Medical Social Worker

Thurston County
Full Time $5,247 - $6,979 Per year WA 412 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506, United States


**The closing date for this employment opportunity has changed and will now remain open until filled. Thurston County reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time. If you are interested in this position, please do not wait to apply.**
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) is recruiting for a position for the Maternal Child Health Program in our Community Wellness Division.

As Thurston County’s local health jurisdiction and human services department, Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) is responsible for protecting the health and promoting the well-being of all people who live, work, and play in Thurston County. We value diversity and strive to foster a sense of belonging, honoring the unique experiences, cultures, skills, backgrounds, identities, and perspectives of our employees and community. As an agency actively working to address health equity, we aspire for everyone to have the opportunity to attain their highest level of health, regardless of their individual circumstances.

The Maternal Child Health Program at PHSS aims to reduce health inequalities and improve public health by providing underserved and vulnerable populations with high-quality, trauma-informed resources. As a Medical Social Worker, you are responsible for independently providing evaluations of clients and their environments to identify psychosocial factors that may adversely affect their health status and coping capabilities. During the initial psychosocial assessment/counseling visit, critical counseling and intervention takes place to address immediate concerns, such as sudden homelessness, no food, chemical addition, family violence, etc.
Some of the essential job functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Interview client, and perhaps partner or client's parent, to gather social history and complete psychological assessment to determine need, extent, and direction of case plan.
  • Develop, implement, monitor, and modify case plans for achieving stated goals.
  • Provide crisis counseling to the client that is goal-directed, task-centered, and time-limited.
  • Provide formal and informal referral service to community resources.
  • Coordinate services with other agencies such as community mental health programs, Community Youth Services, Legal Aid, Employment Security, substance abuse programs, vocational rehabilitation, and Developmental Disabilities Administration.
  • Work collaboratively with team, healthcare providers, and service providers. 
  • Participate in case staffing's, multi-disciplinary and/or multi-agency case staffing's.
  • Maintain case records and required forms and reports in prescribed agency format.
  • Assure that appropriate communication occurs with the healthcare provider, either directly or through the case manager.
  • Counsel clients regarding personal health practices (i.e., sterilization procedures and contraception) and make referrals as appropriate.
  • Provide follow-up on case plan, re-evaluate needs over time, and terminate cases as appropriate.
  • Perform other work as required or assigned including but not limited to a 24/7 response during public health emergency situations and disease outbreak investigations.
The ideal candidate has the following knowledge, skills, and abilities: 
  • Masters in Social Work.
  • Previous experience conducting in-depth interviews with clients, including hostile or resistant clients.
  • Previous experience assessing client’s social service needs and formulating a case plan with the client by identifying economic, social, cultural, physical and environmental factors with support of limited individual or family functioning.
  • Ability to work with other agencies to meet service goals or treatment plan objectives.
  • Ability to exercise mature and sound judgment in problem-solving and decision-making processes.
  • Ability to organize own workload in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Knowledge of principles of child development and child rearing methods, basic child care needs, functional and dysfunctional family dynamics, indicators of sexual and emotional abuse or neglect, family conflict and domestic violence, exploitation of vulnerable adults, risk assessment and decision-making models, interviewing techniques, medical terminology and services, substance abuse and terminology, job training and educational resources, community resources, contraception, and sterilization.

What we offer our employees:
  • Work-Life Balance: We are committed to ensuring that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individual’s lifestyle.
  • Plan for Your Future: As a member of our team, you enjoy great employee benefits, including a retirement plan, pre-tax savings accounts, as well as comprehensive health care and dental/vision care for you and your family. Please visit our website for more information. 
  • Paid Leave: Full-time regular employees earn a minimum of 12 paid vacation days per year in addition to 11 paid and 2 floating holidays. 
  • Robust Training Program: Employees are encouraged to attend County-paid training to help them further their career, learn new skill sets, and stay on top of emerging trends in our industry. We also encourage staff to participate in professional organizations and attend conferences.  
  • Flexible Work Schedules:  Options some employees may take advantage of include alternative or compressed schedules and/or remote working.
  • See under Benefitslater in this job description for detailed information about the many other benefits the County offers.

Why you’ll love it here:
Thurston County is located between Seattle and Portland in Western Washington’s South Puget Sound Region. Perched between the mountains and the ocean, the area boasts the perfect blend of year-round outdoor activities including boating, hiking, skiing, and more. The region is also home to the state capital city of Olympia, known for its many restaurants, microbreweries, coffee shops, farmers markets, kids’ activities, history, and art events. Discover more about life in Thurston County at . 


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, or related field and two (2) years of relevant experience. Any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work may be considered.
  • Depending upon the area of assignment, a specialized certification or accreditation may be required of the position.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with low-income clients, alternative lifestyles, and individuals facing crises related to pregnancy and/or parenting.
  • Washington State Driver’s License or have an appropriate accommodation. 

Desired Skills

Respect and Organizational Culture:

  • Create an environment where employees and partners can safely express needs or concerns and where employees can make and correct mistakes.
  • Effectively interact with sensitivity while working with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic, and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, and lifestyles.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, robust organization maintaining a positive work environment.
  • Serve the public in a timely, complete, accurate, and professional manner while ensuring that written and verbal communication is clearly understood by others.
  • Maintain cultural competency to support diverse perspectives in developing, implementing, and evaluating policies, programs, and services that affect the health of the community.
  • Strong oral communication for networking and interpersonal relationships.
  • Excellent written communication including the ability to craft correspondence, reports, and articles or web postings with minimal grammatical and syntax errors.
Goal Setting and Accomplishment:
  • Use strategic thinking and planning for goal setting and evaluation.
  • Effectively plan, organize, and manage competing priorities and challenges under pressure.
  • Create a sense of mission by articulating and modeling confidentiality, professional values, and ethics with honesty and integrity.
  • Operate with a high degree of flexibility, initiative, attention to detail, and commitment.
  • Delegate and use persuasion and negotiating skills for shared responsibility and acceptance of change.