Clinical Field Manager, Graduate School of Social Work

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Student Affairs / Services, Academic Administration

The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) is a vibrant community of scholars and teachers committed to having a diverse faculty and student body. The Schools curriculum, research, and community partnerships emphasize social and economic justice, along with an understanding of and respect for social, political, and cultural diversity both nationally and internationally. GSSW provides an intellectual, collegial, and supportive environment that fosters interdisciplinary and international educational opportunities. GSSW engages in collaborative projects locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. GSSW and the University of Denver are committed to enhancing the diversity of faculty and staff.

Position Summary

The Clinical Field Manager in the Office of Field Education assumes a leadership role in providing a student-centered placement process. Under the direction of the Assistant Dean for Field Education, with direct supervision by the Associate Director(s) for Field Education, this position will provide supervision and mentorship to adjunct field faculty and off-site supervisors who teach within the field education program in order to facilitate communication and conflict resolution between students and agency field supervisors and ensure the integrity of learning in field placement sites. This position will be responsible for contributing to the integration of academic coursework and field placement; program and policy development; quality assurance and program assessment; agency screening, development, and approval; placement of students into appropriate field sites; the development, coordination, and delivery of field related events and trainings; and other duties as assigned. The Clinical Field Coordinator will work across all programs but will have primary responsibility split between the Denver Campus and MSW@Denver programs.

The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

Essential Functions

Train and Orient New Faculty Field Liaisons

  • Provide mentorship to adjunct faculty so that they may facilitate the resolution of conflict between students and community partners; support students in attaining education objectives; monitor the quality of the learning experience; and support agency supervisors in developing their supervisory capacity with particular attention to issues of power and privilege within the supervisory dynamic.
  • Collect regular feedback on adjunct faculty performance, and consult on plan for growth and development.
  • Assess student and agency needs in order to develop and provide additional trainings and supports related to field education. 
  • Recruit, interview, train and orient new off-site field instructors (OSFI) for agencies who do not have the required MSW supervision available at their field site.
  • Provide ongoing training and supervision to OSFI's, with an emphasis on developing each OSFI's capacity to address issues of power and privilege within the supervisory dynamic.
  • Collect regular feedback on OSFI performance, and manage plan for growth and development.
  • Develop new community partnerships as internship sites in order to further the educational objectives of the academic curriculum, including screening and developing new placements with a lens of increasing the diversity of available placements.
  • Support current agency placements in strengthening their capacity to offer meaningful and innovative learning experiences to students through ongoing consultation and training.
  • Represent GSSW and DU in the community and share responsibility in ongoing relationship management with external stakeholders.
  • Manage and address problem resolution with current sites in order to preserve community partnerships and educational opportunities for students, using clinical skills to engage in difficult conversations and mentorship with community partners. 
  • Participate in service to the profession to include involvement in professional organizations and societies and activities that impact the profession of social work. Candidates will seek opportunities to enhance the connection between the University and the community, and engage community partners in all facets of GSSW and the University.
  • Meet with students to assess learning needs, match with appropriate agencies and follow-up until successful confirmation of placement.
  • Manage requests for unique student placements and initiate contact to develop and approve new sites.
  • Coordinate with 2U Placement Team, 2U Student Support Services, and MSW@Denver Program Leadership regarding MSW@Denver students in special circumstances, including leave of absences, delayed starts, and field disruptions, including reviewing and approving plans of study and exceptions.

Coordinate Agency Field Placements

  • Review and approve all agency placements initiated by 2U Placement Team.
  • Review and approve all requests from 2U Placement Team for off-site field instructors, and coordinate the matching process.
  • Recruit, screen, and assess potential agencies to determine suitability for social work students, and determine appropriate student level for each agency.
  • Provide consultation and mentorship to new agencies on structuring internships, and developing appropriate learning activities for students to meet program and accreditation requirements.
  • Coordination of field seminar courses, instructor communications.
  • Event and training coordination for Student Field Orientations, development of training resources.
  • Coordinate on behalf of field between GSSW student services, registrar, admissions, and other departments to support students including refining policies and processes.
  • Participate regularly in inter-departmental.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of social work as a field of practice and an understanding of the role of field education in the curriculum.
  • Knowledge of systems of social and human services in order to build community relationships and advise students of fields of practice.
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in mediation or conflict resolution.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to comfortably learn and navigate emerging technology, including use of database systems to manage and organize field functions.
  • Demonstrated autonomy in decision making.
  • Strong presentation skills and ability represent the Graduate School of Social Work in communities in a professional manner.
  • Demonstrated commitment, knowledge and ability to effectively engage individuals from broadly diverse communities.

Required Qualifications

  • MSW degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited institution.
  • 5 years of relevant post MSW practice experience.
  • 2 years of experience as a field liaison (adjunct field faculty) or social work field instructor.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 years of direct supervisor experience.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range
$58,000 - $62,000/annually

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter - Please include the following in your cover letter: your interest in field education and describe your commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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