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School of Social Work Director

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University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
11 days ago



The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Director of the School of Social Work position within the Morrison Family College of Health. 

The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.  We welcome applicants of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experience, physical and intellectual abilities, and financial means. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. This commitment is consistent with our mission: Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, work skillfully, and act wisely to advance the common good.  A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.


The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
  • A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
  • Medical, dental, and vision options
  • Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits


Reporting to the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Founding Dean in the Morrison Family College of Health, the Director of the School of Social Work will play an integral role in setting the vision, strategic priorities, program direction, and administration.  A mission driven and values-based leader, the Director will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and key stakeholders to create and execute the core and strategic priorities of the School of Social Work in alignment with the Morrison Family College of Health’s strategic plan.

We anticipate this position to begin after the current academic year in Summer of 2022. 


Vision and Strategy Management:

  • Sets vision for the School of Social Work, and program implementation plans, which includes program development and ensuring program success with outcomes.
  • Remain on the forefront of the field of social work, evaluate trends and apply knowledge to revise and shift programs alongside faculty to stay relevant in the community.
  • Promotes the vision, values, and guiding principles of the College of Health
  • Guides the academic and curricular development for the School of Social work to stay relevant and responsive to the community.
  • Recommends and makes change to the management and administrative infrastructure of School of Social Work.
  • Serves as the leader for the overall program direction for the School of Social Work, setting management structures to ensure goals are met.
  • Integrates college and university level strategic plans into the School of Social Work.

Operations Management

  • Oversight, planning, forecasting, and implementation of the School of Social Work budget
  • Assures that social work policies, operating frameworks, curriculum, and practices are aligned and consistent with university and college level decisions and that of external and academic and compliance entities
  • Responsible for the review of contracts, agreements, and learning affiliations
  • Sets goals, processes, and work controls to ensure efficient and effective funding of the overall School of social work
  • Responsible for academic infrastructure and shared governance activities for social work to ensure optimal functioning and ethical use of resources to support the mission of the university

Talent Management

  • Actively recognizes and rewards employee behaviors that exemplify innovation, collaboration, and equity.
  • Ensure an inclusive and welcoming culture for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Supervise key academic and administrative staff with the School of Social Work.
  • Participate in tenure and promotion activities consistent with the University policies and handbooks.
  • Oversee the recruitment, hiring, and evaluation of adjunct faculty and consultants, in concert with the Program Directors.
  • Review faculty performance and evaluate requests from faculty (e.g., new hires, leaves, sabbaticals, professional development), making recommendations to the Dean and Provost for decision-making.
  • Works actively to support professional development, learning, and a growth mindset among employees.

Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Management

  • Serves as a thought leader about social work and serves as the primary spokesperson for social work at St. Thomas.
  • Serve on the Morrison College Leadership Team, and key standing committees.
  • Responsible for transparency in communications to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Cultivate, steward, and develop new and existing partnerships between the School of Social Work and external entities.
  • Initiates, writes, and reviews materials, reports, and communications



Minimum Qualifications

  • MSW degree
  • Licensed in the State of MN (or license eligible with attainment within a year, if coming from out of State)
  • Five years of progressively more complex program administration, planning and supervision experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • A PhD in Social Work, a DSW, or terminal degree in related field
  • Prior experience teaching, research, and administrative experience in higher education

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59208483
  • Location:
    St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
  • Company Name: University of St. Thomas
  • Position Title: School of Social Work Director
  • Specialty: School Social Work
  • Job Function: Department Director
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: MSW
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%

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