Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.
Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.
Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.
We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Field Advisor and Recruiter.
Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Social Work (Faculty) offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a PhD. The three degrees. in combination, constitute the professional program accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Work Educators.
Field education comprises approximately fifty percent (50%) of the formal learning available to MSW students. Its purpose is to provide the student with the opportunity to practice and integrate social work values, knowledge and skills including the development of a reflexive “self” and professional social work identity. Emphasis is placed on socially just social work practices with disadvantaged and disenfranchised populations. The field placement is conceptualized as an educational experience where the students have an opportunity to translate and integrate theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom with everyday practice in the field. That is, it is a graded course with a field-based MSW instructor/s assigned to teach each student. The placement workload is designed to facilitate this emphasis on learning.
Major functions of this position are to (1) recruit and develop field placement opportunities, (2) match students to placements, (3) work collaboratively to support students and field agencies and (4) assist in the overall development of the field education program.
The Field Education Team strives to be student centered, meeting students ‘where they are at’ in their learning with experiences that are supportive, diverse, and realistic in their representation of social work practice. The incumbent is expected to work collaboratively and flexibly with the Field Team. As well, the incumbent is required to interact with several diverse groups including, but not limited to, – faculty, students, agency directors and agency field instructors.
Field education is within the mandate of the MSW curriculum, which is under the direction of the Associate Dean of the MSW program. The day-to-day functions of this position are prioritized and assigned by the Coordinator: MSW Field Education. The incumbent is accountable to the Coordinator: MSW Field Education for work assignments. The Senior Administrative Officer (SAO) supervises all staff positions at the Faculty. Job performance for the incumbent is the responsibility of the SAO in conjunction with the Associate Dean
Travel is required to assigned placements, normally within 150 kilometres of Waterloo Region, geographical areas include, but not limited to: Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton/Brantford/Niagara Falls region, Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge region, Guelph/Fergus region, and London/Stratford region.
This position has a university-wide mandate and is based at the Kitchener Campus. The incumbent provides subject matter expertise to all campuses, requiring regular interpersonal interactions and collaboration with departments at the Waterloo Campus, the Brantford Campus, the Toronto office and external partners. Special attention is given to ensure equitable service delivery across all locations.
The normal hours of work are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday
Accountabilities :Student Support:
Demonstrates a student-centered positive approach in all interactions with students.
Develops strong, supportive relationships with students, walking alongside them throughout their Field Education experiences. The incumbent will act as a resource for students, providing ethical and professional advice and may offer regular support group experiences.
Maintains post graduation connections with a view to developing supervisors in the field.
Acts as the direct contact person from the Faculty for assigned students.
Participates actively in the placement proposal process for all MSW students.
Orients incoming students to prepare them for placements and supervision of practice, by way of workshops, seminars, and meetings.
Participates in the placement matching process and recommends placement matches to students based on requirements of MSW program, learning interests and accessibility needs utilizing the technology used by the field office.
Educates students regarding expectations, goals, assessment and protocols of the University and placement organization.
Ensures student learning goals are specified and achieved.
Reviews and assesses all evaluations.
Outlines and negotiates special accommodations for students with disabilities in accordance with the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities acts and FSW Policy/Practices
Prepares students, both individually and collectively, for placement learning
Reviews students’ learning plans and evaluation reports and addresses problems when identified (with instructor and student).
Conducts and arranges for field visits for each student as per the guidelines provided by the field office.
Field Placement support:
Connects with students and instructors prior to the beginning of placement.
Coordinates the relationships amongst student, agency directors and instructors to ensure a successful field experience for students and agencies.
Ensures that field education learning opportunities are commensurate with the expectations of the Faculty.
Supports instructors in mentoring students.
Provides information to agencies to help facilitate the upcoming placement cycle.
Provides access to petition and appeal processes.
Oversees, initiates, implements and monitors field resolution processes.
Researches social agencies for MSW practice learning opportunities and approves agencies based on CASWE accreditation guidelines, FSW curriculum requirements and professional standards.
Initiates creative measures to recruit and sustain placement opportunities.
Focuses on alumni relations as part of recruitment efforts.
Collaborates with field team to support graduating students to return as alumni field instructors.
Recruits organizations via email or site visits to assess, develop and approve placements.
Initiates, develops and sustains partnerships with agencies.
Assists workplace instructors in maximizing student learning by ensuring all practice learning requirements are available.
Acts as a contact person from the Faculty for agencies, instructors, and interns to address questions, procedures, and possible problems, should they occur, in a collaborative manner.
Provides input for field instructor training programs to the MSW Coordinator: Field Education.
Liaisons with Laurier student services (e.g. Accessible Learning Centre, and the Career Development Centre) to provide resources to maximize student learning.
Represents the field office and faculty in a professional, informed and consistent manner with a strong customer service focus.
Exercises a high level of creativity and sound judgment in delivering communications activities that properly reflect the Faculty of Social Work and University image and identity.
Participates in collaborative efforts with the BSW Field Program, Indigenous Field of Study, and community partners.
Collaborates with the field team to evaluate progress of field program.
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
Reviews, assesses, evaluates, and implements field related policies, procedures, tools, and documentation to maintain a competitive program, and promote continuous improvement of the field program.
Participates in the implementation of the International Social Work Program including recruitment, orientation and application and assessment of applicants as needed.
Coordinates with Programs & Admissions to ensure accurate registration and administrative requirements for MSW field students are met and to support students as needed.
Works with the field team to draft reports for the faculty, and draft policies and procedures for adaptation by the FSW Divisional Council.
Surveys agencies, instructors and students to measure the effectiveness of the placement process and experience.
Participates in the planning and delivery of assigned field events.
Utilizes Field Placement Portal to guide field advising duties, development of placements, evaluation of students, and documenting communication.
Debriefs agency instructors and agency directors on the effectiveness of the placement experience.
Facilitates assigned workshops.
Minimum three years of experience post MSW.
Working knowledge of a variety of social work sectors and settings.
Demonstrated experience working effectively within a student- centered model.
Demonstrated organizational and project management experience.
Experience with post-secondary field programs an asset.
Experience working with databases and ability to utilize and learn technology.
Practical knowledge of social work practice and understanding of MSW programs.
Demonstrated appreciation of indigenous approaches to education.
Demonstrated ability to support students from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Demonstrated knowledge and sensitivity to diversity
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Interpersonal & Communication skills:
Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills and the ability to interact effectively with individuals from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds including indigenous communities.
Superior initiative, resourcefulness, judgment and demonstrated ability to solve problems.
Strong written and verbal communication skills required.
Exceptional organizational, administration, and computing skills.
Proven project management, organization, prioritization, multi-tasking, and time management skills with proven ability to successfully manage multiple priorities in a busy environment with flexibility.
Must have ability to complete tasks accurately with strong attention to detail and ability to review own work for errors and necessary revisions are essential.
Advanced computer skills, including: MS Office, email, webinars, databases, online portals, web-based tools, and MyLearningSpace required.
Advanced technological skills required to input and update information in the field placement portal, and online MSW field program.
Strong ability to utilize and learn technology to facilitate ongoing field development.
Demonstrated ability in cross-campus collaboration and supporting students within a student-centered model.
Must present professional image of the Field Office and Faculty at all times.
Must be able to work independently effectively, excel in a team setting and work collaboratively with various stakeholders including academic and administrative staff, alumni, students and external organizations.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and deal with difficult situations with tact and diplomacy.
Demonstrated ability to follow direction and be open to feedback.
Flexibility & travel:
Valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a car is required to travel.
Ability to work irregular hours throughout the academic year.
Must be able to work independently.
Grade : WLUSA-08 Salary : $33-75-$39.72 Salary Notes : This position is full-time, limited term until July 15, 2019. The anticipated start date of this position is January 15, 2019.
This position is currently under review. Please Note : This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.
Please submit a cover letter and resume.
Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.
Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Employment Equity & Accessibility at email@example.com. We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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