Job Description

Payroll Title:
Palliative Care
Hiring Pay Scale
$82,747 - $122,315/ Year
La Jolla Medical Center
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
HX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 Hour Shifts, Monday-Friday

#130648 Clinical Social Worker II/III - Hybrid

Extended Deadline: Tue 7/23/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

The qualifications of this position have been modified as of 7/20/24.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 7/1/2024 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 7/11/2024. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will work a hybrid schedule, which includes a combination of working at various onsite locations: La Jolla Medical Center, Hillcrest Medical Center, Encinitas, and remote.


Under general supervision, and in addition to performing the full range of operational level duties, the Clinical Social worker in the Palliative Care Outpatient Clinical Program will be responsible for independently and with a trans-disciplinary team to conducting bio/psycho/social assessment/evaluations from a patient/family and systems-centered core perspective. The Clinical Social worker will participate in a professional team review of patient care, provide casework and group work for patients and their families, identify community resources, and assist patients and their families in connecting to and navigating these resources.

The Social Worker will individually serve as a multidisciplinary outpatient care team member with liaison responsibilities with hospital and outpatient clinic staff. This position includes facilitating family meetings, working with anticipatory grief and difficult family dynamics, and understanding placement options and appropriate social, financial, and legal services.

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


  • A Master's Degree in Social Work from an accredited school.

  • At least two (2) years of post-MSW experience. To be considered for the Clinical Social Worker III, the candidate must have at least three (3) years of post-MSW experience and be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

  • A minimum of three (3) years post-Master's Degree (MSW) experience. Palliative or hospice care experience is highly preferred.

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

  • 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) - issued by the state of California. Required to be a Clinical Social Worker III.

  • Advanced certification in hospice or palliative medicine.

  • Experience working alongside an interdisciplinary team.

  • Experience working with vulnerable populations.

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish).


  • 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.
  • Depending on the experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at a Clinical Social Worker II or Clinical Social Worker III level. The pay scale for the CSWII (2+ years post-MSW experience) is $82,747-$109,014. The pay scale for the CSWIII (with California LCSW) is $92,853-$122,315.
  • Two positions are available, and details will be provided during the interview process.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $85,232 - $112,293 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $40.82 - $53.78

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

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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