Program Director for the Master of Social Work

December 10, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
January 24, 2022
University of the Pacific

Position Description

The University of the Pacific (Pacific), in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Program Director (Director) for the Master of Social Work (MSW) program. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Health Sciences, the Director has the authority and responsibility to manage the MSW including planning and operation; evaluation; budgeting; selection of faculty, staff, and recruitment of students; design, implementation, coordination of curriculum; maintenance of accreditation; and commitment to strategies for professional development. This is a faculty appointment. Academic rank is commensurate with experience.


  • Serve as official representative to CSWE, overseeing all accreditation related matters, and provide leadership through teaching, scholarship, curriculum development, administrative experience, and other academic and professional activities in social work.
  • Supervise MSW program faculty, recruit and develop faculty, monitoring workloads and performance.
  • Oversee budget and manage program resources ethically and responsibly in accordance with University and School policy.
  • In collaboration with the Graduate Enrollment office, ensure recruitment of students to the program.
  • In collaboration with faculty, plan, develop, and evaluate all courses and the overall curriculum.
  • Review and evaluate data from course and instructor evaluations, graduate exit interviews, alumni surveys, and employer surveys to ensure student outcomes and goals are achieved.
  • Maintain communication and coordination of the program with the faculty, clinical preceptors, and all individuals or disciplines involved with the program.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures for effectively managing all components of the program in accordance with the University’s policies and procedures, including program admissions, retention, and completion to ensure fair, equitable, and considerable treatment of prospective and enrolled students.
  • Teach required courses in the curriculum in areas of expertise, using innovative instruction and technology in the development and delivery of the curriculum.
  • Engage across professional and disciplinary programs in interprofessional education to develop and grow the curriculum to ensure meaningful and collaborative opportunities in all aspects of the program.
  • Maintain professional competence through practice, continuing education, scholarship, and community service.
  • Serve on committees and task forces.
  • Represent the program to the community and healthcare organizations.
  • Ensure adequate resources for systematically designing, supervising, coordinating, and evaluating field education.
  • Serve on state or national professional committees as appropriate.
  • Work with institutional advancement, development teams, and other departments to enhance corporate, employer, alumni, and other stakeholder relationships, developing additional resource opportunities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree (DSW or PhD in social work, social welfare, or a closely related field).
  • MSW or MS in Social Work from an accredited university.
  • Two years of post-master’s degree social work practice experience.
  • Two years of teaching experience in a graduate level program.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Documented leadership as Director of a CSWE accredited program.
  • Experience building, supporting and leading teams of educators and/or clinicians.
  • Accreditation/reaccreditation experience.
  • Work experience with social work in healthcare or mental health settings.
  • Proven experience working with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Evidence of ability to teach accelerated online or hybrid graduate level programs.
  • Experience with grant writing, community collaboration development, and fundraising.
  • Proven experience in research and publications with ability to mentor student’s research.

Skills and Expertise:

  • Effective interpersonal skills and sensitivity to academic and personnel issues.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven organizational and administrative ability.
  • Ability to mentor faculty and personnel and promote their professional development.
  • Demonstrated commitment and practical contributions to promote and enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion, and proven ability to work successfully with diverse populations.
  • Ability and vision to develop interprofessional educational pathways and collaboration with related programs.

About The Institution

About the Master of Social Work Program and the School of Health Sciences:
The Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares students to work in a variety of practices, including mental health, diabetes, aging, and public health. Students will become skilled and compassionate professionals, who provide comprehensive and culturally sensitive clinical care using an evidence-based approach. This hybrid (online and classroom) program is offered on the Sacramento campus and is open to students with or without academic and career experience in social work. An accelerated 16-month traditional program is designed for students without a bachelor's degree in social work, and a new cohort starts each fall trimester (August). A 12-month Advanced Standing option is available for students with a bachelor's degree in social work, and new cohort starts each spring semester (January).

The School of Health Sciences was built on Pacific’s long-standing reputation for educating health care professionals and features innovative curricula, accelerated programs, extensive experiential learning and clinical training for all students. All programs include interprofessional education experiences designed to prepare students to deliver health care in a team-based model. The Pacific School of Health Sciences prepares practice ready athletic trainers, audiologists, clinical nutritionists, physical therapists, physician assistants, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and social workers to meet the health care demands of our community in the Central Valley and Northern California.

About the University of the Pacific:
Established in 1851, Pacific was California's first chartered institution of higher learning. It is a private Methodist-affiliated university with campuses in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Stockton. The University’s mission is to provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education by preparing individuals for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities. Pacific is fully accredited and offers more than 80 undergraduate areas of study (including 12 accelerated programs), more than 30 graduate and professional programs in 11 schools and colleges, and a continuing education program.

About Sacramento:
Hailed as one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in America, Sacramento got its start as a supply center for prospectors from around the globe during the 1849 Gold Rush. Since 1854, the city has served as the capital of California, with the sixth-largest economy in the world. Sacramento is a hot spot for urban nightlife with an arts scene that includes exceptional cultural and leisure opportunities. This vibrant metropolitan region boasts a great variety of places to dine, drink, enjoy live music, and shop.

Application Process

Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to the University’s search consultant:

Danan Tsan
Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position.
  2. Updated CV.
  3. Three professional references with contact information.

Applications received by January 24, 2022 will receive priority consideration. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.