MSW Director, School of Social Work

University of Montana
Montana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 30, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Professional Fields, Social Work & Human Services, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Sociology, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Curriculum & Instructional Development
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Montana School of Social Work invites applications for one (1) full-time MSW Program Director to begin in Fall 2022. This is a non-tenure track 12-month appointment. The successful candidate will serve a significant leadership role in the School of Social Work by overseeing both MSW program modalities (in person and online).

This appointment is 1.0 FTE with the majority of time dedicated to administration and a smaller percentage assigned to instruction. In addition to administrative leadership of the MSW Programs and instruction, the successful candidate will engage in teaching, profession-related community engagement, and service to the School, University, and profession. The successful candidate is projected to begin in this position by September 26, 2022.

The School of Social Work houses an innovative Master of Social Work program grounded in an advanced integrated practice model. This approach is premised on the inseparability of individual struggles and social issues such as poverty, discrimination, oppression, and social injustice. In addition to an in-person MSW program, an online MSW program option was launched Fall 2021. The goal of the online program is to increase access to education, particularly for rural and Indigenous communities.

We are looking for candidates with social work practice, teaching, and administrative experience who can advance our commitment to social, economic, and racial equity. We wish to hire candidates with demonstrated success teaching and administering programs for first-generation students and students from historically marginalized groups including Indigenous, Black, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, Two-Spirit and disabled students. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to student-centered pedagogy and have program oversight experience.

Overall Program Responsibilities:
  • Provides curriculum oversight including but not limited to: facilitating curriculum changes, monitoring CSWE accreditation expectations and leading alignment across program modalities in coordination with MSW Online and In-person Program Leads and committees
  • Consults with School of Social Work Chair regarding MSW program needs, including enrollment management, resource allocation, etc.
  • Facilitates accreditation planning, data collection and necessary programmatic change to ensure compliance with CSWE Education and Planning Competencies.
  • Oversees the policies governing the MSW program to ensure compliance with national accreditation standards, policies of the School of Social Work and the University as a whole.
  • Facilitates MSW oversight committee and provides leadership to both in-person and online programs
  • Creates policies and procedures as needed to ensure necessary infrastructure exists to implement both program modalities
  • Oversees academic advising system
  • Works closely with the Director of Field Education, Advisors, and/or other administrative personnel on behalf of MSW students who need special assistance in order to successfully complete program requirements
  • Collaborates with online program management partner to ensure successful implementation of online programming
  • Collaborates with the Graduate School on admissions processes, scholarships, and other mandates.
  • Represents the School in a variety of forums at the university, state, and national level.
  • Networks with other MSW Program Directors to help promote program and learn about programs.
  • Works to ensure website and all MSW publications are up to date and accurate.
The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details
  • Full-time, 1.0 FTE Faculty (non-tenure), Fiscal year (12 month contract), includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary of $75,000 per year commensurate with qualifications
Required Qualifications
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Experience in program oversite, development, and leadership in higher education
  • Ability to provide strategic direction and collaborative leadership in a rapidly growing MSW program
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities
  • Practice experience with diverse individuals, groups, and/or communities
  • Ability to teach independently in the MSW in-person and online program
  • Commitment to quality teaching and promoting an inclusive educational environment that affirms the value of diversity
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with multiple and diverse constituencies
Preferred Qualifications
  • PhD or DSW in Social Work or related field
  • Practice with Indigenous communities
  • Familiarity with or experience in a unionized environment in higher education
  • Evidence of scholarship, community engagement, research, publication, and/or professional excellence and achievement
  • Knowledge of the “integrated practice” model
  • Experience with CSWE accreditation process
  • Possesses exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
About the School of Social Work and UM

The School of Social Work is committed to living our professional values as detailed by the National Association of Social Worker’s Code of Ethics. As social workers, we therefore promote social justice through critical inquiry and targeted actions that disrupt systems of oppression. In keeping with these efforts, our school developed and is guided by a set of anti-racism principles that inform the core functions of our School. In keeping with these principals, our programs strive to prepare students as practitioners, community leaders, and scholars able to address the complex demands of 21st-century social work. The School is committed to preparing students who will uphold social work’s responsibility to challenge social injustice, appreciate and promote the strength of diversity, employ critical thinking skills, and embrace multiple forms of knowledge that promote the dignity and worth of those our profession serves.

The Master of Social Work program seeks to prepare social workers who, guided by a person-in-environment perspective, will promote and support the profession’s historic commitment to social and economic justice and equity through direct practice activities and community-based efforts reflecting the needs and dignity of all people. Graduates will embrace advances in knowledge and practice promoting the rights and well-being of people and creating a more humane society.

The University of Montana is located in Missoula on what we recognize and respect as the ancestral homelands of the Salish and Kalispell people. The University is situated within a state with 12 Tribal nations. In order to reflect our state and the nation, our School is prioritizing applicants whose practice centers on the experiences, needs, and priorities of Indigenous individuals and communities.

The University of Montana is flagship, research institution with more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

To learn more about the University of Montana, please visit the links below.
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference - Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References - *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing - Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility - All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Priority Application Date Extended: August 17, 2022

Applications received by the Priority Application Date will be guaranteed consideration. Application review has begun, but applications are being accepted until August 17, 2022 and will to be accepted until the position is filled with an anticipated start date of Fall 2022.

Applicants are required to submit the following application materials online at :
  • Letter of interest that addresses the required qualifications
  • Statement illustrating commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching, service, and program development. Please include examples that demonstrate this commitment.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references
Inquiries pertaining to this position can be directed to Ashley Trautman, MSW, JD, Assistant Professor and Chair, or at 406.243.5543.

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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