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Posting number 2019.103
Position Coordinator, Field Education (Social Work and Human Services)
Department School of Social Work and Human Services, Faculty of Professional Studies
Location Abbotsford
Contract type 100% full-time, Temporary
Contract timeline One year term
Start date August 12, 2019
Review date July 15, 2019

About UFV

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is nationally recognized for its emphasis on teaching excellence, experiential and applied education, community engagement, and Indigenization. UFV is the school of choice for over 15,000 students. With six campuses and centres, UFV offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, and professional studies, as well as trades and technology education, university preparation, and continuing education.

At UFV, we are dedicated to changing lives and building community. Our educational goals are to prioritize learning everywhere; be flexible and responsive; collaborate across boundaries; develop local and global citizenship; and integrate experiential learning. A British Columbia “Top Employer”, we are committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive and dynamic learning and working environment that is fair and respectful of everyone. Our culturally diverse employee and student populations reflect the local, national, international and Indigenous communities we serve. If you see yourself as a lifelong member of a community that values and nurtures innovation and creativity, cultivates leadership and citizenship, and where success builds on success, you belong at UFV.

Posting details

The UFV Social Work degree programs prepare students for social work practice reflecting principles of social justice, equality, and respect for diversity. The programs address the structural barriers that prevent people from reaching their full potential. With a commitment to lifelong learning and a critical analysis of oppression, graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and professional social work values necessary to work collaboratively with individuals, families, groups, and communities in diverse and cross-cultural environments. The programs contribute to the knowledge base of social work through partnerships and collaborative research with professional and local communities.

Under the general supervision of the Director, School of Social Work & Human Services, the Field Education Coordinator supports the facilitation of experiential learning within the degree programs offered by the School. The role of the Coordinator is to support students and faculty with the implementation of all practicum placements and internship opportunities, locally and globally.

The Coordinator’s responsibilities include the following tasks:

  • Develop community partnerships with the goal of identifying placement opportunities for students in response to student, faculty, discipline, program, and community goals and needs;
  • Liaise with UFV international, Legal Services, and others related to practicum facilitation;
  • Ensure appropriate agreements (Affiliation Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, and participate in Risk Management meetings) are in place with all partners;  
  • Liaise with the UFV Experiential Learning Coordinator about networking and community opportunities;
  • Represent the School on the University’s Field Placement Committee;
  • Ensure field education meets CASWE accreditation standards;
  • Advocate on behalf of Field Education locally, provincially, and nationally;
  • Attend community meetings and participate in community-based committees with the focus on creating new placements;
  • Serve as the main contact person for social work students regarding practicum;
  • Evaluate and complete ongoing evaluations of potential practicum placements – visit the site, liaise with potential supervisors and social work consultants, look at safety and risk issues, evaluate what students will be doing, and ensure this aligns with students’ goals and CASWE standards;
  • Prepare students for placement by organizing pre-placement orientation and delivery in conjunction with training and education of faculty and community partners; 
  • Maintain a practicum database for the programs and field committees;
  • Develop system and an student process guide for field placements;
  • Assess applicants’ experience, professional suitability,  and readiness to ensure students are qualified and successful in their placement;
  • Setup orientation meetings to explain practicum processes and outline the roles and responsibilities for practicum students;
  • Ensure criminal record checks are initiated in conjunction with the Field Education Assistant;
  • Respond to any issues that may arise during the practicum placement process.

The successful applicant will be expected to participate in School activities, service, events, and initiatives. A commitment to an ongoing program of professional development is required.  The successful applicant will have a demonstrable ability to collaborate effectively with external bodies or agencies. We particularly encourage applications from Indigenous scholars, teachers, or researchers with experience of racialization or colonization.


  • Completion of a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree from an accredited institution
  • Eligibility for Registration with the BC College of Social Workers
  • Additional training in counselling, career preparation, and leadership
  • Minimum five years’ social work experience; experience may include employment at a post-secondary education institution or career placement services
  • Experience with student or client supervision or mentorship
  • Demonstrated understanding of Social Work and Human Services curricula
  • Must be a confident communicator and presenter: Excellent writing, editing, proofreading, and oral communication skills
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and collaboratively, exhibiting respect for all colleagues in a team environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to service and community engagement
  • Proven success in developing and maintaining positive working relationships with internal and external partners
  • Practicum placement experience or experience supervising practicum students in the workplace
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills, including successful experience in project management
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, manage competing priorities, resolve conflict, meet deadlines, stay current, and adapt to change
  • Demonstrated professionalism and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Highly resourceful with a demonstrated ability to take initiative and be creative
  • Strong qualitative research skills
  • Strong knowledge, skills, and understanding of current trends in digital media/social media/web design preferred
  • Experience with international travel, work, or partnerships preferred
  • Completion of practicum or internship as part of an educational program
  • Relevant experience in office management, organizing, and managing records
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Professional (Word, Excel, and Outlook) is required
  • Knowledge of conflict resolution strategies and approaches.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter, CV, or resume, and two professional letters of reference.  Direct your application by the application review date (above), referring to Posting #2019.103 to:


Email application to:

Human Resources
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
Phone: (604) 854-4554
Fax: (604) 854-1538

Find out how to prepare your application

Please note:

  • We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • In order to be environmentally and fiscally responsible, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
  • Short-listed candidates may undergo a criminal record check and/or a verification of their education credentials, as required.
  • Shortlisted applicants for staff positions will be required to provide copies of their most recent evaluation summary.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

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