Social Worker/Dementia Navigator, Full-Time (Temporary)

AU/Tenleytown

Iona is pleased to announce that we are hiring a temporary full-time Dementia Navigator. We are a nonprofit organization that directly helps 3,000 older adults and families with the challenges and opportunities of aging in the greater Washington D.C. area. Since 1975, we have educated, advocated and provided community-based programs and services to help people age well and live well. Iona’s suite of services includes: Consultation, Care Management and Counseling (CCMC), our adult day centers in Tenleytown and Congress Heights, support groups, food and nutrition services including home-delivered meals, and more. For more information about Iona, please visit www.iona.org.

Iona is a warm and collegial workplace that promotes excellence in client services and is committed to diversity, inclusion, and the professional growth of employees.

Job Summary
Dementia Navigator, Full-time; 40 hours per week. Some evening and weekend hours required.
This is a temporary position from approximately May 24, 2021 – September 13, 2021.

The Dementia Navigator will develop dementia-specific person-centered care plans, conduct resource referral, and provide counseling and ongoing case management to people caring for, and individuals with, dementia. The Dementia Navigator will contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Dementia Navigator program. The Dementia Navigator program is provided city-wide, to participants in the six Club Memory ® programs operated by Sibley Hospital and the Saturday Respite Program, and their care partners. Club Memory is a stigma-free supportive social group for people with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their care partners.

The position reports to the Clinical Manager.

Specific responsibilities include:

Manage a caseload of older adults with memory loss.

  • Provide telephone consultations and resource referrals (including creating handouts) to DC residents with dementia and their family caregivers.
  • Conduct home visits and develop and implement dementia-specific person-centered care plans.
  • Participate in discharge planning and interdisciplinary team meetings in order to provide dementia-specific expertise.
  • Maintain client records.

Support Club Memory program through regular attendance and interaction with participants and their care partners, participation in activities, and presentation of resource information.

  • Co-facilitate care partner support groups.
  • Disseminate information about the Dementia Navigator program to the Senior Service Network and community partners.
  • Participate in program evaluation including administration of evaluation tools to clients and families and creation of reports on the activities, utilization and outcomes of the Dementia Navigator Program.
  • Attend regular Iona team meetings and scheduled trainings.
  • Accomplish other duties as assigned.

Note: During the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency, most of the services provided by the Dementia Navigator are conducted through videoconferencing and telephone. Limited home visits are made in consultation with the Clinical Manager.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in social work with current licensure in the District of Columbia.
  • Minimum of one year’s experience as a care manager.
  • Minimum of one year’s experience working with individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) and family caregivers.
  • Minimum of one year’s experience facilitating psychosocial support groups.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and ability to educate community and professionals about ADRD.
  • Program development or management experience preferred.
  • Exceptional verbal (written and oral), data management, problem-solving, phone
    etiquette, customer service, engagement, and active-listening skills.
  • Must have car and valid driver’s license.

Iona has a robust benefits package which includes health, dental, and life insurance, vacation and a 403(b) retirement plan. Compensation is commensurate with experience. To apply, please submit your letter of interest and resume to: personnel@iona.org.

Iona is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Iona also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.