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Teaching Associate Social Work

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Tacoma

Organization: School of Social Work and Criminal Justice

Title: Teaching Associate Social Work

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington (UW) Tacoma School of Social Work and Criminal Justice invites applications for a Field Instructor position at the rank of Teaching Associate beginning September 16, 2022. This is a full-time position with a 9 month service period for the academic year (September to June) plus a 3 month service contract (June through September). This position is eligible for annual renewal. The successful candidate will provide direct supervision and instruction to a unit of social work graduate students in their practicums at one or more Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) Child Welfare offices within Region 5 & 6 (Tacoma, Puyallup, Lakewood, Tumwater, Parkland, Bremerton and/or Shelton). This position will mainly be located in the Tumwater DCYF field office, however work may occur in one or more of the other designated DCYF offices.

The Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP) provides graduate level social work education to public child welfare employees and prospective employees through collaboration with the UW Tacoma School of Social Work and Criminal Justice and the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). The CWTAP Field Instructor supports the direct practice focus in child welfare within the SSWCJ. This position will assure the development of professional anti-racist social work skills in students committed to careers in public child welfare. Primary duties include:

  • Supervising and evaluating CWTAP non-employee and DCYF Child Welfare Program employee students’ field experiences
  • Providing one on one and/or group supervision to students
  • Developing curriculum to be used for integrative educational seminars and/or any child welfare courses offered through CWTAP
  • Developing quarterly practicum guides for generalist and specialized field placement practicums
  • Facilitating learning experiences and teaching students on a variety of child welfare topics that challenges students to expand their professional skills, knowledge, and values
  • Preparing quarterly practicum evaluations for assigned CWTAP students
  • Assisting students with the integration of theoretical knowledge, classroom experience, and current best practice
  • Documenting Title IV-E case forms, student supervisions, correspondence, and plans regarding each student’s progress
  • Selecting, assigning and supporting DCYF Child Welfare Program social workers as CWTAP student mentors
  • Collaborating with CWTAP students and mentors to develop skills and activities that reflect the objectives of each student’s learning contract
  • Ensuring that each student’s conduct and education follows the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) competencies
  • Participating in local and statewide CWTAP meetings, including the annual CWTAP Student Institute
  • Actively participating in CWTAP and School of Social Work and Criminal Justice committee work and events, and campus wide events which on occasion will occur outside of regular work day hours
  • Collaborating with the Director of Field Education regarding practicum processes and evaluation
  • Staying updated on current state and national trends in child welfare
  • Other duties as assigned by the UW Tacoma Director of CWTAP

This position is supervised by the University of Washington Tacoma Director of CWTAP. The CWTAP Field Instructor will work collaboratively and cooperatively with other CWTAP Field Instructors, CWTAP Program Coordinator and the Director of CWTAP.

The UW Tacoma School of Social Work and Criminal Justice offers three degrees. The Master of Social Work (MSW) program consists of 145 part-time, evening students, inclusive of a part-time Advanced Standing program with approximately 30 students. The Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW) program enrolls approximately 105 students. The School of Social Work and Criminal Justice also offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with both on-campus and online delivery formats and an average annual enrollment of 200 students. The School of Social Work and Criminal Justice affirms the tradition of promoting social, racial, and economic justice. We aim to enhance the quality of life for all, with special attention to human diversities, populations at risk, public social services, and the prevention of social problems. As a community of diverse scholars, we advance the social work and criminal justice professions through our preparation of graduates for ethical, culturally responsive, evidence-based, anti-racist practice and through scholarship that advances the knowledge base of both professions.

The faculty at UW Tacoma value relationships with students and each other. We are committed to fostering the success of our students, serving the greater Tacoma community through publicly engaged scholarship, and upholding excellence in teaching in the classroom and online.  

One of three campuses of the University of Washington, UW Tacoma is an urban-serving Carnegie engagement designated university that offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees for the diverse population of the South Puget Sound region. UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth.   For information about UW Tacoma, see our website at To learn more about CWTAP, see our webpage at  


Candidates must have an MSW from a CSWE accredited institution or foreign equivalent, with a minimum of 36 months of post-MSW practice in public child welfare, preferably with Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) Child Welfare program. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to work independently and professionally; have familiarity with, and be committed to the goals of the CWTAP program; demonstrate experience and history of working with communities that are disproportionately impacted by racial, social and economic injustices; and possess strong writing skills including the ability to produce correspondence and reports.

Offers of employment are contingent upon acceptable outcomes regarding background check and sexual misconduct. State law requires that the University of Washington obtain the Disclosure of Sexual Misconduct Declaration signed by the successful candidate. Candidates will also be required to provide official transcripts for degreeverification purposes.


Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with credentials.

Review of applications will begin on June 21, 2022 but applications will be thoughtfully reviewed and considered until the position is filled. Questions only may be sent to:  (Subject: Teaching Associate/CWTAP Field Instructor)

Applicants should submit the following materials electronically through Interfolio ( 

  1. A cover letter outlining practice experience, experience supervising social work practicum students and/or coordinating practicums for social work students, and teaching or training experience
  2. A diversity statement that articulates an inclusive and multicultural perspective and detail how their practice and teaching/training has supported or will support the success of students/individuals/communities from racial, ethnic, gender and other underrepresented/marginalized backgrounds   
  3. A curriculum vitae
  4. Names and contact information of three references (you will be asked to upload each reference separately)

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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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