Seattle Children's Hospital

Social Services Specialist - PBMU (0.6 FTE/Days & Evenings)

Job ID 2022-45347
Area of Interest
Social Work/Behavioral Health
Location Name
Hospital Main Campus
FTE/Hours per pay period
0.6 FTE (48 hours per bi-weekly pay periods)
Work Status
Psychiatric Unit
Day/Evening Shift
Primary Location : City
Primary Location : State/Province
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Social Service Specialist roles at SCH staff work in a variety of positions on the front lines of behavioral health care. Staff are cross trained and float primarily between supporting the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine unit (PBMU) and the Emergency Department (ED). The PBMU & ED serve patients who are in crisis and present with severe behaviors like self-harm, suicidal ideation and aggression. The PBMU & ED serve patients across a wide spectrum of diagnosis and are primarily up to the age of 17.

Shifts are split between each of the following roles;
• Navigator for patients - In the ED team members are the Navigator for patients and families who are in mental health crisis, providing behavioral support and crisis prevention planning.
• Admission Coordinator - Helping triage referrals to the PBMU and completing all necessary admissions tasks.
• Parent Support role - Helping facilitate discharge planning in coordination with PBMU Case Managers and Clinical team.
• Behavior Support Team - Lead aggression management situations throughout the hospital

Staff work 8-12 hour shifts depending on the assigned template and work every other weekend.




Required Education/Experience:
- Bachelors degree in a social science or a related field.
- Experience working with families with medically or behaviorally complex needs.

Required Credentials:
- Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration in Washington State within 6 months of employment.
- Registration as a Nursing Assistant in Washington State within 4 months of employment.
- Basic Life Support (BLS).
- Safety Care certification (internal training) required within 3 months of hire and annually thereafter.

- Experience working with children or adolescents in group settings
- Working knowledge of entitlement programs, including Medicaid, Medicare Social Security Disability, WA State DSHS benefits/programs, etc.

About Us

Hope. Care. Cure. These three simple words capture what we do at Seattle Children’s –- to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Are you ready to engage with a mission-driven organization that is life-changing to many, and touches the hearts of all? #HOPECARECURE


Our founding promise to the community is as valid today as it was over a century ago: we will care for all children in our region, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Together, we deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and serve as the pediatric and adolescent, academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country.


In 2022, U.S. News & World Report once again ranked Seattle Children’s among the nation’s best children’s hospitals – for the 30th year in a row. For more than a decade, Seattle Children’s has been nationally ranked in all 10 specialty areas evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. We are honored to be the top-ranked pediatric hospital in Washington and the Pacific Northwest.


As a Magnet designated institution, and classified among America’s best large employers by Forbes, we recognize the importance of hiring and developing great talent to provide best-in-class care to the patients and families we serve. Our organizational DNA takes form in our core values: Compassion, Excellence, Integrity, Collaboration, Equity and Innovation. Whether it’s delivering frontline care to our patients in a kind and caring manner, practicing the highest standards of quality and safety, or being relentlessly curious as we work towards eradicating childhood diseases, these values are the fabric of our culture and community. The future starts here.

Covid-19 Vaccination

In accordance with Washington state law, Seattle Children’s requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All offers are contingent and your vaccine status will be verified at onboarding.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Our community welcomes diverse experiences, backgrounds, and thoughts as this is what drives our spirit of inquiry and allows us to better connect with our increasingly diverse patients and families. Our organization recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


The people who work at Seattle Children’s are members of a community that seeks to respect and celebrate all the qualities that make each of us unique. Each of us is empowered to be ourselves within this community, which cultivates and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels.


Seattle Children’s is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Workplace and Affirmative Action Employer.


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