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Screening Social Worker - 40 hours per week; LICSW required

Screening Social Worker - 40 hours per week; LICSW required

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Social Work
full time
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Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

Screening Social Worker - 40 hours/week

LICSW Required


This new position is designed to support the launch of ambulatory Universal Distress Screening at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Reporting to the Director of Social Work, the Screening Social Worker role is the fulcrum of a nascent program to screen all new patients for psychosocial distress and unmet resource needs.





This position is an excellent opportunity for a social worker with prior medical background including oncology experience. Position calls for psychosocial assessment and intervention, crisis intervention, consultation, and ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team.


This role will be responsible for timely clinical assessment and triage for patients who exceed a pre-determined threshold for anxiety and depression.  This role will be responsible for ensuring that patients who screen in will have access to internal and/or external (community-based) mental health providers, programs or resources as needed.  In addition, this role will have responsibility for ensuring appropriate patient-tailored educational materials are available to patients (anxiety, depression, substance use, parenting, etc).


This role will also serve a department-wide initiative to grow a database of area psychosocial clinicians, referral services, and programs to assist with community referrals. This position will be a key and valued member of the Universal Screening Project team which includes the Chief of Adult Psychosocial Oncology, the Director of Social Work and the Divisions of Psychosocial Oncology and Social Work; this team frequently interfaces with Institute leadership. The Screening process is under review and will undergo a pilot phase before launching institute-wide. Some organizational and logistical changes will take place when the data are collected from the pilot.


This is an opportunity to contribute to social work practice in an oncology service that combines compassionate care with a commitment to be on the forefront of developing new and more effective cancer treatments.


If interested in this opportunity, please submit a resume and a cover letter detailing your experience, qualifications and skills for this position.






  • Masters Degree in Social Work from accredited program.
  • Current Massachusetts license required.
  • Independent Licensure required
  • Previous experience in hospital or healthcare setting.
  • Cultural sensitivity and age specific competency required.
  • Bilingual English / Spanish preferred.

  • Crisis intervention, treatment modality understanding and skills.

  • Strong clinical assessment/judgment, including interdisciplinary teaming skills.

  • Excellent communication oral and written.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to set priorities; tolerance for ambiguity.

  • Analytical skills, computer literacy and keyboarding.

  • Dedication to exemplary multidisciplinary communication and collaboration.



M-F; 40 hours/week

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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