Director of Field Education

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime

Department
 

SSA Field Program


About the Department
 

As one of the first schools of social work in the United States, the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) has shaped the field through a combination of research, teaching, and practice. Since the School’s founding more than 100 years ago, SSA faculty, students, and alumni have addressed such complex social problems as poverty, violence, educational inequality, child welfare, homelessness, health, and environmental disparities. Included within SSA is the Urban Education Institute (UEI), a model for how to engage in the systemic improvement of pre-K-12th grade schooling. Through four integrated units, UEI conducts rigorous research (UChicago Consortium), trains educators (UChicago UTEP), operates school campuses (UChicago Charter), and provides research-based learning tools (UChicago Impact). Other SSA centers, including the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention, the Center for Health Administration Studies, the Smart Decarceration Project, the Employment Instability, Family Well-being, and Social Policy Network (EINet), and the Network for College Success, work in partnership with community residents, businesses, and stakeholders to achieve the greatest breakthroughs. Today, our work has never been more important. More than 8,000 SSA graduates in the US and globally hold leadership positions in academia, at nonprofits, and at governmental agencies – committed to create a more just and more humane society through principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity. More information may be found here.


Job Summary
 

The Director of Field Education oversees management of the Crown Family School of Social Work field education program for over 400 master’s students. The Director is a member of the school’s administration and reports to the Deputy Dean for Curriculum. The Director is responsible for providing students with field work opportunities for skill development in clinical and social administrative placements throughout the greater Chicago area. The Director is also responsible for developing creative ways in educating students in partnerships with faculty, staff and community.

Responsibilities

  • Adapts field office plans and priorities to address resource and operational challenges. Decisions are guided by established policies and procedures.
  • Provides technical guidance to field staff and faculty colleagues.
  • The job manages a team of professional staff responsible for the development and implementation of education outreach programs and community relations strategies.
  •  Provides leadership and supervision to field staff.
  • Manages employees by establishing annual performance goals, allocating resources, assessing annual performance, and recommending individual merit, incentive and/or promotional increases. 
  • Manages education outreach program operations and administrative functions to include planning, program evaluation, policy implementation, personnel administration, budget, marketing, fundraising and proposal development.
  • Maintains partnerships with national, state and local organizations.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications
 

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

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Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

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Certifications:

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Preferred Qualifications

Education:

  • Master’s degree in social work.

Experience:

  • A minimum of seven years post-masters experience
  • Significant administrative and supervisory experience,

Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to understand the school’s mission and represent the School and communicate its interests to a variety of external constituencies.
  • ability to think broadly about the field of social work, to conceptualize the future of social work practice in a variety of settings, to understand the difference in classroom knowledge and the practice of social work and to translate that into high quality field placement opportunities for students.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational ability, analytic skills, and problem-solving ability.
  • Ability to exercise creativity and leadership with staff, faculty, field consultants, students, and external constituencies.
  • Work as a team player and participate in and contribute to a research focused academic environment.

Application Documents

  • Cover letter (Required)
  • Resume (Required)
  • Reference (Required)


When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Resume/CV of the application.


Job Family
 

Academic Affairs


Role Impact
 

People Manager


FLSA Status
 

Exempt


Pay Frequency
 

Monthly


Scheduled Weekly Hours
 

40


Benefits Eligible
 

Yes


Drug Test Required
 

No


Health Screen Required
 

No


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
 

No


Posting Statement
 

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity /Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

 

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form .

 

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

 

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

 

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu . Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.



Department
 

SSA Field Program


About the Department
 

As one of the first schools of social work in the United States, the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) has shaped the field through a combination of research, teaching, and practice. Since the School’s founding more than 100 years ago, SSA faculty, students, and alumni have addressed such complex social problems as poverty, violence, educational inequality, child welfare, homelessness, health, and environmental disparities. Included within SSA is the Urban Education Institute (UEI), a model for how to engage in the systemic improvement of pre-K-12th grade schooling. Through four integrated units, UEI conducts rigorous research (UChicago Consortium), trains educators (UChicago UTEP), operates school campuses (UChicago Charter), and provides research-based learning tools (UChicago Impact). Other SSA centers, including the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention, the Center for Health Administration Studies, the Smart Decarceration Project, the Employment Instability, Family Well-being, and Social Policy Network (EINet), and the Network for College Success, work in partnership with community residents, businesses, and stakeholders to achieve the greatest breakthroughs. Today, our work has never been more important. More than 8,000 SSA graduates in the US and globally hold leadership positions in academia, at nonprofits, and at governmental agencies – committed to create a more just and more humane society through principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity. More information may be found here.


Job Summary
 

The Director of Field Education oversees management of the Crown Family School of Social Work field education program for over 400 master’s students. The Director is a member of the school’s administration and reports to the Deputy Dean for Curriculum. The Director is responsible for providing students with field work opportunities for skill development in clinical and social administrative placements throughout the greater Chicago area. The Director is also responsible for developing creative ways in educating students in partnerships with faculty, staff and community.

Responsibilities

  • Adapts field office plans and priorities to address resource and operational challenges. Decisions are guided by established policies and procedures.
  • Provides technical guidance to field staff and faculty colleagues.
  • The job manages a team of professional staff responsible for the development and implementation of education outreach programs and community relations strategies.
  •  Provides leadership and supervision to field staff.
  • Manages employees by establishing annual performance goals, allocating resources, assessing annual performance, and recommending individual merit, incentive and/or promotional increases. 
  • Manages education outreach program operations and administrative functions to include planning, program evaluation, policy implementation, personnel administration, budget, marketing, fundraising and proposal development.
  • Maintains partnerships with national, state and local organizations.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications
 

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

---
Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

---
Certifications:

---

Preferred Qualifications

Education:

  • Master’s degree in social work.

Experience:

  • A minimum of seven years post-masters experience
  • Significant administrative and supervisory experience,

Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to understand the school’s mission and represent the School and communicate its interests to a variety of external constituencies.
  • ability to think broadly about the field of social work, to conceptualize the future of social work practice in a variety of settings, to understand the difference in classroom knowledge and the practice of social work and to translate that into high quality field placement opportunities for students.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational ability, analytic skills, and problem-solving ability.
  • Ability to exercise creativity and leadership with staff, faculty, field consultants, students, and external constituencies.
  • Work as a team player and participate in and contribute to a research focused academic environment.

Application Documents

  • Cover letter (Required)
  • Resume (Required)
  • Reference (Required)


When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Resume/CV of the application.


Job Family
 

Academic Affairs


Role Impact
 

People Manager


FLSA Status
 

Exempt


Pay Frequency
 

Monthly


Scheduled Weekly Hours
 

40


Benefits Eligible
 

Yes


Drug Test Required
 

No


Health Screen Required
 

No


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
 

No


Posting Statement
 

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity /Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

 

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form .

 

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

 

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

 

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu . Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.


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