Posted by The Residences at Thomas Circle on 01/28/2020 in Senior Housing
Director of Social Services

Director of Social Services

The Residences at Thomas Circle
1330 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

Employment Type

Responsible for guiding community staff in matters of residency advocacy, protection and promotion of resident rights. This position reports to the Administrator. 

Essential Functions: 

• Working knowledge and ability to apply professional standards of social work practice in job situations. 

• Demonstrates satisfactory level of interpersonal skills to interact with residents, families, community, government agencies and interdisciplinary staff. 

• Able to establish criteria to assure that services provided meet established standards of quality. 

• Demonstrates assessment skills sufficient to evaluate resident’s behavior, to collect data to evaluate psycho-social needs, risk factors for psycho-social deterioration and residents’ responses to interventions. Able to interpret and explain resident behavior to staff in a way that fosters understanding, facilitates treatment and respect for resident rights and minimizes use of chemical and physical restraints. 

• Able to implement social service interventions that achieve treatment goals, address resident needs, link social supports, physical care and physical environment to enhance quality of life. 

• Promotes and protects resident rights, assists residents to make informed decisions, treats residents with dignity and respect, protects resident’s personal belongings, reports suspected abuse or neglect, avoids the need for physical restraints in accordance with the current professional standards and, supports independent expression, choice and decision-making consistent with applicable law and regulation 

• Attends all required training, in-service, and staff meetings. 

• Strives to maintain a safe working environment through the prevention of accidents, the preservation of equipment, and the achievement of safe working practices. 

• Maintains a positive and professional demeanor toward residents, visitors, families, and co-workers. 

• Adheres to all policies and procedures of Senior Lifestyle Corporation. 

• Performs other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications/Skills/Educational Requirements: 

• A Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

• Potential Exposure to Blood borne Pathogens: ➢ This position may involve exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissue, requiring the 

use of personal protective equipment. Gloves should be worn for any contact with blood or body fluids/tissues. Gowns, masks, or eye covering may be needed if it is likely that soiling or splattering of blood may occur. ➢ To reduce the risk of exposure to blood, body fluid, or tissue adherence to 

Standard Precaution is necessary. In the event of accidental exposure to potentially infectious blood or body fluids/tissues, appropriate medical evaluation and follow-up is available as outlined in the community exposure control plan located in every department. ➢ It is the policy of this community to adopt work practices that will minimize 

health risks resulting from occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infected materials. 

1330 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA

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