MD Anderson Cancer Center Secretary-Social Work 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.


The primary purpose of the Secretary position is to perform typical secretarial duties for the Department of Social Work to include daily coverage of the reception desk, greeting patients in a professional manner, assessing needs, referring to appropriate staff, and maintaining reception areas.

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

· 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

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

Key Functions

  1. Provides primary coverage of the reception desk in The Department of Social Work to include greeting patients and answering telephones in a professional manner.

  2. Obtain and verify patient information utilizing OneConnect to triage referrals, suicide pages, and code blue pages to the appropriate social work counselor to ensure patient needs are met.

  3. Maintains reception areas including, but not limited to, updating all brochure racks, pamphlet holders, and disinfecting waiting areas.

  4. Utilize OneConnect to distribute cash vouchers and housing contracts.

  5. Other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies

· 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.

· TC – Practice-Based Learning

o Employee participates in on-gong learning and demonstrates application of it in his/her role.

· 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.

Working Conditions

This position requires:

Working in Office Environment

__ No


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

X No

__ 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

Exposure to animals

X No

__ Yes

Physical Demands

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

Time Spent


















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



Required: High school graduate or equivalent. Specialized training in secretarial skills (such as word processing).


Required: One year related clerical experience. Must pass pre-employment skills a test as required and administered by Human Resources.

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) 27,200

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 34,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 40,800