Department of Social Work - Assistant Director, Field Education

Location
Fairfax, VA
Salary
Commensurate with education and experience
Posted
Nov 03, 2021
Closes
Dec 10, 2021
Ref
FAC8498
Industry
Education
Hours
Full Time
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Social Work Assistant Director of Field Education

The George Mason University, Department of Social Work, invites applications for two full-time, 12-month, administrative faculty positions as Assistant Director of Field Education. The mission of Mason's Department of Social Work is to prepare future social workers to be effective leaders, scholars, and practitioners who have the necessary tools to promote human well-being by ensuring economic and social justice, as well as human rights for all. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Mason, a Carnegie Research I institution, is the largest, most diverse, and innovative public university in Virginia with more than 38,000 students from all 50 states and over 135 countries. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, Mason is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, offering easy access to the cultural, scientific, and political resources of the nation's capital. Mason has two other satellite campuses in Arlington and Manassas, Virginia.

About the Department:


The Department of Social Work has internationally recognized faculty for their expertise in areas of behavioral health, older adults, children and youth, and immigration, with a proud history of faculty-student-community research collaborations. The Department of Social Work offers BSW and MSW degree programs with an educational and research mission focusing on practice and policy interventions that improve health and well-being and promote economic and social justice, particularly for underserved individuals, families, and communities. It has just launched a highly-enrolled online MSW degree program, and is building a PhD degree. The Department comprises 20 faculty and serves approximately 200 BSW and 400 MSW students. The Department enjoys its location 15 miles from Washington, DC, which allows student internship opportunities at some of the country's most sought-after national, government, and community field sites. Further information about the Department may be found at: https://socialwork.gmu.edu/

Responsibilities:

Under the supervision and direction of the Director of Field Education, the Assistant Directors of Field Education will provide a variety of educational services for BSW, MSW on-campus, and MSW online students and will have operational and management responsibility of placing and managing social work field placements in community agencies for their field practicum. The Assistant Director of Field Education will recruit, assess, and work with community agencies that provide appropriate practicum opportunities as set forth by our accrediting body, the Council on Social Work Education. Major responsibilities include:
  • Assist the Director of Field Education in training and support of Field Liaisons, Field Instructors, and students;
  • Database management of student and agency information;
  • Conduct student interviews to make appropriate match to field practicum agency;
  • Recruitment and development of new agencies to host social work Field Education students;
  • Assist the Director of Field Education in the field seminar curriculum development;
  • Assist with student orientation, field faculty, and field instructor trainings;
  • Provide support to field faculty (Field Liaisons);
  • Teach one Field Education seminar per semester from BSW, MSW on-campus, and MSW online programs;
  • Adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics;
  • Participate in departmental activities through committees and may participate in a variety of other professional activities based upon the college and university's needs and the professional's unique skill set.


Required Qualifications:


  • MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program with a minimum of 5-7 years of full-time post-MSW direct social work experience;
  • Extensive experience in field education in academic settings;
  • Knowledge of CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards;
  • Solid administrative, leadership, management, and supervisory knowledge and skills;
  • Organizational, time management, and detail-oriented abilities;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills;
  • Ability to engage and work with diverse stakeholders in the department, college, university, and larger community;
  • Knowledge of computer applications including word processing, spreadsheet, and database capabilities;
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with a diverse student population;
  • A professional social work identity with accompanying values and ethics.


Preferred Qualifications:


Minimum of three years as field instructor in agency-based practice with previous experience in social work field education.
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For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/ ; complete and submit the online application and include: (1) a cover letter of interest; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a diversity statement [see prompt below]; and (4) a list of three professional references (at least one from current or recent supervisor) with full contact information.

Candidates who are invited for a second interview must arrange for the search committee to receive three professional letters of recommendation prior to their second interview. An offer of employment is contingent upon background verification.

Diversity Statement Prompt: Have you worked with any individuals in a teaching, mentorship or advisory capacity who are from marginalized groups? If so, how did you help them identify and overcome barriers to success? Think about your experience with research mentorship, teaching or tutoring, academic advising, and community mentorship (no more than 2 paragraphs).

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications submitted using jobs.gmu.edu will be reviewed. Please send email inquiries to Dr. Molly Davis and Prof. Kathy Cornejo, Search Committee Co-Chairs, Department of Social Work at mdavi7@gmu.edu and kcornej@gmu.edu .
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Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

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New hires starting after August 15, 2021, must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by their start date, be fully vaccinated within 45 days of their start date, and submit documentary proof unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption by their start date. For updated George Mason University COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please visit George Mason University Vaccination Requirements .
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