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Job Summary

Location: C. S. Mott Hospital, Day Shift Monday -Wednesday (8:30-5), Thursday (8:30-2:30)

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is a recognized leader in pediatric cancer treatment and research, with the largest pediatric research effort in the state of Michigan. 

Our dedicated pediatric oncology team members have spent their careers specializing in care for all forms of childhood cancer, from the most common types of cancer to extremely rare childhood cancers. Families travel to Mott from around the country, and patients are referred to us from every other pediatric oncology center in the state for second opinions, or for enrollment into one of our many innovative experimental clinical trials. 

There is an opportunity for a .75  FTE Social Work (MSW) position which will be responsible for the Brain Tumor and the Survivorship clinics populations. The families and patients with cancer and post cancer diagnoses have intense ongoing psychosocial needs and multiple barriers to care.

Why Join the Department of Social Work Team?

You will be part of an interdisciplinary team of social workers and other medical professionals providing bio-psychosocial assessments, treatment and case management services to patients with medical and/or psychiatric diagnoses.  You will play a vital role in providing clinical social work services to patients and families in a pediatric setting.

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.


SW responsibilities include:

  • Assessment of family’s coping and financial status
  • Referrals for tangible needs and specialized insurance options
  • Assessment of child neglect and safety concerns and partnering with Child Protection Team/CPS
  • Assess need for specialized housing or home modification to accommodate illness demands
  • Locate resources for care of other children at home
  • Financial assessment regarding potential loss of income due to extended time off or need for Family Leave paperwork
  • Partnering with medical team to support family in end-of-life decision making or palliative care options
  • Community resource assessment and supports (i.e. Make a Wish, summer camps, etc)
  • Assisting with educational/school issues when children are reintegrated into their home communities and partnering with the Education specialists if children are not able to attend school in a conventional manner.


In addition, Social workers are the liaison between the medical team and the families in helping to identify resources to assist in adherence to a medical plan for the child.

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 families and children around issues of chronic illness, adjustment to illness and disability, learning/school issues, locating community resources
  • Due to the nature of the medical diagnoses associated with this population, proficiency in loss and bereavement issues is desirable
  • 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 care planning
  • 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.

Work Schedule

This is a .75 FTE position. The typical schedule will fall between Monday-Thursday  with start and end times 8:00-4:30 or 8:30-5:00.   

Work Locations

C.S. Mott Hospital, 1540 E. Hospital Drive,  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.