Program Director/Faculty Position in Social Work at Erikson Institute (Starting September 2017)

Erikson Institute in Illinois

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted September 27, 2016
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Erikson Institute, an independent graduate school in child development located in Chicago, is seeking a faculty director for its CSWE-accredited MSW program—an inter-disciplinary program that integrates child development knowledge into graduate training in social work. The position, which begins in fall 2017, includes appointment as a tenured faculty member with the rank of associate or full professor.

 Position Responsibilities

The Director will report to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty and will have responsibility for leading and further shaping this innovative program, teaching graduate courses, playing a leadership role in program development, and contributing expertise to the Institute’s mission of improving the lives of children and families.  Specific responsibilities include:


  1. Provide vision, leadership, and administrative direction to the program operation and development;
  2. Ensure the development of new initiatives, increased enrollment, and additional resources to meet the strategic objectives of the program and the Institute;
  3. Teach graduate courses in the MSW program, and supervise Master’s and doctoral students
  4. Preserve and foster the program’s unique mission to prepare developmentally-informed social workers with deep knowledge of both child development and social work.
  5. Mentor junior MSW faculty for research, scholarship, teaching, and service to the community;
  6. Promote academic excellence and diversity in curriculum and faculty and student recruitment;
  7. Foster an inter-disciplinary approach to providing service and expertise to the field of social work.
  8. Conduct an ongoing assessment of the program’s effectiveness and make necessary adjustments based on the assessment results;
  9. Collaborate with other program directors in the Institute, programmatically and administratively;
  10. Guarantee compliance with the CSWE’s academic and administrative policies and procedures; and
  11. Serve as the program’s public voice and advocate, as well as the Institute’s liaison with external social work bodies on matters relating to professional standards, accreditation reviews, fundraising, public relations, and marketing of the program.


Education and Experience

  1. An MSW from an accredited program by the Council on Social Work Education;
  2. An earned doctorate in social work, child development, developmental or clinical psychology, family studies, or a related field;
  3. Experience in higher education, including teaching at graduate level, administration, and student supervision as well as familiarity with the Academic Standards and Policies of the CSWE; and
  4. Demonstrated evidence of scholarly achievement, grant acquisition, successful fundraising, and a commitment to student learning and cultural and ethnic diversity.


Skills and Competencies

  1. Excellent graduate teaching record, a strong commitment to academic excellence, and a demonstrated ability to be successful in fundraising activities;
  2. An ability to provide innovative leadership, management skill and insight, and to work with diverse faculty and student bodies;
  3. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to engage in public speeches; and
  4. A deep respect for the mission of Erikson Institute and a commitment to building an organization that values and practices diversity and equal opportunity.


Application Process

  1. Submit a letter of application that describes your view of the integration of social work and child development as well as your goals and plan to lead the innovative MSW program at Erikson Institute;
  2. Include a recent curriculum vitae and names of three references who are familiar with the quality of your administrative ability, teaching, and scholarship; and
  3. Submit above materials in one PDF file to Gillian McNamee, Co-Chair MSW Search Committee at


Erikson Institute, founded in 1966 with a strong commitment to social justice, is one of the nation’s preeminent graduate schools in child development. Erikson prepares committed professionals at the master’s and doctoral levels to work in social service, education, health, policy, and research settings in order to increase knowledge about and improve the lives of children and families. For more information about Erikson, visit


It is the policy of Erikson Institute not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other classes protected by federal, state, or local laws, in matters of admissions, employment, or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates, in accordance with civil rights legislation and institutional commitment. It is also the policy of Erikson not to retaliate against any person for making a complaint in good faith about alleged discrimination or for supporting any other Erikson student, employee, or representative in making such a complaint. Any alleged violations of this policy should be directed to the Vice President for Finance and Operations.