This tenure-track social work professor and program director position provides an opportunity to teach courses, ensure the college’s accreditation with CSWE, and work with the advisory board. The successful candidate must be a visionary individual with an enthusiastic and contagious Christian faith who is committed to leadership at a social work (CSWE) accredited Christian college where the integration of faith, student experience in best practices, and academic excellence is paramount.
The successful candidate will bring to the role a deep-seated personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, displaying a Christ-centered servant leadership that integrates faith and work. Critical to this is a demonstrated ability to articulate and promote a biblical, Reformed perspective in higher education. This would include a commitment to the Kuyper College Doctrinal Statement and to the Statement of Allegiance for Kuyper College.
The successful candidate should also bring a distinguished record of academic and scholarly achievement. Candidates whose leadership abilities and outstanding accomplishments in social work could translate well to academia also are strongly encouraged to apply and will receive serious consideration.
The position of Professor of Social Work/Program Director is responsible for preparing and teaching a wide variety of social work and human services courses as part of a Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) curriculum. Being able to research and apply current evidence-based social work practices is crucial. This position also serves administratively as Program Director, thereby being responsible for achieving, maintaining program accreditation, program development, advancing, and marketing the program. This job is also responsible for co-advising Social Work majors toward academic, career, and life success. Service to the Kuyper College community and the social work profession is encouraged. Professional development is expected.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
Doctoral degree preferred; experience in higher education, public relations, nonprofit administration or business. Knowledge of standard policies and procedures required.
This position requires drafting correspondence; proofreading correspondence for spelling, grammar, and content errors; training or instructing employees; and/or performing other tasks requiring a significant level of communication skills. Maintain and handle confidential information. Significant communication with alumni and supporters, admissions staff members from other institutions, and Kuyper College faculty and administrators. Needs a substantial and effective communication with prospective students and families, current students and families, and high school guidance counselors, administrators, and church leaders.
This position requires independent judgment in setting priorities and organizing work to accomplish results. Some of the responsibilities of this position are performed in accordance with existing procedures and instructions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of and capacity to effectively utilize database software, internet software, spreadsheet software, and word processing software. Knowledge of Google Suite is preferred.
Other Skills and Abilities
Ability to effectively interact and work with all types of people, including those of a different race, age or gender
Ability and desire to understand Kuyper College is needed
Ability to travel and be alone for long periods of time
Enthusiastic supporter of Christian higher education, ministry-focused Christian leadership, and the goals of Kuyper College is necessary
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About Kuyper College
Kuyper is a leading Christian College located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, focused on effectively training students to make a difference in God's world. And they are doing so with extraordinary results as they use what they've learned at Kuyper to make an impact in the lives of others in more than 50 countries around the globe.
At Kuyper, we put biblical faith first in the academic and community experience of our students through the integration of a high-quality academic curriculum and a Reformed worldview. This provides them a well-rounded college experience and the ability to see, understand and live all of life through the lens of Scripture.
We also equip our students to become leaders—training them to take responsibility for who they are, to accept where God has placed them, and with the skills He's given them, make a godly impact in the lives of others.
It is all of this, plus the extraordinary results-driven commitment of our students to serve others, that makes Kuyper College very different and unique in our educational mission and environment.