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 the School’s largest externally funded institute. We seek a proven leader and administrator with a demonstrated history of advancing collaboration, capacity-building, and scholarship to strengthen human service systems, organizations and programs, particularly in the areas of early childhood, child welfare, and child support. The successful candidate will leverage the Institute’s current assets, as well as chart the course to advance the work of the Institute into the future. We seek a highly organized, innovative leader with a passion for creativity, commitment to staff development and dedication to the field.
Established in 2007, the mission of the Institute for Families at the Rutgers School of Social Work is to support and strengthen families and communities by increasing the capacity of human service professionals and organizations. We achieve this through a three-pronged approach that mirrors and supports the University’s mission of instruction, research, and public service: (1) Training, technical assistance and professional development; (2) Applied research, quality improvement, and evaluation; (3) direct service and advocacy. With offices across the state of New Jersey, we invite and enjoy strong partnerships and professional collaborations, and nurture a robust portfolio of capacity-building initiatives, including:
The NJ Child Welfare Training Partnership, a university-agency consortium providing training and coaching through nearly 200 courses and electives provided to 7500 child welfare caseworkers, supervisors and administrators.
GROW NJ Kids Training Services, a multi-million dollar training system for the 10,000 members of the early childhood/early care workforce in New Jersey.
The NJ Child Support Institute, a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract with the State of New Jersey providing a range of training opportunities at multiple sites for more than 3000 judges, probation officers, county welfare and human service staff and other partners.
A positive youth development program to support the successful college experience and graduation of former foster youth.
Applied evaluation projects to assess the implementation of case practice models, resource family support, disaster preparedness in child welfare, workforce development efforts, training quality, forensic psychological evaluations, and other new practice and policy initiatives.
Consultation and technical assistance to a range of child welfare/human service agencies and university partners across the country to support strategic initiatives and quality improvements in supervision and management, training systems development, and workforce strengthening.
Working with faculty and students in the creation and dissemination of new knowledge to inform and enhance effective policy and practice.
Engaging in report writing, data warehousing and collaborative research with NJ Department of Children and Families to support the use and dissemination of data to inform practice and policy.
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 an executive management team overseeing the work of 70+ individuals and an annual budget of $15 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 strategic 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 may teach one or more courses in the BASW, MSW or DSW curriculum of the school to be determined by direction from the Dean. A competitive salary is offered commensurate with education and experience along with a comprehensive fringe benefit package.
Requirements for the position include:
Master’s degree in social work (MSW) or a closely related field
Eight years of progressively responsible experience in child-serving organizations
Experience securing and managing multiple grant and contract funded projects; within a university setting, preferred
Recognition in area of study or proven record of success in leading a program and/or institution, especially in an academic or professional environment
Experience with organizational development and budgeting
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
Leadership skills that reflect a focus on collaboration, passion for creativity, and commitment to staff development.
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 1700 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 nation’s 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 or http://socialwork.rutgers.edu).