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Director and Assistant Director of Child Welfare Fellowship Program

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 20, 2024

The University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work (UMB SSW) is seeking candidates for two (2) leadership positions in the Child Welfare Fellowship Program (also known as Title IV-E).

The Child Welfare Fellowship Program is a partnership with the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) successfully preparing BSW and MSW students for social work practice with families and children in Maryland’s public child welfare programs for nearly 25 years. The program aims, through required academic courses, internship assignments, and training experiences, to impact the state’s achievement of core outcomes of public child welfare services programs of child safety, permanency of family relationships, and child and family well-being.

Both positions are non-tenure-track, 12-month, full-time Clinical Professor positions. The positions will be primarily stationed at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, 525 W. Redwood Street, Baltimore Maryland and will support faculty field units and Title IV-E students at multiple jurisdictions across the state of Maryland.

The School of Social Work is committed to creating an accessible, supportive environment and an educational experience that recognizes diversity and cultural competence as integral components of academic excellence. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.

Essential Functions of the Director Position:
  • Coordinate with the Department of Human Services/Social Services Administration regarding the development, implementation, and monitoring of the Maryland Child Welfare Fellowship Program, which includes overall management of the budget, expenditures, invoicing, and monitoring of program deliverables.
  • Manage participant tracking system, including length of employment commitments, amount of stipends received, fulfillment of employment obligation, and recoupment of funds from participants required to repay stipends.
  • Supervise the work of the Assistant Director, Program Coordinator, Clinical Instructor, and Faculty Field Instructors.
  • Coordinate with faculty members partially supported through Title IV-E funding, such as the Program Evaluator, Chair the Consortium faculty at Family Connections who receive Title IV-E support for field instruction of students.
  • Collaborate with students and faculty field liaisons to resolve student issues in field.
  • Coordinate the Child Welfare Fellowship Consortium
  • Participate in state and federal working groups related to public child welfare and the Title IV-E program
  • Serve as Field Coordinator for fellowship students and students in related field placements
  • Engage in regular communication with local Departments of Social Services and DHS partners
Essential Functions of the Assistant Director Position:
  • Develop and oversee the student recruitment process
  • Develop, implement, and participate in student retention activities across schools and agencies across the state
  • Develop and lead new training initiatives
  • Develop and lead the Urban Child Welfare Program to increase the qualifications of students who are committed to child welfare work in an urban setting. In addition, this program should be designed in a way to increase the quantity and longevity of Title IV-E graduates working in urban settings.
  • Review foundation, advanced, and advanced-standing field applications, refer and manage placement in appropriate agencies for students in the MSW program using an equity, inclusion, and anti-racist lens.
  • Participate in management of large database to process applications, place students, and track student progress.
  • Coordinate the selection of Title IV-E BSW and MSW applicants.
  • Serve as field liaison for fellowship students and students in related field placements
Essential Functions of Both Positions:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression concepts and issues, especially as they apply to agency recruitment, placement, and teaching.
  • Coordinate with the SSW Admissions & Enrollment, Student Affairs/Student Services, Field Education, and Faculty regarding Title IV-E related academic and student activities, educational opportunities, research and academic writing, and service needs.
  • Participate in university and SSW meetings and committees related to the education, training, and field experiences of Title IV-E students
  • Demonstrate an understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression concepts and issues, especially as they apply to child welfare recruitment, field education, and teaching.
  • Assess, develop and implement supplemental child welfare education and training activities not explicitly covered in the MSW curriculum.
  • Participate in monthly Title IV-E faculty meetings, program evaluation, program development, and other program and faculty meetings held at UMB SSW.
  • Serve as faculty field instructor to small number of students
  • Lead and participate in presentations on Title IV-E, motivational interviewing, child welfare, anti-oppressive and anti-racist frameworks, and/or field education at national and local professional conferences and meetings.
  • Other duties as appropriate and assigned.
Qualifications :


Required: Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work. Current LCSW-C or equivalent Clinical License in Social Work


Required: A minimum of five years Post-Masters Social Work Practice Experience, with at least three years’ experience in Public Child Welfare.

Preferred: Experience supervising staff. Experience providing field instruction. Experience providing social work supervision, teaching, or training.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Excellent clinical and teaching skills
  • Ability to use technology to provide instruction and supervision
  • Ability to learn and manage the UMB’s Blackboard site and Electronic Field Notebook, UMBC’s Intern Placement Tracking System, and Blackboard is Required
  • Passing Score on Maryland’s Child Welfare Competency Test within six months of hire
  • Knowledge of Maryland’s child welfare practice models, motivational interviewing, and child welfare trauma interventions
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of Federal Child Welfare Outcome goals, best practices, and evidence-based interventions
Amount of Travel and any other special conditions or requirements

In-state travel required to provide student training, support field instructors, and attend events and trainings. Ability for out-of-state travel for presentations at National Conferences is Highly Desired.

The hiring range for the Assistant Director position is $95,000 - $100,000, commensurate with experience.

The hiring range for the Director position is $150,000 $110,000, commensurate with experience.

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for a disability, for any part of the recruitment process, please contact us at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

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