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Social Worker, Department of Comprehensive Care
Tufts University

Date Posted Feb. 8, 2023
Title Social Worker, Department of Comprehensive Care
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Department Tufts School of Dental Medicine
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Social Work

The Department of Comprehensive Care’s mission is to educate dental students with the best available evidence and technology to achieve and maintain optimal patient oral health, comfort, function, and esthetics through risk-based diagnosis, prevention, tooth-preserving management of caries and non-carious diseases, and disorders of the oral cavity, considering the patient's overall health in an integrated health environment.

Position Overview

This position is for a full time Assistant/Associate Faculty. The purpose of the Clinical Social Worker grant-funded position is to serve as full-time (4 day/week) clinical faculty/assistant professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care and member of the interprofessional team in the Medically Complex Patient (MCP) Dental Clinic, which serves dental patients with severe, medically complex conditions. The Social Worker will participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of the Social Work - Dentist Model, an innovative, integrated care approach to dental treatment in the TUSDM MCP Clinic.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate the addition of social work services clinical care the MCP Clinic to address barriers and complexities of oral health care for vulnerable and underserved populations, including, but not limited to, special and behavioral health needs, and complex psychosocial issues.
  • Educate predoctoral dental students and faculty to assess and include social determinants of health in clinical care and practice.
  • Work within existing dental school clinical structure/operations to develop ways for dental students and faculty to seek community-based social work services.
  • Collaborate with Simmons University School of Social Work and its Field Education Program to establish TUSDM as a future field placement site for social work students; provide direct supervision and coordination of Simmons University School of Social Work students who provide social work services to dental patients.
  • Participate in project team meetings and activities, including curriculum development for predoctoral dental education.
  • Collaborate with project team members on dissemination activities including presentations at relevant dental and social work conferences and manuscript submissions for publication in peer-reviewed journals.


 **Candidates must meet basic requirements to be considered for this position**

  • Master’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education accredited school of social work, required. 
  • Current Licensure as Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) to practice in Massachusetts required.
  • Minimum 3 years post-MSW direct practice experience, required.
  • Evidence of behavioral assessment and treatment planning in pervious roles.
  • Clinical teaching or precepting experience, required.
  • Demonstrates knowledge, skills and attitudes for effective collaborative practice, interprofessional communication, and team-based care.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in social work or a related field, preferred
  • Experience as a clinical or didactic, graduate-level educator

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae, a cover letter with a statement of academic goals and describing their interest in and goals for the position and contact information (incl. E-mail addresses) for three references. Applications are requested to be submitted electronically. Questions regarding the search process or assistance with uploading applications may be directed to Nicole Pires. and Thomas Bernhard.

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  • Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University has also committed to becoming an anti-racist institution and prides itself on the continuous improvement of diversity, equity and inclusion work. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. See the University’s Non-Discrimination statement and policy here If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617-627-3298 or at Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at

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