Department Head of Social Work

Department Head of Social Work

Yellowhead Tribal College is an inclusive and open learning institution in Treaty 6 territory. We provide accredited programs in a flexible, supportive academic environment that nurtures Indigenous Peoples’ cultures and traditions.

The college was established in 1986 by Yellowhead Tribal Council to meet the educational needs of its member nations (Alexander First Nation, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, O'Chiese First Nation, and Sunchild First Nation). We offer academic upgrading, certificates, diplomas, and post-secondary courses and degrees to all adult learners. We also have an Indigenous Social Work Program which offers diploma and degree programs.

The Social Work department is seeking its next leader in social work excellence.

Job Description

Under the direction of the Dean, the Department Head of Social Work is responsible for the daily operation of the college’s social work programs, faculty and students. Lead responsibilities are classified as professional duties requiring leadership and mentoring of faculty, administrative expertise to include vision, long-term and short-term program planning, decision-making and coordination of instruction and instructors. The Department Head of Social Work will assist to hire faculty, evaluate instruction, oversee curricula and ensure the programs are accredited with our accreditation processes. The Department Head of Social Work will teach at least two courses during the academic year unless otherwise exempted by the Dean.


Program leadership

  • Provide leadership and oversight to all matters related to curricula delivery, programs, planning, new course development, program reviews, marketing of the programs, teaching, service, and professional development of faculty;
  • Represent the interests of the department to stakeholders both inside and outside the College;
  • Leads and supports a team of professionals;
  • Creates a positive team environment;
  • Communicates effectively, and intentionally with program staff, college staff, students, internal and external stakeholders;
  • Maintains awareness of current standards of practice in social work;
  • Orientates new staff and students to social work programs;
  • Provides regular updates to college leadership.

Program maintenance

  • Assist with the preparation of program schedules;
  • Leads and assists with accreditation processes and program reviews;
  • Generate reports, including the annual report and data requests;
  • Manages the college’s transfer agreements to ensure they are up to date and maintained. 

Support to learners

  • Provide information to students who are considering program entry;
  • Supervise student recruitment processes, admissions, practicum, retention policies, and activities;
  • Respond to student concerns and to resolve those concerns;
  • Maintain an open and responsive communication policy with students;
  • Promote student success through actively monitoring high risk students and where appropriate refer students to student support services;
  • Participate in the student appeal process in consultation with college leadership.

Curriculum development and instruction experience

  • Prepare and assist with program and course assessments;
  • Monitor and respond to college transfer arrangements with other post-secondary institutions;
  • Teach courses as needed and requested.


  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders regarding social work programs;
  • Work with the National Indigenous Accreditation Board with respect to social work programs;
  • Work with the Alberta College of Social Workers as needed and with respect to accreditation matters.

Models professionalism

  • Encourage a collegial and positive department/program environment that promotes excellence in teaching, research, and service;
  • Adhere to the social work code of ethics and standards of practice in all aspects of the position.

Cultural competence

  • Uphold the unique cultural standards of Yellowhead Tribal College in all activities;
  • Understanding of Yellowhead Tribal Council’s member Nations and the college’s unique relationship with the Nations;
  • Understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and specifically, Alberta


  • Two years post-secondary teaching and three-years administrative experience.
  • Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Alberta College of Social Workers.
  • Master's degree in Social Work or a related field.
  • Knowledge of Alberta Indigenous Peoples cultures, languages and traditions.
  • Excellent communication and human relation skills for creating and supporting workplace safety for staff and students
  • Demonstrated proficiency using standard office software applications, database, Alberta College on Admissions and Transfers.

This is a full-time position. Please note that all successful candidates will be required to provide government issued identification, a copy of their RSW, and proof of educational qualifications. You also may be required to provide an enhanced police information check.

Salary: Commensurate with education, qualifications and experience

To apply: Qualified applicants may email a cover letter and resume to:

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Until suitable candidate is found

Yellowhead Tribal College is an inclusive and open learning institution in Treaty 6 territory. We provide accredited programs in a flexible, supportive academic environment that nurtures Indigenous cultures and traditions.