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Practicum Liaison - Department of Social Work
Company: Azusa Pacific University
Location: Azusa, California, CA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 06/13/2024
Expire Date: 08/13/2024
Salary: 0-100+
Job Categories: Education
Job Description
Practicum Liaison - Department of Social Work
Position Title: DCFS Practicum Liaison (LADCFS + UCLA Academy of Workforce Excellence), Part-time, 1-year non-renewable, Department of Social Work Faculty position

Position Tracking Number: F753

School/College: School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

Department: Social Work, with primary assignment to the MSW Program

Location: Azusa, CA

About APU:

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. As a leading Christian university in California, Azusa Pacific University grounds rigorous academics on a solid spiritual foundation. With an intentional focus on scholarship, faith integration, diversity, and internationalization, APU provides high-quality academic programs within a tight-knit community of disciples and scholars. APU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral University, recognizing APUís high level of research activity. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering more than 100 bachelorís, masterís, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional locations across Southern California, APU continues to be recognized annually as one of Americaís Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.


The Social Work Department at Azusa Pacific University seeks to prepare students for professional social work practice as demonstrated by competence in skill performance with diverse populations in a variety of settings. As a mid-sized thriving department, emphasis is on engagement with students that integrates high expectations with high support for academic success. Training focuses on a holistic approach to professional development with a goal to prepare effective generalist and advanced social work practitioners. The internship program is a collaboration between community-based agencies and the university, providing sites where students can integrate the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom into professional settings.

MSW Program options include full-time, part-time, and advanced standing options. Teaching may include foundation and/or specialization level courses. Specialized practice options include The Community Leadership and Program Administration specialization prepares students for macro practice in local, national, and international contexts. The Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families specialization prepares students for a range of clinically-oriented practice settings.

We are currently seeking candidates to support the LADCFS + UCLA Academy of Workforce Excellence child welfare practicum education stipend program at our Azusa Campus, with experience in social work supervision, training, teaching, and program administration. As our student body is reflective of the diversity of Southern California, the Department seeks to recruit faculty from diverse backgrounds, committed to excellence, a collaborative environment, and social justice. Experience in higher education and child welfare social work practice required.

The DCFS Practicum Liaison coordinator will report to the MSW Director of Practicum Education, with consultation and oversight of the Social Work Department Chair (Principle Investigator) and is responsible for teaching a child welfare practicum seminar, practicum liaison activities for the child welfare stipend program and other students, conducting evaluation of students, practicum instructors, and program outcomes, liaise with DCFS and university partners, ensuring compliance with DCFS contract, providing supplemental instructional support and curriculum development, and coordinating with MSW faculty regarding training needs and support of child welfare content.

LADCFS + UCLA Academy of Workforce Excellence is a partnership between social work schools in Los Angeles County and the Department of Children and Family Services. Funded by federal Title IV-E grants, stipends and training are provided to MSW students in exchange for a two-year commitment to work in LA County DCFS.

Position contingent on final funding by LADCFS + UCLA Academy of Workforce Excellence.

Description: Twelve month, part-time faculty position in a thriving, urban, CSWE accredited, Master of Social Work program. Experience in higher education is preferred, with familiarity in MSW education strongly desirable.

Specialization: Clinical specialization, child welfare focus


Teach child welfare practicum seminar and other courses in area of expertise.
Liaison with student practicum internship sites.
Participate and assist in development and facilitation of training/activities for the DCFS internship program and community partners.
Work with the MSW Director of Practicum Education and collaboratively with other practicum members, assist in student placement, practicum administration, site supervision, student supervision, and development of practicum sites.
Participation in the life of the department as well as the university is required.
Contribute to development and dissemination of knowledge and expertise.
Level: Assistant Professor, clinical faculty

Qualifications: Masterís degree in Social Work from an accredited social work program, two years post MSW practice experience, with a minimum of five years of child and family experience, and two years of experience as an agency practicum instructor/supervisor. Administrative or program development experience strongly desired. An LCSW, experience in child welfare, and presentation/workshop training/teaching experience strongly preferred. Candidates must be able to communicate their Christian faith and how they ethically integrate faith in social work scholarship and practice. Proficiency in various technology platforms strongly preferred.

Experience: Strong teaching skills, experience in the area of child welfare, supervision, and program development.

Workload: Twelve-month, half-time contract, non-renewable.

Position Type: Part-Time

Hire Date: July 1, 2024

Mental Demands:

Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.
Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.

$33,280 to $41,500 is the annual salary for this role and reflects what Azusa Pacific University reasonably expects to pay for this position. Actual compensation may vary based on the qualifications, experience, and internal equity. In addition to compensation, APU offers a competitive benefits package.

Additional Information:

Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University's Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at http://www.apu.edu/about/believe), to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.
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