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Open Rank Professor and Field Education Director (MSW Program)


Alliant International University is a professional practice University committed to excellence in four areas:  Education for Professional Practice, Scholarship, Multicultural and International Competence and Community Engagement.  The University provides students with the highest quality of education through excellence and innovation in academic scholarship, applied training and research, and community service, particularly to underserved populations.  Through its Mission, the University's goal is to equip students with the competencies they need to provide public benefit and make an impact in their communities by addressing major contemporary social issues.  Core competencies of the University's training programs include cultural diversity, which is infused in courses and field placements and is manifest in the diversity of its students, faculty.


Our Mission:
Alliant International University prepares students for professional careers of service and leadership, and promotes the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world.


 Our Vision:
An inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.



This role will act as Open-Rank Professor, a faculty member who has completed a terminal degree (e.g., doctorate) in the area in which the faculty member will be teaching.  As an Open Rank Professor, they facilitate learning, and partake in scholarship, service, or any combination of those activities.  


As the Field Education Director (FED), under the general direction of the MSW Program Director will manage overall functioning of the Office of Field Training (OFT). The FED will participate in securing, evaluating, and monitoring field placements for Master of Social Work (MSW) students. The FED meets frequently with students regarding their training goals and serves as a liaison between students and field training sites throughout the field placements. The FED administrative duties will comprise at least, if not more, than 50% of your role.


The Field Education Director, Masters of Social Work, along with the Program Director, Masters of Social work is an inaugural position and represents an opportunity to shape program philosophy, curriculum, and faculty composition.  


Duties & Responsibilities:

Faculty Activities/Responsibilities
•    Facilitating Learning

  • Facilitating Classroom and Distance/Distributed Learning
  • Course and syllabus preparation
  • Class curriculum coordination and planning
  • Assessment and evaluation of learners
  • Student selection, orientation, and assessment 
  • Mentoring and advising of students
  • Field placement supervision and coordination
  • Research/scholarship mentoring and supervision, particularly of MSW student's research projects.

•    Scholarship - Scholarship/ research reflecting the generation, integration, dissemination and application of knowledge, as well as creative and original contributions to one’s field commensurate with academic rank. 
•    Service - All faculty engage in service to the University, Community and Profession commensurate with academic rank.  Examples in each category include:

  • Service to the University: 
    • Hiring and evaluating faculty Participating in developing, revising, and coordinating curriculum as well as maintaining program vitality 
    • Participating in processes to improve academic program quality
    • Participating in processes to improve quality of School, campus, and University faculty experience Participating in faculty governance
  • Service to the Community:
    • Contributions at the local, state, and national levels involving one’s professional expertise to the public, to organizations, and to governmental entities
  • Service to the Profession:
    • Participation in and leadership of professional organizations 
    • Reviewing for journals, conferences, and research grant panels

•    Duties Required of All Faculty - Certain duties are additionally required of all faculty and are not given formal workload credit but will be included in yearly evaluations. These include but are not limited to:

  • active participation in campus life to sustain a high level of facilitated learning;
  • participation in program governance, including program-based committees, with the exception of SERC which may receive up to three units of service workload credit at the discretion of the Program Director and the approval of the Dean and the Provost/VPAA;
  • active participation in program and campus activities (including scheduled and impromptu meetings of faculty, staff, and students);
  • picking up and promptly responding to paper, voice and electronic mail and messages;
  • visibility and accessibility supporting a sense of community;
  • regular accessibility either by person, by telephone and/or virtually to students, colleagues and the greater University community;
  • posting of teaching schedules, office hours, and procedures for making appointments on the faculty member’s door, online and on syllabi;
  • attendance and participation in program, department, faculty and Faculty Assembly meetings;
  • responding in a timely fashion to students’ requests for meetings, to telephone calls, and to e-mail communications;
  • participating in Faculty Assembly and program faculty meetings;
  • carrying an advising load of up to fourteen students (depending on size of the program and the judgment of the Program Director);
  • participation in hiring faculty;
  • participation in developing, revising and coordinating curriculum and maintaining program vitality;
  • participation in processes to improve quality of school/college, campus and University faculty experience; and
  • participation in, selection, admission and retention of new students, including attendance at admissions open houses, participating in admission interviews, new student orientation, and advising of students.
  • Submittal of grades, attendance, syllabi, and textbook orders in compliance with University established procedures and deadlines.
  • Perform other related tasks, duties and responsibilities as required, assigned or directed.


Field Education Director, Duties/Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and facilitate weekly Field Training meetings  
  • Manage the Office of Field Training, including conducting individual weekly meetings with Administrative Assistant.  
  • Schedule, create content, and attend Cohort Field Training Meetings throughout the year.
  • Manage student field training emergencies and SERC referrals. 
  • Collaborate with site Training Directors on the creation of behaviorally anchored remediation plans for students that are having problems on training placement.
  • Oversee the creation of new field training tracking databases.
  • Create the field training manual, policies, procedures, and forms and update annually.
  • Oversee the distribution of field training evaluations and review of all evaluations to ensure consistency with training standards. 
  • In instances of student difficulties, work with MSW program, students, and sites to create a plan for the student to meet competencies.
  • Maintain knowledge of best practices related to field training. 
  • Meet and assist all MSW students in the practicum  application process including annual advisement, review of CVs, cover letters, and provide interviewing skills workshops, including role play interviews/exercises..  
  • Conduct assemblies on the field training process in the Fall and Spring with students from the MSW program
  • Conduct annual site visits to field training sites and complete written reports of findings.  Conducts additional site visits when needed or appropriate
  • Meet with students as needed to ascertain progress, assess student needs, and provide ongoing professional advisement. 
  • Develop new training sites, as appropriate, to meet the changing needs of the MSW program.  
  • Serve as liaison between campus, student and agencies.
  • Serve as first point of contact between sites and field training department of the University
  • Assign grades for field training. 
  • Ensure sites’ compliance with University’s field training affiliation guidelines.
  • Update affiliation guidelines and contracts to assure accreditation compliance and meet students’ professional needs.
  • Review student field training site contracts for accuracy and assure contracts are in compliance with Alliant’s the University’s affiliation guidelines.
  • Coordinate with academic advisors and provides updates on student progress in field training.
  • Work directly with site training directors to troubleshoot any difficulties with students and make SERC referrals for student if deemed appropriate 
  • Perform other related tasks, duties and responsibilities as required, assigned, or directed. 



  • Proficient computer skills. 
  • The ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail and the ability to problem solve.
  • The ability to explain complex requirements in clear and concise terms 
  • The ability to be flexible with workflow to meet the needs of the department and students and to manage multiple tasks per required deadlines
  • The drive to encourage, direct, hold accountable and guide students toward task completion. 
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work as an effective team member and develop trusting relationships with students and University employees. 
  • Culturally competent and ability to communicate and interact effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and/or experiences
  • Highly motivated, focused and results oriented.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and tact in all interpersonal interactions, and to maintain confidentiality. 
  • Collaboration and partnering with other university stakeholders to support candidate success.     
  • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Education: Masters of Social Work from a CSWE accredited program and Doctoral degree in Social Work, or a closely related field, from an accredited college or university
  • Experience:  2-3 years of professional experience; familiarity with social work at the graduate level; Experience in facilitating learning
  • Certifications, Licenses, etc.: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or licensed-eligible, in the State of California.  Valid Driver’s License and proof of automobile insurance


Application Instructions: 

  • Please submit a resume/CV and cover letter (in part, describing your interest in and fit for the position).
  • Applicants invited to interview should be prepared to provide three professional references.


Background Check Requirements:
Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check (including criminal, prior employment and education verification).  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current University employees who apply for the position.


Additional Information:
Anti-Discrimination Policy:  Alliant International University prohibits unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation in its educational programs, services and activities, and in employment practices, including but not limited to internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, relationships with outside vendors, use of contractors and consultants, and in its admission or access thereto, on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin or descent, color, creed, religion, sex, age,  marital status, disability (including physical, disease, psychiatric or psychological disability), medical condition, pregnancy, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, hair style or texture associated with race, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.


Alliant International University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to ensuring a high quality of education through the diversity of the University community and the curriculum. Women, people of color, people with disabilities and people from other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply, as we actively seek to increase diversity at all levels. The University will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders.

Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.  Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.


Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Human Resources at or 858-635-4509.


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Governing legislation: Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the regulations implementing these statutes, and applicable federal and California law.


Alliant International University is a smoke and tobacco free environment.



Company: Alliant International University, Inc. 

Country: United States of America 

State/Region: California 

City: San Diego 

Postal Code: 92131 

Job ID: 144461

Date:  Sep 8, 2021

San Diego, CA, US, 92131

Nearest Major Market: San Diego

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