MD Anderson Cancer Center Social Work Counselor in Houston, Texas

Mission Statement

The mission of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.


Provide comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment and counseling services to individuals, families and groups. Supports compliance with treatment protocols, advance care planning and assists with resource linkage as a part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Core Values

Caring Behaviors

· Courtesy: Is respectful and courteous to each other at all times

· Friendliness/Teamwork: Promotes and rewards teamwork and inclusiveness; Is sensitive to the concerns of our patients and our co-workers

Integrity Behaviors

· Reliability: Communicates frequently, honestly and openly

· Reliability: Anticipates needs of customers and proactively communicates to interested parties

· Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for practicing our values

· Safety: Notices a safety concern and brings it to someone's attention; Models safe behaviors (wears badge, washes hands, keeps work area clean and orderly)

Discovery Behaviors

· Responsiveness: By his/her actions, creates an environment of trust; Encourages learning, creativity and new ideas

· Responsiveness: Demonstrates openness to ideas expressed by others; supports and participates in developmental efforts

· Personal Leadership/Self-Initiative: Takes initiative to identify and solve problems with others; Seeks personal growth and enables others to do so

Key Functions

  1. Conducts biopsychosocial assessments using appropriate diagnostic criteria to recommend, facilitate, and implement interventions for a comprehensive treatment plan.

  2. Uses counseling techniques, resource knowledge and linkage throughout the disease trajectory, including end of life, survivorship and bereavement.

  3. Participates in continuity of care and/or discharge planning. Facilitates advance care planning.

  4. Documents patient care activity in institutional electronic healthcare record in accordance with departmental documentation policy.

Core Competencies

· IC – Self-Motivation:

o Sets high standards of performance

o Pursue goals with energy and persistence

o Drive for results and achievement

· IC – Self Adaptability:

o Work in situations involving uncertainty, shifting priorities, and rapid change

o Deal constructively with mistakes and setbacks

o Demonstrate flexibility

· IC – Analytical Thinking:

o Gather relevant information systematically;

o Break down problems into simple components; and

o Make sound decisions.

· IC – Team with Others:

o Encourage collaboration and input from all team members; value the contributions of all team members; Balance individual and team goals.

· IC – Innovative Thinking:

o Approach problems with curiosity and open-mindedness; and

o Offer new ideas, solutions and/or options.

· TC - Professionalism:

o Employee demonstrates commitment to collaborative professional relationships with physicians and all members of the health care team

o Employee demonstrates a high level of responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to a diverse patient population and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements

o Employee demonstrates a commitment to excellence and on-going professional development

· TC – Systems-Based Practice

o Employee demonstrates his/her impact on the system of care


Required: Master's degree in Social Work (MSW)


Required: One of the following issued by the state of Texas: Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Provisional LMSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


Required: None

Preferred: One year in an oncology, hospital or hospice setting.

Working Conditions

This position requires:

Working in Office Environment

__ No

X Yes

Working in Patient Care Unit (e.g. Nursing unit; outpatient clinic)

__ No

X Yes

Exposure to human/animal blood, body fluids, or tissues

__X No

__ Yes

Exposure to harmful chemicals

_ X No

__ Yes

Exposure to radiation

__X No

__ Yes

Physical Demands

Indicate the time required to do each of the following physical demands:

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Up to 10 lbs


10lbs to 50 lbs


More than 50 lbs



Up to 10 lbs


10lbs to 50 lbs


More than 50 lbs


Use computer/keyboard


Master's degree in Social Work (MSW or MSSW)'

No experience' One of the following issued by the state of Texas: Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)' Provisional LMSW' Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 50,800

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 63,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 76,200