Job Description

Grand Canyon University is currently seeking a Director of Social Work. The Director of Social Work assumes authority, responsibility, and accountability for the delivery of the social work education/curriculum under the direction of the dean and other college management.


  • Serves as the director for the College’s Master’s of Social Work (MSW) program and provides leadership support to the Bachelor's of Social Work (BWS) program.
  • Provides strategic and operational leadership for the MSW Program; establishes operational policies and procedures for the program.
  • Assists with responding to inquiries regarding the MSW program; handles escalated issues and external stakeholders.
  • Supports adherence to CSWE standards and competencies; leads and supports CSWE accreditation process
  • Establishes and monitors processes to ensure all learning environments meet accreditation standards and takes appropriate action if remedy needed.
  • Responsible for completing course approvals according to accreditation and regulatory standards
  • Teaches assigned courses as directed by dean
  • Participates in budgetary process
  • Monitor, measure, and report on operational issues, opportunities, and development plans and achievements within agreed formats and timelines.
  • Maintains educational quality as evidenced by university dashboard standards
  • Ensures regular and ongoing, professional communication with college leadership
  • Addresses faculty and student issues / escalations using identified appeals and grievance procedures
  • Works collaboratively with operational partners to assure student success and faculty excellence.
  • Recommends and participates in activities to support the development of MSW Curricula
  • Makes recommendations for hire of credentialed faculty and staff necessary to support the program.
  • Mentors full time and adjunct faculty approved to teach within the MSW program.
  • Ensures appropriate and thorough onboarding of new faculty
  • Stays current on national accreditation standards and state regulations
  • Executes special projects as determined by college leadership
  • Participates in on-going professional development
  • Participates in college / university committees and professional activities that enhance the academic program, the college and the university.


  • Master’s degree in accredited Social Work program; Doctorate degree preferred.
  • Must have current LCSW license or at least an LMSW
  • Minimum three years’ experience practicing social work post MSW
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience teaching in higher education
  • Ability to understand, provide leadership and support for both traditional classroom and e-learning curriculum
  • Evidence of leadership within the field of Social Work including supervisory experience
  • Highly effective communication skills and a good command of the English language.
  • Demonstrates congruence with the philosophy and direction of the institution, and service to the community.
  • A respect for and ability to work with students.
  • Highly knowledgeable of educational processes and procedures as related to the discipline of social work
  • Planning and organizational skills with attention to detail and a high level of accuracy.
  • Demonstrated strength in teaching
  • Knowledge of instructional and pedagogical concepts
  • Good relationship management skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in managing, coaching, counseling, mentoring and advising faculty and staff.
  • Good problem solving ability, judgment and sound decision making.
  • Excellent time management and the ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Evidence of involvement in one’s professional area (e.g. membership in professional organizations, presentations, research, and/or publications).
  • Proficient with computer software including MS Office Suite.
  • Demonstrates scholarship experience
  • Willingness to work in an accelerated learning format and work in an e-learning environment with students on a daily basis
  • Knowledge and experience of CSWE standards and the accreditation process
  • Provide a positive example to students by supporting the University’s Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Position Statement and Mission of Grand Canyon University.


GCU's Christian worldview has shaped the university's mission and growth for more than 65 years. As a Christ-centered higher education institution, GCU integrates faith, learning and work to connect the GCU community with distinct Christian principles and strong central values. The University values diversity among its students, faculty and staff, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans. At GCU, working professionals may find their purpose in ways marked by compassion, service, integrity and concern for the common good.

Employment is contingent upon the satisfactory outcome (as determined by the university) of pre-employment screening activities, including a background check.

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Posted 26 Days Ago

Full time


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