Salem State University

  • Director of Field Education

    Job Post Information* : Posted Date 3 weeks ago(10/26/2018 3:51 PM)
    State Title
    Job Category
    Posting End Date
    Department : Name
    School of Social Work
    Pay Basis
    Enter the Compensation Range for Applicants to View (Required for Administrator & Classified Positions)
  • General Statement of Duties

    The director of field education will provide vision and leadership to the field education department; overseeing all aspects of the BSW program and MSW field education operations.  This forward-thinking leader will engage the department in a process of continuous improvement, in collaboration with the associate dean, department chair, program coordinators and others within and beyond the university, as required. The director of field education reports to the associate dean (chief administrative officer) in the School of Social Work.


    Salem State University, located just 15 miles north of Boston, is one of the largest state universities in Massachusetts and it is an important partner in the economic, cultural and intellectual vitality of the north-of-Boston region. Situated in the historic and beautiful seacoast town of Salem, Massachusetts, The School of Social Work offers both an MSW and BSW education to approximately 700 students.


    Salem State is a teaching university, committed to our students' learning and growth, many who are the first in their family to go to college. The ideal candidate will work as a collaborative staff member committed to academic excellence, innovation and student success.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. (E) Oversee the development, implementation, and monitoring of field education placements
    2. (E) Provide guidance for the field education department to work efficiently with available financial resources, provide quality field education placements that ensure the alignment of field education agencies with the school’s learning expectations and requirements
    3. (E) Work with the field education team to assess field internships and field instructors
    4. (E) Oversee the educational opportunities to support field instructors and field liaisons
    5. (E) Bring research and evidenced based findings to support student success in field education, through use of data and best practices, including conducting surveys and keeping current with the issues of importance to our agencies and students
    6. (E) Ensure compliance to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the Commission on Accreditation (COA) policies, procedures and standards for field education
    7. (E) Supervise the field education administrative staff assistant
    8. (E) Explore opportunities for field education staff to engage in scholarship in the area of field education
    9. (E) Determine structures for the meetings with the field education staff, the field liaisons and field instructors
    10. (E) Provide periodic reports to the associate dean and department chair regarding process and progress in operations in the field education
    11. (E) Provide feedback from field education staff to faculty, keeping them aware of current and critical trends and issues in the field
    12. (E) Annually update field guides and professional standards to be current with school and professional requirements
    13. (E) Oversee scheduling issues that impact the field, such as field education seminars in the BSW and MSW programs
    14. Advance the diversity and inclusion of agency-based field instructors, liaisons, and field staff  in accordance with the university’s Institutional Diversity Statement
    15. Collaborate with the field education team to engage their strengths in order to support the department
    16. Serve as a member of the associate dean’s administrative team to represent the field and address procedure and policy issues impacting field that arise
    17. Participate, as required, in the problem-solving process for students with issues in field and students who need academic reviews and written academic plans with consideration to risk management issues
    18. Work collaboratively with the director of MSW admissions and, if needed, admissions in the undergraduate program
    19. Attend the associate dean/field advisory board meetings bi-annually to bring together community agencies to provide input for academic and field challenges and opportunities
    20. Represent the School of Social Work at the New England Consortium of Field Directors (NECON), Council of Social Work Education, and other meetings important to the national and regional visibility of our school and the field education department
    21. Oversee planning of the Field Education Breakfast, held annually in the spring to recognize field instructors in our agencies
    22. Demonstrate a broad awareness of, and willingness to embrace needs of students who are diverse 
    23. Arrange for “onboarding” of field staff
    24. Oversee the development of field orientations for BSW and MSW students
    25. Other field education duties as assigned by the associate dean


    Required Qualifications:

    1. An MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program
    2. Experience in field education as a team member, field instructor, or supervisor of students
    3. Previous management experience and evidence of problem solving skills
    4. Experience using quantitative data and research skills to inform evidenced-based practices in field education
    5. Experience using technology to enhance efficiency and results

    Preferred Qualifications:

    1. A doctoral degree (PhD, DSW or other)
    2. Experience in public education
    3. Demonstrated results in increasing organizational diversity
    4. Strong professional network in the field of social work
    5. Previous experience as a faculty or staff member in a school of social work
    6. Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, chair, program coordinators, and others in order to address matters related to field education
    7. Strong organizational skills and the ability to think structurally and creatively about department organization
    8. Ability to work effectively under pressure
    9. Skilled in facilitating communication among and between the field staff, school and external partners
    10. Strong verbal and written skills
    11. An ability to lead and inspire creativity in others

    Working Conditions:

    Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.


    Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5-10 pounds.


    Occasional evening and weekend hours, and some in-state travel required.


    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Please apply online and attach resume and cover letter.


    Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university. Internal candidates are not subject to background check.  


    EEO Statement:
    Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.


    Please Note: If there is no application deadline associated with a position, it may come down at any time. Once a posting is removed, additional applications will not be accepted.


    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed