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


Open Date 07/14/2022

Requisition Number PRN31442B

Job Title PS Social Worker

Working Title PS Social Worker

Job Grade UGR

FLSA Code Professional

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 00235 - Infectious Disease

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 31,600 - 58,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Responsible for the coordination of supportive services and patient care in a fast paced multidisciplinary clinical setting. Provides HIV related medical case management aimed at enhancing patient-centered care in coordination with physician and mid-level providers. Assesses and educates patients and medical providers regarding benefits available to patients through third-party payers and resulting eligible services. Provides assessment, intervention, and stabilization of the patient’s medical and psychosocial care needs via a thorough assessment of needs and a comprehensive service plan. Provides advocacy, support and empowerment to clients as they navigate systems needed to support their ability to maintain access to HIV treatment and wrap around services.


Essential Functions

  1. Conducts assessment of patients’ psychosocial and medical care needs in order to identify patients who are suitable for case management intervention based on criteria such as case complexity and prognosis.

  2. Develops individual treatment plans through collaboration with patient, medical providers, and community services with objective of creating stability and removing barriers to ongoing medical care.

  3. Provides information and referrals for community resources to patients including but not limited to housing, transportation, financial assistance, food, clothing, legal, mental health, and substance abuse treatment.

  4. Assesses and discusses funding and insurance issues with patient, family, and healthcare providers to enhance cost-effective utilization of services and quality of care as well as negotiating with third-party payers to obtain authorization for services.

  5. Monitors quality of care, and provides advocacy to patients in order to ensure patient treatment plan goals are appropriate and that they are understood and implemented. Routinely assesses patient and family response to services, while also measuring treatment plan effectiveness and necessity. Also identifies patient needs, including those of an ethical and cultural nature and ensures they are addressed.

  6. Provides timely documentation in database and patients’ medical record including interactions, interventions, and community resource contacts and communicates encounters to physicians and mid-level providers.

  7. Regularly attends meetings with clinical and community care teams for consultation and coordination of treatment planning needs.

  8. Manages care for a specific caseload of clients.

Problem Solving

This position performs patient interactions with a confidential manner and provides community resource referrals on emergent and ongoing basis. Critical thinking skills are utilized to determine appropriate level of intervention and develop treatment plans which prioritize patient needs. Crisis intervention skills are utilized to defuse and assist individuals coping with traumatic situations This position develops knowledge of relevant community resource agencies and services for patient referral needs. The knowledge of medical and psychosocial issues impaction individuals living with HIV / AIDS is needed.

This position develops the understanding of state and federal funding systems for the disabled and those living with HIV / AIDS .

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.

Minimum Qualifications


Current RQI Healthcare Provider eCredential through the University of Utah Health RQI system. The eCredential is to be obtained within 30 days of hire.

One of the following

Current Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.) certificate for clinical practice in the State of Utah.

Current license to practice as a Certified Social Worker in the State of Utah.

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.

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


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.


Experience working with high-acuity, complex patients including people suffering from chronic disease, mental illness, drug addiction, and chronic homelessness. Current Utah LCSW license. Reliable transportation. Fluency in Spanish.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

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.

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

All qualified individuals are strongly 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 ( OEO /AA). More information, including the Director/Title IX Coordinator’s office address, electronic mail address, and telephone number can be located at: https://www.utah.edu/nondiscrimination/

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