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Master of Social Work (MSW) Field Education Director
The University of St. Thomas

Date Posted Oct. 1, 2018
Title Master of Social Work (MSW) Field Education Director
University The University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
    Professional Staff
  • Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW) Field Education Director

The School of Social Work at the University of St. Thomas invites applicants for a full-time administrative clinical faculty position with primary responsibility to oversee the MSW field education program. There will be some teaching responsibility, normally two courses per year.

The School of Social Work at the University of St. Thomas offers BSW, MSW and DSW programs. The MSW program is a thriving clinical program and is well respected in the practice community. It offers innovative areas of emphasis and will soon join the University of St. Thomas’ College of Health as an "anchor" program. The vibrant and diverse cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are well known for their cultural and social amenities and have been consistently named one of the most livable metropolitan areas in the U.S.

Primary Responsibilities:

The director is responsible for the administration of the School of Social Work’s MSW Field Education Program at the University of St. Thomas. The director provides leadership in the development and implementation of field curriculum, supervises field faculty and professional staff, collaborates with field agencies, and interacts with other schools of social work regarding local, regional and national field education standards and policies. The director assures appropriate educational processes are implemented to support student learning and students’ professional development. The director leads efforts to recruit, develop, and provide ongoing support to field instructors and field agency sites. The ideal candidate will:

Recruit potential field sites and monitor and support current field sites through orientation and ongoing training for agency field instructors
Oversee placement and performance of all eligible MSW students in field agencies
Supervise field faculty liaisons (oversee the hire of teaching faculty, complete annual field evaluations, chair MSW field program meetings)
Maintain a student/agency placement database, field manual, field course syllabi, and field forms and procedures
Assure compliance with program and field competencies, policies and procedures, including Council of Social Work Education accreditation standards for field education
Participate actively on the School of Social Work’s Assessment Committee, collaborating with faculty on accreditation self-study and site visit preparation as both relate to field education
Collaborate closely with UST’s MSW faculty and BSW field programs and with other MSW programs, as needed

Qualified candidates will have a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from a CSWE-accredited social work program, graduate level licensure, and a minimum of three years post-MSW practice experience. The successful applicant will have exceptional problem-solving skills, the ability to collaborate effectively with a broad array of stakeholders, and the ability to manage multiple demands and responsibilities. Preferred: A doctoral degree and/or significant field administration experience. Experience in program management/development and supervision. LICSW or LICSW-eligible in the state of Minnesota. Desirable: Professional experience in social work field education; field administration, field instruction and/or substantial field supervision.

Established in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is located in the major metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and is Minnesota’s largest private university. Its 10,000 students pursue degrees in a wide range of liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.

The University of St. Thomas is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and the goals of affirmative action/equal opportunity. The University welcomes nominations and applications from a diverse applicant pool.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website at

Please refer to the University of St Thomas Employment Site at to apply electronically. Candidates should submit a letter of interest and a current CV or resume. Candidates selected to interview will need to provide three references. Official transcripts and a criminal background check will be required for employment. For more information, please contact the chair of the search committee, Eva Solomonson at 651.962.5833. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

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