Position Purpose: The Field Affiliation Coordinator supports learning by coordinating affiliation agreements between the School of Social work and field sites. The Field Affiliation Coordinator advises social work students in preparation for their field placements, managing field file materials and facilitating connection between the student and the field site through the coordination of any pre-requisite processes.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Provides advising to social work students specifically related to field instruction.
Approves proposed field placements as students submit field application forms reflecting secured placements.
Coordinates affiliation agreements between the School of Social work and field sites.
Manages field instruction files for students, including required field paperwork (field application, learning agreement, evaluations, liability insurance).
Evaluates the progress of the student within the learning environment, specifically if the student has been trained in social work skill/tasks, if student has opportunity to practice skill and if student is receiving feedback and supervision from the MSW supervisor at the internship. Evaluation data is gathered from field student, field instructor and field site.
Assigns students to the field site for monitoring during the field placement.
Manages problem solving for students and field placements when barriers to student learning are presented by field liaison.
Communicates with new and potential field placements and field instructors in effort to broaden student learning opportunities in the field.
Submits grades for field students to the registrar once requirements are completed.
Obtains knowledge of the BSW and MSW programs operating at all the Aurora University campuses and communicate mission and learning/teaching objectives to students and field instructors.
Participates in recruitment events for undergraduate and graduate programs.
Essential Job Requirements:
Master's Degree in Social Work required
Experience and/or interest in online education is preferred, but not required.
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Generalist social work skills/knowledge
Excellent conflict resolution or mediation skills
Valid driver's license is required
Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time
Ability to move about campus and other locations
Ability to use computer, telephone, email or office equipment
Ability to drive a vehicle to various field placement locations
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.