Director of Master of Social Work (MSW) Program

New York, United States
$55,000.00 - $65,000.00
Apr 07, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time




Daemen College seeks applications for its Master of Social Work (MSW) Program Director position. The MSW Program Director is responsible for setting program vision and policy as it pertains to accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Director is also responsible for developing curriculum content; allocating program resources; and advising, instructing, and assessing students in consultation with MSW faculty. Finally, the MSW Program Director serves as departmental liaison within the college and to health and human service organizations in the local community.


In addition to administrative responsibilities, the successful candidate will be responsible for teaching clinical content (Advanced Clinical Practice; Psychopathology) and/or graduate-level elective courses focusing on populations, topics, or intervention strategies. Courses will be taught hybrid and/or on-line as part of a 2:1 load.




The MSW Program Director will:

  • Design and implement a rigorous MSW Program in keeping with current Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards;
  • Develop and maintain MSW Program policies and procedures including creating and updating student handbooks;
  • Facilitate communication about MSW Program policies among students, faculty, and college administration;
  • Collaborate with Director of Field Education and BASW Program Director to ensure cohesive and pedagogically strong field education learning experiences for MSW students;
  • Ensure the availability of responsive academic advising services for MSW students;
  • Implement MSW Program's admissions and student grievance processes;
  • Develop and monitor Student Improvement Plans and/or make determinations regarding continuance of field placement (with Director of Field Education) and/or MSW Program participation;
  • Coordinate MSW student assessment process with support from MSW Program and Field Education faculty/staff;
  • Monitor and evaluate quality of MSW Program and preparing reports documenting its effectiveness;
  • Work in partnership with MSW faculty to utilize evaluation information and develop or revise curriculum and/or training opportunities.
  • Lead MSW Program CSWE re-accreditation activities, including facilitation of the completion of the self-study and associated materials;
  • Ensure MSW Program is compliant with Daemen College educational requirements as determined by the Educational Policy Committee;
  • Supervise revision of the MSW catalog and other university publications for purposes of marketing, communication, and outreach;
  • Act as MSW Program's spokesperson within the college and community;
  • Support activities of the Social Work Community Advisory Board in association with the Director of Field Education, BASW Program Director, and Board President; and
  • Represent the MSW Program at professional social work meetings (i.e., CSWE, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and Social Work Distance Education Conference).


The MSW Program Director collaborates with the Department Chair, Director of Field Education, BASW Program Director, and department faculty to:

  • Convey program goals and objectives within the department and to the administration;
  • Provide high quality instruction to MSW Program students;
  • Coordinate departmental meetings and decision-making processes;
  • Recruit, hire, orient, and evaluate MSW faculty;
  • Ensure a well-prepared and effective MSW faculty;
  • Enhance MSW faculty morale with meaningful teambuilding and conflict resolution activities;
  • Evaluate the performance of MSW faculty and other department staff, as needed;
  • Manage space, equipment, and facility needs for Social Work and Sociology Department;
  • Overseeing the acquisition of library resources for the Social Work and Sociology Department;
  • Develop and maintain Social Work and Sociology Department budget;
  • Complete reports related to Social Work and Sociology Department organization, functioning, and evaluation;
  • Establish a long-term vision and strategic plan for Social Work and Sociology Department to ensure access to necessary resources for continued development; and
  • Identify potential partnership opportunities for Social Work and Sociology Department.



  • Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited college or university AND a Doctoral Degree in Social Work or related disciplines required. ABD candidates will be considered if they can provide evidence to demonstrate they are on the path to timely degree completion.
  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New York or other jurisdiction
  • Minimum: Five years post-MSW experience
  • Minimum: Three to five years' experience with supervisory and/or administrative roles or functions



  • Demonstrated ability to work with students, faculty, staff, and administration
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse populations
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Experience with student assessment and/or program evaluation
  • Experience with CSWE accreditation processes
  • Comfort with use of technology especially as it relates to communications (e.g., website, use of social media platforms, web conferencing)


Qualified applicants should attach a cover letter describing their interest and qualifications for the position; a current curriculum vitae or resume; names and contact information for three (3) references; and all graduate transcripts to Incomplete applications or applications submitted via other methods not considered.

Please contact Social Work and Sociology Chair, Dr. Diane Bessel, at for more information. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

This is a full-time position. Benefits are available the first of the month following the full-time employee's date of hire and include health, dental, vision insurance, and fully paid life insurance. In addition, we offer fully paid long term disability insurance after 3 months of employment. Eligibility for the 403b retirement plan is available to full-time employees upon hire and an 8%employer match after one year of service. Tuition waiver benefits are also available for full-time employees and their qualified dependents.

Daemen College is an AA/EOE and strongly encourages applications from women, veterans, people of color, individuals with disabilities and candidates who will contribute to and support the cultural fluency and diversity of our campus. Apply directly at

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