Clinical Social Worker/Tobacco Cessation and Surviorship: 40 hours/week

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Social Work

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Full time


Clinical Social Worker/Tobacco Cessation and Survivorship: 40 hours/week

LCSW or LICSW Required

Exciting opportunity as a dedicated ambulatory social worker providing clinical social work services with a unique focus on tobacco use/reduction/cessation and survivorship related psychosocial needs among adult patients. This role will be situated within the Adult Survivorship Program and the Division of Social Work at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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.


Excellent position for a social worker with background in health care including oncology experience, and who is interested in behavioral health intervention and program development. Position calls for counseling and best practice intervention related to tobacco use and smoking cessation, and dynamic work across disease -specific clinics. Experience in this area of practice preferred, but not required. Additional training in specific treatment modalities will be provided. Social worker will also be responsible for practice with a survivorship focus, requiring psychosocial assessment, intervention and consultation.

Opportunity for individual, family and group work. Candidate must be able to thrive in a fast paced, complex, academic medical environment, with close collaboration with other social work practitioners and multidisciplinary medical teams.

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.

This positions’ schedule is M-F, 40 hours a week.

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

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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.


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