The Smith College School for Social Work is poised to define a vision for its future that builds on a strong faculty, committed alumni, excellent students and a unique program that is international in scope. Its new dean will embrace the School’s mission and core values to shape its leadership role in the profession for the future.
Founded as an undergraduate liberal arts college for women in 1871, Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, welcomes 2,600 undergraduate women from every state and 60 countries and more than 500 graduate men and women in M.A., M.F.A., M.S.W. and Ph.D. programs. The Smith College School for Social Work, the largest graduate program, was founded in 1918 for the express purpose of preparing social workers to provide mental health services to traumatized soldiers and their families at the end of World War I. The School offers M.S.W and Ph.D. degrees to some 400 students in addition to certificate programs and continuing education programs.
As the academic and administrative leader for the School, the dean will be an expert in the field who can lead the conceptualization and execution of a vision for a leading graduate school for social work that will inspire and motivate faculty, students, and alumni. The dean will work with faculty and students to establish a strategy for the development of a range of academic programs of distinction, to secure the School as a leader in the social work profession. The dean will set the standard for intellectual accomplishment for a diverse and dynamic student body and for a faculty whose research interests are broad in scope and international in reach. As a sound fiscal manager, the dean will create the environment to build the School’s resources. The dean’s responsibilities encompass hiring, faculty development, curriculum and the various degree programs, fieldwork, student services, admissions, financial aid, continuing education and budget. In conducting this work, the dean will collaborate with the president and the provost, and other senior officers in the college. The dean reports to the provost and dean of the faculty.
The dean oversees a budget of more than $6 million and provides leadership for the School’s 16 resident faculty, 100 affiliated adjunct faculty in the summer, 100 research advisers, 50 field advisers and community project advisers in the winter fieldwork blocks and 22 staff members.
The successful candidate will be a nationally recognized, strong, self-assured, entrepreneurial leader able to infuse the Smith College School for Social Work with a sense of common purpose and to create a record of accomplishment that raises the national and international profile of the School. Requirements include a record of distinguished research, policy development, teaching, and/or public service; demonstrated management experience; an affinity for external fund development; an earned Ph.D., along with credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor in the School. An M.S.W. is desirable.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by November 30, 2013. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent via e-mail to Smith College’s Witt/Kieffer consultants, Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Taylor and Amy Crutchfield at SmithSocialWork@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by telephone at 212 686-2676.
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