JOB TITLE: Social Worker, Program Specialist, Ontario Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program (ONT-AYA-O)
Job Posting #: 92007
Site: Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Department: Supportive Care, Psychosocial Oncology
Reports to: Clinical Manager, Supportive Care
Hours: 37.5 work hours per week
Wage range or Salary: $39.59 per hour to $49.49 per hour (To commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN compensation policy)
Status: Permanent Full Time
Posted Date: June 1, 2023
Closing Date: June 21, 2023
University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Social Worker, Program Specialist?in the Department of Supportive Care, ONTario Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program (ONT-AYA-O) in the division of Psychosocial Oncology.
Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.
The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses?Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Michener Institute of Education. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of ground breaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.?
The Department of Supportive Care at the University Health Network was developed to provide care for the whole person at all stages of illness. Our team of experts work with patients and families to help improve their personal well-being and quality of life. This includes psychological treatment, supportive and palliative care, and cancer rehabilitation services.? We are currently seeking a social worker to join the ONT-AYA-O team under the division of Psychosocial Oncology.
The Social Worker, Program Specialist will be responsible for developing and leading strategies to streamline delivery of care for AYA patients with cancer across the region. The candidate will be required to identify patient, community, and hospital-affiliated stakeholders to understand the gaps, needs, strengths and infrastructure to permit uniform delivery of AYA cancer care. The candidate will focus on specific domains including, but not limited to fertility, sexual health, mental health, and physical activity. The candidate will need to have a strong understanding of AYA oncology issues and have had experience in speaking with young people with cancer around these issues. The candidate will be offering individual psychosocial support to patients across the region in parallel to program development.
Direct patient care activities can include assessing patients for the purpose of evaluating the nature of the problem and the need for service; formulating recommendations or treatment plans; implementing an intervention plan with patients, family members, significant others, and the multi-disciplinary team for the purpose of facilitating changes in behavior, attitudes, feelings and/or the environment; reassessing and modifying the intervention plan as required; liaising with appropriate community agencies;?establishing contact with members of the multi-disciplinary team and community agencies to obtain, provide or exchange information relating to patients´ psychosocial functioning and health care in the past, present and future; developing and implementing programs to enhance the care of oncology patients; performing activities required for the effective and efficient operation/maintenance of Social Work within the Department of Supportive Care; performing other duties consistent with the job classification, as required.
Completion of a Master’s Degree in Social Work (M.S.W.)
Membership in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) is required.
Minimum?five (5) years related experience, at least two of which spent working with an oncology multi-disciplinary team in a health care setting required.
Knowledge/experience with program development required.
Knowledge/experience with program coordination and project management an asset.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent problem solving, organizational and time management skills.
Knowledge of policies, legislation, programs and issues related to social assistance institutions and services.
Computer proficiency required (Microsoft Office Applications).
Experience in an acute care setting with inpatients and outpatients required.
Experience with oncology care and oncology community resources required.
Experience working with cancer patients and families throughout the trajectory of care from diagnosis through to palliation an asset.
Why join UHN?
In addition to working alongside some of the most talented and inspiring healthcare professionals in the world, UHN offers a wide range of benefits, programs and perks. It is the comprehensiveness of these offerings that makes it a differentiating factor, allowing you to find value where it matters most to you, now and throughout your career at UHN.
Competitive offer packages
Government organization and a member of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP https://hoopp.com/)
Close access to Transit and UHN shuttle service
A flexible work environment
Opportunities for development and promotions within a large organization
Additional perks (multiple corporate discounts including: travel, restaurants, parking, phone plans, auto insurance discounts, on-site gyms, etc.)
Current UHN employees must have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, to be eligible for consideration.
Vaccines (COVID and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.
UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their requirements known in advance. Any information received related to an accommodation will be addressed confidentially.
University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.