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Social Services Director

Social Services Director


The primary purpose of your position is to plan, organize, develop, and direct the overall operation of the Facility’s Social Services Department in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, and regulations, our established policies and procedures, and as may be directed by the Administrator, to assure that the medically related emotional and social needs of the residents are met and maintained on an individual’s basis.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, develop, organize, implement, evaluate, and direct the social services programs of the Facility.
  • Interview resident and families in a private setting, as necessary.
  • Perform administrative requirements, such as completing necessary forms, reports, etc., and submitting such to the Administrator, as required.
  • Assume the authority, responsibility, and accountability of directing the Social Service Department.
  • Review and develop a plan of correction for social service deficiencies noted during survey inspections and provide a written copy of such to the Administrator.
  • Serve on, participate in, and attend various committees of the Facility (i.e. Infection Control, Policy Advisory, Pharmaceutical, Budget, Quality Assessment and Assurance, etc.), as required and as appointed by the Administrator.
  • Develop and participate in the planning, conducting, scheduling of timely in-service training classes that provide instructions on “how to do the job,” and ensure well-educated Social Services Department.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain an effective orientation program that orients the new employee to the department, its policies and procedures, and to his/her job position and duties.
  • Provide leadership training that includes the administrative and supervisory principles essential for the social services department.
  • Encourage the social services supervisory staff to attend and participate in outside training programs.  Schedule times as appropriate.
  • Assist support services in developing, implementing, and conducting in-service training programs that relate to the Social Services Department.
  • Attend and participate in continuing educational programs designed to keep you abreast of changes in your profession, as well as to maintain your license on a current status.
  • Develop preliminary and comprehensive assessments of the social service needs of each resident.
  • Develop a written plan of care for each resident that identifies social problems and needs of the resident and the goals to be accomplished for each problem or need identified.
  • Ensure that social services components of the MDS are completed and signed on a timely basis.



  • Must possess, as a minimum, a Bachelors Degree in social work.



  • Must have, as a minimum, two (2) years experience in a supervisory capacity in a hospital, nursing care facility, or other related medical facility.
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