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Job Summary

Why Join the Department of Social Work-Rogel Cancer Center team?

As a member of this team, you will play a vital role in providing specialized support and direct patient care for patients with complex medical and/or psychosocial needs.  It involves partnering with Rogel Cancer Center staff to provide collaborative care and planning for challenging patient needs related to cancer diagnosis, treatment, and decision-making.  This particular assignment primarily supports the following oncology patient populations: breast, neuro-onc, surg-onc, melanoma and cutaneous.

The Department of Social Work strives to foster an environment of respect, diversity and inclusion; a place where every person feels valued and can thrive. 

What Perks and Benefits Can You Look Forward to?

  • 2:1 match on retirement savings
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage starting on day one of employment
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) and paid holidays
  • Financial support for continuing education and certifications

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System 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.


You will be responsible for:

  • Evaluation of psychosocial needs and provision of social work interventions with a high degree of autonomy
  • Facilitating patient and family participation in appropriate health care decision making
  • Facilitation of an understanding and resolution of problems related to interpersonal conflict, mental health and substance abuse concerns or disorders
  • Crisis intervention
  • Patient and/or family support and counseling
  • Group facilitation
  • Liaison and referral to community agencies
  • Mental health assessment and billable short-term psychotherapy
  • Participation in team meetings and educational activities

Required Qualifications*

  • A Master's degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.
  • A current license to practice social work in the State of Michigan

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous experience with medical and mental health social work.
  • Skilled in developing rapport and effectively communicating with a diverse patient population.
  • Efficient, accurate assessment of patient needs and effective case dispositions.
  • Effective organizational skills, flexibility, self-motivation, the ability to effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks in a dynamic medical clinic.
  • Independent, sound decision-making is necessary for success in this position.
  • Effective collaboration with a large multi-disciplinary team.
  • Proficiency in keeping accurate and timely clinical records by computer.
  • Experience with evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., CBT, PST, ACT, DBT) and familiarity with brief, structured interventions along with a basic knowledge of psychopharmacology.
  • Experience providing crisis intervention and grief counseling.

Work Schedule

This is part-time, 20 hour/week position. The typical schedule is within Monday-Friday with start and end times between 8:00-4:30 or 8:30-5:00.

Work Locations

This position will work out of a primary location:

  • Rogel Cancer Center: 1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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

 University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidate 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 any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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