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Teaching Associate / Field Advisor - Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP)

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School / Campus / College: School of Social Work

Organization: School of Social Work

Title: Teaching Associate / Field Advisor - Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP)

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington, Seattle (UWS); School of Social Work (SSW) invites applicants for a fill a full-time Teaching Associate position in the Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP).  The Teaching Associate will fill the role of Field Advisor, as a part of the CWTAP Team, and function as an adjunct to the School of Social Work, Office of Field Education; with a focus on CWTAP participants only. This is an annually renewed, full-time position with a 12-month service period.

The Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP) provides graduate level social work education and practice experience for public child welfare employees and prospective employees through collaboration with the UWS Social Work Program and DCYF. This position will assure the development of professional social work skills in students committed to post MSW service in public child welfare.

Primary Responsibilities

The CWTAP Field Advisor provides academic advising and facilitates CWTAP students’ successful completion of foundation and advanced practicums.  This will involve professional working relationships with Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) and Tribal Child Welfare offices, DCYF and Tribal employee students; and non-employee students committed to service within public child welfare in Washington State. The Field Advisor develops and supports field sites to provide foundation and advanced CWTAP field experiences consistent with the School’s education goals and objectives as defined by the Council on social Work Education (CWSE).

Specific Duties Include:

  1. Provide academic and career advising to DCYF and Tribal Child Welfare employee CWTAP students and potential DCYF employee CWTAP students.
  2. Arrange practicum site visits for DCYF and Tribal Child Welfare employee students.  These site visits will include a preliminary, pre-practicum site visit to coordinate student, supervisory, and administration expectations in developing practicum proposals.  The purpose of the site visit is to ensure the student is integrating academic learning and competency development with newly acquired practicum skills.
  3. Document site visits and student contacts in the SSW data management system, STAR.
  4. Provide field instruction as needed for DCYF or Tribal Child Welfare students, when Field Instructors (FIs) are unavailable.
  5. Team with CWTAP Student Unit FIs to utilize and adjust practicum syllabi and curriculum for distant (beyond 50 mile radius of UWS) foundation, non-DCYF employee students.
  6. Provide an introduction to field instruction for each new DCYF or Tribal Child Welfare Field Instructor.
  7. Coordinate with the CWTAP Director, team members, DCYF, Tribal Child Welfare, and SSW staff and faculty to resolve student field and educational concerns.
  8. Review and monitor OFE practicum Learning Contracts and quarterly Evaluations.
  9. Meet with students for consultation and advising through groups, individually, or by written communications.
  10. Participate in planning and developing CWTAP Student Institute to include serving on a committee, recruiting students to attend, and supporting students presenting during the Institute.
  11. The CWTAP Field Advisor will be required to work some evening or weekend hours and will be required to travel longer distances to a DCYF Offices and Tribal Child Welfare Offices near where the student resides.  Some recruitment events may also require travel.
  12. Participate in the UWS CWTAP Team meetings and supervision with the CWTAP Director.  Provide reports of student workload as requested.
  13. Recruit CWTAP students through written communications, office presentations, and conference or higher education recruitment tables.
  14. Screen program applicants in coordination with the UWS CWTAP team using written application materials and panel interviews.
  15. Participate in CWTAP statewide and local meetings related to program planning and development.
  16. Participate with the Office of Field Education (OFE) team meetings once a month as a CWTAP field liaison.
  17. Participate with the OFE team in developing curriculum for each SSW cohort’s field introductory course and develop and teach critical CWTAP curriculum pertinent to CWTAP sections of the course.
  18. Other CWTAP related duties as assigned by the Director.

Work Conditions

This position is part of the CWTAP at the University of Washington, School of Social Work; the main work space is in the SSW.  The job requires travel to other parts of the state.  Based on a forty-hour work week, hours may be irregular, with days that may begin before 8:00 AM and end after 5:00 PM, as needed.  This position requires travel and the successful candidate will need a valid Washington State driver’s license and reliable transportation. Successful candidate will also need to submit to a background check.

This position will work very closely with the CWTAP Field Instructors, DCYF supervisors and social workers.

This position reports to the Director of CWTAP.



  • Masters of Social Work (MSW).
  • Four years post-MSW practice in public child welfare, preferably with the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Family Services (formerly Children's Administration);
  • Experience as a practicum instructor, educator, or trainer, or teacher;
  • Demonstrated ability to work multi-task, work independently, and at a professional level;
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to produce and manage professional correspondence;
  • Strong communication and organizational skills;
  • Conflict resolution skills;
  • Familiarity and commitment to the goals of the CWTAP program;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the professions of social work and public child welfare;
  • Demonstrated experience and history of respectful, culturally humble work with diverse communities;

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Supervisory experience;
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist/anti-oppressive practice framework;
  • Demonstrated experience and cultural humility in working with Tribal communities;
  • Experience working in multiple regions of Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families


Anticipated Start Date to be negotiated with the CWTAP Director

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with credentials

Finalists will be asked to bring three written references to the final interview.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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