DATE POSTED: November 30, 2022


JOB STATUS:  Permanent / Full-time (1.0 FTE)

SALARY: $4,692 per month at 1.0 FTE | SR22 | BU13

LOCATION: Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital – Kapa’a, Kauai, HI  

This position is located in the Social Work Services department of Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital. SMMH, Kaua’i Veterans Memorial Hospital (KVMH), and Kaua’i Region Clinics, which consist of The Clinic at Waimea, The Clinic at Port Allen, The Clinic at Kalāheo, The Specialty Clinic at Kalāheo, The Clinic/Urgent Care at Po’ipū, The Clinic at Kapa’a are all part of the Kaua’i Region, Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation, a public benefit corporation of the State of Hawai’i.

The Social Work Services unit provides social services to patients and/or families through individual or group conferences to assist in restoring patient’s optimum social and health adjustment by providing medical care and social and economic advice; identifies, problem-solves, and makes referrals to other community agencies to meet the patient’s and family’s needs.

JOB FUNCTION: The Social Worker IV works with in-patients and provides crisis intervention, psychotherapy, and family therapy and serves as a comprehensive care manager for individual patients; directs the social services unit and develops, trains, and implements programs. This position is also responsible for ensuring compliance with State and Federal guidelines. Although assigned to SMMH, this position may require travel to all facilities within the Kaua’i Region and is subject to work evenings, weekends, and long and irregular hours, with nights and holiday coverage as required. The Social Worker IV reports to the Regional Chief Quality Officer (RCQO), or its designee.


To qualify, you must meet all of the following requirements.  Please note that unless specifically indicated, the required education and experience are credited based on a 40-hour workweek.

Education: Satisfactory completion of a four-year course leading to a bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited university or bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in such courses as psychology, sociology, social welfare, social work, or other related social science. A Master’s degree from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education is preferred.


  • A current license in social work is preferred.
  • A current, valid State of Hawai’i driver’s license is required.

Experience: One (1) year of professional social work experience in a healthcare setting is preferred. Such experience must have demonstrated the ability to perform the most difficult and complex assignments.


Knowledge of: the philosophy, theory, practice, and techniques of professional social work and community mental health; personality theory, psychiatric disorders (psychopathology), various treatment modalities such as individual and group therapy, psychopharmacology, milieu therapy, therapeutic community; principles and practices of interviewing and effectively communicating with those from other systems and cultural backgrounds; socio-economic problems of the community as they relate to consumers to the psychiatric services; the laws, rules, and regulations as they impact on the consumers of psychiatric services, and the working of the legal system with which the mental health interfaces. Extensive knowledge of the organizational structure and its basic policies as well as knowledge of the community mental health system and other available community resources and their effective utilization.

Ability to: obtain and evaluate social history and other information and to be able to arrive at sound individual and family assessments; formulate appropriate treatment plans and goals based upon the assessment and skill in carrying out the treatment plans; work effectively with others, particularly with members of the multi-disciplinary team; communicate effectively, orally and in writing; maintain an objective and emotionally stable attitude; learn and apply the principles and practices of supervision. Willingness to accept and carry out special assignments and additional duties when requested.

Personal Qualities: Persons selected for appointment should be suited in personal qualities and temperament for this type of work. They should have a sense of responsibility, initiative, respect for clients and colleagues, and a desire to help people. They must possess sound judgment and sympathetic insight in dealing with those they serve, patience in accommodating the behavior of others, and adaptability to discipline.


Applicants must be physically able to perform, efficiently and effectively, the essential duties of the position which typically require the ability to read without strain printed material the size of typewritten characters, glasses permitted, and the ability to hear the conversational voice, with or without a hearing aid, or the ability to compensate satisfactorily.

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner.
  • Able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
  • Function independently, have personal integrity, and have flexibility.
  • Ability to work effectively with other personnel.
  • May be necessary to assist in the evaluation of residents during emergency situations.
  • May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases, i.e. TB, AIDS, and Hepatitis B viruses.
  • Subject to electrical and radiant energy hazards.
  • Subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents; family members, visitors, government agencies and personnel, etc. under all conditions and circumstances.
  • May be subject to long hours and many interruptions.

Physical Demands

  • Moderate physical effort (lift/carry up to 25 lbs.).
  • Mostly intermittently throughout the day.
  • Occasionally lifts supplies/equipment.
  • Manual dexterity and mobility.

Vision Requirements

  • Field of vision.
  • Ability to see peripherally.

Tools, Equipment & Machines

  • Personal computers & associated software.
  • Common office equipment (typewriter, photocopier, facsimile, adding machines).

Mental/Emotional Requirements: All applicants must possess emotional and mental stability appropriate to the job duties and responsibilities and working conditions.


COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment for Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation.  After receiving a conditional offer of employment, all prospective new HHSC employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  New employees are required to provide confirmation of their full vaccination status by presenting their CDC vaccination card or VAMS Certificate prior to their start date.