Job Posting 70135

Executive Director
Canadian Association for Social Work Education
WORK FROM HOME (Telecommute), Ottawa area
Ottawa, Ontario
closes in 4 days (Wed, 12 May)
full time


CASWE-ACFTS work is done via virtual offices that are mostly based on the traditional lands of the Algonquin Peoples in what is known as Ottawa, Ontario. As an Association we strive to work, and better understand and improve our relationships, with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples throughout Turtle Island.

The Organization


The Canadian Association for Social Work Education - Association canadienne pour la formation en travail social (CASWE-ACFTS) envisions an economically, socially, and environmentally just world based on humanitarian and democratic ideals that demonstrate respect for the worth, agency, and dignity of all beings. Achieving such a vision calls for critical analyses of power relations, the dismantling of inequitable social structures and solidarity with populations that experience poverty, oppression, and exploitation.


CASWE-ACFTS is a bilingual, Canadian association with a social justice focus that promotes excellence in social work education, practice and scholarly activities.  It does this through the enrichment of social work education, the accreditation of social work educational programs in Canada, advocacy, research, publication, consultation and collaboration at both Canadian and international levels.


In carrying out its mission, CASWE-ACFTS is guided by the following principles:

  1. Social work education, scholarship, research, policy and practice are reflexive, contextual, and critical processes embedded in a social justice stance and demanding professional accountability to diverse populations.
  2. Social work educators respect difference and promote equity through valuing oppositional knowledges and interrogating dominant discourses.
  3. Equitable participation of all member groups and individuals is fundamental to quality social work education and scholarship.
  4. The defense of academic freedom serves to protect the critical analyses fundamental to quality social work education and scholarship.
  5. CASWE-ACFTS acknowledges collaborative relationships with the Canadian Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (CADDSSW), the Quebec Schools of Social Work and Thunderbird Circle - Indigenous Social Work Education Network (TC-ISWEN), in fulfilling its mission.

Position Overview

CASWE-ACFTS shares responsibility for the scope and nature of social work practice within Canada, past, present, and future. CASWE-ACFTS has been responsible for reviewing and accrediting university-based programs of social work education within Canada since 1973, the graduates of which become professional social work practitioners across the country. In searching for their next Executive Director, CASWE-ACFTS is seeking a leader who will advance the Association’s work in addressing the longstanding and ongoing impact of colonialism and systemic racism in social work education, research, and practice.

CASWE-ACFTS is seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to decolonizing, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive leadership and pedagogies in social work education. The Executive Director must be dedicated to nurturing a working environment which promotes equity, respect, responsibility, collaboration and solution-building.

The Executive Director will have a relevant degree in social work and will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of, and commitment to, the Vision, Mission, Principles, and Activities of CASWE-ACFTS. Working in a remote office environment, they will manage the operational and developmental activities of the Association.

The Executive Director reports to, and is responsible to, the Board of Directors and is a non-voting Officer of the Executive Committee. In collaboration with the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, the Executive Director facilitates, supports, and enhances the capacity of all organizational components of CASWE-ACFTS; manages the human resources within CASWE-ACFTS; oversees the Financial Management of CASWE-ACFTS; and enhances the overall functioning of CASWE-ACFTS.

The Executive Director will be expected to work with a breadth of diverse stakeholders across social work education in Canada, and bring a high level of oral and written communication skills in both French and English. Indigenous language capacity would also be an asset. They will be an excellent manager, with a demonstrated capacity for collegial, collaborative leadership. The successful Executive Director will have experience working in a social work education environment, and will bring a strong understanding of the current state of social work education in Indigenous contexts in Canada and Québec. They will have a leadership ethos which reflects decolonial ethics and demonstrated commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppressive practices.

We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including but not limited to:

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
  • Members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
  • Persons with visible and/or invisible disabilities;
  • Persons who identify as women; and
  • Persons of marginalized sexual orientation, gender identities, and gender expressions.


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