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Program Director and Core Faculty, Bachelor of Social Work
Date Posted 11/22/2021
Hiring Status Accepting Applications
Location Winona or Twin Cities Campus
Position Responsibilities

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is seeking a Program Director and Core Faculty member to provide vision and leadership for the launch of a new 4-year bachelor of social work degree at the undergraduate college campus and the online bachelor completion program. This position can be based out of the Twin Cities or Winona campus with expectation of occasional travel between campuses.  In concert with the university’s new strategic plan and its distinctive Lasallian Catholic mission, the director integrates the bachelor of social work program with Character Education and Virtue Formation according to the framework developed by the Jubilee Centre in the United Kingdom at the University of Birmingham overlaid with Lasallian principles.

In addition to the new program launch, first-year accountabilities include curricular leadership, accreditation preparation, student advising, and university service activities. For the second year and beyond, the position transitions exclusively to program administration and teaching.

We seek a leader who can ensure program vitality and academic quality by balancing administrative and academic functions that support a rigorous approach to teaching social work and meeting student learning goals. The person in this role must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution by understanding and supporting the alignment between the Lasallian core principles of Inclusive Community, Respect for All Persons, and Concern for the Poor and Social Justice; the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics; and the values of the Catholic Social Workers National Association.

Under the direction of the School Dean, the role is responsible for:

  • Program Administration – to include among other duties syllabi development, establishment of field processes and social work licensure disclosure/admissions processes, student orientation, enrollment goal monitoring, student progression/retention, and promoting program value through presentations and community relations
  • Teaching – up to four 3-credit masters level courses in Year 1; up to three 3-credit bachelors courses in Year 2 and beyond
  • Faculty Leadership – recruit, hire, orient, evaluate, and develop a roster of well-qualified adjunct faculty
  • Curriculum Leadership – develop and approve all syllabi for all courses that meet education and accreditation standards, regular program reviews to maintain curricular relevance, implement assessments of student learning initiatives
  • Professional Development and University Service – advise students on academic requirements and licensure requirements, maintain disciplinary expertise and scholarship, contribute to the university governance structure, participate in commencements, convocations, and other university events, serve on task forces and committees
Essential Skills and Abilities
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and multi-tasking skills with proven ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with students, faculty and other professionals in academic settings and with community partners.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the profession of social work, social work education (including Council on Social Work Education, CSWE, accreditation) and to serving marginalized populations.
  • Understanding of both traditional and nontraditional college student experiences.
  • Experience with or willingness to learn online teaching and learning management systems.
  • Understanding of online education and how to effectively engage students to maximize their online learning experience. 
  • Professional decorum and ethical decision-making.
  • Creation/maintenance of a collegial spirit among students, faculty, and colleagues. 
  • Effective interpersonal and supervisory skills in recruitment, performance management, coaching/counseling.
  The successful candidate must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution.
Education and Experience
  • A doctoral degree in social work is preferred; a master’s degree in social work and more than five years of social work practice experience in the field and in an academic setting will be considered. 
  • MSW degree from a CSWE accredited program is required.
  • At least two years social work practice experience is preferred.
  • Experience in higher education is preferred which includes teaching, program development. and/or administration, especially experience with the CSWE accreditation standards.
  • Current social work license in Minnesota or eligibility for social work licensure is required.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Additional Required Materials Cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references
Application Review Date
Starting Date
Contact Susan Jarosak, Assistant Dean, School of Health & Human Services
Contact Email sjarosak@smumn.edu
Position Full-time
Contract Length
Other Details / Information
Benefits Full
Work Sponsorship This position is not eligible for work sponsorship
  We encourage members of the protected classes as defined by the federal, state, and municipal law and those persons attracted to a university with a Lasallian Catholic identity to apply.
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