Social Worker - Palliative Care

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Regular Part-Time
Allied Health


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit organization providing adult cancer treatment and groundbreaking research focused on cancer and infectious diseases. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Washington.


With a track record of global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy and COVID-19 vaccines, Fred Hutch has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. 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 to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.


At Fred Hutch we value collaboration, compassion, determination, excellence, innovation, integrity and respect. These values are grounded in and expressed through the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our mission is directly tied to the humanity, dignity and inherent value of each employee, patient, community member and supporter. Our commitment to learning across our differences and similarities make us stronger. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an anti-racist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, anti-racism and inclusion.


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 Fred Hutch 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 Fred Hutch and its affiliates. Provides consultation to staff at Fred Hutch, NWH, UWMC, and to community resources as needed.


This position will specifically serve on the Fred Hutch Palliative Care Service. This is a part time (80%) position.


  • 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 Fred Hutch, local and regional support networks, and tangible needs resources
  • Conducts patient navigation activities, as needed
  • 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



  • Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited graduate School of Social Work
  • Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) through Washington State Department of Health; WA State DOH registration/certification/licensure
  • Computer skills:  Outlook, Work, Excel
  • 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


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training; Brief interventions training; Motivational interviewing training
  • Social Worker Independent Clinical License
  • Minimum of 3 years of health care experience preferred
  • Skills in screening for distress and mental health conditions, including substance use disorders
  • Grief and loss training


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.

The annual base salary range for this position is from $74,480.64 to $111,704.32 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications.  


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center offers employees a comprehensive benefits package designed to enhance health, well-being, and financial security. Benefits include medical/vision, dental, flexible spending accounts, life, disability, retirement, family life support, employee assistance program, onsite health clinic, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation (12-22 days per year), paid sick leave (12-25 days per year), paid holidays (13 days per year), paid parental leave (up to 4 weeks), and partially paid sabbatical leave (up to 6 months).  

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 Human Resources at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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