Associate Director of Field Education

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

ID: 7068642
Posted: August 6, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Overview

The scope of this position is to assist in providing administrative management and support to the Field Education Office for BSW and MSW programs located on the Lawrence and Edwards campus. This position reports to the Director of Field Education. The position can be based on either the Lawrence or Edwards campus; or remotely at the Field Director and Dean’s discretion. Periods of frequent regional travel are required to meet with students, field instructors, and field liaisons at the different campus locations and to make agency visits.

Because of fluctuations in BSW and MSW student enrollments and other demands on the Field Education Office, flexibility in work assignments related to the placement of students and support of field education programming is necessary. While this position primarily involves responsibility for placement of social work students, it also includes significant liaison and instruction responsibility. The scope of the liaison and instructional role are contingent on curriculum developments and student enrollment. In some years, the projected percentages of work assignments may vary. Extensive communication with students, agency field instructors, agency personnel, field liaisons, faculty, and School of Social Welfare staff is an ongoing requirement of this position. Effective collaboration with all members of the Field Education staff is essential.

Job Description

50% - Manages all aspects of preparation, planning, and placement of approximately 250-300 students with field practicum agencies, most of which occurs within the practicum planning software Sonia. Provides information about field practicum requirements to prospective and enrolled students individually, in small groups, and at orientations. This responsibility includes replacement of students during the academic year when practicum disruptions occur and replacement is authorized. Periodic agency visits to recruit, maintain, and enhance agency participation in field education are also included.

20 % - Teaches and/or assists with the coordination of Field Seminar in the Fall and Spring semesters. May conduct field liaison visits for 15-20 students; and administers exams and assignments including grading of assignments and reporting of course grades to the Office of the University Registrar. Contributes to the Field Seminar course planning and organization: including syllabus preparation, textbook acquisition, and media/technology requests.

10% - Collaborates with information technology staff, the Communications Coordinator, the Field Education Office Manager and the Director of Field Education to develop and maintain online information and data management systems relevant to the functions of the Field Education Office. This includes regular updates and revisions of online information, templates, and documents related to field education.

10% - Provides consultation, supervision, and recommendations for reappointment of Field Liaisons (part-time instructors).

10% - Plans and implements orientation programs, workshops, and field education events necessary to the goals and functions of the Field Education Office. This includes recruitment of presenters, preparation of presentations, and notices or invitations for these events.

Required Qualifications

MSW degree from a CSWE accredited program.
Minimum of five years post-MSW, full-time social work experience.
Minimum of three years of experience providing field instruction to social work students (BSW and/or MSW levels).
Effective written and oral communication skills as evidenced by cover letter, résumé, and interview.
Current social work license or eligibility for social work licensure.
Experience that includes contributions and engagement in areas of equity and inclusion as evidenced by resume, supplemental applicant questions, and interview.
Proficient in relevant software (e.g. Word, Excel, Power Point).


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