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Field Coordinator — Social Work



Aurora University (AU) is committed to the transformative power of learning by creating a student-centered environment and an equity of experience and opportunity, to ensure that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome and included. Our culture of collaboration, generosity, and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty, and staff.

AU is grounded in the transformative opportunity it provides to a diverse student body. As a private university with a public mission and a commitment to making a difference in peoples’ lives, AU has a long history of resilience and of providing access to an education that values innovation, focuses on continuous improvement, and has a positive impact on the communities we serve. We are proud of our service to and economic impact on the state of Illinois, where over 80% of our students stay to live and work, where 90% of our students come from, and where we foster strong community partnerships to develop the workforce in areas such as nursing, education, business, technology, and social work.

We are looking for passionate and purposeful individuals who represent the full diversity of Aurora and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ability, identity, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at AU, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice requiring broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

At AU we believe that continuous learning is a fundamental part of working life, and our goal is for all colleagues on our campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support our community by providing all employees with opportunities to engage in professional development activities, as well as a range of tuition and employee benefits that can be found here .

Position Purpose:

The Field Coordinator supports learning by advising social work students in preparation for their field placements, managing field file materials, and facilitating the connection between the student and the field liaison. The Field Coordinator provides support, problem solving, and linkage to field instructors at field placement sites and facilitates evaluation of the field student according to the Council on Social Work Education social work competencies and practice behaviors.

Core Competencies:

  • Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers, and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
  • Upholds the Mission Statement:Aurora University is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. As a teaching-centered institution, we encourage undergraduate and graduate students to discover what it takes to build meaningful and examined lives. We empower our students to achieve lasting personal and professional success.
  • Handles all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of university business.
  • Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.


  • Essential Job Functions:

  • Provides advising to social work students specifically related to field instruction.
  • Approves proposed field placements as students submit field application forms reflecting secured placements.
  • Coordinates with AUO team to support administrative processes related to field instruction.
  • Manages field instruction files for students, including required field paperwork (field application, learning agreement, evaluations, and liability insurance).
  • Manages field database, including updates to student, supervisor, and site accounts as needed.
  • Evaluates the progress of the student within the learning environment, specifically if the student has been trained in social work skills/tasks, if student has opportunity to practice skills, and if student is receiving feedback and supervision from the MSW supervisor at the internship. Evaluation data is gathered from field student, field instructor, and field liaison.
  • Assigns students to the field liaison for monitoring during the field placement.
  • Manages problem solving for students and field placements when barriers to student learning are presented by field liaison.
  • Communicates with new and potential field placements and field instructors in an effort to broaden student learning opportunities in the field.
  • Submits grades for field students to the registrar once requirements are completed.
  • Obtains knowledge of the BSW and MSW programs operating at all Aurora University campuses and communicates mission and learning/teaching objectives to students and field instructors through various means including presentations, individual field advising, etc.
  • Participates in the recruitment, registration, and professional development events for undergraduate and graduate programs in an effort to provide information regarding the field program.
  • Coordinates with accreditation efforts with the School of Social Work at the Aurora campus.
  • Coordinates with the field office to ensure continuity between the programs/modalities.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Essential Job Requirements:

    Education:
    • Master’s degree in Social Work and Social Work License required.
    Experience:
    • Previous experience supervising social work field placements required.
    Skills:
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Generalist social work skills/knowledge.
    • Excellent conflict resolution or mediation skills recommended.
    Physical Requirements:
    • Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time.
    • Ability to move about campus.
    • Ability to use a computer, telephone, email, or office equipment.
    • Ability to drive a vehicle to various field placement locations.
    Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission.

    To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references including name, telephone, and email address.

    If you were referred by a current employee of Aurora University please include the name of the employee in your submission.

    Aurora University
    Human Resources
    347 South Gladstone Ave
    Aurora, IL 60506
    jobs@aurora.edu - email


    Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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