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Lead Licensed Social Worker


Provides expertise to Hospice management and staff in social work services and leads social work related projects as appropriate. Provides direct social work services to the family members and significant others of Hospice clients according to the plan of care developed by the Interdisciplinary Team. Ensures that services are in compliance with Hospice philosophy and procedures. Works under general supervision.

  • Functions as Lead Licensed Social Worker, providing expertise to Hospice management and staff in social work services and provides lead role with social work projects/teams/and assignments as needed.
  • Assists Hospice Team Manager in the development of the Hospice Program with regard to social work services.  Attends weekly team meetings as a member of the interdisciplinary team, as needed.
  • Provides mentorship, field orientation and training to new Licensed Social Workers / interns to further develop expertise.  Trains and supervises social work volunteers including graduate interns.  Provides clinical, documentation, and case management support and direction to newly hired Social Work staff. 
  • Assesses clients and/or family psychosocial status, social work needs and living conditions utilizing professional knowledge, skills of observations and interviewing skills.
  • Establishes the social work component of the client/family plan of care based on goals mutually acceptable to the client, family and significant others.  Makes referrals to other community services, as necessary.
  • Provides psychosocial work services to client and/or family, including short-term individual counseling, community resource planning, and crisis intervention.
  • Provides advocacy to client and/or family, e.g., assistance in obtaining entitlements and community services.
  • Provides social work services in accordance with VNSNY policies, practices, procedures and Standards of Social Work Practice, which may require standing, stooping, sitting, crouching, bending and stretching to deliver patient care, as needed. 
  • Initiates and maintains verbal and written communication according to VNSNY Home Care policy, including the preparation of clinical and progress notes, to ensure optimal quality client care.
  • Manages social work planning for a caseload of clients prescribed by the physician and other team members from assessment to discharge.  Maintains productivity sufficient to meet program goals.
  • Assists the physician and other team members in understanding the significant social and emotional factors related to the clients health problems.
  • Participates in the development of treatment plans and revises the goals as needed.  Coordinates approaches to client and/or family care in with other team members.
  • Consults with and educates the client and family regarding the treatment plan, self-care techniques and prevention strategies.
  • Utilizes appropriate community resources and serves as a liaison between the Agency and other community agencies.
  • Participates in discharge planning.
  • Assumes responsibility for continued professional growth, such as in-service programs.
  • Participates on special projects and performs other duties as assigned  CA 2020


Licensure:  Current registration to practice as a Licensed Social Worker in New York State required.  Licensed Clinical Social Worker preferred.  Valid driver's license may be required as determined by operational/regional needs.

Education:  Master's degree in Social Work after successfully completing a prescribed course of study at a graduate school of Social Work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and the Education Dept. and who is certified or licensed by the Education Dept. to practice Social Work in New York State required.

Experience:  Minimum of five years of experience as a Licensed Social Worker, preferably in hospice and/or palliative care program, required.  Effective oral and interpersonal communication skills required.  Proficiency in personal computer operations including MS Office applications required.  Bilingual skills may be required, as determined by operational needs.


The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is the nation's largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organization, serving the five boroughs of New York City, and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Countries. For over 125 years, VNSNY has been committed to improving the health and well-being of people through high-quality, cost effective healthcare in the home and community. We offer a wide range of services, programs, and health plans to meet the diverse needs of our patients, members, and clients from before birth to the end of life. Each day, more than 13,000 VNSNY employees - including nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, other allied professionals, and paraprofessionals - deliver compassionate care, unparalleled medical expertise, and 24/7 solutions and resources to more than 44,000 patients and members, helping them to live the best lives possible in their homes and communities.