Apply Now Clicking "Apply Now" opens the link in a new window.

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Pediatric Palliative Care Social Worker collaborates closely with interdisciplinary teams, both in the inpatient and outpatient settings within both the social work department and the palliative care team. The range of services provided includes coordination of care within team, coordination of care with unit/primary social workers, psychosocial assessments, resource planning, financial/legal issues, coordination with child’s school, child and family education, and referrals to internal and external providers and community resources. Specific responsibilities unique to this position include coordination of hospice and palliative care support inpatient, in clinic and at home; funeral support; grief and bereavement; sibling support assessment; and advanced care planning with families for end-of-life care.


  • Participate in the development of a cohesive palliative care plan based on the initial assessment and recommendations of all team members. 
  • Participate in team meetings (bi monthly) and rounds (daily) in addition to regularly scheduled social work department staff meetings. 
  • Liaison regularly with social work staff on primary care teams. 
  • Serve on hospital wide committees, such as the Bereavement Committee. 
  • Other responsibilities could include participation in training of School of Social Work field placement students, as field instructor, preceptor, or presenter. 
  • Provide training to other UMHS staff, specifically medical rotators within the palliative care team re: end-of-life issues and the palliative care program and the role of social work within the hospital setting. 
  • Collect and submit data as requested, to monitor outcomes for program evaluation, CQI projects using metrics of this program in carrying out clinical research. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in social work (MSW) from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education is necessary. 
  • Must have current, full clinical license to practice social work in the State of Michigan.
  • Interpersonal practice concentration w/ field practicum in health care environment, and/or recent equivalent post-MSW experience in health care setting. 
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Ability to work well with interdisciplinary team and diverse populations. 
  • Ability to use computer for word processing and other similar tasks.

Desired Qualifications*

The ideal candidate will have significant experience in working as a member of an interdisciplinary team.  Extensive experience with end-of-life care and a variety of counseling techniques, in acute care hospital and/or hospice setting, strong assessment skills, the ability to establish therapeutic relationships quickly, and to relate well to a diverse population.  It is essential that the candidate be able to manage a large caseload with multiple competing demands. The ability to work independently in a variety of stressful and demanding situations is essential; critical decision making, excellent assessments, brief interventions and multi-tasking are only several of the advanced skills required for success. Additionally, the ability to provide high-level interventions while also meeting basic tangible and concrete needs is required.  The successful candidate must also be able to work with multidisciplinary teams and access community resources in order to facilitate discharge planning.  Experience providing crisis intervention and grief counseling is essential, along with brief interventions to facilitate patient and family participation in appropriate health care decision making.

Work Schedule

Current hours are from 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday though this could change in the future to include some evening and weekend hours to better assist with the needs of our patients and their families.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

This position may be filled using an FLSA exempt or non-exempt designation.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.