Department: College of Health and Human Services (CHHS)
Director of Field Education
The Department of Social Work invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, administrative faculty position as 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. The Director of Field Education is part of the departmental leadership team and works collaboratively with the Department Chair, BSW Program Director, MSW Program Director, and MSW Online Coordinator.
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.
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 17 faculty and serves approximately 200 BSW and 250 MSW students. The Department enjoys its location 15 miles from Washington, DC, which allows students 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/
The Director of Field Education provides leadership to the Field Education Office and is responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all components of field education for all options of the BSW and MSW programs. Major responsibilities include:
Oversee the Field Education Office and all personnel working in the field education program;
Recruit, manage, and support all field placements, field instructors, and field liaisons;
Design and deliver orientation and training to students, field instructors, and field liaisons;
Maintain partnership agreements with field agencies and associated documentation;
Management and oversight of the operation of the field education placement software (Sonia);
Create and staff the Field Advisory Committee;
Develop collaborative relationships with community stakeholders and practicum sites;
Facilitate integration of field education with other components of the BSW and MSW curricula;
Collaborate with faculty on selection and assessment of field agency selection and placements;
Plan, schedule, and staff field education seminar courses;
Work with the leadership team to initiate, plan, and execute field faculty training, support, and evaluation;
Work with the leadership team to maintain accreditation standards and assessment;
Make field education policies available to BSW and MSW students through a current Field Education Student Handbook;
Maintain curricular documents related to the Field Education program (catalog, manual, handbook, website, brochures);
Initiate, plan, and implement programming for students to enhance the learning environment and provide opportunities for feedback;
Maintain current membership in and participate in CSWE;
Assist with student recruitment as needed;
Participate in faculty meetings, university governance, professional, and public service;
Serve on departmental and college committees.
MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program with a minimum of five years post-MSW experience;
Demonstrated 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;
Evidence of effective academic-community collaboration;
A professional social work identity with accompanying values and ethics.
Doctoral degree in social work or related field;
Experience with non-traditional adult learning and online teaching;
Successful experience in a comparable position at another academic institution;
Experience as a program director at a CSWE-accredited institution and knowledge of the accreditation process.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants must apply for position number FA12DZ at https://jobs.gmu.edu/ using the online submission system: https://jobs.gmu.edu/postings/search. Applications must include: (1) a cover letter summarizing field education and leadership/management experience; (2) a leadership philosophy that includes the candidate's vision of diversity and inclusion (maximum 2 pages); (3) a complete curriculum vitae; and 4) contact information for three professional letters of reference (include title, affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number). If selected for a campus interview, candidates will submit three written letters of reference. Letters of reference will be obtained by the candidate and submitted to the search committee on the first day of the on-campus interview.
Review of applications will begin on December 14, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications submitted using jobs.gmu.edu will be reviewed. Please send email inquiries to Dr. Vicki Kirsch, Search Committee Chair, Department of Social Work at email@example.com.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 47279
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