TEMPLE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
THE POSITION: FOUNDING DIRECTOR, CENTER ON AGING
Temple University College of Health Professions and Social Work is developing a Center on Aging Research, Intergenerational Teaching and Service (CARITAS). The catalyst for this is an unprecedented increase in our nation’s older adult population. In response to the critical social needs and demographic changes, Temple University School of Social Work is committed to developing a Center for Aging that will become a leading model for research of social, economic and human rights issues resulting in the development of knowledge, policies and services to enhance the quality of life for older adults and their families. The School of Social Work invites applications and nominations for the position of Founding Director of CARITAS.
Mission – The primary mission of CARITAS is to build the capacity of the University to assist the nation in addressing the opportunities and challenges of an aging society through education, research, training and community engagement.
Values – The School embraces a strengths-based and intergenerational perspective that promotes well-being across the life course and celebrates diversity within communities. “CARITAS”, the historic Latin word for community caring and responsibility for one another reflects a core value of the proposed center and will be incorporated into the way we educate our students, interact with our community, and conduct research.
History and Resources – CARITAS will build upon the work of two successful CHPSW Centers that focus on various aspects of aging and intergenerational practice – the Intergenerational Center (http://www.templeigc.org) and the Institute for Protective Services (http://www.instituteonps.org). These Centers, which share common values related to human rights and safety, community inclusion across the life span and generational interdependence, provide a strong foundation and solid resources that can contribute to the growth of CARITAS.
DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: Reporting to the Chair of the School of Social Work, the Founding Director will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan for building a University-wide Center on Aging. This individual will provide vision for the Center and carry its mission forward working toward national recognition as one of a few centers on aging to emphasize social, environmental and policy factors affecting older adults. The Founding Director will build on the existing assets of the two Centers and engage in research and education regarding social and economic development, aging in community, intergenerational relations and legal and policy intervention. There will be 4 direct reports including the directors of the Intergenerational Center and the Institute on Protective Services, a finance administrator and support staff. Working with the Chair of the School of Social Work, he or she will identify opportunities for new academic and practice-based specializations in aging aimed toward preparing social work professionals to respond to the challenges and opportunities of an aging society. The Founding Director will expand the current array of aging –related courses, programs and research that are housed in the Schools of Social Work, Medicine, Law and in the Departments of Public Health and Psychology and encourage collaborative research initiatives.
The responsibilities of the Founding Director include:
- Exploring opportunities for curriculum development in aging studies to prepare students for the challenges presented by increased longevity and a rapidly growing population of older adults.
- Bringing together faculty from Social Work and other disciplines to develop new courses focused on aging and intergenerational practice and implementing fieldwork experiences to expose students to older adults from diverse backgrounds.
- Developing training initiatives of social determinants of vulnerability and multi-level interventions on health outcomes for aging populations.
- Maintaining a research program and producing scholarship that impacts the field of gerontology in social work and other related fields.
- Stimulating aging-related state of the art research, identifying new funding streams and encouraging inter-disciplinary collaborations across the University.
- Forging multi-sectorial partnerships with non-profits, health care systems and policymakers to create new programs and policy that help older adults lead vibrant and active lives.
- Leading the strategic planning process with long- and short-term goals aimed at new innovations in research, education, practice and community outreach.
- Leading entrepreneurial opportunities to market a robust portfolio of training and consultation services that would generate revenue and attract grants.
- Managing the annual budget for the Center and monitoring allocation of financial resources.
Candidates should have:
- PhD or equivalent degree required in Social Work or other applied social science, public health, or public policy discipline. This individual will be a visionary leader in academia or practice with a concentration in gerontology. Experience in university administration and processes as demonstrated by leadership on key committees and success in administrative roles is highly desired. Individuals in a leadership role with a governmental agency, nonprofit, or for profit sector will also be considered.
- A program of research and scholarship related to aging with national recognition and funding is strongly preferred. Should have experience with grant writing and securing external funding. Areas of research may include but are not limited to care giving, aging and intergenerational relations, aging in community, healthy aging, and legal and policy intervention.
- A commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and the ability to inspire joint efforts among faculty resulting in new research projects, publications and new educational opportunities for students; a passion for building new programs and infrastructures with patience to chart new waters and handle ambiguity, keen interpersonal skills, the ability to articulate a sense of vision and purpose and the ability to provide strategic direction.
- Evidence of commitment to the chosen discipline through active involvement in professional organizations and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing health care professionals serving older adults in the 21st century.
The successful candidate will be eligible for tenure at the senior level (Associate or Full Professor).
A highly competitive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidate.
Temple University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to excellence through diversity.
All applications will be held in the strictest of confidence. Review of potential candidates will begin immediately. To be considered for this position, please submit your curricula vitae, a letter of interest that addresses your qualifications, management and leadership philosophy, and a list of references in Word format to: email@example.com.