Indigenous Social Work Program Practicum Supervisor/Instructor

Indigenous Social Work Program Practicum Supervisor/Instructor


Yellowhead Tribal College is an inclusive and open learning institution in the Treaty 6 territory. We provide accredited programs in a flexible, supportive academic environment that nurtures Indigenous cultures and traditions. The College was established in 1986 by the 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 in Alberta and across Canada.


The Social Work Practicum Supervisor/Instructor is responsible for organizing, delivering, and managing activities related to the field education component of Yellowhead Tribal College's social work programs. The Practicum Supervisor/Instructor is also responsible for ensuring that the field education component of the two programs is aligned with current Alberta College of Social Work's (ACSW's) Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, and with the National Indigenous Accreditation Board's (NIAB's) Wisdom-Based Practices and Responsibilities for Social Work Education Programs. The position is a 35-hour work week under the supervision of the Department Head of Social Work. Weekend work may be required. The incumbent will carry out expected duties in both the diploma and degree programs, which includes course instruction, course development, participation in various committees, meetings, and student advising in both the Indigenous Social Work Diploma and Degree programs.


The responsibilities of the Practicum Supervisor/Instructor include, but are not limited to:

  • In collaboration with the Department Head, ensuring that all aspects of field education meet current ACSW Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and NIAB's Standards for Social Work Education;
  • Identifying and making contact with relevant agencies and securing practicum placements for the diploma and degree programs;
  • Organizing and delivering practicum sessions for students and field supervisors;
  • Supporting students and field supervisors in the completion of required practicum documents;
  • Engaging and supporting students throughout the duration of field education;
  • Chairing the Indigenous Social Work Diploma Advisory Committee;
  • Maintaining regular contact with students and field supervisors through a variety of methods including site visits, telephone contact, and email;
  • Developing and delivering professional development workshops for field supervisors;
  • Developing and submitting monthly field education and instruction reports to the Department Head;
  • Instructing courses as required, including ensuring course outlines are revised and up to date with the latest developments in social work practice;
  • Participating in curriculum development reviews;
  • Collaborating with Elders, instructors, and others as required.

Applicants possess the following education and experience:

  • Minimum of RSW with a Master of Social Work degree preferred; or RSW with Masters degree with a specialization in Psychology or Counselling
  • Excellent human relation and student engagement skills
  • Two years of post-secondary teaching experience preferred or extensive sessional instruction experience
  • Extensive social work experience with Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations
  • Computer literacy, particularly in the MS Office Suite, Google Applications, and SMART boards
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Cultural competency in an Indigenous education setting with extensive knowledge of Indigenous culture and issues
  • Administrative experience

This competition may be used to fill future contract teaching positions in the Department of Social Work. Please indicate in your cover letter if you wish to be considered for these opportunities. 

Thank you for your interest. The competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Start date: August 1, 2020

Qualified applicants please send cover letter and resume to:

Joy Sandy, Human Resources Officer