Social Worker - Supportive and Guided Care

Full 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 patient care with a focus on quality of life.

Flexibility to plan your day based on scheduled patient visits and their needs.

Competitive salary and generous benefits in a collaborative environment.

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

The Role:

Supportive Care and Guided Care is a service offered to our patients that focuses on quality of life and comfort when living with a serious illness. As a Social Worker on our Supportive Care team, you will provide medical social services to palliative care patients, families, caregivers as indicated by the plan of care developed by the interdisciplinary team.

We’re looking for MSWs that want to use their expertise and experience as part of a team to provide the best care possible to those experiencing serious illness.

By providing expert, personalized care to supportive (palliative) and guided care patients where they live you will bring dignity and compassion to those coping with symptoms of a serious illness.

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.


  • Masters in social work (MSW) required, LCSW preferred
  • Two (2) years of demonstrated experience working with multigenerational family systems in a clinical capacity
  • Two (2) years demonstrated experience working with life-threatening conditions, chronic disease, hospice and / or end-of-life care, and related situations
  • Demonstrated experience working with family systems
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and proof of auto insurance in order to travel to and from patients’ homes
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Tuberculosis screening after hire required


  • Participate in planning and coordinating patient care in collaboration with patient/family and other members of the health care team to maximize patient outcomes and use of resources.
  • Perform a comprehensive patient and family biopsychosocial-spiritual assessment.
  • Utilize a variety of techniques to identify and assess the psychological, emotional, and social factors affecting the patient and family with the goal of minimizing disease symptoms and patient/ family distress.
  • Develop plans of care based on the initial assessment, advance care planning, educational components as needed.
  • Engage with patient and family to facilitate trust, rapport, and communication. PCSW will provide brief supportive counseling, crisis intervention, and/or appropriate therapeutic supports as needed to the patient, family group or individual family members.
  • Provide initial bereavement screening; assessment and referral of all palliative care patients who die while on our service to bereavement team.
  • Act as liaison to promote discussion between the patient, family, and health care team, in order to facilitate understanding of the patient’s medical condition and treatment options, and to establish clear, patient-centered goals of care and care plans.
  • Provide education and guidance to the patient, family and care team members pertaining to palliative and end-of-life care.
  • Refer patients and families to appropriate supports and resources, including community-based services such as substance abuse treatment clinics, mental health resources, placement options, financial resources, bereavement counseling, family services, and related legal services.
  • Advocate for the patient and family to ensure respect for patient autonomy and to maximize the safety of the patient’s care plan.
  • Participate as a member of the larger Palliative Care Team, communicating clearly and effectively with other team members to provide quality patient and family care, meet individual patient and family members care needs, and achieve appropriate palliative care plans.
  • Documents in a systematic, concise, legible, and timely manner according to established agency guidelines.
  • Convey a supportive attitude and establish and maintain open lines of communication that are clear, concise, and informative.
  • Demonstrate sound knowledge and skill base in support of palliative and hospice philosophies.
  • Provide quality services to meet internal/external customer needs.

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) 401-k 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 voluntary programs at low cost: critical illness/accident insurance, voluntary life insurance, ID/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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