Working Title Director and Associate Professor/Professor, School of Social
Department School of Social Work
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Position Number TBD
Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
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.
Purpose of Position
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
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
e. Facilitates SSW meetings and ensures dialogue and shared governance at said
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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,
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
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
Experience with accelerated on-line programs.
Experience using administrative, managerial, and financial best practices.
Applicant Documents (Required)
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
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.
If you have questions regarding the search, please contact Tara McLendon at
Minimum Education Ph.D
Preferred Education Ph.D
Requisition Number 2021F559
Job Open Date 09/21/2021
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Quick Link https: // jobs.nku.edu/postings/10845
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