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MSW Field Education Associate Director

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 21, 2024

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MSW Field Education Associate Director

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
MSW Field Education Associate Director

Job Profile Title
Manager C, Student Services, Graduate Programs

Job Description Summary
Reporting to the MSW Program Administrative Director, the Field Education Associate Director will work collaboratively with the Field Education Director and Community-Engaged Professional Education Administrator to support daily and administrative operations of field education in the MSW Program, including adherence with and reporting on Council on Social Work Education accreditation standards. The position works collaboratively with SP2 students, agency-based personnel, SP2 practice instructors, and SP2 field liaisons to facilitate optimal field education experiences. These activities include identifying field placements and student field-related interests, placing students in agency-based field placements, coordinating field education experiences through written and verbal communication with all involved individuals and agencies, and collaborating with SP2- and agency-based personnel on the creation and development of innovative field education programming. The Field Education Associate Director will utilize and improve the current database; engage in continuous quality improvement of SP2 field education; lead Seminars in Field Instruction and other continuing education workshops for agency-based social workers; and staff field-related programmatic committees and events.

Job Description

Job Responsibilities
  • Support daily and administrative operations of field education in the MSW Program, including adherence with and reporting on Council on Social Work Education accreditation standards, and continuous use, management and improvement of field placement database.
  • Develop and maintain optimal field placements by engaging new, and maintaining positive relationships with, field placement sites. Assist the Field Education Director with development of and completion oversight for all evaluation documents for students and agencies. Identify and address any challenges or barriers that hinder field-based learning.
  • Facilitate successful field education experiences for all stakeholders by collaborating/communicating with MSW students, agencies and other key personnel, including agency-based field instructors, SP2 field liaisons, and SP2 faculty regarding social work education, social work practice expectations, and field-based supervision. Review and assess agency-based social work learning opportunities, arrange individual field placements for each student through in-person and phone-based meetings, review student and agency requests, match students and placements each year, and consult with agency-based social workers and MSW students on agency-based learning. Conduct outreach to agencies to review student learning in field placements and mediate issues that may be raised by students, field instructors, and/or SP2 field liaisons and instructors related to field placement.
  • Collaborate with SP2- and agency-based personnel on the development of innovative field education programming and engage in continuous quality improvement of SP2 field education by assisting the Field Education Director, MSW Program Administrative Director and MSW Program Faculty Director with the design and implementation of new field education models.
  • Drawing on specialized knowledge of social work education, lead Seminar in Field Instruction, which provides social workers with the knowledge and skills necessary for supervising and teaching social work students, through approximately 6 meetings/year with 30-40 field instructors and other continuing social work education workshops for field instructors occurring 3-4 times/year.
  • Consult on admissions and recruitment of SP2 MSW students, including responding to Admissions Office requests to review admissions files, interview students and attend admissions events.
  • Staff field-related programmatic committees and field education events, including individual and group meetings with field liaisons, practice instructors, and students.
  • Other duties as assigned. All staff are required to participate in graduation and convocation.

  • This position requires a bachelor's degree and 3-5 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. MSW degree from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited social work program and 2-3 years of agency-based practice experience and/or social work field education experience, strongly preferred, as are enthusiasm for field education, innovation development, and program evaluation; demonstrated effectiveness an commitment to excellence in field education, including prior experience as an agency-based field instructor and/or as a member of a field education office; commitment to supporting students, field liaisons and agency-based field instructors; engaged pursuit of social justice aims of social work education; strong interpersonal, verbal, organizational and writing skills; ability to create, utilize and improve database systems; capacity for positive team interactions and functioning; ability to balance attention to detail and large-scale programmatic developments; an optimistic outlook; and joyful approach to one's work. Prior experience with Greater Philadelphia social services is a strength.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Social Policy and Practice

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $73,000.00 Annual Rate
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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