Social Worker I - Per-Diem

Job ID
Regular Per-Diem
Allied Health


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy, and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures for the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.


At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.


The Social Worker I - Per-Diem* is responsible for providing professional social work services (i.e., screening, motivational interviewing, brief interventions, counseling, resource identification and navigation) to adult patients and families. Collaborates with SCCA partner institutions to ensure continuity of care across systems. Uses clinical judgment and problem solving skills to address patient and family emotional/psychological, social and developmental issues. Facilitates referrals 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, Northwest Hospital, UW Medical Center, and to community resources as needed.


*The Per Diem employee in this role could work anywhere between daily to once per month depending on the needs of the department (covering vacation, sick-leave, and LOA's).  The position would be ideal for a candidate that is less than a 1.0 FTE and/or is seeking p/t occasional work


  • Supports the mental and physical health care of patients on an assigned patient caseload. Closely coordinate care with the patient's oncology providers and, when appropriate, other mental health providers (i.e. SCCA Psychiatry/Psychology).
  • Screens and assesses patients for common mental health and substance abuse disorders. Facilitates patient engagement and follow-up care. This includes screening for distress, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, substance use, and cognitive status.
  • Provides emotional support (brief therapy, individual and family counseling, grief and loss counseling and crisis intervention). Actively uses evidence-based techniques such as behavioral activation, problem-solving treatment, motivational interviewing, or other treatments as appropriate.
  • Provides patient education about common mental health and substance abuse disorders and the available treatment options.
  • Supports psychotropic medication management as prescribed by medical providers, focusing on treatment adherence monitoring, side effects, and effectiveness of treatment.
  • Systematically tracks treatment response and monitors patients (in person or by telephone) for changes in clinical symptoms and treatment side effects or complications.
  • Tracks patient follow up and clinical outcomes using a registry. Document in-person and telephone encounters in the registry and use the system to identify and re-engage patients.
  • Participates in regularly scheduled caseload consultation with the psychiatric consultant and communicate resulting treatment recommendations to the patient's medical provider.
  • Documents patient progress and treatment recommendations in EHR so as to be shared with medical providers, psychiatric consultant, and other treating providers.
  • Facilitates treatment plan changes for patients who are not improving as expected in consultation with the medical provider and the psychiatric consultant and who may need more intensive or more specialized mental health care.
  • Provides patient education about common mental health and substance abuse disorders and the available treatment options.
  • Collaborates and consults with medical teams regarding psychological, social and emotional issues, mental health conditions, substance related conditions, and considerations for care/treatment planning.
  • Makes referral to internal services at the SCCA, local and regional support networks, and tangible needs resources.
  • Coordinates with in-patient social workers to facilitate transition between in-patient, out-patient and home.
  • Promotes needs for the culturally diverse and socially, intellectually or physically challenged patients.
  • Assists medical team to effectively address disruptive behavior and help with developing Patient Care Agreements when necessary.




  • Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited graduate School of Social Work or equivalent clinical related degree field
  • Minimum of 3 years of health care experience
  • WA State Department of Health registration/certification/licensure
  • Strong assessment and crisis intervention skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients/families from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary teams
  • Counseling individuals and families



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

SCCA has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, and there are no exceptions for any employee who is patient-facing and/or requires access to SCCA facilities.

Exceptions exist only for employees whose positions are fully remote, with no required access to campus. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees requiring access to campus must provide proof of vaccination before their first day of employment.


A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists. 

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, 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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