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University of Kansas Associate Director of Practicum Education in Lawrence, Kansas


Job Title:

Associate Director of Practicum Education


Social Welfare

Primary Campus:

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description:

  • 50% - Manages all aspects of preparation, planning, and placement of students with a practicum site, most of which occurs within the practicum planning software Sonia Online. Provides information about practicum requirements to prospective and enrolled students individually, in small groups, and at orientations. The responsibility includes replacement of students during the academic year when practicum disruptions occur, and replacement is authorized. It also includes counsel and advising students on issues related to field instruction and career opportunities.

  • 25% - Develop with the Director of Field Education employment based practicum (EBP) and distance practicum site recruitment and onboarding procedures, including web-based and Sonia Online applications; this includes collaborating with information technology staff, the communications coordinator, and the Field Education team to develop and maintain online information and data management relevant to the functions of the Practicum Office. Communicates regularly with practicum sites to maintain up-to-date record of placements available throughout the academic year, and to recruit qualified field instructors. Assists the Director of Field Education and Administrative Associate with managing affiliation agreements for EBP and distance practicum sites. Periodic practicum visits (virtual or in-person) to recruit, maintain, and enhance practicum site participation in practicum education are also included.

  • 20% - Conducts field liaison visits, most virtually; and administers assignments including grading of assignments. Participates in planning orientation programs, workshops, and practicum education events necessary to the goals and functions of the Practicum Office. This includes recruitment of presenters, preparation of presentations, and notices or invitations for these events. May teach and/or assists with the coordination of Field Seminar in the Fall and Spring semesters.

  • 5% - Initiate and participate in initiatives to enhance opportunities for student field stipends.

Req ID (Ex: 10567BR) :



The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX, civilrights@ku.edu, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday, 8-5:00, Some Saturdays

FLSA Status:


Contact Information to Applicants:

kellyjones@ku.edu or 785-864-2663

Required Qualifications:

  1. MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program.

  2. Minimum of five years post-MSW, full-time social work experience.

  3. Minimum of three years of experience providing field instruction to social work students (BSW and/or MSW levels).

  4. At least one year of experience working with a planning/programming software database or client case management software.

  5. At least one year of experience with community outreach activities.

  6. Experience that includes contributions and engagement in areas of equity and inclusion, as evidenced by resume, supplemental applicant questions, and interview.

  7. Proficient in relevant software (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

  8. Effective written and oral communication skills, as evidenced by resume, supplemental applicant questions, and interview.

  9. Current social work license or eligibility for social work licensure.

Employee Class:

U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Advertised Salary Range:

63,000 - 67,000



Preferred Qualifications:


  1. Prior Field Liaison experience.

  2. Prior experience with teaching or facilitating training/presentations.

  3. Work experience within a social work academic context (accredited BSW and/or MSW degree programs).

  4. Familiarity with the Council on Social Work Education educational policy and accreditation standards pertaining to field education.

  5. Prior professional experience reviewing/establishing affiliation agreements.

  6. Prior professional experience in more than one area of social work practice.


Position Overview:

This Associate Director position focuses on assisting students who pursue employment-based practicums (EBP) and who reside more than one hour from the Lawrence or Edwards campus, and students who attend a partner site. The position provides administrative management and support to the Practicum Office for MSW programs located on the Lawrence, Edwards, K-State (Salina, KS-partner site), Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS- partner site), and Jayhawk Global (online) campuses. The Associate Director reports to the Director of Field Education. The position can be based on either the Lawrence or Edwards campus, or remotely at the Field Director and Dean’s discretion. Occasional periods of travel may be required to meet with students, field instructors, and field liaisons at the different campus locations and to make practicum site visits, or to attend social work education conferences.

Because of fluctuations in MSW student enrollments and other demands on the Practicum Office, flexibility in work assignments related to the placement of 350-400 students and support of field education programming is necessary. While this position primarily involves responsibility for placement of social work students and practicum site recruitment, it also includes significant liaison and instruction responsibility. The scope of the liaison and instructional role are contingent on curriculum developments and student enrollment. In some years, the projected percentages of work assignments may vary. Extensive communication with students, field instructors, practicum site personnel, field liaisons, faculty, and School of Social Welfare staff is an ongoing requirement of this position. Effective collaboration with all members of the Field Education staff is essential.



Application Review Begins:


Anticipated Start Date:


Additional Candidate Instruction:

A complete application consists of a resume, cover letter, response to the supplemental equity question, and three references. Incomplete incomplete applications will not be considered.

Review of applications will begin June 6, 2023 and continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified.

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