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Social Worker Opening in Guthrie Center, IA


Our Hospice Social Workers are the heart of our organization who support patients by providing medical social work services and coordinating with the interdisciplinary team to ensure that both patients and their families have an optimal care experience. Take this chance to make a meaningful impact with your career today!

Our comprehensive benefits include:

  • Medical and dental benefits
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) program
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Vendor discounts


  • Assesses the psychosocial status of patients and families/caregivers related to the patient's terminal illness and environment and communicates findings to the registered nurse and other members of the interdisciplinary group. Provides an assessment in the patient's identified residence and assistance when this is not safe and another plan is required.
  • Carries out social evaluations, including family dynamics, caregiver abilities, communication patterns, high-risks for suicide, neglect or abuse and plans intervention based on evaluation findings. Counsels patient and family/caregivers as needed in relationship to stress, and other identified coping difficulties. Provides crisis intervention when necessary.
  • Assesses for, and educates interdisciplinary group, on any special needs related to the culture of the patient and family. Includes communication, role of family, space, and any special traditions or taboos.
  • Maintains clinical records on all patients referred to social work.
  • Educates patients and families on, and assists in, preparation of advanced directives.
  • Provides information and referral services for organization patients and families/caregivers regarding practical and environmental needs.
  • Provides information to patients and families/caregivers and community agencies.
  • Serves as liaison between patients and families/caregivers and community agencies.
  • Maintains collaborative relationships with organization personnel to support patient care.
  • Maintains and develops contracts with public and private agencies as resources for patient and personnel.
  • Participates in the development of the individualized plan of care, involving the patient and family, and attends regularly scheduled interdisciplinary group meetings, assisting the team in recognizing the effects of the psychosocial stresses on the symptoms of the terminal illness.
  • Assists physician and other team members in understanding significant social and emotional
    factors related to health problems and death/dying issues.
  • Actively participates in quality assessment performance improvement teams and activities.
  • Assists family and patient in planning for funeral arrangements, financial, legal, and health
    care decision responsibilities.
  • Other duties as delegated by the Clinical Supervisor.


  • A graduate of a master’s program in social work (MSW) accredited by the Council on
    Social Work Education
    A graduate of a bachelor’s program in social work accredited by the Council on
    Social Work Education. Meets personnel qualifications stated in §418.114(b)(3).
  • Minimum of one (1) years’ of experience in health care, hospice experience preferred.
  • Understand hospice philosophy and issues of death/dying.
  • Experience in hospice care preferred.
  • Demonstrates good verbal and written communication, and organization skills.
  • Current licensure according to Medicare guidelines to practice in the state of operation.
  • Must be a licensed driver with an automobile that is insured in accordance with state or
    organization requirements and is in good working order.

Salary Range:$65,000 - $70,000

Interested applicants, please send a resume to:Jennifer Sigman at


Jewish Founderation

Director of Jewish Family Services

Department: Jewish Family Services


The Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines is seeking a director of Jewish Family Services (JFS) to oversee and implement the organization’s family and senior outreach efforts. Jewish Family Services provides critical support to seniors, those in need of emergency resources, growing families, and recent Jewish immigrants. Jewish Family Services offers social programs and helps vulnerable community members stay connected, healthy, and secure in their homes. This position reports to the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines.

The director will be expected to:

  • Develop, oversee, and implement social services and community partnerships
  • Budget for and disperse financial and other types of assistance
  • Assess non-financial needs for seniors and other community members
  • Make referrals to community resources and provides direct services

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Develop and monitor annual JFS budget
  • Create eligibility criteria for tzedakah, assess requests based on eligibility, disburse funds as appropriate. Maintain record and documentation of disbursements.
  • Manage grants awarded to JFS.
  • Manage the Federation’s Education department scholarships and other scholarships as assigned.

Social Services

  • Provide programming based on ongoing assessment of community needs to determine appropriate JFS services.
  • Partner with other community organizations on issues relevant to the Jewish community, for example health care services and transportation. (Examples of partner organizations: DART, EveryStep, Candeo, Easter Seals, or food banks.)
  • Assess and engage in local, state, and national initiatives that align with JFS.
  • Provide social service assessment, case management, referrals, and coordination with external services.
  • Administer, create, and disperse lifestyle cycle basket to Jewish community members.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Administration and Financial Skills

This position requires:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Engaging on both “big picture” and detail-oriented levels.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating relationships with community resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and financial resources for internal and external activities .
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills, and the ability to identify and adjust changing priorities in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to self-manage priorities in tandem with organization’s interests.
  • Capacity for translating policies and information into action.
  • Experience building and managing a budget.
  • Ability to work with individuals and groups across many age demographics.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Integrity and ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Grant writing and implementation experience preferred.


  • Master’s degree in social work preferred.
  • Minimum of bachelor’s in social work or related area with at least two years working in a healthcare, social work, or non-profit setting. If the individual is a social worker, they must maintain a current State of Iowa social work license.
  • Maintain current mandatory reporter status.
  • Strong knowledge base of social work principles and geriatrics.
  • Understanding and respect for Jewish values and traditions.
  • Knowledge of community and state-level resources.

Physical/Related Requirements

The primary responsibilities of this position necessitate the following physical requirements, either with or without reasonable accommodation, which also constitute essential functions of the position:

  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid Iowa driver's license and vehicle.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate in person, over the phone, and via formal written communication and e-mail.
  • The functions of this position may include the availability/ability to work varied days of the week and hours of the day from time to time.

Additional Information: While this job description attempts to identify essential functions required of the position and offers various examples of the kinds of physical demands required, it does not list all required tasks and other duties may be required or assigned. Additionally, this job description is in no way a contract of employment and it does not affect the at-will nature of any employment relationship.

Salary Range: $65,000–$80,000 plus benefits

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to

More information about the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines may be found at


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