Job Description

Payroll Title:
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Per Diem
Appointment Percent:
HX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, Variable hours and days

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

#116699 Per Diem Clinical Social Worker - Student Health

Filing Deadline: Mon 7/18/2022

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


The mission of the Student Health & Well-Being (SHW) cluster is to promote a culture of health and well-being for the student community, deliver equitable high quality innovative services, incorporate inclusive approaches, and celebrate diversity, with the goal of adoption and maintenance of healthy behaviors contributing to the academic success and personal development of all students.

The Student Health and Well-being (SHW) cluster of the Health System plays a leadership role in creating a strong and active wellness culture at UC San Diego that enables all students to flourish in body, mind and spirit. This includes promotion and the expansion/development of a student health and well-being center, and the transformation of existing departments under the oversight of the Executive Director into a cohesive, trans-disciplinary source of integrated wellness services. The SHW cluster includes the departments of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Student Health Services (SHS) and Health Promotion Services (HPS).

SHS provides primary medical care, including urgent care and support services such as laboratory, pharmacy, and x-ray to over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. SHS staff consists of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Pharmacists, X-ray Technologists, Clinical Laboratory Scientists, Medical Lab Assistants, Optometrists, Medical Assistants, Health Educators, Administrative and other Healthcare Professionals.

Under the general supervision of the UCSD Student Health Service (SHS) Medical Director and in consultation with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the incumbent will be responsible for administering all aspects of clinical care for students with complicated medical and mental health conditions that require case management. Incumbent will provide crisis counseling at SHS and continuity-of-care psychological interventions for identified UCSD students (e.g. clients in crisis, and/or clients/students needing ongoing consultation) including a psychological assessment of mental status, clinical needs, and other instrumental support. Incumbent will formulate treatment plans, prepare clinical reports, and monitor students transitioning in and out of enrollment due to medical and/or psychological conditions and provide assistance in obtaining medical insurance and/or identifying low-cost services available outside the University. Incumbent will independently develop and manage complex caseloads consisting of students requiring long-term medical care, mental health care, inpatient care, in-home health care, and substance abuse care. Incumbent will provide teaching, consultation and in-service training to SHS professional staff, college deans, and CAPS staff to create a plan for readmission, should the student take a medical leave of absence. Incumbent is responsible for the soundness and validity of recommendations and services, but is expected to seek advice for unusual or complex cases and keep appropriate staff informed of the status and progress of individual cases.


  • Master's degree from an accredited school of social work or equivalent degree in Psychology, requirements necessary for application of licensure in Clinical Social Work as determined by the California Board of Behavioral Science.

  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills in general, and specific to mental health consultation work, are required including the ability to: develop strong working relationships; positively represent SHS across diverse communities; and interact effectively with both health care professionals and non-professionals regarding mental health concerns.

  • Experience providing mental health crisis intervention services including suicide and homicide risk assessment, safety planning, and psychiatric hospital transfers or hospitalization as needed. Proven ability to proactively intervene in mental health crisis situations to provide appropriate crisis counseling, referrals and disposition.

  • Experience documenting using an electronic medical record system.

  • Experience to plan and conduct treatment interventions and to administer a specialty treatment program.

  • Experience assisting clients with Social Security Administration, Veteran’s Affairs, and Medicare/Medi-Cal.

  • Proven ability to use computer technology for case management, medical charting, research and many other purposes (data entry/typing, electronic filing, database, spreadsheet (Excel) and presentation (PowerPoint) applications, etc.)

  • Proven ability and experience in utilizing computer word processing (Word) to formulate documents, email for communication with other professionals, and knowledge of internet and intranet to access resources as needed for client care and own professional development.

  • Proven ability and experience working with community mental health resources.

  • Proven ability to consolidate clinical information from a variety of sources into assessment and the treatment planning process.

  • Knowledge of various psychological theories, therapeutic interventions, pharmacology, and differential diagnoses using DSM-V and ICD-10.

  • Demonstrated ability to actively foster a positive, welcoming climate, and value, include and support all in the UC San Diego community.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion to foster the best possible working and learning environment.

  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to acknowledge, advocate and support the efforts to dismantle structural racism and divisive biases based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and political beliefs.


  • Experience working on a college campus with a student population.

  • Prior experience working in interdisciplinary setting focusing on Student Health and Wellness.

  • Specific training and/or experience working with students with alcohol, substance abuse, eating disorders, and/or other problems particularly prevalent in a college-age student population.


  • 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).

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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