Grief Care Counselor - Hospice

Part Time

Willamette Vital Health, your local nonprofit that helps families through one of the most difficult times in life — losing a loved one — is searching for an experienced MSW with a passion for empathetic care with a focus on quality of life. If that’s you, we would love to meet you.

1:1 Counseling with bereaved individuals and families.

A vital resource in the community for bereavement counseling.

Competitive salary and generous benefits in a collaborative environment.

Employee Assistance Program that includes short term counseling and mental health assistance.

The Role:

Grief Care is a short-term counseling service that is offered to bereaved adults, children, families, and other community members.

We are looking for a part-time, 30 hrs per week, Grief Care Counselor who can provide vital, short-term individual, family, and group counseling services to bereaved adults, children, families, and other community members. Duties include facilitating workshops, support groups, and assistance in development and implementation of clinical curriculum. The position will serve as a representative of WVH and promote hospice care and bereavement services within the community. Appropriate client and community referral services will also be provided as indicated.

Who You Are:

Your Impact. Willamette Vital Health is looking for passionate, empathetic, tenacious healthcare professionals, willing to partner in helping families get the most out of their remaining time together.

Specific job skills:

  • Must be capable of relating to patients and families in an open, empathetic, and supportive manner while maintaining personal and professional boundaries.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain rapport with community agencies and resources.
  • Strong, effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and work in high stress situations.
  • Must possess and develop a strong knowledge and understanding of hospice concept, philosophy, and services.
  • Knowledge of available community resources relevant to needs of population served.
  • Emotional maturity to cope with the ongoing needs of participating in a hospice bereavement program.
  • Knowledge and understanding of grief and loss theory, assessment skills as well as group, family, and individual intervention modalities.
  • Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish preferred.


  • Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling, or related field.
  • Current or anticipated licensure in field of counseling preferred.
  • Minimum of two years' experience in the field of bereavement work preferred.
  • Experience in providing direct clinical services preferred.
  • Clinical knowledge base and relevant experience providing direct counseling services for children, adolescents, adult, and geriatric populations preferred.
  • Must have current valid driver's license, dependable transportation, and proof of current automobile insurance.
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Spanish bi-lingual skills desirable.


  • Coordinates and facilitates bereavement service activities including camps, adult and child grief support groups, special events, memorial services, curriculum development and workshops/training. Schedules and facilitates grief support groups.
  • Makes home and tele-visits to families and individuals to offer support, counseling, and assessment and/or referral.
  • Provides information and resources to grieving families, children, community agencies and other outside individuals. Maintains up to date list of counseling and community referral resources.
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with outside counselors and agencies.
  • Works with volunteer coordinators to train recruit, train and utilize volunteers within the bereavement department.
  • Conducts workshops and training within the greater community on bereavement, grief, death and dying, compassion fatigue, hospice care and other topics as assigned.
  • Maintains and upgrades hospice/bereavement skills knowledge and clinical skills.
  • Provides continue education/orientation for all team members (staff and volunteers) in bereavement.
  • Acts as preceptor when needed for clinical interns.

Who We Are:

It’s not our organization itself that delivers deeply impactful work. It's our people. We’re an empathetic, resilient, diverse and passionate group of people working together to create the best care possible for those facing serious illness and grief. We believe personalized care and grief support should be available to all who need it, so we provide our services regardless of ability to pay.

Powerful Purpose. Purpose is at the heart of our care provider experience. At Willamette Vital Health, everyone is united by the mission to provide people facing serious illness, death, and grief with access to the best personalized and compassionate care.

Galvanizing Resilience. Willamette Vital Health provides vital care during families’ toughest times. This provides many opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Excellence with Integrity. Willamette Vital Health and our team of Social Workers and caring staff are committed to trust, ethics, quality, accountability and expertise. This is how we deliver the best compassionate care.

Better Together. The Willamette Vital Health team works together to maximize the care we provide and support one another. We celebrate one another’s successes and invest in the team’s wellness.

Why Willamette Vital Health:

You're offered...

  • A challenging and rewarding career with flexibility to manage your schedule throughout your workday
  • Competitive salary and benefits, including EAP (Employee Assistance Program) 401k with matching contributions, generous PTO, pre-tax spending accounts for healthcare (FSA) and dependent care (DCA)
  • Comprehensive and collaborative training and orientation
  • Ongoing education and support
  • Reimbursement for Hospice & Palliative Care certification exam
  • Option to purchase several programs at low cost: critical illness/accident insurance, voluntary life insurance, IDG/Legal Shield, FIGO pet insurance.

Thank you for your interest in joining the team at Willamette Vital Health. We provide rewarding careers for passionate, caring, and experienced employees. We believe that everyone facing serious illness, death, and grief deserves access to the best personalized and compassionate care available, and the team at Willamette Vital Health strives to provide such care.

Willamette Vital Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to providing a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, physical characteristics, age, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability, or veteran status. All qualified candidates legally able to work in the United States are encouraged to apply.

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