Faculty Field Instructor

Faculty Field Instructor

The University of Maryland School of Social Work (UM SSW) is accepting applications for two Faculty Field Instructors. This non-tenure track faculty position is responsible for field instruction for graduate students placed within the Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) and Family Connections Baltimore.

Celebrating over 20 years of innovative social work practice in the Baltimore area, the Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS) was launched within the UM SSW in 1992. SWCOS' mission is to advance social justice through mutually transformative community-university partnerships. A vision where all communities will be equitable and promote well-being, self-determination, individual and collective power. SWCOS provides graduate level social work students with hands-on experience with critical social issues in an encouraging and creative atmosphere that prepares them to be leaders.

Family Connections (FC), a SWCOS initiative, is a community mental health program, engaging in a variety of service interventions, research activities, and teaching and learning collaboratives, including initiatives that inform policy development related to the negative effects of disinvestment and structural segregation in Baltimore City. The design of the program emphasizes the need to partner and collaborate with families. This includes meeting them in their homes and community settings with a focus on engagement and re-engagement throughout the work. Intervention strategies include individual, family, and group modalities that enhance family cohesion and strengthen relationships with particular focus on the families' capacities to provide safety and well-being for every member.

• Become familiar with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) competencies and consistently use the appropriate Field Education curriculum to develop clear expectations of student performance.
• Provides weekly 1:1 educational supervision of at least one hour per assigned student.
• Develop learning opportunities for each student, using each identified social work competency in relation to the curriculum, and make specific assignments in consultation, as needed, with the Faculty Liaison.
• Provides timely review and approval of all student materials. For instance, the student will prepare assessment materials for review by the Field Instructor (i.e., process recordings, case presentations, client documentation and projects, monthly reports and work hours submitted by the student).
• Provides clear constructive feedback to the students on an ongoing basis about their performance using assessment tools, such as process recordings, minutes of meetings, and other assessments specified in a Learning Agreement.
• Follow school guidelines in recommending grades by assessing performance relative to the CSWE competencies and practice behaviors as outlined in the syllabus and Learning Agreement.
• Provide direct clinical interventions for West Baltimore families enrolled in FC. This includes adherence to the principles and interventions prescribed by the model and those that pertain to Trauma Adapted Families Connections (TA-FC).
• Participate in the planning and implementation of intern education activities that will include collaboration with the Title IVE Public Education for Child Welfare Program and the functions related to TA-FC.
• Participate in the development of clinical programs and intervention strategies that include staff development and inclusion of evidence supported models.
• Participate in activities related to a family-oriented trauma practice to include: conducting trainings in implementation of the models; conducting seminars for child welfare workers and interns regarding trauma informed practice, conducting trauma informed family practice seminars for SWCOS students.
• Participate in SWCOS program activities including those based on program principles, development of the strategic plan, and regular organization meetings.
• Conduct other duties, as are appropriate and assigned.

The UM SSW is committed to a racially and culturally diverse faculty and student body. The School provides an intellectually exciting, collegial, and supportive faculty environment that fosters interdisciplinary research and interprofessional teaching. The search will remain open until filled. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Position is anticipated to start during Fall 2020.

Qualifications :

Required Qualifications:
• Three years post-Masters Degree in Social Work
• Minimum licensure for Maryland – LGSW
• In-depth knowledge and experience in trauma responsive children and family service programs

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
• Experience and demonstrated skill provision of family-focused, trauma responsive services in urban environments exposed to racial injustice and related program development, implementation and evaluation
• Ability to participate in training social workers and students using an equity, inclusion and anti-racist lens
• Ability to embrace and actively promote an inclusive and equitable work environment for students
• Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-oppression concepts and issues, especially as they apply to supervision, program development, implementation and evaluation
• Ability to demonstrate ethical decision making by applying the standards of the National Association of Social Work's Code of Ethics
• Ability to apply critical thinking to assess how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and/or access to social services
• Knowledge of advancing human rights and social, economic and environmental justice
• Knowledge and experience about community network development and maintenance
• Knowledge and experience in clinical services for children exposed to maltreatment, individuals with substance use disorders, and children with behavior and learning difficulties
• Knowledge and experience in social work graduate education and field instruction

Amount of Travel and any other Special Conditions or Requirements:
Local travel required working with families and collaborating partners in the local community.

The School of Social Work actively seeks to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion and are dedicated to building a culturally diverse faculty and staff. We encourage applications from women, minority groups, veterans and people with disabilities.

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