How to write a Social Worker job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Social Worker job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Social Worker job titles

    Social Worker
    Case Worker (4+ Years Experience)
    Inpatient Social Worker
    Social Worker (Part-Time)
    Case Worker

Social Worker job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Social Worker job summary

Our compassionate, fast-paced rehabilitation center seeks an experienced Social Worker with a background in clinical psychosocial responsibilities. The ideal candidate should be comfortable helping patients adapt to their limitations and assisting families with important decisions about their loved ones. If you have experience with psychosocial models and if you enjoy working with patients who are living with mental and physical disabilities on a daily basis, we want to meet with you. We’re ideally seeking an applicant with experience in behavioral health and client-facing communications.

Social Worker responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Social Worker responsibilities

    Evaluate existing, new and prospective patients based on their needs, desires and limitations
    Maintain constant communication with residents while addressing their concerns and goals and helping them keep positive attitudes
    Coordinate with PT and OT departments to assist in helping residents feel comfortable and confident
    Ensure compliance with regulatory bodies and in-house clinical guidelines
    Build rapport with residents/patients and their families and relay all concerns to supervisory case manager
    Develop care plans for residents and provide therapeutic support as needed

Social Worker qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Social Worker skills

    Master’s Degree in Social Work
    5+ years clinical social work experience
    Valid and current LCSW or LMSW licence
    Ability to make psychosocial assessments and develop and implement viable care plans
    Excellent listening and communication skills
    Bilingual preferred
    Experience with EMRs
    Apricot software experience highly desired
    Ability to provide after-hours service as needed

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