Field Practice Educator (social work)

  • Location: CBU
  • Competition Number: 17
  • Deadline: June 10, 2024 at 11:59 pm

Cape Breton University invites applications for a Field Practice Educator in the Department of Social Work in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. The Field Practice Educator will primarily be responsible for the instruction and evaluation of the Field Education curriculum of the social work program. This is a Full-Time Continuing Role.

One of Canada’s youngest and most ambitious universities, CBU recognizes its location on Cape Breton Island as part of Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. CBU offers a comprehensive set of liberal arts, science, and professional programs and a unique commitment to community, economic development, aboriginal learning, and research into many aspects of environment and culture. Currently, home to approximately 7500 students, CBU’s vision of higher education allows students to pursue diverse fields of study in programs with national reputations in final-year student satisfaction, faculty-student interaction, and employability.

CBU delivers an authentic multicultural experience to all who become part of its community. Our faculty bring passion to their teaching and research, and we are known for our smaller class sizes and our friendly and inclusive culture. Strong community involvement and a spirit of entrepreneurship enhance CBU’s position in post-secondary education.

CBU’s BSW program has a unique focus to equip students with specific skills and competencies for practice in rural, Indigenous, and economically marginalized communities. Our program is an accelerated 16-month post-baccalaureate program consisting of sixty credits which includes two field practicums requiring the completion of 700 hours. We offer two optional certificates to enrich students’ learning: One in Mental Health Promotion in Social Work and the other in Indigenous perspectives in Social Work. The Bachelor of Social Work program at Cape Breton University adheres to the core learning objectives of the Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE). Our program has received Pre-Accreditation status from CASWE.

Beyond your credentials, we’re seeking someone with a genuine enthusiasm for experiential learning and a deep understanding of the transformative power of field education in social work. Your commitment to decolonization, reconciliation, and Indigenization in education will enrich our program immeasurably. While teaching experience at the university level is preferred, what truly sets you apart are your empathy, adaptability, and unwavering dedication to our students’ success.

Candidates must possess strong interpersonal skills, organization and time management skills, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively. Flexibility and the ability to prioritize tasks are required, as is travel to practicum agency sites for student evaluation purposes. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching and assessing assignments for Field Practicum I and Field Practicum II, along with teaching Seminar courses that accompany field practicum courses.

Collaborating with the Field Education Lead the successful candidate will work to enhance and maintain professional relationships with the community and ensure CASWE accreditation standards are met in relation to field education. Active participation in the collegial life of the university is expected, including accepting departmental duties as assigned and participating on appropriate university-wide and professional practice committees. Specifically, the successful candidate will assist in the ongoing development and expansion of the field education component of the BSW program.

The successful candidate will possess a Master of Social Work degree from an accredited program with a minimum of 5 to 7 years of professional social work practice experience. Preference will be given to a candidate with experience teaching at the university level.  The candidate must be a registered social worker and have a strong knowledge base of regional community-based organizations.

Applications for the successful candidate will include:

  • a cover letter describing the expertise of the applicant
  • a complete resume (or CV)
  • a statement of teaching philosophy
  • A list of least three references.
    • Short listed candidates will be required to submit three reference letters.

Please upload all required documents to Additional Documents if no designated area is listedIncomplete applications will not be considered.


The union affiliation of this position is with the Cape Breton University Faculty Association.

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Applications must be received by June 10, 2024.

The anticipated start date for the position is August 1, 2024.

Cape Breton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

If we contact you for an interview and you are a person with a disability who requires technical aids or alternative arrangements, please let us know of these needs and how we can be of assistance.

Cape Breton University

Human Resources Dept.

1250 Grand Lake Road,

Sydney, NS B1M 1A2