Associate Director of Field Instruction and Online Development

2 months ago
Job ID
2017-9750
Wilf-Amsterdam Ave & 185th St
Employee Classification
Exempt
Department
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Position Type
Regular Full-Time

ABOUT US

Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University (YU) has a strong tradition of combining Jewish scholarship with academic excellence and achievement in the liberal arts, sciences, medicine, law, business, social work, Jewish studies, education, psychology, and more.  

 

We are a leading global educational institution that employs 2,000 people across our various campus locations -- Wilf Campus, Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, Resnick Campus in the Bronx, the Gruss Institute in Jerusalem, the Boys High School in Manhattan and the Girls High School in Queens. From the distinguished faculty who teach here, to the dedicated staff, we work to fulfill our mission: to “bring wisdom to life” through all that we teach, by all that we do and for all those we serve.  We seek to attract and retain engaged and committed individuals who contribute to an exciting working environment, where there is a sense of community and belonging, balanced with a significant cross section of people from diverse backgrounds working and studying together.

 

The University offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans, including immediate participation in the University’s retirement plan. Staff members are typically eligible for four weeks paid vacation each year and a shuttle to nearby subway locations.

 

Established in 1957, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work (WSSW) offers a "methods-based" curriculum and concentrations in clinical practice, social group work and community social work/administration. WSSW enjoys an international reputation for academic excellence within the larger academic community of Yeshiva University.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

Block Program Maintenance and Development:

 

Block Program Field Placement

  • Develop, evaluate and maintain a network of field work placements for students in the Block Program
  • Maintain outreach to agencies providing internships throughout the U.S. and internationally.  Evaluate learning opportunities, screen and mentor prospective field instructors in accordance with accreditation standards set by the Council on Social Work Education
  • Teach the Seminar in Field Instruction to field instructors locally.  This is a 12-session (24 hour) course for new field instructors required by NY area graduate schools of social work.  Serve on NY Area SIFI Committee of Associate and Assistant Directors of Field Work to review and update SIFI curriculum
  • Maintain all data and records for Block program field placements
  • Develop and implement field work orientations and conduct a specialized workshop on process recording
  • Screen adjunct faculty advisors for Block program students.  Serve as liaison to faculty advisors offering consultation, supervision and training as needed.  Assist these advisors with students’ difficult field issues
  • Assist with student recruitment by meeting with prospective students, speaking at scheduled information sessions, Open Houses, etc.  Attend recruitment events, graduate fairs as needed locally and regionally
  • Represent the school to agencies in several regions of the country and/or internationally and aid in developing new markets for students
  • Evaluate block policies and procedures to ensure an efficient and cost-effective program
  • Work with field director to update Block student handbook for field instruction

Block Student Field Advisement:

  • Serve as field advisor to 15 Block Program students.  Monitor students’ educational experience and performance through agency contact with students and field instructors.  Read, review and provide feedback to each of these students on their monthly logs and process recordings that are submitted.  Serve as mentor to the final integrative essay required of graduating students
  • Meet individually with all Block Program students to do an educational assessment that guides the field placement process.
  • Review work-study proposals for students who are completing field placements at employment sites with the goal of determining the agency’s ability to provide suitable educational experiences
  • Serve as an advisor to extended students in the Winter program throughout the year, assisting with registration, monitoring the progress of advisees and supporting them through their academic experience
  • Member of Field Work Committee and Field Work Advisory Committee
  • Serve as member of the Admissions Committee, outreach to alumni, interviewing applicants, reviewing candidates, etc. 

 

Online Program Development and Maintenance

 

Online Program Field Placements and Field Advisement

  • Develop procedures for placing online students in field work
  • Develop protocol and process for assessing the appropriateness of an agency and of field instructors
  • Develop protocol for assessing online students’ field assignments to meet requirements
  • Recruit high performing online field education faculty with proven teaching competencies who will provide field advisement
  • Work with all parties responsible for oversight of faculty. This includes the Director of Field Instruction, Associate Dean, and Sequence Chairs to supervise and evaluate online faculty performance. Utilize current practices for obtaining annual performance evaluations to obtain evaluative information about online faculty
  • Collaborate with Director of Field Instruction to support the recruitment and retention of online field faculty when needed

Advisement for Online Students

  • Develop and maintain an online field orientation seminar and ongoing practice seminar conducted while students are in field work
  • Work with faculty field advisors on students’ learning needs and issues as they meet curriculum requirements
  • Manage evaluation of field work process for field instructors and students
  • Respond to difficult student issues as needed in consultation with Field Director
  • Participate in the active evaluation of field seminar and implement changes as needed
  • As part of the Admissions Committee review student applications for admission to the online programs
  • Assist in the development of online student retention initiatives
  • Develop and maintain systems to support effective Academic and Field Advising
  • Help to develop a Student Development Committee to support online student success
  • Provide input for managing student evaluation of online field faculty and seminar content

Program Development/Support

  • Develop, maintain, and implement policies and processes for the smooth operation of the online field program
  • Assess the quality of online field course content and identify seminars that need revisions
  • Identify areas of need and improvement to maintain the success of the online program
  • Coordinate/translate online program issues and needs with on-campus systems
  • Participate in school committees, meetings, and projects
  • Maintain interdepartmental relationships within the university

Administration

  • Develop online field handbook for students to articulate with Field Instruction Manual
  • Develop online field protocols for student placement
  • Expand the national list of all field agencies and field supervisors
  • Serve as liaison between MSW online and other university online programs
  • Provide strong leadership to the online program

QUALIFICATIONS

Experience and Educational Background:

 

  • A Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited social work program
  • NY State License, LMSW or LCSW required
  • SIFI trained plus three years of experience as a field instructor

Skills and Competencies:

 

  • Solid interpersonal skills with ability to interface with various populations, students, faculty, agency practitioners, field instructors
  • Develops effective written communications and uses them appropriately
  • Interacts and proactively shares information with internal and external contacts where appropriate
  • Assumes responsibility to ensure issues/concerns will be addressed and monitors them through conclusion
  • Identifies, defines and analyzes information and situations before recommending a course of action
  • Effectively manages own time and resources
  • Seeks to apply technology and innovation to improve efficiency and solve problems
  • Leadership and creativity with respect to field curriculum development; solid knowledge of social work practice in a variety of settings

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