Job Information

University of Utah PS Social Service Worker in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 04/16/2021

Requisition Number PRN25854B

Job Title PS Social Service Worker

Working Title PS Social Service Worker

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00952 - Division of Epidemiology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 31600 to 51699

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Division of Epidemiology’s Program for Addiction Research, Clinical Care, Knowledge and Advocacy ( PARCKA ) is seeking a Social Service Worker to join our team. PARCKA is an interdisciplinary team aiming to improve the lives of those affected by substance use.


This position is in a research setting with the primary responsibility of providing consented participants with information to enhance their ability to make appropriate health care choices and encouraging treatment adherence for substance use and misuse. The incumbent works with the clinical team in reviewing treatment plans to ensure continuity of care.

This position is considered Category IIA : Not required on campus and has the ability to telework remotely for the duration of the University of Utah’s response to COVID -19. An employee hired into this role will be responsible for providing space, telephone, printing, networking and/or internet capabilities at the telecommute location and agree to the terms of the University of Utah campus and Health Academics COVID -19 Telecommuting Agreement.



This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Essential Functions

1.Develops and coordinates research participant treatment plans following a manualized intervention.

2.Provides information to participants regarding available options and resources.

3.Interprets social, psychological, emotional and family problems to principal investigator and research team members.

4.Provides emotional support for participants.

5.Records and documents participant information including producing reports and following intervention timeline for a randomized clinical trial.

6.Assists the research team with appointment setting, visits and meetings.

7.Serves as a liaison with state agencies, providers, families and community resources for the patient population.

8.An understanding of research protocols and procedures.

9.May travel to a variety of sites both within and outside the University campus to obtain data.

10.Conducts participant study procedures, including consent and assessments.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or a related field plus two years of clinical experience in a hospital or clinic preferably in mental health related services or equivalency required, licensed as a Social Service Worker in the State of Utah required; Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card or obtain one within one month of hire; demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.

The staff member must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient’s status and provide care as described in the department’s policies and procedures manual.

This position is patient-sensitive and must fulfill all associated requirements. We protect our patients, coworkers and community by requiring all patient-sensitive employees to be immunized according to CDC standards and hospital policy. Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.



Master’s Degree in Social Work or Psychology, 1-year of case management and research experience is preferred. A valid Utah driver’s license may be required in certain departments.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.