University of Utah Social Worker, Special Expertise in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 08/28/2018

Requisition Number PRN18214B

Job Title Social Worker, Special Expertise

Working Title Social Worker, Special Expertise

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 40.00

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00958 - DFPM-Administration

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $39,300 to $72,700

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine Division of Family Medicine is seeking a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) to provide full-time integrated behavioral health services in two busy family medicine, resident training clinics. The successful applicant will function as a critical piece of an integrated primary care team, including family medicine physicians and residents, pharmacists , care managers, dieticians and psychologists.

Patients are referred to Behavioral Health for mental health concerns commonly seen in primary care, including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use, grief/bereavement, crisis management, and relationship concerns. Patients are also referred for behavioral health concerns such as smoking cessation, lifestyle modification, non-adherence, and adjustments to chronic health conditions.


1. Provide Behavioral Health Consultations for patients referred by primary care providers, as well as short-term (4-6 session), evidence based treatment, and referral to specialists as appropriate.

2. Collaborate with the primary care team regarding treatment plans, and be available for warm hand-offs and point-of-care consultations as feasible.

3. Participate in development and implementation of behavioral health specific clinical protocols and quality improvement initiatives.

4. Develop group therapy session protocols related to the clinical care process.

This job description 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.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Current Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.*) certificate for clinical practice and two years directly related experience; demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary team; ability to communicate verbally as well as in writing; and experience with conflict resolution when counseling individuals, couples and groups required. Experience working with community resources, instructing and supervising Social Workers, Interns and other caseworkers preferred. Five years of experience may be required in some areas.

*An L.C.S.W. is earned after completing 4000 hours of Social Work experience and a passing score on the L.C.S.W. exam.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


1. Skill providing evidence-based, short-term mental health and behavioral health interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, psycho education and mindfulness-based interventions is critical.

2. Ability to flexibly work as part of an interdisciplinary team.

3. Experience working in a medical setting, possessing basic knowledge of the relationship between mental health and physical health conditions commonly seen in primary care, have excellent communications skills and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.

4. Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited institution.

5. Current Utah State licensure asLCSW.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

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

We protect our patients, coworkers, and community by requiring all patient care employees to be immunized according to CDC standards. All patient care employees must receive the following vaccinations:




•2-step TB

•Annual Influenza

•Hepatitis B for some jobs

Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.