Northern Kentucky University — Director and Associate Professor / Professor, School of Social Work

Director and Associate Professor/Professor, School of Social Work

Northern Kentucky University – School of Social Work
Full Time

Northern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We embrace inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seek excellence through diversity among our students, administrators, faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups is encouraged.

Located seven miles from downtown Cincinnati in an area offering an outstanding quality of life, Northern Kentucky University is a nationally recognized metropolitan university committed to active engagement with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region of nearly two million people. Our institution is built on the core values of excellence, integrity, inclusiveness, innovation, and collegiality.

The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) was founded in 2019, with a focus on promoting an innovative environment to facilitate excellence in academic scholarship, engagement, practice, leadership, lifelong learning, and inter-professional education within a global context to promote health. Each of these mission components empowers our graduates to pursue fulfilling careers and meaningful lives, while contributing to the economic, civic, and social vitality of the region. The CHHS faculty and administrators are a dynamic and progressive team of educators and staff, who practice, teach, and lead in a professional and collegial environment.

The School of Social Work (SSW) was one of the three newly formed schools within the CHHS in 2019. The tenets of the SSW, the CHHS, and NKU align with the expectation that the SSW Director shall also exemplify National Association of Social Work (NASW) values and qualities that are foundational to the social work profession, to include competence, integrity, the importance of human relationships, dignity and worth of the person, social justice, and service. “This constellation of core values reflects what is unique to the social work profession” (NASW, 2019). The SSW includes BSW, MSW (60 hour traditional), MSW (60 hour accelerated on-line), and MSW (30 hour advanced standing) programs.

The School of Social Work is accepting applications for the position of SSW Director. The SSW Director reports to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. The Director for the SSW is ultimately accountable for all activities in the School. The four-year administrative term, with possible renewal begins January 1, 2022. Specific activities, which facilitate this role, include:

  1. Leadership and General Administration
    a.      Facilitates the development of the strategic plan and the progress toward attainment of strategic goals, including enhancement of inter-professional education (IPE), self-support programs, graduate programming and research.
    b.     Facilitates administrative team meetings.
    c.      Directs, supports, evaluates, and provides guidance to Program Directors, faculty, and staff in the SSW.
    d.      Supports Program Directors in maintaining high academic and professional standards.
    e.      Facilitates SSW meetings and ensures dialogue and shared governance at said meetings.
    f.       Hires faculty in consultation with the Dean and faculty.
    g.      Supports Program Directors in hiring adjunct faculty, lecturers, and staff.
    h.     Accountable for assessment and maintenance of accreditation standards, to include leadership in the development of required Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) documentation and program evaluations.
    i.       Accountable for design, coordination, and implementation of all accreditation activities related to all courses, initiatives, and programs within the SSW.  
  2. Coordination and Communication within the School, University, and Community
    a.      Promotes the concept of shared governance, welcomed through open and transparent leadership and communications.
    b.     Represents the SSW as appropriate, within the community, and national associations.
    c.      Oversees public relations/publicity for the SSW.
    d.      Develops and sustains relationships with community partners.
    e.      Maintains and enhances relationships with the University Alumni Association.
    f.       Works with College Development Director to raise funds and support the SSW.
  3. Management of Resources
    a.     Facilitates the recruitment and orientation of faculty, to include management and coordination of adjunct, full-time faculty members and all accelerated online-related team members.
    b.     Provides leadership and resources to faculty pursuing research and scholarly activities in collaboration with the Program Directors.
    c.     Develops additional financial resources to assist in fulfilling the mission and goals of the SSW.
    d.     Accountable for the budget in the SSW.  Leads collaborative development, active implementation, and continual evaluation and revision of this budget in a manner that is open and in collaboration with SSW faculty.
  4. Teaching/Service/Research
    a. Teaches courses determined in consultation with the Dean in consideration of other demands, assignments, or responsibilities. This obligation will not normally exceed the equivalent of six credit hours per year.
    b. Participates in research according to specialty and interests.
    c. Designs, coordinates, and implements accreditation reports and program evaluations related to the in-person and online programs.
    d.  Participates in University and community service as available, to include service to the programs within the SSW, service to the College, service to the University, and service to the community and profession.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned Ph.D. in Social Work, Doctorate in Social Work, or an earned doctoral degree in a closely related field.
  • Earned Master of Social Work or Master of Science in Social Work from an accredited university.
  • Eligible to qualify for tenure and rank of associate professor or higher in the School of Social Work according to the University’s 2021 Promotion and Tenure guidelines.
  • Distinguished record of college-level teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Experience as a tenured faculty member with the rank of associate professor or professor at an academic institution with a minimum of 2 years of academic administration/leadership experience at Program Director level or above
  • Demonstrated commitment and contributions directed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Documented success as a collaborative leader.
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultivating a collegial environment among faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to motivate and interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to advocate for the SSW to multiple constituencies and promote strategic priorities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Involvement with supporting and maintaining accreditation (e.g., CSWE, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or other accrediting bodies
  • Demonstrated experience with faculty development and mentoring.
  • Experience with grant writing and management, fundraising, and development.
  • Experience with accelerated on-line programs.
  • Experience using administrative, managerial, and financial best practices.

Applicant Documents (Required)

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter, to include:
    a.      Vision statement for the SSW
    b.     Overview of commitment to student success in prior positions
    c.      Discussion of commitment to inclusivity and diversity in prior position(s)
    d.      Summary of past administrative experience
    e.      Overview of past conflict management and interpersonal skills
    f.       Synopsis of mentoring
  3. Submission of a leadership statement that describes leadership style and provides concrete examples of successful leadership experience.  Examples could include outcomes directly connected to past leadership positions, and outcomes related to budget management, and CSWE accreditation.  Additionally, examples demonstrating a commitment to transparency, in matters including (but not limited to) leadership, governance/shared decision-making, finances and budgeting are strongly encouraged.
  4. Submission of a Statement of Inclusion and Diversity Philosophy.
  5. Three (3) references (no reference letters accepted).
  6. Unofficial graduate transcripts.

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