Executive Director, Institute for Families, Rutgers School of Social Work

Rutgers University School of Social Work in New Jersey

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted May 16, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time





Under the direction of the Dean of the Rutgers University School of Social Work, the Executive Director of the Institute for Families (IFF) serves as the chief executive officer of an externally funded institute in a Research 1 University.  We seek a proven leader capable of developing constructive partnerships with internal and external constituents to advance the work of the Institute.


Established in 2007, the mission of the Institute for Families in the Rutgers School of Social Work is to support and strengthen individuals, families and communities in New Jersey, the United States and globally by building the capacity of social work and human service professionals and organizations.  To achieve this mission, the Institute offers a broad array of professional development, child welfare demonstration projects and program evaluation and research programs, including:


  • Operation of the Child Support Institute (CSI) supported by a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract with the State of New Jersey, which provides year-round training at multiple sites, along with on-site technical assistance for 2,500 judges, probation officers, county welfare workers and others each year;
  • Serving as the lead institution in a four-university wide child welfare training consortium, in partnership with the State of New Jersey, that provides training to public and private agency child welfare workers, supervisors and administrators;
  • Managing a portfolio of research and program evaluation activities funded by numerous governmental and non-profit entities;
  • Engaging in collaborative research with State of New Jersey in use of existing data to inform practice and policy;
  • Collaboration with the faculty of the University in the creation and dissemination of knowledge to inform and enhance the professional practice of social work and allied human services; and
  • Serving as a forum for the examination of child and family policy and practice related to enhancing social justice for vulnerable populations.


The Executive Director leads and manages the day-to day operations and administration of the above activities, including supervision of three strong program managers overseeing the work of 70+ individuals and an annual budget exceeding $9 million dollars.  The Executive Director also collaborates with leadership in academic, government, foundation and corporate communities for the purposes of raising funds for the Institute, disseminating knowledge, and building partnerships.


This is a 12-month calendar year appointment as a non-tenure track (NTT) faculty member in the Professional Practice series at the Rutgers School of Social Work.  The Executive Director is expected to teach in the BASW, MSW or DSW curriculum of the school, typically teaching two courses per year.  A competitive salary is offered commensurate with education and experience along with a comprehensive fringe benefit package.


Requirements for the position include:


  • Masters degree in social work (MSW) or a closely related field,


  • Eight years of progressively responsible experience in child serving organizations,


  • Experience in securing and managing grant and contract funded projects.


Additional qualifications:


The Executive Director should have a proven record of success in leading a program and/or institution in an academic or professional environment.  Outstanding verbal and written communication skills are essential.


The School of Social Work has been preparing practitioners for social work careers and conducting research in social work policy, administration and clinical practice for more than 60 years. The School serves approximately 1400 students, offering the BASW, MSW, JD-MSW, MSW-M Div, PhD and DSW degrees. Its faculty members have significant research ties with Rutgers numerous free-standing nationally recognizes Centers and Institutes, including the Institute for Families and four Centers within the School, as well as numerous community and governmental organizations. The climate at the School is collegial and dynamic.


Rutgers is one of the nations major state universities with more than 65,000 students enrolled in 30 degree-granting units. It is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) a federation of 63 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada. Chartered in 1766, Rutgers is the eighth oldest institution of higher education in the nation (See http://rutgers.edu)



Applicants should send via email a letter of application which should specify how you meet the minimum qualifications and Curriculum Vitae or resume to Dean, Cathryn Potter at ediff@ssw.rutgers.edu .   The review of applications will begin on June 23, 2014 and will continue to accept them until the position is filled.


Rutgers University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution.