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Job Summary

This is a grant-funded 40-hour (1.0 FTE) Ambulatory Social Work Department position in the Infectious Disease HIV/AIDS Treatment Program (HATP).

The position will require the ability to:

  • Identify and assess the high risk behavioral and mental health needs of People Living with HIV (PLWH) including, but not limited to substance abuse, tobacco use, condom-less sex, medication non-adherence and domestic violence. 
  • Assess and provide intensive Behavior Change Counseling to patients identified by clinic staff to be “high risk.”   
  • Be an expert with Motivational Interviewing and/or other behavior change modalities
  • Have knowledge of local, regional and national networks of Ryan White Care Act and other grants.


This position is grant funded through Care Coordination Ryan White funding through the Michigan Department of Community Health.  Employment is dependent on re-allocation of grant.


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.


This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Provide specialized clinical and intensive counseling and other educational services to outpatients with HIV/AIDS who have been identified by clinic staff as participating in high risk behaviors, as well as seeing new patient referrals.
  • Complete assessments of need for behavior change services on all patients referred or identified.  Assist with identifying and overcoming barriers to behavior change, developing treatment plans, communication with other staff and faculty and providing ongoing counseling.
  • Advocate as needed within the hospital and community on behalf of patients/families/supports to maximize access to appropriate and necessary services to enhance care. Work closely with program staff and faculty, including close collaboration with social workers and the HATP Team.
  • Provide health education and counseling, facilitating health education events, using Risk Reduction, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to referred or identified HIV+ individuals and/or groups of patients.  Provide individual and group therapy.

Required Qualifications*

Qualified candidates must have a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work education as well as current clinical licensure to practice social work in the State of Michigan.  


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with crisis intervention 
  • Excellent psychosocial assessment skills
  • The ability to establish therapeutic relationships quickly and to relate well to diverse patients and their families is required. 
  • Proficiency in maintaining accurate and timely clinical documentation using electronic health records,
  • Exercise of independent decision-making 
  • Team meeting participation 
  • Excellent organizational skills 
  • The ability to effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks are necessary. 

This position requires:

  • Flexibility 
  • Accessibility within the clinic 
  • The ability to work effectively with a multidisciplinary team 
  • The ability to work independently in a variety of demanding situations.

Desired Qualifications*

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A strong mental health background
  • Medical social work experience
  • Experience in HIV/AIDS is prefered  
  • Expertise with Motivational Interviewing and/or other behavior change modalities
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment 
  • Manage a large caseload with multiple competing demands
  • Knowledge of local, regional and national networks of HIV and AIDS related services and organizations; resources is desirable. 
  • Familiarity with administrative requirements of the Ryan White Care Act and other grants is desirable

Work Schedule

This is a 40-hour (1.0 FTE) position with weekday hours from 8:00-4:30.  Some flexibility may be required.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate. Advancement through the career ladder at the Expert or Clinical Scholar Level is required for placement in the MSW Senior Classification.

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.

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.