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Lead Social Worker

What Awaits You?

Career growth and development

Diverse and collaborative working environment

Affordable and comprehensive benefits package

10K sign-on bonus


In collaboration with patients/families, case managers, physicians and the interdisciplinary team, the Lead Social Worker provides direct psychosocial and practical care including; social work assessments, problem identification, goal setting behavioral health intervention and implementation of care plans. The Lead Social Worker supports continual process improvement in the delivery of clinical social work intervention and care coordination to benefit patient care/outcomes throughout the organization.


Monday to Thursday 1:00 pm to 930pm, and Friday 8 am-430pm.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform all functions.

  • Serves as a clinical resource expert in a specialty area; provides administrative leadership in the absence of senior leadership and functions as a mentor for others.
  • May engage in academic work including research, grants, publications and education.
  • Assists Director of Social Work in administrative duties.
  • Acts as a resource for more junior Social Work staff and may provide input on performance evaluations.
  • May be required to provide coverage during absences and vacancies.
  • Provides clinical supervision to assigned departmental staff according to COMAR regulations in both group and/or individual settings; may serve as a field instructor for MSW candidates.
  • Provides case consultation to clinical staff for complex psychosocial problems.
  • Collaborates with senior management to assist with policy review, program development, and onboarding of new staff; implements and supports departmental objectives, staffing patterns and performance standards.
  • Completes full psychosocial assessment and plan of care for all patients in assignment area with positive indicators for social work consultation; provides direct psychosocial care and psychosocial transition planning for a full case load of patients in assigned area.
  • Works in a collaborative practice model, facilitating care coordination with the multidisciplinary treatment team for care progression to optimize patient outcomes.
  • Adheres to departmental and regulatory documentation standards and formulates clear descriptions of the problems, goals and interventions. Adheres to timely completion of medical record documentation.
  • Assists with resource referral, capacity determination, legal guardianships, adoptions, psychiatric referral, assessment of abuse/ neglect /IPV and charity care; identifies the need for and facilitates family meetings.
  • Leads or participates in interdisciplinary rounds if applicable for assignment area.
  • Participates in quality improvement activities; serves on committees within the medical center and community.
  • Assists with on-call coverage as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

In addition:

Community Psychiatry Program (CPP) Lead Social Worker - JHBMC



  • MSW Required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Possesses subject matter and system expertise, enabling the individual to provide guidance to staff and counsel to leadership.
  • Knowledge of relevant community resources commensurate with illness, symptoms, mental status and impairments in functioning.
  • Knowledge of the medical and psychosocial sequelae of course of illness and impact on social functioning (may be specific to patient population); applies biophysical and cultural concepts in the development of the psychosocial plan when consulting with hospital, personnel and other agencies.
  • Analytical ability to assess patient needs at a micro and macro level, develop associated treatment modalities at a more complex level and provide effective counseling.
  • Identifies and analyzes individual and system issues; develops and recommends corrective action; understands and uses principles of negotiation and is successful in achieving outcomes.
  • Proficiency with an electronic patient record, email, general office and communications equipment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills necessary to communicate/exchange and interact effectively and professionally with hospital staff, agency health care professionals, patients and families.

Required Licensure, Certification, On-going Training:

  • LCSW or LCSW-C Required
  • Board Approved Clinical Supervisor, Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners
  • Specialty certification preferred i.e. OSW-C, ACM-SW, APSWH-C

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Diversity and Inclusion are Johns Hopkins Medicine Core Values. We are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, where we embrace and celebrate our differences, where all employees feel valued, contribute to our mission of serving the community, and engage in equitable healthcare delivery and workforce practices.

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