Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Social Work

Employment Type:
Full time

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


The Resource Specialist is responsible for the delivery of resource assistance and guidance to patients being treated at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  This includes delivery of concrete resource services such as short-term accommodations, parking, patient assistance, and transportation; referrals to appropriate local, state, and federal assistance programs; as well as help with applications for assistance to non-profit foundations. 

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.


  1. Conducts assessments of patients' financial status/eligibility for concrete resource assistance.
  2. As a member of a multidisciplinary team, assists patients in securing assistance through skillful matching of needs to available resources.
  3. Follows eligibility guidelines and rules with respect to assistance granted from internal resources.
  4. Arranges assistance whenever possible for concrete resources such as short-term accommodations, parking and transportation.
  5. Makes timely referrals for patients to assistance and appropriate resources both within the hospital and through agencies, programs and foundations in the community. 
  6. Helps patients and their families navigate internal and external systems and serves as liaison between hospitals and the resource community.
  7. Provides detailed record-keeping, which may include the following: Progress notes in the patient's medical record, documentation in a resource database tool, Lodging reservations, and correspondence with members of the care team and with community resources.
  8. Consistently scans internal and external environment to research and track new and available concrete resources for patients and families. 
  9. Communicates resource specific information directly to patients or, as appropriate, their family members.
  10. Collaborates with social workers and other members of the care team as needed.
  11. May coordinate and lead resource information update sessions on his/her disease centers for staff, and, as requested, for other departments.
  12. May be responsible for special projects and/or pilots, focused work teams or efforts, and or responsible for serving on a committee relevant to the Resource Specialist role.
  13. Provides coverage for other Resource Specialists within the division as needed. 


  • High School Diploma. Bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration, human services, business administration, education, or related field preferred
  • 1 year of related experience in healthcare, human services, education, or related field. Volunteer experience strongly preferred. Degree may substitute for experience
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

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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