Clinical Social Worker at Longwood Medical Center

Job Details

Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Social Work

Employment Type:
Part time

Work Location:
Hybrid: 2-3 days onsite/week


Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

This position’s work location is hybrid with two or three days per week remote. The selected candidate may only work remote days from a New England state (ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI).


Clinical Social Worker at Longwood Medical Center; 20 hours/week

LCSW or LICSW Required

Exciting and challenging opportunity as a dedicated ambulatory social worker providing clinical social work services to patients and their families at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Longwood Medical Center location.  The social worker in this position will work in the Center for Early Detection and Interception (CEDI) providing psychosocial counseling services to adult patients and families. The CEDI is specifically for individuals who have an increased risk of developing cancer; the goals of the Center are to detect cancer sooner and stop pre-cancerous conditions from progressing.

Position calls for psychosocial assessment and intervention to address needs and concerns, crisis intervention, consultation, and ability to work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team to reduce distress and improve quality of life. Position calls for best practice intervention, collaboration, and consultation related to this patient population. Counseling will be delivered both individually as well as through psychoeducational group programming.

This ambulatory social work role provides in-person and telehealth services to patients and families (i.e., phone/Zoom video); modalities include 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 multidisciplinary medical team.

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

Essential Functions

  • Serve as coordinator and clinician on referral cases in collaboration with DFCI oncology and psychosocial clinicians.
  • Provide triage and short-term psychosocial care to patients and families.
  • Assist patients and families seeking coordinated therapeutic matches for mental health and wellness services.
  • Research, identify, and liaison with programs and community-based providers for patients and families experiencing a spectrum of needs.
  • Serve as coordinator for educational and support programs offered to patients and families.
  • Work with clinical staff, patients and families to identify areas of need for improved education and support of CEDI patients and families. Develop innovative materials and educational and support programs to meet these needs.
  • Lead and co-lead educational and support programs delivered in person or remotely via videoconference.
  • Work on special projects/programs/committees reflecting the needs of individuals at high risk for patients.


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work from accredited program
  • Massachusetts license (LCSW or LICSW)
  • Previous experience in health care and/or behavioral health setting preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Ability to respond to psychosocial needs and concerns across a broad spectrum of ages within the patient population
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Experience leading psychoeducation and support groups preferred
  • Experience conducting psychosocial triage, assessment and referral for adult patients with anxiety, depression and other mental disorders preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of systemic inequities, their impact on patients, families, and the community at large
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity efforts, including advocacy and self-education to advance knowledge base of the needs and concerns of underserved and marginalized populations
  • Strong patient engagement and clinical assessment skills
  • Crisis intervention and treatment skills
  • Interdisciplinary team collaboration skills
  • Excellent communication, oral and written
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to set priorities; tolerance for ambiguity
  • Demonstrates adaptability and flexibility to change
  • Demonstrates initiative to achieve goals
  • Analytical skills; computer proficiency



20 hours/week

Hybrid schedule 2 days on-site/1 day remote

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

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

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 characteristics protected by law.

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