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Social Worker I

Job Description

TITLE: Social Worker I

JOB CODE: 1521



EEO6 CODE: 3 = Professional/Non-faculty

GRADE: Pay Grade 9

PAY PLAN: Annually
minimum 31,572.00
midpoint 40,416.00
maximum 49,260.00

PURPOSE: Works under close supervision to provide professional, medical, and psychiatric social casework services for hospital or clinic patients. Interviews patients and sometimes members of their families to obtain information concerning home environment, family relationships, health history, financial status, and personality traits to better understand personal needs or problems of each patient.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Counsels patients with respect to medical, surgical, and other programs and alternatives available to needs of patients. Evaluates information obtained through interviews and counseling in terms of available medical treatments or procedures and social services, conferring with appropriate medical personnel to develop program to meet particular needs of each patient. Follows up patients through home visits and/or telephone to determine degree of compliance with programs or need to make revisions in such programs; reschedules clinic or hospital appointments, arranges transportation, or performs such other services as may be indicated necessary. Assists patients and their families to understand, accept, and follow medical, psychiatric and/or other recommendations. Refers patients to appropriate community social service agencies for financial assistance, employment, legal aid, or assistance in resolving other personal or family problems. Maintains chronological notes, clinic charts, or case histories for each patient with respect to social problems, adjustments, physical limitations, employment, and financial needs, and to medical staff, those social, economic, or emotional factors which may be related to patients' medical care and physical rehabilitation. Plans and conducts community meetings and discussion sessions relating to work of agency. May provide working supervision to one or several students, professional, or paraprofessional social case workers of lower grade; may make assignments, review work in process and at completion, and advices with respect to resolution of work problems. May participate in clinical and laboratory research is such areas as animal research, child development, physiological and behavioral functioning, etc. Perform other duties as assigned.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: REPORTS TO: Social Work Supervisor or as directed. SUPERVISION: N/A SUPERVISION-OTHER: Students, professional or paraprofessional social case workers of lower grade as directed.


REQUIRED EDUCATION-OTHER: Bachelor's degree in social work, sociology, or psychology.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE / COMPETENCIES-OTHER: REQUIRED EXPERIENCES/COMPETENCIES: Two (2) years experience in medical and/or psychiatric social work to include one (1) year as Social Work Assistant or equivalent. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Proficiency in all phases of duties performed. Work requires exercise of considerable judgment in interpretation of policies and application of procedures, techniques, and practices to work problems. Work requires contact with community social service agencies or patients and their families in resolution of problems of non-routine, non-recurring nature. Working conditions are considered to be fair but involve exposure to one or more disagreeable elements, such as need to travel to patient's homes, working under crowded or noisy conditions, etc. Specific job requirements or physical location of positions allocated to this classification render the position security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Section 51.215 Texas Education Code.