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Director, School of Social Work

Louisiana State University
Louisiana, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Oct 1, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Humanities, Other Humanities
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Job Description: The College of Human Sciences and Education at Louisiana State University (LSU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director, School of Social Work. LSU is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution, a Carnegie Foundation designated Doctoral/Very High Research Activity university. With an enrollment over 34,000 students, LSU is committed to excellence in research, teaching, and service. LSU is the flagship university of the State of Louisiana. 


Founded in 1937 and accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the LSU School of Social Work offers five degree programs: BSW; MSW, including a robust online program; PhD in Social Work; and Child and Family Studies BS and MS Programs. The School currently serves over 900 students within these programs. For additional information about the different programs, please visit the School’s website at Currently with 44 full time faculty and staff members, the School has earned over $100 million through grants and contracts since 1995. 


Responsibilities: The Director serves as the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer for the School; organizes and maintains personnel and other resources in the School; provides leadership and support for teaching, research, scholarship, publishing, professional activities, and external funding and development that promote the University's flagship agenda; represents the School at regular meetings and other planning sessions that have college or University-wide implications; and develops a close, working alliance with local agencies.  


Required Qualifications: PhD in social work or related field and competence to teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels; commitment to the values of the social work profession; eligibility for appointment as full professor in social work or cognate discipline; knowledge of the academic self-study and accreditation process; knowledge of standards established by CSWE, National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD), and the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE); strong record of scholarly research and grant activity, including publication in refereed journals; teaching and administrative experience at the university level, including supervision and support of graduate programs.

Additional Qualifications Desired: Leadership experience in the following: leading faculty to develop and implement an educational vision: building consensus and sharing governance; working conjointly with other departments, schools, colleges, and universities; mentoring faculty; being an active leader in national- and international-level professional organizations; utilizing technology for communicating, providing instruction, and office management; and developing and administrating grants and other sources of external funding. The qualified individual will demonstrate an inclusive and humanistic style of leadership that exhibits courage and commitment to diversity among faculty and students, as well as have solid organizational management and administrative skills and a successful track record of working collaboratively with agencies. 

An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This is a 12-month position with a starting date of July 1, 2022.

  Special Instructions:

Application deadline is December 1, 2021, or until a candidate is selected. Submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (including e-mail address), and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five professional references through the online job posting.

  Additional Position Information: Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

  LSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer: LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. We celebrate diversity and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We actively seek and encourage qualified applications from persons with diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. To learn more about how LSU is committed to diversity and inclusivity, please see LSU’s Diversity Statement and Roadmap. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resource Management (

HCM Contact Information: Questions or concerns can be directed to the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or emailed

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