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Boston College Field Education Advisor in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.

Job Description

Competitive salary commensurate with relevant experience.

This is a temporary part time (2 days a week) two year grant funded position.

Boston College School of Social Work was awarded a grant from the RIZE Massachusetts Foundation to improve the education of social workers in the area of harm reduction care for substance use disorders. The goals of this initiative center on MSW learning and field placements that will serve as a pipeline for practitioners, especially those from BIPOC communities, to increase representation and capacity to meet the needs of this growing public health crisis. It complements the school’s diversity efforts to recruit and retain more BIPOC students, to offer them financial assistance, as this grant provide stipends for students. It also allows the school to improve instruction and expertise in this specialized area of practice.

This is a grant funded position for two years so scope and parameters of role are limited to a consultative role with respect to curriculum; part-time faculty role with respect to Field Education; communication with RIZE Foundation team to meet grant requirements.

Field Education Advisor for RIZE Internships will report to the Assistant Dean of Field Education and will supervise one student employee.

Essential duties include:

Field Advisor function: Responsibilities with respect to students and placements (50%)

  • Advisor for the students who are identified for RIZE internship: Monthly (minimum) individual meetings; Review of Field Portfolio as part of Field Ed III & IV requirements; Site visit each semester with student and supervisor to assess progress and evaluate learning; Submission of grades.

  • Liaison with agency supervisors in identified RIZE settings, as per the typical structure of Field Education and to insure experience centers around harm reduction.

  • Conduct bimonthly integrated seminars with RIZE cohort (2 per semester).

  • Design and administer pre and post self-assessment survey to students.

  • Identify and outreach to new prospective agency partners for 2022-23.

  • Participate in selection process for Year 2 cohort in coordination with Field Ed team and advisory board.

Curriculum improvements with respect to harm reduction/substance use disorders (40%)

  • Identify and curate teaching materials on harm reduction: Coordinate with SUD elective instructors to expand content around harm reduction; Coordinate with faculty and department chairs to infuse harm reduction content in practice and policy course across the curriculum; Supervise GA to conduct lit reviews.

Coordination with RIZE Foundation (10%)

  • Attend bimonthly RIZE learning communities.

  • Coordinate with RIZE team as needed.

  • Write and present annual report.


  • MSW required; MA state licensure LICSW preferred.

  • 5 years post MSW preferred.

  • Paid experience in clinical practice for substance use disorders, familiarity with harm reduction model and related treatment modalities.

  • Experience as a supervisor or manager.

  • Familiarity with curriculum development, adult learning and graduate education a plus.

  • Understanding of harm reduction treatment for substance use disorders.

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees

  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements

  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance

  • Low-Cost Life Insurance

  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans

  • Paid Holidays Annually

  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay

  • Additional benefits can be found on

    Boston College conducts background checks including education, and verifies COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process.

    Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at .

    Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at