Veterinary Social Worker/Associate Director of Wellbeing

Veterinary Social Worker/Associate Director of Wellbeing

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Posted Job Title
Veterinary Social Worker/Associate Director of Wellbeing

Job Profile Title
Coordinator C

Job Description Summary
The role of the Veterinary Social Worker (VSW)/Associate Director of Wellbeing is to provide direct social work services to the faculty, staff and clients of Ryan Hospital/CSAM and play a critical role in the strategic planning at the school level by providing input on the development of wellbeing programming and curriculum across PennVet. Services include short-term counseling, group grief support, consultation, conflict mediation, debriefing, assessment, referral, and crisis response. The individual will collaborate with other members of the PennVet social work team, including staff, MSW students and contracted clinicians with primary responsibility for supervising at least one Master's-level social work student per academic year, including recruitment, evaluation, and weekly supervision.

Job Description

Responsibilities include:
  • Provide direct social work services to faculty and staff of Ryan Hospital, including short-term counseling, consultation, conflict mediation, debriefing, assessment, referral, provision of wellbeing resources and crisis response according to the NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Provide short-term counseling to clients of Ryan Hospital for grief and loss support, including one-on-one meetings and a monthly Pet Loss Support group.
  • Develop PennVet school-wide curriculum planning, wellbeing events, and programming
  • Participate in the recruitment, evaluation and weekly supervision of at least one MSW student per year involving ongoing planning with Penn School of Social Policy and Practice
  • Perform administrative duties related to clinical social work services, including record keeping, group supervision, professional consultation and continuing education
  • Participate in department/team/community activities (including meetings, initiatives, programming, evaluation) and VMD courses as directed by the Ryan Hospital Director (no more than 2 hours per week)
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Ryan Hospital Director

  • This individual will have a Master's Degree from an accredited social work program, maintain an active license (LSW) to practice social work in Pennsylvania, and either have a clinical license (LCSW) or be on track to complete the requisite number of supervised hours within 12 months of starting the position
  • Must be licensed or eligible for clinical licensure in Pennsylvania
  • At least 3-5 years of direct practice experience in a mental health setting is required
  • At least 20 hours of post-Master's training in veterinary social work is strongly preferred
  • Experience and interest in supervising MSW student interns is required
  • Training in suicide assessment and prevention is required
  • Excellent organizational, oral and written communication skills is required
  • Demonstrated ability to provide services in an emotionally intense, fast-paced setting
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Three letters of reference - at least one from a supervisor in a clinical, mental health setting will be required
  • Child Abuse Clearance will be required for the finalist as part of the background check

Please submit a cover letter with your resume.

Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $78,096.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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