Job Description

JOB SUMMARY:
The Bereavement Coordinator is responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of the bereavement program. Also acts as a member of the interdisciplinary team in the provision of supportive services to help meet patient and family social service needs in bereavement consistent with the policies and procedures of Ambercare Hospice.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Be eighteen (18) years of age or older

2. Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or Counseling preferred. Equivalent clinical experience in the areas of life-threatening and chronic illness, grief and loss, and individual, family and group counseling required.

3. Licensed by the State of New Mexico as a clinical social worker, marriage, family or child counselor, or psychologist if required by level of degree

4. Demonstrate skills in administrative performance including expertise with both written and oral communication, supervision of staff and services, documentation requirements and program management.

5. Must have a valid NM Driver’s license

6. Must have reliable transportation available during work hours. Vehicle must be properly registered and insured in accordance with state law.

7. Must possess current CPR certification

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Manage the bereavement program utilizing professional staff and volunteers as appropriate.

2. Oversee adequacy and appropriateness of bereavement program for family members.

3. Develop new bereavement programs and services as needed

4. Develop educational programs and material for patients and families, staff, and the community on loss, grief and coping with bereavement

5. Plan and coordinate periodic Memorial Services for families and staff

6. Conduct on-going support groups for families, staff and the community at large

7. Assess family needs and determine bereavement risk category in order to implement appropriate interventions as outlined in the policies and procedures of Ambercare Hospice.

8. Refer to community resources as needed

9. Maintain bereavement files and on-going contact with families for a period of 13 months after the death of a hospice patient.

10. Oversee the volunteer component of bereavement services.

11. Attend interdisciplinary team meetings and report on families receiving bereavement services

12. Adhere to dress code

13. Adhere to work schedule and maintain good punctuality and attendance re

14. Other specific assignments as directed


REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:

1. Satisfactory completion of pre-employment health screening if applicable, including drug screening.

2. Satisfactory completion of background check in accordance with State of New Mexico Caregivers Criminal History Screening Program.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Prolonged or considerable walking or standing. Able to lift supplies and equipment as needed. Considerable typing, reaching, stooping bending, kneeling, and/or crouching.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
Environmental Conditions: Must be able to drive in various weather/road conditions.
Working Conditions: May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases. Contact with patients under wide variety of circumstances. May be exposed to/ occasionally exposed to patient elements Subject to varying and unpredictable situations, Handles emergency crisis situations. Travel required. OSHA Exposure Category I- Position includes tasks that involve exposure to blood, body fluids, tissues.

EXPECTED WORK HOURS:

Varies by agency needs; typically Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other hours required as needed and assigned