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Associate Dean for MSW Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina (US)
Competitive Salary
Date posted
Apr 19, 2024

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Associate Dean for MSW Education
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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Position Summary
The Associate Dean for MSW Education leads strategic planning implementation across academic programming, ensuring that the school’s educational programs are innovative, impactful, measured, and integrated with all aspects of the academic, research, and service mission. The Associate Dean for MSW Education is responsible for the administration of the Master of Social Work (MSW) academic program and coordinates with the Associate Dean for Doctoral Education to administer the PhD program in the School of Social Work.
The Associate Dean for MSW Education reports directly to the School of Social Work
Dean and serves as council and support to the Dean and is a key member of the Dean’s administrative team.

The Associate Dean for MSW Education collaborates with the Associate Deans for Doctoral Education, Student Affairs, Research & Faculty Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Global Engagement, and other School of Social Work leaders to enhance and foster synergy among the school’s academic, research, and service/practice programs. The Associate Dean for MSW Education chairs the School’s Curriculum Committee and provides leadership on several school-wide committees including but not limited to the: Doctoral, Re-accreditation, MSW Recruitment and Admissions, all curricula committees (i.e., CMPP, DP, Research, Generalist) as well as various ad hoc committees relating to curricular matters (i.e., on-line development and globalizing the curriculum). The Associate Dean for MSW Education is the primary supervisor for the academic affairs administrative team (i.e., Associate Dean for Student Affairs; Assistant Dean for Admissions, Recruitment, and Financial Aid; Assistant Dean for Practicum Education) and the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. 

The Associate Dean for MSW Education supervises fixed-term teaching faculty in the MSW program and oversees the entire MSW program which includes the development, growth, and well-being of ~600 MSW students combined in our on-campus and online programs. In this role, the Associate Dean for MSW Education provides oversight and supervision of the student educational process. Tasks include assigning teaching workload, committee assignments, strategically designating committee charges to meet School and curricula goals and addressing student and faculty concerns as they arise. Additional responsibilities include being a key contact for the University’s Graduate School and other UNC Administrative units by providing leadership, planning, and implementation of the full educational program within the school. The Associate Dean for MSW Education participates in the University’s Senior Associate Dean’s council which meets bimonthly with other leaders on campus and the Vice-Provost. 

The Associate Dean for MSW Education is the administrative officer who facilitates the planning, administration, evaluation, and continuous improvement of the school’s academic programs and ensures that the academic standards and policies of the University, Graduate School, School of Social Work, and accrediting and approval agencies are met. The Associate Dean for MSW Education is responsible for programs and policies that support academic progression. The Associate Dean for MSW Education represents the Dean at the designated School, University, professional, and community group meetings. They also assist the Dean in fulfilling School of Social Work operational responsibilities/support for special educational related projects as needed and are considered a resource and expert in the state of the pedagogy. This senior-level administrative leadership role models excellence and fairness.
This position may be eligible for a secondary appointment as a faculty member.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent) with three years or greater of related professional experience; for candidates demonstrating comparable professional backgrounds, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and five years or greater of relevant experience in substitution.

A conferred MSW degree, from a CSWE accredited institution, with a minimum of three year’s post-master’s degree practice experience An earned doctorate degree (eg. PhD, DSW, EdD, JD)

Documented leadership experience in the completion of CSWE Accreditation or Re-Affirmation self-study reporting processes.
*Documented experience with the management of extramural funding (ie. Federal, state, foundation) opportunities that support university or community engagement research
and/or programming.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Experience with the development of asynchronous online social work courses and/or programs
A doctorate earned in Social Work or a related human services discipline (e.g. Counseling, psychology, public health, education, healthcare management)

Documented experience in the development of innovative degree and certificate programs (e.g. post baccalaureate graduate certificates, micro credentials)
Documented experience with interprofessional collaboration across diverse university programs and operations (e.g. Student affairs, academic affairs, finance, community engagement and outreach)

Demonstrated experience leading the development of programs or policies focused on enhancing student advocacy and career development.
Documented experience with the procurement of extramural funding (i.e.. Federal, state, foundation) opportunities that support university or community engagement research
and/or programming.

*A minimum of 5 years’ experience in higher education with progressive academic administrative and/or leadership experience (e.g., experience as a department chair, assistant dean, and/or program director or coordinator)

Special Instructions
Please note a CV, statements of research, reaching, and service, cover letter, and list of
3-5 references will be required as part of your application. The service statement should be uploaded as “Other Document.” References will be contacted as candidates advance in the selection process. 

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Heather James, Human Resources Specialist

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Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to

Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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