Clinical Social Worker II/III - Palliative Care

University of California, San Francisco
Mission Bay (SF)

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Employment Type
Part Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Code and Payroll Title
Job Summary
The In-Patient Palliative Care Clinical Social Worker II or Clinical Social Worker III’s (LCSW) primary responsibilities are psychosocial assessments, crisis intervention, counseling, brief therapeutic interventions, complex discharge and long-term care planning, consultation, education, community linkages, supportive services, and facilitating the plan-of-care through the healthcare continuum for patients, families, significant others and staff, with particular focus on high-risk populations.  The Palliative Care Clinical Social Worker II/III coordinates culturally sensitive resources and services in response to a patient’s psychosocial needs in collaboration with the inter-disciplinary Palliative Care Division, and contributes to team goal setting.  

The CSW II/III will participate in both the Palliative Care Division and Department of Social Work’s   education and quality improvement activities and initiatives.  The CSW III has advanced clinical knowledge and skills, and is distinguished from the CSW II by leadership activities including participation in advanced program planning, provision of educational programs, clinical supervision, consultation to the clinical team, other departments, and the community.  

The CSW II/III will provide age-appropriate assessments, interpretation of data, and delivery of interventions.  The CSW II/III provides social work services to any patient regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social, cultural, educational or religious background, language, age, ancestry, citizenship, color, national origin, race, presence of mental or physical disability, source of payment for care, medical condition, marital status or status as a veteran.

The CSW II/III will practice within the scope of UCSF’s mission statement: Caring, Healing, Teaching, Discovering; and the values statement of UCSF’s Everyday PRIDE: Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence.
Req Number
Job Title
Clinical Social Worker II/III - Palliative Care
Employee Class
Shift Length
4 Hours
Bargaining Unit
University Professional and Technical Employees - Health Care Professionals Unit (UPTE-HX)
Job Category
Professional and Managerial
Required Qualifications
•    Masters degree from a CSWE accredited school of Social Work;
•    Current California State License of Clinical Social Work in good standing (CSW III only);
•    Knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position;
•    Demonstrates resourcefulness, effective written and oral communication, diplomacy, and organizational and analytic skills;
•    Self-directed, assertive and creative in problem solving, systems planning and patient care management in a high-volume work environment;
•    Ability to work and communicate effectively and collaboratively with inter-disciplinary teams; 
•    Basic telephone and computer skills including the use of the internet; 
•    This position requires flexibility to orient and work at all UCSF Medical Center locations. 
Preferred Qualifications
•    Experience (internship/career) in a healthcare and/or in-patient/out-patient medical setting;
•    Experience working with an inter-disciplinary palliative care or hospice team;
•    Interest in, and experience with creating partnerships with community organizations;
•    Fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese or Spanish;
•    Experience with disease management (e.g. Oncology, Neurology, Pulmonary, Cardiac illness);
•    Counseling practice that includes motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral approaches, and grief/loss work. 
•    Current California State License of Clinical Social Work in good standing (CSW III only)
Position Type
Part Time
Department Name
Social Work
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
Department Description
Dealing with an illness can be a very difficult time for patients and their loved ones.  At UCSF Medical Center, experienced and sensitive social workers in our Department of Social Work are available to assist patients and their families cope with the many psychological and social issues that may arise when facing illness, hospitalization and medical treatment. 

Our social workers act as patient advocates by serving as counselors, helping to find resources, and solving problems.  Any concerns related to the psychological, practical, and social well-being of each patient or their loved ones may be discussed openly with our social workers.  
About UCSF
At UCSF Health, our mission of innovative patient care, advanced technology and pioneering research is redefining what’s possible for the patients we serve – a promise we share with the professionals who make up our team.

Consistently ranked among the top 10 hospitals nationwide by U.S. News & World Report – UCSF Health is committed to providing the most rewarding work experience while delivering the best care available anywhere. In an environment that allows for continuous learning and opportunities for professional growth, UCSF Health offers the ideal atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents.
Pride Values
UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.
Mission Bay (SF)

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