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Swallowing/Dysphagia Expert & Mentor

Department Description: The Voice, Speech & Swallowing Service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is comprised of a select number of highly skilled voice and swallowing specialists who work collaboratively to provide the highest quality of rehabilitative care at this Harvard-affiliated Level I Trauma Center. Speech-Language Pathologists have the opportunity to evaluate and treat medically-complex inpatients and outpatients from a wide variety of medical / surgical specialties, including otolaryngology, hematology / oncology, gastroenterology, general surgery, medicine, trauma, neurology, and neurosurgery. Adult swallowing specialist as the primary role

Job Location: Boston, MA

Req ID: 32109BR

Job Summary: Autonomously responsible for providing evaluation and treatment services for patients referred with speech, language, voice, cognitive-linguistic and/or swallowing disorders. Services are provided on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Additional responsibilities of an SLP IV include the roles and responsibilities associated with being a clinical expert in a designated specialty area.

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Evaluate patients, discuss findings and plan of care with patient, implement plan of care, regularly re-evaluate patient status and plan of care. Demonstrate clinical expertise in providing care to a diverse patient population. Provide clinical guidance, staff triage, program development or clinical research as needed.
  2. Act as initiator, developer, leader and program resource for designated clinical programs. Develop program proposals, standards of service, measures of quality, and publications in this area of expertise. Gather, analyze and review statistics and outcome measures with recommendations for improvement. Re-evaluate programs for optimal quality and effectiveness; make recommendations for change.
  3. Function as a resource and / or consultant to contacts external to the department / hospital relative to content specialty through teaching and formal presentations to professional or community organizations and participation in own professional organization. Provide clinical guidance, staff & patient triage & scheduling assistance to the clinical manager & the administrative assistant.
  4. Participate in or lead department/hospital wide quality assurance, task forces or work groups to develop plans for clinical and operations improvement strategies and assessment of service delivery standards. Maintain relationships with other department managers to develop and coordinate department/hospital wide initiatives.
  5. Initiate, conduct or direct research relative to clinical practice which enhances professional standards of practice. Write & secure funding for grants & act as a principal investigator. Work closely with department / medical center staff & the IRB to design questions, obtain appropriate permissions, gather and analyze data and publish results as appropriate.
Required Qualifications:
  1. Master's degree in Communication Disorders required. Doctoral degree in Communication Disorders preferred.
  2. License Speech Language Pathologist Li required., and Certificate 1 Cert of Clin Competence - SLP required., and Certificate 2 Basic Life Support required., or Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification must be obtained within 3 months of hire.
  3. More than 10 years related work experience required.
  4. The Cert of Clin Competence - SLP needs to be verified through
  5. Candidates who have submitted a complete and accepted application for licensure, and out of state licensed speech-language pathologists are expected to obtain Massachusetts license prior to their start date.
  6. Advanced skills with Microsoft applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access and other web-based applications. May produce complex documents, perform analysis and maintain databases.
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Previous experience in an acute care setting, including experience with patients on ventilators and/or with tracheotomy tubes.
  2. Previous experience in an outpatient voice clinic, including experience with trans-nasal endoscopy.
  1. Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by precedents, policies and objectives. Regularly makes decisions and recommendations on issues affecting a department or functional area.
  2. Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are highly varied, complex and often non-recurring, requiring staff input, innovative, creative, and Lean diagnostic techniques to resolve issues.
  3. Independence of Action: Ability to set goals and determines how to accomplish defined results with some guidelines. Manager/Director provides broad guidance and overall direction.
  4. Written Communications: Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.
  5. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  6. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.
  7. Team Work: Ability to lead collaborative teams for larger projects or groups both internal and external to the Medical Center and across functional areas. Results have implications for the management and operations of multiple areas of the organization.
  8. Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service and staff training to meet customer service standards and expectations for the assigned unit(s). Resolves service issues in the assigned unit(s) in a timely and respectful manner.
Age based Competencies:
Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Middle Age: 30 - 60 years, Elderly: 60 -.
Physical Nature of the Job:
Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and or up to 20 pounds of force frequently. Job is physical in nature and employee needs to stand and/or move around through the majority of their shift.

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