Department: School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences
Status: 9-month, limited term appointment (1-2 years).
Time commitment: Part time
Start date: September 1, 2019

The FPU Social Work program seeks to prepare undergraduate students for careers in the helping professions. The program offers a traditional, as well as a degree-completion program in social work. Working closely with the Social Work Program Co-Directors, the successful candidate will oversee coordination and supervision of field placements in Fresno County for the Traditional Undergraduate social work students (TUG).


The primary responsibility of the faculty field coordinator is to develop and maintain community partnerships to provide internships for social work students and oversee all aspects of field instruction within the bachelor’s level social work program. Additionally, the faculty field coordinators carry a part time liaison role; including teaching the senior seminar course and serving as field liaison for approximately 15-20 students in the Spring semester. Specific duties include:

  • Oversee field coordination and instruction in Social Work in the traditional undergraduate format
  • Enhance student learning by guiding robust field instruction.
  • Identify and develop field internship partnerships and determine whether they meet criteria for internship sites according to CSWE and university standards
  • Negotiate placement agreements (MOUs) with community agencies as needed
  • Work with local social work agencies to develop appropriate generalist professional experiences for students in the major, that connect theoretical and conceptual contribution of the classroom to the practice setting
  • Identify and support field instructors in agencies to provide learning opportunities for students that foster the implementation of evidence-informed practice
  • Foster ongoing training of field instructors and coordinate mandatory field orientation meetings each semester
  • Evaluate students’ demonstration of mastery of core competencies in the field
  • Comply with CSWE program guidelines for Baccalaureate-level programs
  • Collaborate with Degree Completion (DC) field coordinators for field placements, instruction, and program development of policies and procedures
  • Maintains all field education forms, including updating the field manual for students and field instructors
  • Use of field coordinator software program (SONIA) to assist the program with student placements and record keeping
  • Teaching/facilitating field seminar and functioning in the role of university field liaison to the students and agencies.
  • Preparation of syllabi and teaching of curriculum according to the goals and objectives of the department and CSWE standards.
  • Coordinate regular field advisory meetings involving university representatives, community representatives, and students
  • Participation at monthly field faculty meetings, field instructor trainings, select professional development events, and student field activities as scheduled.
  • Participation in faculty meetings and departmental activities.
  • Represent the program and university at community and professional meetings



  • Ability to utilize professional connections in the community to develop appropriate field internships and new partnerships with community agencies
  • Minimum requirement: MSW from a CSWE accredited university
  • Ability to mentor and supervise students and field instructors
  • Minimum five years of experience in a specific area of social work practice, usually including a Field Instructor role or Task Supervisor of Interns
  • Teaching experience with traditional and adult learners
  • Knowledge of technology / learning-management systems
  • Provide positive leadership and restorative discipline for students
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Commitment to the integration of faith and life
  • Familiarity with the Latinx community, as well as the ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the Central Valley.
  • Agreement with the mission of the university and ability to effectively communicate its values
  • Knowledge of and commitment to NASW Values and Code of Ethics
  • Knowledge of and ability to meet CSWE program accreditation guidelines for field instruction
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning; and, involvement in a local church


  • LCSW certification and/or Doctorate desirable
  • Skills in community outreach and collaboration
  • Self-starter who is able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent organizational skills


Dependent on qualifications and experience, paid out over 12 months. Part-time benefits include insurance (medical, vision, dental, LTD), retirement (TIAA-CREF), Section 125 options.       


Send a letter of application, a completed faculty application form (including personal statements), curriculum vita, three letters of reference (including one pastoral), and transcripts or placement file to

Ron Herms, Ph.D.
Dean, School of HRSS
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue
Fresno, CA 93702
OR email

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University description

Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 4,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 10,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 44 percent, and is one of the top 10 HSIs nationally in graduating Hispanic students. The Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees, the university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific University Idea.

Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, sex, age, or disability. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply.

The university reserves the right to fill positions before the application deadline or to extend the deadline as circumstances may warrant.