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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

Cancer Center Ambulatory Social Worker:

This temporary, full-time position is with the Social Work Ambulatory Care Department at the Comprehensive Cancer Center and will provide specialized support and direct patient care for patients with complex medical and/or psychosocial needs.  It involves partnering with Cancer Center staff to provide collaborative care and planning for challenging patient needs related to acute and chronic disease and decision-making.  Social Work services include but are not limited to the following: crisis intervention, patient and/or family support and counseling, group facilitation, liaison and referral to community agencies, as well as mental health assessments; tangible resources; participation in team meetings and educational activities related to emergent needs of patients and their families.  The ability to provide high-level interventions and to facilitate patient and family participation in appropriate health care decision making is required.  Facilitation of an understanding and resolution of problems related to interpersonal conflict, mental health and substance abuse concerns or disorders, and cultural and religious considerations are key duties.  Evaluation of psychosocial needs and provision of social work interventions with a high degree of autonomy, exercise of independent judgment, and initiative in addressing complex situations are primary duties.  Provision of services that are patient-centered, understandable, respectful, and compatible with cultural health beliefs and practices are required.

This specific position is responsible for the Cancer Center Maize Team, which includes the following patient populations:  lymphoma, myeloma, sickle cell and hematology.  The position also assists in the facilitation of the Gynecology Oncology and Young Adults with Cancer Support/Psychoeducation groups, which requires monthly non-traditional work hours.  The position is temporary, with the expectation of a nearly 6-month need.

Responsibilities*

Social Work services include but are not limited to the following: crisis intervention, family support and counseling, liaison and referral to community agencies, as well as; mental health assessments; tangible resources; participation in team meetings and educational activities related to emergent needs of patients and their families.

Required Qualifications*

Master's degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education is necessary.  Must have current clinical license to practice social work in the State of Michigan.  Clinical practice concentration and field practicum or recent work experience in a hospital required.

Desired Qualifications*

The ideal candidate will have significant medical social work experience, 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.

Additional Information

This job posting is for a University of Michigan Temporary position. Temporary employment may be full or part time, but in either case is limited in duration. Please review the full posting description for details.

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.