Director of Florida Institute for Child Welfare @ FSU

The Florida Institute for Child Welfare at the Florida State University College of Social Work invites applications for a Director (Research Faculty) position.

The Florida Institute for Child Welfare is committed to the creation and curation of robust research which informs policy and scales up effective interventions statewide. The Institute sponsors and supports interdisciplinary research projects and program evaluation initiatives that contribute to a dynamic knowledge base relevant for enhancing Florida’s child welfare outcomes. The Institute collaborates with community agencies across all sectors and other important organizations in order to translate relevant knowledge generated through research, policy analysis, and program evaluation. The Institute also prioritizes the enhancement of the workforce, the well-being of child welfare professionals, and the development of competent leaders through training, coaching, and advancement opportunities.


  • Work closely and maintain direct communication with the Legislature
  • Present to Florida Legislature, when requested
  • Oversee an annual budget of 11 million dollars
  • Manage a current staff of 40
  • Direct and oversee fundraising efforts
  • Maintain regular meetings and communication with Institute Program Directors, providing strategic guidance, troubleshooting and directives
  • Oversee the drafting of organizational policies and providing approval
  • Build effective teams of leaders and provide ongoing guidance and coaching
  • Identify research needs and review funding requests
  • Approve all funding requests and monitor progress
  • Plan the development of the Institute’s annual report
  • Prepare presentations of yearly activities and budget expenditure
  • Remain current on national and state trends surrounding pertinent child welfare issues
  • Draft policy language and review policy drafts from legislature
  • Lead the conceptualizing, developing and facilitating of the ongoing strategic direction of the Institute
  • Represent the Institute at state and national meetings relating to pertinent child welfare trends
  • Lead the planning of the annual research symposium which convenes statewide leaders and partners
  • Conduct annual performance reviews for team members
  • Review research reports and provide feedback and approval
  • Devise remedial actions for any identified issues, when necessary


To be qualified, candidate will have an academic doctorate or highest-level terminal degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate field of specialization or equivalent qualifications based on professional experience and otherwise qualified to perform assigned duties, with a demonstrated record of achievement in research. Candidate will have produced creative work, professional writing or research in refereed and other professional journals. Candidate should have a demonstrated ability to administer and manage a large budget to meet large scale challenges and have a proven ability to bring complex projects to completion and documented impact of work on the child welfare workforce.

The Florida State University and the College of Social Work are dedicated to building a community that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Accordingly, applicants from diverse backgrounds and historically underrepresented groups in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply.

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