Job Description

Payroll Title:
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Team
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla Medical Center
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
HX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, Monday - Friday

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#111767 Clinical Social Worker II/III - ACHD

Initial Review Date: Thu 10/14/2021

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Depending on experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the CSW2 or CSW3 level. Less than two (2) years experience qualifies as CSW level; Three (3) years + LCSW experience qualifies as CSW3.


The Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) social worker is responsible for the evaluation and ongoing psychosocial assessments of congenital heart disease patients in both the outpatient clinic and hospital settings. Individuals in this role are encouraged to be innovative and discuss/share their ideas and plans for psychosocial well-being in adults with CHD with the ACHD team. Transition planning for patients moving from the pediatric setting to adult care is an integral role of the social worker.

The ACHD social worker facilitates patient and caregiver support groups and participates in various committees (including the patient and family advisory council). This individual is highly collaborative; partnering with multidisciplinary staff from other departments and programs both within the UCSD system and in the community. The candidate is provided opportunities (and encouraged to participate) in education, research and presentations at local, national, and international level.

Position includes crisis intervention, mandated reporting, and referral coordination of health and mental health services with community providers. The social worker is responsible for education and advocacy of patients, families and/or significant others. The position has the joint support and supervision of the Manager for Cardiovascular Operations and the Transplant Social Work Supervisor


  • A Master's Degree from an accredited school of social work and possession of the requirements necessary for application for licensure as a clinical social worker as determined by the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.

  • Must possess the knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Minimum of two to three (2 - 3) years post MSW experience.

  • Knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Must have proven independent thinking, decision making, problem-solving and prioritizing skills.

  • Excellent skills to communicate and influence effectively with all levels of staff, physicians, patients, and external constituents, both verbally and in writing.


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) (Preferably by the state of California).
  • Experience conducting individual and group therapy sessions for mental health evaluation and promotion.
  • Bilingual in both English and Spanish.
  • Prior experience working with both pediatric and adult patients and their families.
  • Experience working in outpatient hospital setting.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Able to travel to any UCSD or affiliate clinic/hospital location.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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