Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Field Education and External Relations

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Job Title: Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Field Education and External Relations
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8518

The Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Field Education is responsible for the strategic, curricular and administrative leadership of the Mandel School Field Education Department. The Field Education Department works in partnership with community organizations across the country to provide high quality field placement experiences to MSSA and MNO students enrolled in the Online, On-Campus and Intensive Weekend formats. The assistant dean provides leadership over the development, implementation and evaluation of field education curriculum in accordance with Mandel School and Council on Social Work Education policies and standards. The assistant dean is responsible for the supervision of remote and campus-based field education staff, including Associate Director of Field Education, field advisors, department assistant and student employees.


1.Provide effective, outcomes based leadership for a team of field education staff based locally and throughout the country. Provide general oversight and direction for daily work. Provide supervision for the Associate Director of Field Education, department assistant and field advisors. Lead the interview, hiring and orientation process for all field education staff. Identify, monitor and evaluate performance objectives for the department and staff. (15%)

2.Develop, implement and monitor all field education policies and procedures. Update and maintain field education manuals on an annual basis. Develop and oversee field education website updates. Provide consultation to students, field instructors and faculty regarding field education policies and issues. Address student conduct, performance and behavior concerns in partnership with field advisors and other appropriate parties. Escalate concerns in accordance with Mandel School policy. (15%)

3.Develop, promote and maintain local and national collaborative partnerships between community organizations and the Mandel School. Work in partnership with field advisors and online academic partner to develop, implement and coordinate the placement process for all students. Identify new and emerging areas for student training and develop appropriate placement opportunities. Maintain relationships with students, field instructors and placement sites to facilitate maximum learning opportunities at the field site. Oversee routine evaluation of placement sites; make recommendations for strengthening learning opportunities and for continuation as approved sites. Provide summary data to field advisors and the academic community. Work in partnership with the Office of General Counsel to facilitate and establish educational affiliation agreements for all placement sites. (15%)

4.Provide leadership over field education course design and development across program formats. Work as part of the curriculum team to identify the learning objectives and course activities to meet identified educational outcomes. Serve as the lead instructor for all field education practicum courses and the field seminar. Conduct ongoing evaluation and review of all field related courses. Serve as field education content area expert. Plan and provider oversight for the field education course schedule each semester and direct changes through the Registrar and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Oversee and compete field advisor assignments for all students each semester and update relevant data systems. (15%)

5.Oversee the field education partnership with the online academic partner in collaboration with the Associate Director of Field Education and Mandel School leadership. Monitor placement outcomes and make recommendations to improve outcomes as appropriate. (10%)

6.Plan, organize, promote and implement trainings and educational events to inform students, field instructors, field liaisons and task supervisors of field education policies, requirements and best practices. Develop, implement, deliver and evaluate field instructor training curriculum for in-person and remote participates. Develop, submit and oversee continuing education unit applications and ensure program compliance. (10%)

7.Serve on a variety of faculty and School committees and workgroups. Represent the Mandel School on national field education committees and consortia and at professional conferences. Work closely with faculty and departments throughout the School and University to support field education goals and initiatives. (10%)

8.Communicate relevant field education information and updates to internal and external constituents using a variety of delivery methods, such as in-person presentations, written updates, web conferencing, etc. Coordinate and approve student professional development opportunities. Verify student field education requirements for state licensing boards. Effectively navigate and maintain student and field education data within required technological systems, including field education databases (Intern Placement Tracking System, Salesforce), Learning Management Systems (Canvas, Atrio) and the Student Information System. Use available technology to generate field education data and reports. (5%)

9.Participate in incoming student orientation and recruitment events. Work in partnership with the admissions and marketing teams to provide field related information, guidance and support regarding prospective students. Review and evaluate student admissions applications. (5%)


1.Consult with other faculty to develop and implement grants and other funding opportunities related to enhanced field education experiences. (<1%)

2.Perform other duties as assigned. (<1%)


Department: Continuous contact with The Mandel School faculty, deans and directors, students and academic partners to exchange program information.

University: Work collaboratively with University Technology (UTech), University Registrar, University Financial Aid, Office of Student Employment, Risk Management, Office of Disability Resources, Office of General Counsel and other schools to exchange program information.

External: Continuous contact with community organizations, contracted academic partners, external vendors, other schools of social work to exchange program information.

Students: Continuous contact with enrolled and prospective students to exchange program information.


Assume major responsibility for supervision and advisement of the associate director of field education, field advisors, department assistant and student employees.


Experience: Minimum of 5 years post master’s experience in administrative leadership within the field of social work. Substantial supervisory and leadership experience of remote and office based personnel within a complex organizational setting.

Education/Licensing: Master’s degree from an accredited CSWE School of Social Work. Supervising Independently Licensed Social Worker (LISW-S) or equivalent strongly preferred.


1.Demonstrated supervisory and management skills.

2.Demonstrated evidence of advancing innovation in field education.

3.Demonstrated ability to collaborate and liaison with academic constituents and partners to develop, maintain and advance relationships with organizations and community partners.

4.Extensive knowledge of agency-based practices and experience in developing/delivering professional trainings and field education curriculum within campus-based and online learning environments.

5.Skills in leadership, team-building, program and organizational development, policy development and analysis.

6.Ability to work well under pressure, manage high work volume and multiple time demands.

7.Extensive practice skills and knowledge of social service agencies and community resources.

8.Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

9.Excellent computer skills (i.e. Electronic Records, Learning Management Systems, Web-based Instruction).

10.High degree of organization and ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

11.Knowledge and experience in all general areas of social work practice.

12.Familiarity with the Counsel on Social Work Education (CSWE) program standards.

13.Ability to meet consistent attendance.

14.Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.


General office environment in the Mandel School building. Consistent onsite presence is required. The position requires frequent travel and access to a vehicle.

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.





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Posted: 10/9/2020
Application Due: 1/7/2021
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