Job Description Summary:
Samuel Merritt University’s Master of Social Work program is
seeking a qualified and experienced candidate to serve as the
inaugural Chair. This program falls under the College of Health
Sciences (CoHS). The Chair advocates for the mission of the program
and acts as its representative to the administration and outside
constituencies. Also, the Program Chair acts as a mentor and
facilitator for the faculty and staff within the department and as
an administrator of the department in accomplishing necessary
managerial tasks. This position reports directly to the Dean of
Duties and Responsibilities:
Job Duties and Accountabilities:
An Asterisk (*) denotes an “essential job function” for ADA
All items listed below are considered “essential job functions” for
MSW courses, as assigned
Develop and articulate departmental goals.
Engages in all aspects of WSCUC and CSWE accreditation process at
the college and program level;
Convenes and leads the Accreditation Steering Committee
Guides the collection, analysis, and use of data for program
improvement and candidate success;
Works collaboratively with department chairs, program coordinators,
and student services offices to ensure full compliance with the
Promote the academic quality of the department and
Supervise, evaluate and mentor all department faculty members and
Develop a 5-year plan for the program and contribute to the
development of the College’s strategic plan.
Manage faculty leave and encourage professional development.
Supervision of the teaching, advisement, and other duties performed
by faculty members to meet department academic goals. Ensure that
faculty in the department are fully engaged in departmental and
general faculty duties.
Recommend teaching assignments and teaching times to the dean and
regulate faculty workloads.
Responsible for formulating and communicating recommendations for
hiring, tenure, promotion, retention and evaluation of faculty and
departmental support staff.
Process paperwork and manage external grants for various
committees, special programs and development projects.
Organize and preside at department meetings.
Serve as a liaison and provide information to administrative
offices, faculty committees, ad hoc committees, accrediting
organization and other groups and departments.
Maintain collaborative relationships with regional colleges and
clinical agencies for both the recruitment of students and
development of clinical placements.
Develop new clinical contracts to enable students to meet program
objectives in collaboration with University leadership.
Participation in research, writing and ultimate responsibility for
any necessary self-study or program-related reports.
Respond to student inquiries, degree applications, complaints,
Supervise new student recruitment, retention major and balance
Management of the student learning assessment plan and the program
review process for the department to identify needed improvements
to student learning.
Manage the departmental assessment process and conduct periodic
Must keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current
literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in
Development of viable new curricular offerings in the field.
Ensures compliance with CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
accreditation standards and university policies and
Responsible for departmental budget planning and fiscal management.
Establish and monitor departmental budget priorities and
Field Placement Director
Faculty and Administrative Staff
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to
perform each essential duty satisfactorily. To demonstrate
readiness to lead an academic department, the candidate must have
experience working in an institution of higher education in Social
Work discipline with an MSW, preferably a Ph.D. or Ed.D. from an
accredited college or university in a field or discipline relevant
to social work discipline, and qualified to serve at the rank of
Assistant, or Associate Professor.
This position also requires the ability to effectively establish
and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse
Education and/or Experience:
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Ability to lead with a DEIB lens
- Ability to prioritize and organize workload
- Knowledge of curriculum development and department management
in higher education
- In-depth knowledge of the roles and requirements of a social
- Experience with designing and reviewing social work curricula
for MSW programs
- Familiarity with state, local, and private sector health
agencies, as well as with social work’s professional licensure
procedures in the State of California
- Ability to develop annual and strategic plans to accomplish
department goals: business plan, five-year academic plan, marketing
- Ability to identify and negotiate clinical affiliations with
physicians, health maintenance organizations, and other appropriate
- Knowledge of budget development and management for an academic
- Ability to use a variety of teaching methods effectively
- Clinical expertise as a social worker
- Computer expertise with word processing, e-mail, spreadsheet
and presentation software
- Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree and an earned doctorate in
Social Work or related field, as well as at least three years of
practice experience at the post-master's level
- Record of scholarship, teaching, and professional service
commensurate with the University's requirements for tenure in the
rank of associate or full professor
- Evidence of having a collaborative and transformative
- Knowledge of the CSWE accreditation standards
- Experience with administrative academic leadership, acquisition
of extramural grant funding, and the generation of traditional and
The physical demands described here are representative of those
that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the
essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
- Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer
- Use telephone and other electronic equipment used in general
- May be required to travel to other buildings and campuses
- May be required to attend conference and training sessions
within Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations
- May be required to occasionally travel
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will
provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability
who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of
his or her job.
The University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity,
equity and inclusion. We strive to build a welcoming and supportive
campus environment, and acknowledge that diversity is an
educational imperative to achieve excellence.
United States of America (Exempt)
$98k - $150k
Samuel Merritt University currently provides base salary ranges for
all positions-on job advertisements-in the United States based on
local requirements. Individual compensation will ultimately be
determined based on a variety of relevant factors including but-not
limited to qualifications, geographic location, and other relevant