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Director of Field Education

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work is seeking an established social work field educator to join our faculty and administrative team. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, the Director of Field Education serves on the Dean’s Cabinet and holds responsibility for overseeing field education for the B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs.

The Director of Field Education oversees curriculum and policies for M.S.W. and B.S.W. education and directs operations for field education for On-Campus programs, to include agency recruitment and selection, field instructor, liaison, and student orientation and training, student placement and assignment, monitoring of progress, addressing problems, and student evaluations. The Director hires, supervises, and leads a team of field coordinators and liaisons for the On-Campus programs and collaborates with the Online Program Coordinator and Online Field Coordinator to ensure consistent delivery of field education across program formats.

The Director represents the interests of field education in curriculum committees and other administrative bodies within and outside the School of Social Work, and works as a collaborative partner with B.S.W. and M.S.W. program directors and faculty in efforts to continuously innovate and improve the social work education curriculum, support student learning, and assure compliance with CSWE, School, and University policy and standards. This position also requires proactive and continuous interface with community partners to enhance the School’s connection with the local practice community and gather input on field education initiatives.

Additionally, the Director of Field Education will collaborate with other administrative leaders to cultivate a climate of inclusion among students, proactively communicating and addressing concerns, problems, and issues.

The Director position is a faculty position, and while primarily administrative, will entail teaching responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
Qualifications for the position include an MSW from a CSWE-accredited social work program and a minimum of 5 years of post-masters professional social work experience; and experience as a field supervisor and/or field liaison. It is also important that candidates possess knowledge of CSWE accreditation and curriculum standards as well as best practices in field education; experience teaching social work education courses; ability to make effective decisions in complex, time-sensitive situations; capacity to be personable, collaborative, and a strong written and oral communicator; demonstrated ability to develop and foster connections with community partners, particularly in the Richmond, Virginia area; commitment to academic excellence and integrity; commitment to the values, ethics, and mission of the social work profession; passion for field education and working directly with students; and demonstrated commitment to advancing racial, social, and economic justice. We are seeking a colleague with strong leadership skills integrated with the ability to work collaboratively, and they must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or a commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU. Preferred qualifications include experience in innovative field education models such as online delivery and international field placements; and prior experience with social work accreditation either at another institution or through CSWE.
$70,000 - $88,000
Full-time employees at VCU have available a variety of benefits options that include group health, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement plans, flexible reimbursement accounts, a 403(b) tax-deferred annuity and 457 deferred compensation plans.
How to apply:
For full job listing and to apply, please visit VCU ejobs: http://www.vcujobs.com/postings/99548 where you may upload CV, cover letter, and diversity statement. Questions and inquiries may be directed to Dr. Ananda Newmark, anewmark@vcu.edu, B.S.W. Program Director and Associate Professor in Teaching.
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Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work