Director of Practicum (Field) Education Office

  • Dominican University
  • River Forest, IL, USA
  • Mar 01, 2024
Full time Deans & Directors

Job Description

TITLE: Director of Practicum (Field) Education Office 
STATUS: Full-Time Exempt (Salaried)
DEPARTMENT: School of Social Work
REPORTS TO: Director, School of Social Work
WORK LOCATION: hybrid on campus and remote work schedule
About the Position
The Director of Practicum (formerly referred to as “Field”) Education will lead the Practicum Office in promoting an anti-oppressive and anti -racist approach to the internship experience for MSW students. The Director of Practicum will reinforce and support the practicum experience as the signature pedagogy for social work education and develops, manages, supervises and coordinates internship experiences for students in SSW. The Director of Practicum Education will develop new affiliations, maintain relationships with community partners, evaluate current field placements and educate practicum instructors on their role in supporting social work education. The role of the Director of Practicum Education is to provide direct support and training to the practicum office, students, practicum faculty, placements, and practicum instructors/task supervisors.  

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Support the implementation of the school's strategic directives as it relates to the practicum experience
  • Outreach, engage, and coordinate with potential placement settings (including agencies, organizations, and schools) for the purpose of accepting social work interns which includes appropriate vetting and use of virtual and in-person site visits as needed.
  • Participate in the CSWE reaccreditation processes and evaluation of competencies for students.
  • Attend and participate in  practicum related events such as CSWE's Annual Program Meeting (APM)  
  • Participation in Field Director Consortium of Illinois (meetings are bi-annual)
  • Engage in oversight of student worker responsibilities.
  • Take an active role in practicum programming, including: student orientation, supervisory orientation/training, faculty orientation, and Practicum Fair.
  • Educate community organizations as to the policies and procedures required by SSW and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for successful internships.
  • Represent the university at community and university functions to promote understanding of the role of practicum in social work education.
  • Participate in SSW committees as such as Global and Curriculum committee, and others per School need.
  • Teach one field seminar section per academic year (SWK 511 and SWK 551 or SWK 611 and 651) ( additional pay) and will serve as the course lead.
  • Participate in curriculum development such as updating course related content as the course lead for Field classes.
  • Update practicum website content and practicum manual.
  • Provide supervision and support to Assistant Directors of Practicum and adjunct practicum faculty.

Student Engagement
  • Oversee the practicum placement process of all students with support from the Assistant Director(s)
  • Meet with students individually for practicum readiness to educate on process and expectations, while also identifying needs and placement fit.
  • Maintain communication with students seeking and/or currently in practicum placement around placement processes and responding to student questions, issues and concerns that may come up during placement process and once in placement.
  • Collaborate with the CASS Assistant Dean in regard to the facilitation of Student Support Meeting
  • Supervise Assistant Directors (s) of Practicum Education
  • Engage in oversight of student worker responsibilities.
  • Candidates must have at minimum a master's degree in social work with two years post-graduate experience in direct social work practice
  • Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW):
  • 3-5 years post-graduate experience in direct social work practice, including program development and management,
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English.
  • Knowledge of the social service landscape in Chicago, suburban cook county and surrounding counties.
  • Previous experience as Practicum (Field) supervisor, liaison, or instructor
About the School of Social Work: The School offers a CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work and maintains a distinctive presence in Chicago and surrounding areas. The School prepares professional social workers for a globally focused, social justice-oriented practice through rigorous and relationship centered education. We offer our program at our main campus in River Forest, IL, at the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake, IL, and online. With 9 full-time staff and faculty and a group of experienced and committed part-time faculty, the School is well-positioned to meet the needs of the social work profession and provide access to the profession for students from historically excluded communities. We offer several tracks: military, gerontology, children, youth and families, health & wellbeing, school social work, and global work with immigrants and refugees as well as dual degrees with the Brennan School of Business, the School of Information Studies, and the Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution. We have received two HRSA federal grants to support students from underrepresented communities, and we have several ongoing curriculum initiatives that seek to develop a Latinx serving program, and one that prepares social workers to work with minoritized groups. An expanded profile of the University and the School of Social Work can be found on the School of Social Work website: Candidate must be willing to provide students with opportunities to participate in high impact practices. All faculty members are expected to participate in university life and governance, as well as continuing professional development and scholarship. As such, this is not a remote position.
Dominican University is a Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago. Dominican University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as a baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degree-granting institution. It is highly regarded for its academic rigor and thoughtful accompaniment of students, its intentional affordability and values-based, relationship-centered learning environment. Dominican currently enrolls over 3,300 students, which includes 2,280 undergraduates and 1,027 graduate students. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of our undergraduate students identify as Latinx, 5% are Black or African American, and 3% are Asian. Under-represented minority students, make up 77% of the DU undergraduate enrollment and 38% of the graduate enrollment. Over 90 percent of undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. Nearly half of all undergraduates are first-generation college students; over half are federal Pell Grant recipients, illustrating their families' level of income; and 58% are eligible for low-income MAP grants from the State of Illinois. Recognized since 2011 as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a federal designation of the U.S. Department of Education, Dominican is committed to expanding and enhancing educational opportunities for Latinx students and all students from historically underrepresented groups.
To Apply
Apply online at Applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter and resume with a list of 3 references. Any questions may be directed to Director of the School of Social Work, Dr. Suhad Tabahi at
EEO Statement
Dominican University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building an equity-centered faculty and staff committed to teaching, working, and learning in a multicultural environment. Dominican University believes that justice, equity, and inclusion are critical to our growth and development and seek to recruit, develop, and retain from a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.
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