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Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Field Education

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IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system, References refers to a list of three professional references and their contact information. Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire. This posting will close at midnight MST on the deadline date.

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number A00952
Position Title Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Field Education
Position Number E 649
Salary for Announcement

The beginning of the salary range is $67,473.00. The final salary will be commensurate with experience and education.

Employee Category Administrators
Department SWK - Social Work
EClass Code Full Time Administrators
Position Summary

The Director of Field Education is an experienced leader, mentor, and administrator that influences the practice of social work throughout our state through the continuing development of the Department’s field education program. The Director assumes leadership in the School and in the community to advance field education as the “signature pedagogy” of social work education. This position provides administrative and curriculum leadership in field education across the Graduate and Undergraduate Field Programs. The Director of Field Education leads the field program in maintaining a shared vision that stresses excellence and adheres to best practices in field education, ensuring a cohesive and coordinated field program, and a field curriculum that is reflective of the Department’s educational mission and goals. The successful candidate must have the ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of a diverse urban population. The Director represents the Office of Field Education through membership on the Departmental Management Team and other necessary committees/meetings.

The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.


Staff and Resource Management 30%:

This position manages resources and personnel within field education. The Director of Field Education supervises the Assistant Director of Field Education, Clinical Field Faculty, Field Coordinator, Field Specialist, and other field staff, and provides direction, clarity, and training to staff. This position is responsible for leading the development plan for expanding the field program as the department serves more students, including students in diverse geographic areas. The Director develops a strategic plan for the Field Office to include supporting the expansion of academic offerings online. This position will track data related to growth, students and community partners served, and project resources needed to support development. The Director works with the management team in the Department of Social Work to advocate for the needs of the Field Office and prepares and submits budget proposals for field programs and initiatives.

External Affairs 30%:

This position serves to enhance the reputation and visibility of the Department of Social Work at local, regional and national level. The Office of Field Education maintains partnerships with over 400 community agencies. The Director develops, maintains, and solidifies relationships with key community stakeholders to produce mutually beneficial partnerships, and increase community investment in and commitment to the Department and University. This position leads the field office in fostering and maintaining partnerships between the University and practice community and securing placement opportunities for both programs. The Director develops relationships with education and professional organizations, maintaining a strong professional presence for the Department and University. This position is responsible for collaborating with other educational institutions and governmental organizations to ensure Department standards are congruent with professional licensing protocols as they relate to field education. The Director collaborates with other schools and departments of social work, along with professional groups and consortiums to maintain regional and national field education standards and policies. The Director develops and leads a Field Advisory Board comprised of key stakeholders to enhance program success and that the field education program is meeting the workforce development needs of Colorado. The Director will collaborate with extended campus to develop and manage revenue generating continuing and professional education workshops for the community to promote civic engagement and reciprocal partnerships.

Field Administration and Leadership 40%:

The Director of Field Education provides administrative and curriculum leadership in field education in the following areas:

Internal Operations and Data Management: Lead the development of all field program policies and procedures at both the graduate and undergraduate level and assures appropriate educational processes are implemented to support student success in the field placement and support student growth as a professional social worker. Designs, leads, and manages data collections efforts and outcome measures that contribute to strategic decision making. Oversees the development and implementation of new technology systems to ensure systems and processes are efficient and accomplish program goals and needs. Communicates targets related to field agency recruitment, student placements, ongoing trainings, orientations, and oversees coordination of reaching those goals. Leads the design, development, and implementation of a field assessment plan, including observation of student competencies, field education evaluations, and other best practice assessment tools; continuously researching the literature to ensure best practices are applied in all aspects of field education. The Director leads the review of curriculum, ensuring that field is an integral and connected part of the curriculum. Oversees and approves all communications that contribute to the public image of the Office of Field Education. Oversees the recruitment and training of qualified field instructors, faculty liaison, and task supervisors and directs the ongoing support of community partners.

Consultation and Student Support: Provides consultation and mediation to the field faculty and staff in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in resolving student performance issues, agency challenges, and to facilitate communication between students, field instructors, and faculty liaisons and academic faculty. The Director develops and recommends policy and courses of action regarding the most sensitive and complex student needs in relation to field education; serving as a voting faculty member in the final stages of the problem resolution process. This position makes recommendations concerning the matriculation status of students in field education.

Leadership and Management: The Director interprets and makes recommendations on university and departmental policies and procedures as they relate to field education. This position serves on the management team (Chair and Directors Leadership Team) and works in conjunction with the Chair, MSW Program Director, BSSW Program Director and Director of Student Services to ensure that the field program is integrated and moving the department in a common direction. The Director ensures compliance with Council on Social Work Accreditation Standards and University accreditation standards and that policies reflect these standards throughout the field program. Collaborates with faculty to support and manage the integration of field education with new grants and program initiatives.

Required Qualifications

• Master’s Degree in Social Work and five years of relevant post-graduate professional practice experience.

• Experience with and sensitivity to the needs of a diverse urban population.

• Program administration experience.

• Experience building collaborative community partnerships.

• Supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

• 8+ years of professional post-graduate Social Work Experience
• 5+ years of prior relevant program development and program administration experience in social work or educational settings.
• 3+ years of experience supervising professional level staff.
• 2+ years of student internship supervision (Field Instructor, Field Liaison, etc.)
• 2+ years of experience working with accrediting institutions and implementing accreditation standards into programs.
• 2+ years of demonstrated experience or training in mediation or conflict resolution.
• Demonstrated understanding of data and assessment for program evaluation.

Posting date 01/23/2018
Closing date 02/23/2018
Closing Instructions Close on Closing Date
Special Instructions to Applicants

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system,

References refers to a list of three professional references and their contact information.

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

This posting will close at midnight MST on the deadline date.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. References
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Master’s Degree in Social Work and five years of relevant post-graduate professional practice experience?
    • Yes.
    • No.
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