at a desk and may require the physical demands of lifting, reaching, climbing steps, pushing, etc. Must have the ability to lift 35 lbs 2 times in a row from floor to counter.

· Physical Activities: Climbing, walking, hearing, kneeling, standing, pushing, grasping, lifting, talking

· Visual/Perception Activity: Performs activities such as viewing a computer terminal, reading data and figures, visual inspection of patients. Required to have visual acuity to operate motor vehicles.

· Cognitive Requirements: Solve practical problems; variety of variables with limited standardization; interprets instructions.

Essential Job Functions (including but not limited to): To be performed satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodation. The following duties are normal for this position. While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the job, it is not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned by the employer.

1. Conduct a comprehensive assessment of the patient including a psychosocial assessment to evaluate the patient/caregiver’s emotional, social, financial, and environmental resources and identify appropriate psychosocial problems, interventions and goals for the patient’s plan of care.

2. Participate as a member of the Iowa City Hospice Interdisciplinary Team in the development and implementation of the patient’s plan of care.

3. Reassess the patient/caregiver needs every 15 days and, with the Interdisciplinary Team, update the patient’s plan of care.

4. Conduct informational visits to provide patients and family members an overview of all the Iowa City Hospice services and explain consent forms that initiate care.  

5. Provide direct social work services and interventions according to the patient’s plan of care, including identifying the patient/caregiver’s psychosocial needs; enhancing strengths; assisting with advance directives; assessing coping; connecting with community resources; and documenting those assessment findings, interventions provided, and progress made towards goals.

6. Demonstrate exceptional written and verbal communication standards to advance cooperative working relationships with Iowa City Hospice staff, management, and care partners.

7. Document all care provided in the patient’s clinical record in accordance with Iowa City Hospice’s documentation requirements.

8. Serve as an educational source to staff, care partners and the community.

9. Adhere to the practice of confidentiality regarding patients, families, staff, and the organization.

10. Participate in Iowa City Hospice’s success by ensuring access to our exceptional care.

11. Support and promote Iowa City Hospice’s mission to lead in providing exceptional patient-centered end-of-life care and grief support to anyone affected by a terminal illness.

12. Participate in the organization’s quality assessment and performance improvement program.

13. Ensure effective use of resources.

14. Perform other duties as assigned.


Licensure:   Current Iowa license as a Social Worker.

Education:  Master’s degree in Social Work from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work EducationExperience: 1 year of social work experience in a health care setting as a LMSW or 5 years of social work experience as a LBSW in a health care setting with a minimum of 1 year hospice experience preferred 

Schedule: Monday 8 AM through Friday 5 PM. 

Driving: Proof of license and current insurance coverage.   Qualified to drive company car, driver's license and adequate insurance as outlined in the personnel policies is required. 

Background Checks: All offers of employment are conditioned upon the result of a criminal background check conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, as required by law and a negative finding on the Office of Inspector General’s Excluded Provider List.

VACCINATION/TESTING for New Employees: Must provide COVID vaccination status.  If not fully vaccinated employee will need to consent to receive it now, or request accommodation.  Hepatitis B vaccination is offered and if declined will sign a waiver.  Must take a 2-step TB test or to provide documentation of a recent TB Test and complete the second step during orientation.