Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

  • Social Worker I

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Overview

    The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.

    The Social Worker is responsible for providing professional social work services (i.e., screening, motivational interviewing, brief interventions, counseling, resource needs assessment, identification and navigation) to adult patients and families.  Collaborates with SCCA partner institutions as well as public and community based social services and behavioral health providers to ensure continuity of care across systems.  Uses clinical judgment and problem solving skills to address patient and family emotional/psychological, social, developmental and tangible resource issues. Facilitates identification, referrals and linkage to internal and community resources.  Assists and advocates for patients with concrete needs. Strives to achieve the highest in patient (customer) satisfaction.  Supports the mission of SCCA and its affiliates.  Provides consultation to staff at SCCA and to community resources as needed.

    This new position will specifically support the Sickle Cell program at SCCA, with a predominant focus upon ongoing assessment of tangible needs and support in linking patients and families to public and community-based resources in support of positive treatment outcomes. S/he will also provide clinical SW support to patients and families, as well as program staff.   The SW1 will team with other SW staff, as well as Clinical Patient Navigators who address practical needs of patients in a subset of other SCCA clinics, and may provide backfill for absent colleagues as needed. 


    • Ongoing assessment of tangible resource/service needs in support of positive clinical outcomes
    • Outreach / coordination of access to public and community-based social and behavioral health services
    • Distress screening, to evaluate emotional and psychological distress
    • Mental health screening and substance use disorder screening to identify psychological/psychiatric conditions that need to be addressed within the context of care planning.  This includes screening for distress, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, substance use, and cognitive status
    • Emotional support (brief therapy, individual and family counseling, grief and loss counseling and crisis intervention)
    • Collaboration and consultation with medical teams regarding psychological, social and emotional issues, mental health conditions, substance related conditions, and considerations for care/treatment planning
    • Referral to internal services at the SCCA, local and regional support networks, and tangible needs resources
    • Conducts patient navigation activities
    • Coordination with in-patient social workers to facilitate transition between in-patient, out-patient and home
    • Promotion of needs for the culturally diverse and socially, intellectually or physically challenged patients
    • Assisting medical team to effectively address disruptive behavior and help with developing Patient Care Agreements when necessary
    • Build and strengthen relationships with social service and behavioral health providers beyond SCCA



    • Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited graduate School of Social Work
    • WA State Department of Health registration/certification/licensure
    • Experience with counseling individuals and families
    • Strong assessment and crisis intervention skills
    • Ability to communicate effectively with patients/families from diverse cultural backgrounds
    • Ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary teams
    • Computer skills: Outlook, Word, Excel


    • Experience working with oncology patients and family members/significant other and working effectively with multidisciplinary teams preferred
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training
    • Brief interventions training
    • Motivational interviewing training
    • Grief and loss training
    • Skills in screening for distress and mental health conditions, including substance use disorders

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    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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