Director, School of Social Work

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The School of Social Work at Illinois State University invites applications for the position of Director, for a 12-month, 5-year (renewable) term, preferably to begin July 1, 2022. As the School’s chief administrative officer, the director reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The director will be expected to provide vision and leadership, secure resources to accomplish the School’s goals, and foster a collegial atmosphere conducive to teaching, research, and service. The director also teaches one course per year.

To be considered for this position, applicants must have a Ph.D. in Social Work or a closely related discipline and must hold the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. An MSW from a CSWE-accredited program is required. Two years of post-MSW practice experience, and clinical licensure or license-eligibility are preferred. In addition, the successful candidate should possess demonstrable leadership, management, and communication skills, as well as have significant research and teaching accomplishments. Knowledge of and experience with CSWE accreditation guidelines is desirable. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position. This position is security sensitive and subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy. Employment is contingent upon the candidate’s satisfactory clearance of a criminal background investigation.

The School has a special interest in candidates who can demonstrate commitment to the core values of both the School and the University, which include shared governance, equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed to apply. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

The School of Social Work: The School is a vibrant, dynamic, and energetic group of faculty, staff, and students. We are academically diverse and passionate about meeting the needs of our students. We have built a strong reputation for scholarly work while maintaining a commitment to teaching, collegiality, and service. For more information about the program visit: https://socialwork.illinoisstate.edu: Illinois State University (http://www.illinoisstate.edu) is committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large- university opportunities. Founded in 1857, ISU is the oldest public university in Illinois with an enrollment of approximately 20,500 students in its six colleges. The School of Social Work is housed with the College of Arts and Sciences (http://www.cas.ilstu.edu) which is home to 19 academic departments and interdisciplinary programs. Please visit the University’s points of pride at https://illinoisstate.edu/points-of-pride/. Illinois State made U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 rankings of America’s best public national universities based on academic quality and excellence. The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Edvocate have consistently named Illinois State University one of the “Great Colleges to Work For”. Washington Monthly ranked the University No. 62 out of all national universities for the institution's contribution to the public good through social mobility, research, and public services. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) recognized Illinois State University with the 2021 Excellence and Innovation Award for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, highlighting the University’s efforts encouraging students to be engaged and educated citizens in partnership with the community.

Required Qualifications

1. Ph.D. in Social Work or a closely related discipline and must hold the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. An MSW from a CSWE-accredited program is required.
2. Successful candidate should possess demonstrable leadership, management, and communication skills.
3. Have significant research and teaching accomplishments.
4. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.

Desired Qualifications

1. Two years of post-MSW practice experience, and clinical licensure or license-eligibility are preferred.
2. Knowledge of and experience with CSWE accreditation guidelines is desirable.

Functional Expectations

Must be able to complete the following with or without reasonable accommodation:

1. Ability to effectively communicate on a daily basis.
2. Ability to conduct or attend meetings in various locations across campus.

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Pay is commensurate with qualification and experience, combined with an excellent benefits package.

Required Applicant Documents

1. Cover Letter of Application

2. Detailed letter indicating fit to the position and giving concise philosophies about teaching, research, and leadership style, as well as a statement about your commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

3. Curriculum Vita

4. Names and contact information for three professional references. In addition, please arrange to have three letters of reference sent via e-mail to Eric Wesselmann, edwesse@ilstu.edu. Your file will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed until all required items and letters are uploaded.

PLEASE NOTE:  These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

Application Procedure: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For optimal consideration, submit all materials by November 12, 2021. Please complete an online faculty application (www.jobs.ilstu.edu) by uploading the requisite documents, which include:

- cover letter of application

- detailed letter indicating fit to the position and giving concise philosophies about teaching, research, and leadership style, as well as a statement about your commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

- curriculum vita

- names and contact information for three professional references. In addition, please arrange to have three letters of reference sent via e-mail to Eric Wesselmann, edwesse@ilstu.edu. Your file will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed until all required items and letters are uploaded.

Contact Information for Applicants

Search Committee Chair, Dr. Eric Wesselmann (edwesse@ilstu.edu).

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.