The University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work (UM SSW) is currently seeking a 12-month, full-time Faculty position, Assistant Director for the Positive Schools Center. The Social Worker will work under the supervision of the Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS). Launched within the UM SSW in 1992, SWCOS' mission is to create and implement innovative models of social work education and service that strengthen individuals, families, organizations, and communities in Baltimore and Maryland. This is accomplished through strategic collaborations between agency, staff, faculty, students and community representatives. SWCOS provides graduate level social work students with hands-on experience with critical social issues in an encouraging and creative atmosphere that prepares them to be leaders. In addition, SWCOS provides those in need with quality services and creates research opportunities to generate new knowledge in social work practice.
In partnership with the Director of the Positive Schools Center, the Assistant Director will be responsible for conceptualizing, developing, implementing, overseeing and evaluating the SWCOS' community school strategy. The Assistant Director will also support the development and implementation of a comprehensive school-wide strategy to promote positive school climate and to address social, emotional, and behavioral barriers to learning in the community schools and across the state.
The Positive Schools Center, a program of SWCOS, will promote the development of positive supportive and mindful learning communities where students and school staff connect, develop and grow. The Positive Schools Center aims to partner with school districts to identify and collaborate around issues related to school climate and punitive discipline, especially when those issues result in high rates of suspensions and expulsions. The Positive Schools Center's school climate framework will be incorporated into the SWCOS-Operated Community Schools as well as throughout schools across the state of Maryland. Positive, supportive and mindful learning communities will be places where students & school staff can:
Connect with each other (staff with staff, students with students, staff with students, and staff with families) in a safe and positive environment in a mindful manner;
Positively develop as students and staff (academically/professionally, socially, and emotionally); and
Grow as student scholars and educational leaders.
Ensures that each site-based community school coordinator prepares, coordinates, and maintains program content and delivery methods for the daily operations and events within community schools for which SWCOS is the lead operator.
Develops and matures SWCOS community school model, using current thinking and best practices in the field. Regularly reviews and updates model using information gleaned from most recent literature, conferences and case studies.
Plans integration of separate community schools into a comprehensive SWCOS Community Services framework; sharing resources and best practices across schools.
Oversees the planning process for schools interested in becoming SWCOS community schools, ensuring a comprehensive and effective action plan is developed that includes school administration, faculty, staff, community members, and students. Ensures thorough implementation of the plan developed.
Develops and maintains strategic relationships related to the community schools' strategy, including sustaining community partnerships and representing SWCOS at community planning groups, partnerships, and funding source meetings. Organizes and/or participates in various committees and teams to consult with program heads and administrative officials on policy and program needs as well as administrative issues.
Works in partnership with consultants and trainers to advance the goals of the Positive Schools Center.
Supervises, trains, and evaluates clinical field instructors and Community School Coordinators.
Provides support to Community School Coordinators in their daily work, including developing and reviewing work plans; collaborating with school faculty, staff and administration; and meeting, documenting and reporting required outcomes.
Coordinates and assists staff in training, instructing and supporting University of Maryland graduate students, volunteers, including parents and other community members.
Coordinates the use of databases used to analyze criteria and deliver data, as well as to monitor, evaluate, and revise program operating policies and procedures.
Liaise with research faculty to plan and implement research studies.
Coordinates the regular publication of summary reports and serves as an information resource to coworkers, the University, and external figures.
Provides ongoing program monitoring and program improvement activities; develops policies, protocols, or procedures. Evaluates and revises program operating policies and procedures as needed.
Provides stewardship in collaboration with SWCOS leadership staff for various funding sources for the program, through proposal development, grant reports, site visits and special events.
Develops, monitors and reports on budgets for multiple funding sources.
Serve as a member of Positive Schools Center Leadership Team. Problem-solve around organizational issues and provide support, as needed, to ensure the organization runs smoothly and, as needed, participates in the SWCOS Leadership team.
Masters Degree in Social Work
Five years of experience working in an appropriate field with at least three years' experience in program management, funding stewardship, administration and strategic planning.
Preferred Experience: Experience providing social work service in a school setting; experience developing program frameworks and logic models.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of working with individuals and families in low-income communities; ability to speak fluently about how issues of race, poverty, inequality, power and privilege impact the lives of individuals and families; ability to speak fluently about issues of empowerment
Demonstrated experience working with schools experiencing significant climate issues. Experience working with students and families experiencing the effects of traumatic stress
Knowledge of and experience with the community school concept
Skill in supervising, mentoring, and teambuilding in order to provide guidance and instruction to a highly-skilled professional staff
Demonstrated ability to continuously seek improvements in order to support the goals and strategic mission of both the program and the larger organization
Strong interpersonal skills; ability to effectively interact with a diverse array of individuals and groups, including school principals, teachers and staff, students, families, community members, partner organizations, and funders
Ability to communicate abstract or complex ideas and to seek buy-in and/or consensus
Skill in communicating efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing with a variety of internal and external individuals or agency representatives
Skill in data manipulation and analysis with an ability to solve problems and make sound judgments
Ability to use measurable and verifiable information for resolving problems and facilitating decision-making processes
Excellent organizational and project management skills; ability to manage situations with tact, diplomacy, understanding, and fairness
Demonstrated leadership ability and effective verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated ability to create and maintain budgets and other management tools
Proficient in information technology word processing, spreadsheets, and databases
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, globa...l health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.