College of Education and Human Development

School of Social Work

Department Positions

Employment opportunities in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Teaching, research, and administrative full-time, and part-time jobs in social work. Saint Paul, MN and remote employment opportunities available.

    Director of Research and Evaluation

    The Director of Research and Evaluation (R & E) will provide strategic leadership to CASCW research and evaluation efforts by directing, designing, implementing, and maintaining a research program focused on answering questions about child and family well-being for families served by the child welfare system or families at risk of entering the child welfare system. 

    In this role, the Director will often serve as a principal investigator of independent and collaborative research projects. The Director will primarily be responsible for developing grant proposals and contracts for project funding; leading the design and implementation of R & E projects at CASCW; participating in research and evaluation activities as needed to promote the success of such endeavors; hiring and managing staff and student personnel; supervising students and staff ; developing and managing budgets; ensuring ethical conduct of research; submitting compliance reports to funders; communicating with key stakeholders about CASCW research and evaluation efforts; and presenting findings to key stakeholders, and the academic community through technical reports, presentations and scholarly publications. 

    Communications Assistant (Graduate Student Position)

    The Graduate Communications Assistant is positioned in the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the School of Social Work. CASCW has joined the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) in a joint project to co-create and operate the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA). This position helps the communications team by focusing on social media efforts such as communication strategy, content creation, and execution, as well as researching and analyzing content for all communication channels.

    The Communications Assistant reports to Communications Director, Bill O’Connor, and is located 2 miles north of the St. Paul campus.

    The University of Minnesota encourages a healthy work life balance for employees. CEHD is committed to an excellent employee experience, offering a flexible work environment that meets the needs of students, staff, faculty, and the communities we serve. Flexible work arrangements may include flexibility in schedule and/or work location. Please note that 100% remote work requires approval. All UMN employees are expected to follow applicable public health and safety procedures.

    Job Responsibilities Overview

    • Write content (social media posts, newsletter articles, blog posts, and more) to help inform and engage child welfare professionals throughout Minnesota (25%)
    • Manage and schedule content for social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) with a focus on developing our audience and finding the right voice for each social media platform. Engage with audiences by responding to posts and messages; help monitor email communication (25%)
    • Proofread written content (5%)
    • Research, follow, and share content created by colleagues, partners, peer institutions, child welfare experts, opinions and news (15%)
    • Collaborate with the communications team to share ideas and provide feedback on visual and written content, the use of photography, video, themes, and event/conference participation (10%)
    • Research social media demographics, survey our current audience, explore other social media options, and make recommendations to improve overall engagement and connection (5%)
    • Maintain analytics and create reports to show communication metrics for website, newsletter, social media, and video channels; maintain editorial calendar (5%)
    • Help manage stock photography, graphics, and images; explore visual communication ideas and work with graphic designers to create images for social media (5%)
    • Gather feedback and content ideas for potential social media posts (5%)

    To apply, email your resume and a letter of interest to Emily Batts (

    Community Faculty

    The School of Social Work, within the College of Education and Human Development, is hiring community faculty!

    This role provides instruction and advising related to course participation and student learning objectives to students enrolled in the School of Social Work Master of Social Work (MSW) Program. The individual in this role also engages in efforts to fulfill the mission of the School of Social Work by developing teaching materials, exams, and assignments. Individuals in this role must have the capacity to demonstrate ethical social work practice to students. Individuals in this role are required to use electronic educational technology to communicate with students and other faculty, grade assignments and exams, and submit student grades. While the majority of instruction is delivered in person, individuals in this role are expected to utilize the learning management system, Canvas, to communicate with students and to deliver supplementary instruction. Individuals not familiar with Canvas and other education technology must be willing to learn how to use this technology in order to meet the needs of students. Individuals in this role are expected to collaborate with other faculty and to follow School of Social Work and University policies. .

    Job Responsibilities Overview

    • Teaching (90%)
    • Course Preperation (10%)


    The School of Social Work, within the College of Education and Human Development, is hiring.

    Two tenure-line faculty positions to be filled.

    One position will have a primary affiliation with Mental and Behavioral Health/Clinical Practice specialization, and the other position will have a primary affiliation with our Macro/Community Practice specialization. The two positions will begin in Fall Semester 2024 and are expected to be filled at either the tenure-track Assistant or tenured Associate level. The School welcomes applications from candidates with a dedicated commitment to innovative community-engaged research and teaching, and strong potential for external funding to support their scholarship.