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.

    Researcher 6

    Twelve-month, 1.0 FTE, annually-renewable Researcher 6 (9742R6) position with the Minn-LInK project at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW). The Minn-LInK project uses integrated administrative data from multiple agencies to answer questions about the effects of policies, programs, and practice on the well-being of children in Minnesota. Minn-LInK researchers also produce training relevant to public child welfare employees based upon knowledge developed within the project. State agencies that provide data work in partnership with CASCW to discuss and address child welfare and child well-being policy questions.

    Job Responsibilities Overview

    Lead the design and implementation of evaluation and/or research projects (70%)
    Data Management & Administration (30%)

    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 (

    MSW Practicum Coordinators/Teaching Specialists (Two Open Positions)

    The School of Social Work, within the College of Education and Human Development, is hiring two (2) MSW Practicum Coordinators/Teaching Specialists

    The Master of Social Work (MSW) practicum coordinator teaches, guides, monitors and supports students, practicum instructors (social workers practicing at host agencies who supervise MSW interns) and the MSW program in the practicum education component of the MSW program. Practicum comprises the largest portion of the MSW education and is identified by our accrediting body as the “signature pedagogy” of social work education. Practicum coordinators, through enacting the essential functions listed below, guide students and practicum instructors through the practicum portion of their education and assure that students are gaining the competencies they require to enter practice as MSW-level social workers upon graduation. The role will develop and implement innovative strategies to continuously strengthen SSW’s relationships with key stakeholders (e.g., current students and alumni) and improve the services provided to these groups. Additionally, the position will promote the School’s programs within the department, college, the University, and wider communities. The ideal candidate must use sound judgment and actively support and advance the University’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. These are 10-month, 100% time annually renewable positions, with a salary of $58,000-$64,000 depending on qualifications

    Job Responsibilities Overview

    • Teach Graduate Level Social Work Students (65%)
    • Participate and Support the Graduate Practicum Education Program (20%)
    • Represent Practicum Education and the School of Social Work (10%)
    • Other Duties as Assigned (5%)

    Questions about these positions can be directed to Heidi Presslein (, Director of Practicum Education.

    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%)