Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 14, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Clinical Associate Professor

Director, Child Welfare Education Program

Job# 16724



The School of Social Work in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure-track faculty position with benefits at the rank of Clinical Associate Professor (CAP) on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus to begin July 1,2021. Subject to performance and the availability of grant funding, the position is renewable annually.

The Child Welfare Education Program (CWEP) is a collaborative effort between Arizona State University School of Social Work and the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS).  The program is funded by the Child Welfare Field Education and Student Support Project, a federal Title IV-E training grant. The mission of the program is to prepare social work students to empower families and promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of the children involved in Arizona's public child welfare system. The program serves approximately 100 students each year, including both on-ground and online students. CWEP also operates three field units embedded within DCS where full-time students are trained.


The Clinical Associate Professor is responsible for advancing the partnership between the School of Social Work and the Department of Child Safety to prepare social workers for practice in the public child welfare system. The Clinical Associate Professor will provide leadership in all strategic and operational aspects of the CWEP including: strategic planning, continuous quality improvement, curriculum development, staff development, personnel management, day-to-day operations, compliance, evaluation, budgeting, recruitment and marketing, and the student application and selection process. The Clinical Associate Professor also plays an important oversight role of the child welfare education units operated by ASU within DCS, ensuring staff comply with metrics, policies, and standards with respect to practice and supervision and that students are receiving adequate field training aligned with curricular objectives. As CWEP is a federally-funded partnership, the Clinical Associate Professor will ensure the program complies with all Title IV-E requirements. The Clinical Associate Professor will teach in the child welfare courses, oversee the Child Welfare Specialization, and work with other faculty colleagues to continuously improve the curriculum and align child welfare course content with CWEP’s field learning objectives.


Essential duties

  • Provide leadership and direction of the CWEP, including leading strategic planning efforts and continuous quality improvement efforts in partnership with the Department of Child Safety.
  • Directly supervise and monitor the performance of the administrative and professional social work staff of the program.
  • Plan and facilitate routine planning meetings with staff and partners.
  • Create and facilitate staff development workshops and trainings.
  • Oversee compliance with Title IV-E requirements and the DCS public cost allocation plan, including overseeing an annual budget, documenting program expenditures in Title IV-E claiming workbooks, maintaining the School’s curriculum statistic, and submitting timely invoices.
  • Write an annual report and submit periodic updates on student census.
  • Ensure the maintenance of a program database, website, online application, and marketing materials.
  • Monitor the metrics of the field units and ensure DCS policies, standards of practice and procedures are followed.
  • Facilitate student trainings and consultation groups with students and staff on applying theory, practice skills and decision-making based on DCS practice models.
  • Develop and manage the longitudinal evaluation of the program, including maintaining IRB approval, recruiting participants, cleaning and coding data, analyzing data, and writing reports.
  • Liaise with the School of Social Work admissions, advising and field education team to support CWEP students
  • Provide leadership for child welfare course development and manage child welfare plans of study.
  • Participate in School of Social Work relevant committees.


Required Qualifications


  • An earned master’s degree in social work from a CSWE accredited institution
  • Six years of leadership/administrative experience in a public child welfare setting or program
  • Demonstrable practice experience with racially, ethnically, economically diverse families and children
  • Three or more years of social work teaching experience
  • Teaching experience with graduate and/or undergraduate education
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion


Desired Qualifications   


  • An earned PhD or DSW from an accredited institution
  • Two or more years of practice experience of case management or investigations in public child welfare
  • Knowledge of the field of public child welfare
  • Demonstrated experience managing or directing a student training program
  • Demonstrated experience developing course syllabi, objectives, assignments, and course content
  • Knowledge of digital learning management systems
  • Knowledge of Title IV-E program and financial requirements, including cost claiming
  • Knowledge of budgeting and accounting
  • Knowledge of the AZ DCS system, policies, and standards of practice including knowledge of the SAFE AZ Model and ability to apply it to decision-making on cases
  • Knowledge of social work ethics, values, theories, perspectives, and practice interventions and ability to apply those to child welfare social work
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Qualtrics, SPSS, Access, Excel, and Word
  • Demonstrated research skills in qualitative and quantitative methods and analysis
  • Demonstrated success in leading, coaching, and inspiring


Application Procedure:

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Candidates will be asked to submit the following through their Interfolio Dossier: Complete applications must contain the following items:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A statement no more than 3-pages which includes the following:
  • Your interest in this position and professional experiences relative to the required and desired qualifications.
  • A paragraph summarizing your experience and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Information for three professional references (name, organization, position, title, e-mail address, phone number). At least one reference needs to be a current and/or past supervisor.


The initial application deadline is May 29, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Arizona time. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

For questions or additional information contact: James Herbert Williams, PhD, Director, School of Social Work, Arizona State University,  



About SSW

The School of Social Work is a community of scholars, teachers, and practitioners who research and work with diverse populations across the life cycle. The School’s curriculum, research, and community partnerships emphasize social and economic justice, along with an understanding of and respect for social, political, and cultural diversity. SSW provides a collegial and supportive environment that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration. The faculty at SSW engages in major collaborative projects locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, the Phoenix metropolitan area, State of Arizona, and the Southwest Region affords excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary research and training addressing a variety of populations.



About ASU

Arizona State University is committed to building a model for an American research university that measures impact by the success of its students, and faculty committed to the public good with solution-focused research that expands interdisciplinary thinking, and a university that accepts major responsibility for health, economic, and social development of its community.


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A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


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