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Assistant Program Director, Graduate School of Social Work

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado, USA
$55000 - $65000 per year
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The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) is a vibrant community of scholars and teachers committed to having a diverse faculty and student body. The Schools curriculum, research, and community partnerships emphasize social and economic justice, along with an understanding of and respect for social, political, and cultural diversity both nationally and internationally. GSSW provides an intellectual, collegial, and supportive environment that fosters interdisciplinary and international educational opportunities. GSSW engages in collaborative projects locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. GSSW and the University of Denver are committed to enhancing the diversity of faculty and staff.

Position Summary

Assistant Program Directors at the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) perform a broad range of management and operations duties related to either the [email protected] online MSW Program, or the on-site Denver Campus MSW Program. Assistant Program Directors report directly to a Program Director. These positions are integral to program success and require development of collaborative and supportive relationships with faculty, staff, and internal and external education partners. Ideal candidates possess the ability to work with a cross-functional team of professionals across many School and University disciplines. The Assistant Program Directors are a key point of interface in coordinating logistics between GSSW departments, University of Denver administration, education partners, and students. In addition to coordinating logistics, the Assistant Program Directors are involved with curricular deployment and improvement to ensure that it retains alignment with the other GSSW MSW programs and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation standards. The Assistant Program Directors act as the primary contact for their assigned program and may supervise student and administrative staff positions.

Essential Functions

Coordinates educational and administrative components of the assigned MSW Program, including:

  • Coordinates educational and administrative components of the MSW Program.
  • Create effective and efficient workflows for all internal program operations in collaboration with Program Director, Academic Affairs program support staff and Student Services teams.
  • Collaborates and serves as liaison with marketing and admissions efforts including facilitating publicity, distributing recruitment materials and program information, and providing individualized information to potential students.
  • Coordinates with admissions and faculty related to prospective student webinars and informational sessions.
  • Collaborates on implementation of program evaluation strategies and strategic planning initiatives; reviews data and presents themes to administration.
  • Supports and tracks aspects of the academic advising process as varies by program need.
  • Partners with Program Director and GSSW Student Services on communication and implementation of student services and resources.
  • With support from Program Director, responds to student concerns about curriculum and instruction, and completes follow up inquiries and communication as needed.
  • Supports Adjunct and Curriculum Coordinator, Program Director and Course Coordinators in communication with adjunct faculty teaching in the program including the coordination of materials and resources.
  • Collaborates on curricular and response efforts to promote an anti-racist and anti-oppressive learning experience that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion at GSSW.
  • Manages, tracks, and summarizes meetings related to the GSSW internal transfer process for students transferring between GSSW programs.
  • Facilitates administration/communication/tracking for varying student processes as needed.

Field Education

  • Jointly attends Field Concerns meeting with program representatives, conducts follow up information gathering and tracks student status.
  • Serves a communication/liaison function between the program and field team as needed.

Community Engagement

  • Represents the Program in the DU Community at various meetings or events as determined by program need.
  • Collaboratively coordinates special events and professional development for students, adjuncts, alumni, and field instructors in partnership with other GSSW teams and personnel. This might include local reception ceremonies, guest lecture experiences, alumni engagement opportunities, student orientation, licensure preparation courses and/or commencement.
  • May serve on various university and GSSW committees and assist with administrative processes for operations.

Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong time management and constructive problem-solving skills
  • Great attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to plan and complete multi-stage projects
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with internal and external partners
  • Skilled at connecting and building rapport with staff, faculty, students, and external stakeholders
  • Ability to successfully and promptly address issues from identification through resolution.
  • Ability to adapt to new and rapidly changing situations
  • Creative, innovative, and able to work independently and in a team with a high level of professionalism
  • Ability to effectively work with multiple databases and student platforms (e.g., Salesforce, Banner, Learning Management Systems, etc.)
  • Comfort with online webinar technology using audio, video and shared desktop applications (e.g., Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting, Skype)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Demonstrated commitment, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage individuals from broadly diverse communities
  • Capacity to manage multiple projects in a fast paced environment
  • Comfort working autonomously and collaboratively with diverse teams
  • Demonstrated experience in anti-racist, anti-oppressive, inclusive educational programming
  • Demonstrated skill in conflict management and resolution or mediation
  • Willingness to facilitate and lead public speaking events
  • Aptitude for presenting information in in multiple formats
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Attention to detail, ability to take comprehensive notes and disseminate information with precision

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Social Work, Education, or related field required plus a minimum of 2 years experience in Higher Education or Social Work field
  • Proficiency in Excel and other Word software, Zoom or online meeting forums, communication and learning management platforms
  • Experience reviewing and analyzing large sets of data (such as attendance, course evaluations, enrollment, class size) and summarizing themes

Preferred Qualifications

  • MSW or masters in related field
  • Experience in Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Training or background in Crucial Conversations, leadership or team dynamics
  • Demonstrated experience in leading trainings or classroom teaching, adjunct instructing a plus

Working Environment

  • Standard on-campus office environment which may include interruptions. Possibility for some remote work.
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate
  • Some evening or weekend hours may be required during high volume timeframes

Physical Activities

  • Ability to be in front of a computer for an extended period.
  • Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs. with assistance

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) October 21, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 9.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $55,000 - $65,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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