Clinical Social Worker: Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer/Genetics Prevention

Job Details

Job ID:

300 Boylston St., Newton, MA 02467

Social Work

Employment Type:
Full 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: Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer/Genetics Prevention; Chestnut Hill location

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 Chestnut Hill location.

Individuals in this position will work 50% in the Center for Genetics & Prevention program providing psychosocial counseling services to adult patients and families. Patients and families seen in the Center for Genetics and Prevention represent a full range of hereditary cancer conditions. Counseling will be delivered both individually as well as through psychoeducational group programming.

The additional 50% of this position will be dedicated to providing counseling to patients in the Young Onset Colorectal Cancer Center (YOCCC), which provides cancer care to individuals diagnosed with colorectal cancer under the age of 50. Counseling will be delivered individually, with families and via support groups. Interest in working with a young adult patient population is preferred.

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 cancer-related distress and improve quality of life.

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.


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work from accredited program
  • Massachusetts license (LCSW or LICSW)
  • Previous experience in health care 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
  • Strong patient engagement and clinical assessment skills
  • Crisis intervention and treatment skills
  • Interdisciplinary team collaboration skills
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Demonstrates understanding of systemic inequities, their impact on patients, families, and the community at large
  • Strong organizational skills: ability to triage and determine priorities; tolerance for ambiguity
  • Excellent communication, oral and written
  • Analytical skills; computer proficiency
  • Demonstrates adaptability and flexibility to change
  • Demonstrates initiative to achieve goals
  • Demonstrates 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



M-F; 40 hours/week

Hybrid schedule 3 days on-site/2 days 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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