Clinical Social Worker

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300 Boylston St., Newton, MA 02467

Social Work

Employment Type:
Full time


Clinical Social Worker: 40 hours/week

LCSW or LICSW Required

Exciting and challenging opportunity as a dedicated ambulatory social worker providing clinical social work to patients and their families at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Chestnut Hill.

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.

Opportunity for individual, family and group work. Candidate must be able to thrive in a fast paced, complex, academic medical environment where the social worker is a key, valued member of the multi-disciplinary medical team.

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.


M-F; 40 hours/week

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is opening a new outpatient cancer facility in January 2021 in Chestnut Hill. The new ambulatory center, located  at 300 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, will provide much needed space for adult patient care to support our patient growth. Dana-Farber - Chestnut Hill will offer Clinical and Research Laboratory Services, Clinical Trials, Imaging, Infusion Services, Nutrition Support, Retail Pharmacy, Social Work, and Transfusion Services. This will be a multi-disciplinary, state-of-the-art facility designed to maintain the same model of care that is currently given to our patients on our Longwood Campus.


  • Performs psychosocial assessment.  Demonstrates ability to determine and analyze multiple issues impacting patient’s/family’s adjustment and formulate appropriate plan for addressing problems and concerns. 
  • Forms empathic relationships with patients/families who have a range of psychosocial needs and issues.  Demonstrates ability to use self in differential, therapeutic ways to address patient/family concerns, problems and issues to achieve optimal functioning. 
  • Provides social work intervention to assist patients/families.  Maintains working knowledge and skill base for individual, couples, family and group therapeutic modalities.
  • Demonstrates ability to address quality of life and end of life concerns and issues.
  • Provides clinical coverage. Assumes additional responsibility/leadership as needed.
  • Applies critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments and decisions. 
  • Assesses patient/family level of understanding of diagnosis and treatment, barriers to learning, and to provide age-specific education and support as needed.
  • Serves as liaison and collaborates with range of community and governmental agencies and resources.  Ability to advocate for and facilitate access to resources for patients/families in partnership with other staff (e.g. resource specialists, pharmacy resource specialists, program coordinators, patient navigators, etc.).
  • Ability to assist health care team with understanding and integration of psychosocial factors in care management and planning.  Ability to identify, analyze and provide recommendations/guidance to health care team for challenging patient/family management situations. 
  • Formulates, coordinates, and implements psychosocial component of patient/family care.  Demonstrates ability to clarify and reach agreement on short and long-term goals with patients/families around psychological, emotional, physical, social, environmental and economic/financial issues impacting patient/family adjustment.
  • Demonstrates continuum- based collaboration.
  • Views the use of one’s time and professional efforts as an institutional resource to be applied judiciously and thoughtfully amidst multiple competing and compelling needs.
  • Demonstrates commitment to continuous improvement by seeking ways of improving care, effectiveness and efficiency within the department, the division, and within the organization.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and an open minded approach to change, and contributes positively to brainstorming and problem solving.
  • Demonstrates commitment to cultural sensitivity and cultural competence with diverse populations.
  • Documents clinical work.  Maintains ability to write clear and focused psychosocial assessments, plans for intervention and goals of psychosocial care.  Ability to adhere to Institute and division standards for timely documentation.
  • Compliant with statistical record keeping through Interaction Info in the EMR or as required by Social Work Division.
  • Actively participates in committee work, projects and meetings.
  • Delivers presentations, seminars, or other forums to community at large.  Organizes and effectively presents psychosocial issues for cancer patients, families, caregivers, staff and providers.
  • Attends clinical educational conferences, trainings, or other forums to enhance and expand knowledge base of social work principles and practice.
  • Initiates and facilitates interdisciplinary meetings to discuss and/or implement psychosocial treatment plan.  Skilled in ability to communicate effectively with multidisciplinary providers and staff outside DF/BWCC (e.g. hospice, VNA, community mental health providers).  Demonstrates understanding of the principles of multi-disciplinary collaboration and maintains effective working relationships.
  • Awareness of and compliance with division practice standards and policies (e.g. HIPAA, high-risk sign-out, scheduling, daily coverage calendar, etc.)
  • Teaches and supervises social work staff, graduate trainees, and volunteers.  Ability to transmit knowledge of social work principles in an oncology setting [e.g. transference, countertransference boundaries] and psychosocial issues for patients/families [e.g. anticipatory mourning, adaptive coping skills, life review] to others for the purpose of teaching and supervision.
  • Maintains confidentiality and adheres to professional, department, division, and organizational ethical standards.  
  • Seeks consultation as needed.


Job Requirements

Master’s Degree in Social Work from accredited program, Massachusetts license, previous experience in hospital or medical setting, bilingual English/Spanish preferred; cultural sensitivity and age-specific competency required.

Crisis intervention; treatment skills; strong clinical assessments/judgment, including interdisciplinary teaming skills; excellent communication, oral and written; strong organizational skills; ability to set priorities; tolerance for ambiguity; analytical skills; computer proficiency.

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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