Director of Field Education

Updated: 1 day ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 23 Jan 2023

Posting Details
Posting Detail Information


Working Title Director of Field Education
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Work Location Position is fully in-office/in-person
Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 202201810AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Management I
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $80,000-$85,000
Employee Benefits
Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: https://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/ & https://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/ .
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/23/2023
Description of Work Unit
Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents that offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a large city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural, recreational, and outdoor opportunities.
The School of Social Work at Colorado State University (CSU) is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS). We offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in social work, along with a dual master’s degree in social work and public health and multiple graduate certificates. We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
Vision: The School of Social Work will advance social, environmental, and economic justice, promote equity and equality, alleviate oppression, and enhance human health and well-being across local and global community systems. Mission: The School of Social Work provides exemplary education, applied research, and transformative outreach toward the accomplishment of our Vision.
More information on all School of Social Work programs can be found on our website: https://www.chhs.colostate.edu/ssw/programs-and-degrees/
Position Summary
The Director of Field Education and Programs provides administrative and curriculum leadership in field education across the Graduate and Undergraduate Field Programs. The Director of Field Programs leads the field program in maintaining a shared vision that stresses excellence and adheres to best practices in field education, ensuring a cohesive and coordinated field program, and a field curriculum that is reflective of the School of Social Work’s educational mission and goals. We are particularly interested in hiring someone whose social work practice and/or leadership experience is deeply connected to community partnerships in order to further Colorado State University’s commitment to community engagement and fulfill its land grant mission.
We are seeking someone who is committed to recognizing and confronting biases, racism, and oppression, and constantly striving to act in ways that affirm and support students, staff, faculty, leadership, alumni, and communities with whom they engage.
We seek diversity and inclusion in our faculty, staff, and students to broaden students’ academic experience and to enrich our campus community. Candidates must demonstrate their contributions and/or potential to contribute to diversity and inclusion through leadership, mentoring, teaching and/or service, as well as demonstrate effort in or commitment to collaboratively creating a more equitable society and world. The successful candidate must be skilled in advocating and supporting students who hold varied and intersecting identities, including diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, first generation students, Pell-grant-eligible students, international students, students with DACA status, students who speak multiple languages, students who are LGBTQIA+, and others. We invite individuals with diverse identities to apply and appreciate and honor discussion of diversity in application materials.
Required Job Qualifications
  • Holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from a CSWE accredited program
  • Completed 2 years of post-degree practice experience
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date
  • Identified contributions and/or potential to contribute to diversity and inclusion through leadership, mentoring, teaching, and/or service
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to facilitate conversations around privilege, oppression, and intersecting social identities; and a commitment to effective social advocacy to address structural inequities across local and global community systems, as demonstrated by professional experiences related to diversity/inclusion activities
  • In this position, the successful candidate will have attention to detail, excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects and professional communication at once and on time. They will also have the ability to manage a complex and fluctuating workload and demonstrate commitment, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage with a variety of people
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • At least 5 years of professional post-graduate social work experience
  • Experience living within or collaborating with institutionally under-resourced communities
  • Familiarity with Colorado social/human services systems and agencies
  • Practice and/or leadership experience deeply connected to community partnerships
  • At least 2 years of supervisory experience or student internship supervision
  • At least 2 years of program development and management experience
  • Demonstrated experience or training in mediation or conflict resolution
  • Knowledge of Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation standards and experience implementing these standards in Social Work curriculars 
  • Experience assessing field placement sites to determine appropriateness for internship opportunities and managing placement process for students
  • Familiarity with digital and on-line communications, learning software, and computer databases
  • Fluency in Spanish with minimum of conversational ability
  • Experience and enthusiasm for working with diverse individuals as a supervisor and/or mentor
  • At least six months experience designing and implementing policies for Social Work Field Placement programs
Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties


Job Duty Category Program and Curriculum Management
Duty/Responsibility
Direct the field programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels by:
  • Leading the design and review of curriculum, ensuring that field is an integral and interconnected part of curriculum programs
  • Leading the field programs in developing a field curriculum that emphasizes integration of theory and practice through the promotion of critical thinking, self-reflection and analysis, with a commitment to the values of social justice and diversity
  • Ensuring compliance with Council on Social Work Accreditation Standards and University accreditation standards and policies is reflected throughout the field program
  • Leading the design, development, and implementation of a field assessment plan, including observation of student competencies, field education evaluations, and other best practice assessment tools
  • Continuously researching the literature to ensure best practices are applied in all aspects of field education
  • Continuously engaging with local, state and federal regulatory agencies and professional social work organizations to ensure the field department aligns with current legislation and regulations affecting the social work profession and students engaging in field placement
  • Leading the field program in fostering partnerships between the University and social work practice community and securing placement opportunities for both programs
  • Leading the field program in fostering workforce development and student compensation opportunities between the University and social work practice community
  • Developing ongoing professional development opportunities for the campus community and community partners
  • Developing and ensuring continuity of placement processes, policies and procedures, eligibility requirements, and other related policies at both the graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Developing and promoting the recruitment and training of qualified field instructors, faculty liaisons and task supervisors
  • Providing leadership to the field faculty and staff in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in resolving student performance issues and agency challenges, enhancing the reputation and visibility of the School of Social Work at local, regional, and national level and leading the development plan for expanding field programs as the department serves more students, including students in diverse geographic areas
  • Engaging community agencies to secure field placement opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students and maintaining partnerships
  • Oversee the BSW and MSW Professional Field Experience Coursework
  • Lead and ensure the placement of BSW and MSW students into the appropriate field internships
  • Support the development and facilitation of student and agency field orientation sessions
  • Provide consultation and mediation, as needed, to facilitate communication between students, field instructors, and faculty liaisons and academic faculty
  • Support the advising and mentoring field students
  • Serving on the administrative team and work in conjunction with School Leadership, to ensure that the Field Programs are integrated and moving the department in a common direction
  • Leading the field programs in the accurate presentation and updating of field materials for the community including agency recruitment and informational materials and the field manual.
  • Preparing and submitting budget proposals for field programs
  • Other duties as assigned
Percentage Of Time 70%
Job Duty Category Service
Duty/Responsibility
Duties assigned by Department Director
  • Serve on departmental committees
  • Assist with curriculum updates and accreditation visits
  • Service to the community, campus and/or college
Percentage Of Time 30%

Application Details


Special Instructions to Applicants
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Please ensure that all required qualifications (and preferred qualifications, as applicable) are addressed in application materials.
Applicant materials should include:
  • Resume/CV
  • List of three professional or academic references (this will be requested within the application system, and will not be an additional required material)
  • Letter of Interest including a specific and detailed list of how candidate meets all required qualifications (and preferred qualifications as applicable)
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Kelly Maycumber, Kelly.Maycumber@colostate.edu
EEO Statement
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu .
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu .
The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu .
Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education .
Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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