Social Worker IV (0.5 FTE); REC NO: KOH 22-114

DATE POSTED: 12/21/2022

JOB TITLE: Social Worker IV (0.5 FTE)



SALARY RANGE: $2641/month @50% ($5,282 @100%) (SR22,BU13)

JOB DUTIES: The Social Worker IV is responsible for working with all types of patients/residents admitted and to provide crisis, intervention, family therapy and to serve as a comprehensive care manager for individual patients/residents. This is a fully trained and experienced social worker that handles complex cases and provides technical guidance to doctor’s, other hospital staff, including social workers, and outside agencies on the methods and procedures for handling cases. The position is also responsible for ensuring compliance with State and Federal and other guidelines.  The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient’s requirements relative to his or her age specific needs, and to provide the care needed by the infant (0-1 year), pediatric (2-10 years), adolescent (11-18 years), adult (19-64 years) to geriatric (65 years plus) patient groups.


THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS ARE: Applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Please note that unless specifically indicated; the required education and experiences may not be gained concurrently. In addition, qualifying work experiences are based on a 40-hour work week.

EDUCATION: Master’s degree in Social Work.

EXPERIANCE: One (1) year of specialized social work experience; such experience must have demonstrated ability to perform the most difficult and complex assignments. One (1) year experience in a healthcare setting preferred.

 Supervisory Aptitude:  Is the demonstration of an aptitude for the performance of supervisory duties.  Supervisory Aptitude may be demonstrated through completion of regular or special assignments involving responsibility for some supervisory functions; by serving as a group or team leader; by completion of training courses in supervision accompanied by application of supervisory skills in work assignments; or by favorable appraisals by a supervisor stating the possession of interpersonal skill indicative of supervisory potential.

CERTIFICATION:  None required.

LICENSURE: A valid State of Hawaii driver’s license.  LSW preferred

DESIRED SKILLS: A thorough working knowledge of the philosophy, theory, practice and techniques of professional social work, including community mental health; various treatment modalities;  principles and practices of interviewing and effectively communicating with those from other systems and cultural backgrounds; socioeconomic problems of the community as they relate to consumers to medical and psychiatric services; the laws, rules and regulations as they impact on the consumers of these services, and the working of the legal system with which the medical and mental health systems interface.

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.


WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 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, have flexibility, and the ability to work effectively with other personnel.  Moderate physical effort (lift/carry up to 25 lbs); mostly intermittently throughout the day; occasionally lifts supplies/equipment; manual dexterity and mobility; field of vision; ability to see peripherally; may be exposed to infections and contagious diseases, i.e., TB, AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses; subject to electrical and radiant energy hazards; is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents; patients, family members, visitors, government agencies and personnel, etc. under all conditions and circumstances.  May be subject to long hours and many interruptions.

Applicants must be physically able to perform, efficiently and effectively, the essential duties of the position.  Disabilities in these or other areas will not automatically result in disqualification.  Those applicants who demonstrate that they are capable of performing the essential functions of the position will not be disqualified under this section.

Required Forms & Documentation: Evidence of the appropriate training (e.g., official transcript or degree) to be given credit for education and/or experience. A legible photocopy will be accepted; however, Kona Community Hospital reserves the right to request an official copy.

All West Hawaii Health Care Facilities are Nicotine Free
An Equal Opportunity Employer

For an application packet, click on the links below. For additional information, call (808) 322-4458 or e-mail Recruiting/Employment.

Applications are also available at:

Kona Community Hospital Human Resources Office 79-1019 Haukapila Street Kealakekua, HI 96750

Phn:  (808) 322-4458
Fax:  (808) 322-5870

Kohala Hospital Human Resources Office P. O. Box 10 Kapaau, HI 96755

Phn:  (808) 322-4458
Fax:  (808) 322-5870

Kohala Hospital is a 25 bed critical access hospital (CAH) located in the rural town of Kapaau (North Kohala) with provisions for acute, long-term care, skilled, and emergency care located on the island of Hawaii & has been proudly serving the region since 1917. Today Kohala employs 75 staff & it is one of 9 facilities within the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.


Application hours are: Monday to Friday (except holidays) 8:00 – 10:00 am and 1:00- 3:00 pm at which time applicants are able to complete an application and have their application reviewed by the facility Human Resources Office.  Only applicants that have been through a Human Resources (HR) applicant screening process will be considered for an interview with a hiring manager.  Applications for announcements with a deadline date must be on file no later than the last day to file applications.  Applications for announcements with “Continuous Recruitment until Needs are Met” will be accepted as long as there are vacancies.  Inactive/filled announcements will be taken off the HHSC website.

QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE: Possession of the required amount of experience will not in itself be accepted as proof of qualification for the position. Overall paid or unpaid experience must have been of such scope and responsibility as to conclusively demonstrate that you have the ability to perform the duties of this position. Provide a detailed description of your duties and responsibilities. If you worked on a part-time basis, indicate the average number of hours worked per week. Please note that experience will be based on a 40-hour workweek.

Note: We will not postpone the recruitment process because of your failure to provide accurate and complete information concerning your qualifications.

MERIT OR CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM: Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements, including education, experience, other public employment requirements for State Civil Service employment, and HHSC Standards of Fitness. Only those applicants that are scheduled for an interview with the hiring manager will be contacted. Applications will be kept active for six (6) months.

CITIZENSHIP AND RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT: Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. and at the time of appointment intend to reside in the State of Hawaii during the course of employment with the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE: If you are claiming Veteran’s Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214 and/or other substantiating documents specifying the periods of your service.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be able to physically and mentally perform efficiently the duties of the position. Qualified applicants with disabilities who can perform the essential functions of the advertised position are encouraged to apply. The Hawaii Health Systems Corporation is committed to making reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Applicants seeking reasonable accommodation should be ready to discuss the accommodation sought so that a determination can be made that such accommodation is reasonable and would not cause the employer undue hardship.

MEDICAL/PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT: Offers of employment will be contingent on successfully passing a pre-employment physical examination, which includes drug screen and other regulatory medical requirements such as, but not limited to, two-step tuberculosis (TB) screen.  The cost for physical examinations, except the cost for drug screening, shall be borne by the applicant and not the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT: Offers of employment will be conditioned on the results of a complete physical examination, which includes a drug screening. For certain job categories, applicants may be referred to an HHSC-designated physician, rather than the applicant’s personal physician of choice. The cost for all physical examinations, except the cost for the drug screening, shall be borne by the applicant and not the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. The Hawaii Health Systems Corporation shall bear the cost of the drug screening.

CRIMINAL/BACKGROUND, CREDENTIALING CHECKS: Applicable checks will be conducted periodically and any associated costs may be borne by the applicant. If a job offer is made or employment is begun prior to completion of all applicable checks, any offer of employment or continued employment is contingent upon satisfactory return of all required checks.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications are available at the Kona Community Hospital, Human Resources Office, 79-1019 Haukapila Street, Kealakekua, HI 96750 or Kohala Hospital, P. O. Box 10, Kapaau, HI 96755. You can call (808) 733-4162, (Voice/TT), e-mail: or visit our website at Application hours are: Monday to Friday (except holidays) 8:00 – 10:00 am to 1:00 – 3:00 pm at which time applicants are able to complete an application and have their application reviewed by the facility Human Resources Office. Only applicants that have been through a Human Resources (HR) applicant screening process will be considered for an interview with a hiring manager. Applications for announcements with a deadline date must be on file no later than the last day to file applications. Applications for announcements with “Continuous Recruitment Until Needs are Met” will be accepted as long as there are vacancies. Inactive/filled announcements will be taken off the HHSC website.

 STEPS TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW, SUBSEQUENT APPEALS: If you do not agree with a decision made by the Employment Office as to your non-qualification or non-selection for a position, you may complete a Request for Administrative Review form (available on the HHSC website) or you may submit a written request within twenty (20) days from the date of your sent notice to the Regional Chief Executive Officer/Designee. Your letter requesting the Administrative Review must include 1. The job title(s) and recruitment number(s), 2. the specific reason(s) you are requesting the review noting if there is a statute or rule violation, and 3. any additional information you want to submit to substantiate your request. If you do not submit your request within the twenty (20) days deadline, no Administrative Review will be conducted. Since the Administrative Review is a prerequisite to subsequent steps, failure to utilize this process will make you ineligible for subsequent appeals. The administrative review, formal complaint and/or appeals hearing will not necessarily postpone the recruitment process and/or rescind a selection.

If you do not agree with the Administrative Review, you may file a Formal Complaint and then, if you are still not satisfied, you can appeal to the HHSC Merit Appeals Board.

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