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Social Worker – Caregiving Services, Alzheimer's Services (Brooklyn)

The Social Worker (working under the title of Caregiver Support Specialist) will be responsible for assessing and delivering services that meet the needs of individuals and families caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. We offer caregiver services in Queens and Brooklyn. This position is for our Brooklyn location at SUNY Downstate Hospital.

We are currently working a hybrid model of three days onsite and two days remote. This is subject to change.

The Caregiver Support Specialist will complete intakes, assessments, and care plans, and enter timely case notes. The Caregiver Support Specialist should be familiar with New York City’s network of service providers for individuals with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, which will enable them to connect caregivers to the services they require. They should have experience in outreach and be able to identify community groups, professionals, and agencies throughout the city who may have an interest in services and may benefit from caregiver services.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct intake and assessment screening of caregivers, assessing mental and physical health needs and supports, and financial eligibility for benefits, entitlements, and respite services.
  • Perform home visits to caregivers to evaluate unmet needs.
  • Collaborate with caregivers to develop a plan of care and implement constructive short and long-term interventions through counseling, education about caregiving supports, long-term planning, and assistance with benefits.
  • Link caregivers to other service providers such as mental health, medical care, and financial management services as needed.
  • Lead a support group, providing emotional support and psychoeducation about dementia.
  • Work with the program coordinator to host activities that promote caregiver emotional and physical well-being.
  • Provide timely documentation and maintenance of client files and progress notes.
  • Work as part of the team to support the needs of the program.

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's degree in social work with 3-5 years of experience working in a social service organization or equivalent, or a master's degree in social work with 2 years of experience working in a social service organization or equivalent.
  • Experience working with families, geriatric populations, social services, senior benefits, and client relations. Experience in a hospital setting preferred.
  • Caregiver and/or Alzheimer's experience preferred. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills with experience in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel. Salesforce experience is preferred.
  • Must be bilingual in English/Spanish.

Job Classification: Exempt

Reports to: Senior Social Work Supervisor

Benefits Package 

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance 
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution 
  • Flexible spending account and transit program 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • 20 days of paid vacation per year 
  • 12 paid holidays 
  • 12 paid sick days per year 
  • 5 personal/floating days 
  • Life insurance 
  • Long-term disability 

How to Apply
If you would like to join our team, please forward a cover letter and resume with the subject line "Social Worker – Caregiving Services (Brooklyn location)" to Sheila Williams at swilliams@scsny.org.

Please Note: If hired, Sunnyside Community Services requires proof of vaccination as a condition of employment.

About Sunnyside Community Services
Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) is a multi-service, community-based organization providing a broad range of services to approximately 16,000 people of each year. Our services include pre-kindergarten and after-school programs; college prep and career programs for teens and young adults; supports for immigrants; a vibrant center for older adults, dedicated home care services, support and assistance for family caregivers, and a social adult day program for people with cognitive and physical impairments.

Sunnyside Community Services’ strength lies in its ability to collaborate with people at every stage in their lives and in their own communities. We pride ourselves on an approach that is comprehensive, caring, and community-based. 

Sunnyside Community Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Location: 

Sunnyside Community Services

Post date: 

June 1, 2022


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