Associate Director of Field Education

KU SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WELFARE   Lawrence, KS   Full-time     Social Service
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Posted on August 30, 2020


Associate Director of Field Education

Social Welfare

Position Overview

The scope of this position is to assist in providing administrative management and support to the Field Education Office for BSW and MSW programs located on the Lawrence and Edwards campus.  This position reports to the Director of Field Education. The position can be based on either the Lawrence or Edwards campus; or remotely at the Field Director and Dean’s discretion. Periods of frequent regional travel are required to meet with students, field instructors, and field liaisons at the different campus locations and to make agency visits.
Because of fluctuations in BSW and MSW student enrollments and other demands on the Field Education Office, flexibility in work assignments related to the placement of students and support of field education programming is necessary. While this position primarily involves responsibility for placement of social work students, it also includes significant liaison and instruction responsibility. The scope of the liaison and instructional role are contingent on curriculum developments and student enrollment. In some years, the projected percentages of work assignments may vary.  Extensive communication with students, agency field instructors, agency personnel, field liaisons, faculty, and School of Social Welfare staff is an ongoing requirement of this position. Effective collaboration with all members of the Field Education staff is essential.

Job Description

  • 50% - Manages all aspects of preparation, planning, and placement of approximately 250-300 students with field practicum agencies, most of which occurs within the practicum planning software Sonia. Provides information about field practicum requirements to prospective and enrolled students individually, in small groups, and at orientations. This responsibility includes replacement of students during the academic year when practicum disruptions occur and replacement is authorized. Periodic agency visits to recruit, maintain, and enhance agency participation in field education are also included.
  • 20 % - Teaches and/or assists with the coordination of Field Seminar in the Fall and Spring semesters. May conduct field liaison visits for 15-20 students; and administers exams and assignments including grading of assignments and reporting of course grades to the Office of the University Registrar. Contributes to the Field Seminar course planning and organization: including syllabus preparation, textbook acquisition, and media/technology requests.
  • 10% - Collaborates with information technology staff, the Communications Coordinator, the Field Education Office Manager and the Director of Field Education to develop and maintain online information and data management systems relevant to the functions of the Field Education Office. This includes regular updates and revisions of online information, templates, and documents related to field education.
  • 10% - Provides consultation, supervision, and recommendations for reappointment of Field Liaisons (part-time instructors).
  • 10% - Plans and implements orientation programs, workshops, and field education events necessary to the goals and functions of the Field Education Office. This includes recruitment of presenters, preparation of presentations, and notices or invitations for these events.

Required Qualifications

  1. MSW degree from a CSWE accredited program.
  2. Minimum of five years post-MSW, full-time social work experience.
  3. Minimum of three years of experience providing field instruction to social work students (BSW and/or MSW levels).
  4. Effective written and oral communication skills as evidenced by cover letter, résumé, and interview.
  5. Current social work license or eligibility for social work licensure.
  6. Experience that includes contributions and engagement in areas of equity and inclusion as evidenced by resume, supplemental applicant questions, and interview.
  7. Proficient in relevant software (e.g. Word, Excel, Power Point).

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Work experience within a social work academic context (accredited BSW and/or MSW degree programs).
  2. Familiarity with the Council on Social Work Education educational policy and accreditation standards pertaining to field education.
  3. Current knowledge of social service agencies and programs in Kansas and Western Missouri.
  4. Prior experience with teaching or facilitating training.

Contact Information to Applicants

Kelly Jones
Director of Field Education
(785) 864-2663

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Online application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for up to three references
Incomplete applications will not be considered. In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Please keep the response within 500 words or less.
  1. In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
The application deadline has been extended. To be considered, please apply no later than September 7th, 2020.

Advertised Salary Range

$53,546 - $57,000

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Work Location

University of Kansas - Lawrence





FLSA Status


Employee Class

U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Work Schedule

Standard M-F between 8 and 5. May be infrequent hours outside this schedule

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