Job Description

Payroll Title:
Care Management
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla Medical Center
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
HX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Nights, 12 hr shifts, Sunday-Saturday

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#112255 Clinical Social Worker - La Jolla ED (Nights)

Extended Review Date: Wed 1/19/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This posting will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 10/21/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/01/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

The qualifications of this position have been slightly modified as of 11/9/2021.


Under close supervision of the Care Management leadership, the Clinical Social Worker provides social work services consisting of discharge planning, continuing care resources and clinical social work services, including crisis intervention, patient advocacy mandated reporting, informational and referral coordination of health and mental health services with community providers. The Social Worker is responsible for education of patients, families and/or significant others. Participates in related department functions, such as community and program education.

The ED Social Worker collaborates with the interdisciplinary team, including but not limited to care managers, physicians, and nursing to identify social barriers preventing an alternative discharge strategy for those patients who do not meet acute level of care. The ED social worker provides appropriate community resources, referrals, and follow up care for patients to prevent unnecessary admissions or readmissions to the hospital and inappropriate utilization of the ED.

Depending on experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the Clinical Social Worker II or III level.


  • A Master's degree from an accredited school of social work (MSW).

  • Minimum two (2) years post-MSW Social Work experience.

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

  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Must be able to work within a team environment.


  • California LCSW license (must have this certification to be hired at level III).

  • One (1) or more years of recent Social Work experience in an acute care setting.

  • Emergency Department Social Work experience.


  • 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.

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, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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