Posting: Social Worker, Medical Examiner Office (MEO) - School of Social Work WSU

March 21, 2023

Wayne State University is searching for an experienced Social Worker, Medical Examiner Office (MEO) - School of Social Work at its Detroit campus location.

Wayne State is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities which prepare students for success in a global society.

Essential functions (job duties):

The Social Worker works within the Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO) and will supervise students and provide social work support and referrals for the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. The Supervisor will manage the social work program in the MEO office and will train, develop, and manage student interns. This position will act as a liaison and collaborate with MEO and other agencies to ensure augmentation of outreach services for clients and MEO staff.

  • Develop a collaborative working relationship with MEO staff to best serve families utilizing county, state, and federal support services.
  • Provide resources, referrals for those interacting with the MEO office (burial funds, victim services unit, grief/loss support, counselling, etc.).
  • Utilizes clinical skills to assess and provide grief support and psychoeducation to meet the unique needs of clients who are coping with grief and loss.
  • Collaborate with Office of Practicum Education to interview and select student interns for the Social Work/Medical Examiner Office Program.
  • Supervise students, develop effective learning plans, provide continual guidance and coaching. Accountable for student state mandated requirements.
  • Develop and coordinate trainings on pertinent topics as needed for students and partners.
  • Attend MEO staff and program meetings (may include rounds, monthly Pediatric and Maternal Death Review, and pediatric death reenactments) with MEO staff as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Unique duties:

Some evening and weekend work is required. A typical office environment (position located at Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office). Work may at times include adverse conditions including, but not limited to, crime scenes, stressful environments, criminal activity, and areas where there exist unpleasant sights, odors or other circumstances and hazards inherent to death scene investigation.


  • Master's degree
  • Fully licensed Master of Social Work in State of Michigan.
  • Experienced working with grief, loss/hospice and/or medical social work.
  • Experience in community resource coordination and student supervision is a plus.
  • Direct experience in brief crisis intervention and working with diverse populations.
  • Understanding of medical terminology and common medical procedures, and ability to read and interpret decedent medical records is a plus.
  • Committed to serving a diverse population with diverse needs and grief rituals.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and unerstanding of clinical social work and mental health counseling principles, methods, procedures, and standards.
  • Ability to evaluate the progress of therapeutic programs and to make individual modifications.
  • Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.
  • COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS: Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and professionally both orally and in writing. Strong interpersonal skills are a must. Ability to work successfully with persons from diverse backgrounds.
  • PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION: Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, prioritize and plan work activities while meeting respective deadlines. Strong organizational and time-management skills required. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a deadline-oriented environment.
  • ANALYTICAL AND PRESENTATION SKILLS: Ability to evaluate, interpret, and present complex information effectively in professionally prepared documents or presentations. Must possess a demonstrated attention to detail in order to achieve a high degree of accuracy.
  • TECHNICAL SKILLS: Proficient in the use of complex administrative systems software. Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel. Will have access to private, confidential, and restricted information such as police reports, medical records and other written or verbal communications which cannot be shared outside of the Medical Examiner's office
  • LEARNING AGILITY: Independent and innovative self-starter who displays an ability to learn quickly and easily adapts to changing situations. Experience researching topics to gain knowledge and understanding when information gaps exist.
  • TEAMWORK: Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues within the School of Social Work and Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office to gain full understanding of the project and desired outcome; ability to produce high quality and consistent results with assistance of team members; provide support to teammates when tackling complex projects.
  • DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION: Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through continuous development, modeling inclusive behaviors and proactively managing implicit bias.


H13 - School of Social Work

Primary department:

H1301 - Deans Office Social Work

Employment type:

  • Regular Employee
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Job category: Research

Funding/salary information:

  • Compensation type: Annual Salary
  • Salary minimum: $35,000
  • Salary hire maximum: $60,000

Working conditions:

.Wayne State University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Job openings:

  • Number of openings: 1

Background check requirements:

University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting work. If you are offered employment, the university will inform you if a background check is required.

Equal employment opportunity statement:

Wayne State University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. The university encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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