Careers at CSWE                              

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a 501(c)3 organization with more than 30 staff and is located across from the King Street metro in Alexandria. We offer an excellent work environment, and an attractive benefits package. CSWE is an EOE/AA Employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

There is currently one open position at CSWE. 

Director of Accreditation 


Director of Accreditation 

FLSA STATUS: Exempt / Regular Full-Time
REPORTS TO: Vice President of Education
UPDATED: April 2019


CSWE is looking for a Director of Accreditation that will lead CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation in developing accreditation standards that will define competent preparation for social work practice and ensure that social work programs meet such standards.. Your role will focus on supporting the Commission on Accreditation and manage the daily accreditation operations of CSWE. This role is the official designee, representing the COA, to the CSWE membership and other various stakeholders in accreditation.


  • Supervise and directs the activities of the CSWE accreditation services under the leadership of the Commission on Accreditation and CSWE 
  • Provide leadership and managerial oversight to the Commission on Accreditation and committees associated with the COA
  • Provide leadership and managerial oversight of accreditation staff to ensure transactions and interactions with social work programs and faculty are highly accurate, timely, responsive, efficient, customer friendly and cost effective
  • Responsible for fostering innovation in efforts to continuously improve the accreditation process
  • Oversee and manages all accreditation workshops and trainings 
  • Oversee the development of accreditation materials, policies and procedures of the Commission on Accreditation and CSWE
  • Continually evaluate key operational processes to facilitate accreditation-related workflow, improve productivity and maintains high standards of quality control in collaboration with the CSWE research office
  • Execute accreditation projects and activities within CSWE’s strategic plan, on time and within budget
  • Experience in mentoring and supporting professional development
  • Ability to communicate information that could be perceived negatively (
  • Respond to accreditation-related inquiries and manages the formal CSWE complaint process
  • Handle candidacy inquiries and new applications to determine suitability for candidacy 
  • Monitor the accreditation budget, and participates in annual budget development processes
  • Monitor accreditation trends and develops or implements solutions, as appropriate
  • Interact with other organizations that impact accreditation activities (e.g., USDE, CHEA, ASPA)
  • Conduct special projects (e.g., research and written reports) in collaboration with the COA and staff
  • Administer multistep accreditation process in accordance with CSWE’s recognition body, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) 
  • Promote COA accreditation through publications and presentations as requested.
  • Provide communications to CSWE membership including COA announcements, preparing reports for committees, CSWE Board and the CEO as requested. Handle inquiries from the committees, Board and CEO as related to job responsibilities.
  • Oversee selection, training, and evaluation of site visitors
  • Maintain effective links and communications with other CSWE staff
  • Assume other assignments at direction of VP of Education and/or President & CEO
  • Be an ambassador for CSWE


  • Master’s degree is required
  • Must be technologically competent to include advanced functions in applicable software applications and have proficiency in MS Office and online accreditation management systems
  • Detail-oriented with ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Must have excellent organizational skills with consistent attention to detail and accuracy. Self-directed multitasker with demonstrated ability to take initiative and meet deadlines. 

  • Substantial writing and speaking skills
Accreditation and Higher Education experience
  • Experience/expertise in accreditation and/or higher education are required
  • Demonstrated understanding of social work accreditation standards, procedures, education programs, assessment practices and processes 
  • Ability to maintain integrity and impartiality in the accreditation process
Supervision & Internal Management
  • Evidence of increasingly responsible, substantive experience as a manager of people, processes, and budgets in a complex organization
  • Ability to synthesize diverse information and multiple points of view 
  • Ability to interpret and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures, in order to make effective decisions and use legal counsel accordingly
  • Excellent employee and supervisory relations skills that have built quality teams
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including conflict management competency
External Relationships
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders particularly with CSWE accredited programs and faculty and external organizations including other accrediting organizations, professional associations and government entities.
Travel and Work Location
  • Ability to travel within the United States and internationally
  • Office is located in Alexandria, Virginia and residency in or relocation to area is required


  • MSW and a PhD (preferably in social work)
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and solve problems
  • Knowledge of and/or competence with social work accreditation
  • Faculty or administrative experience in an institution of higher education, system, or other accrediting agency in higher education is preferred
  • Experience with on-line accreditation management and learning management systems
  • Experience teaching in a social work program and developing social work curriculum related to competencies
  • Experience with assessment of student learning outcomes


  • Knowledge of accreditation and higher education 
  • Leadership/management ability
  • Communication/personal credibility
  • Operational and technical savvy
  • A flair for innovation and creativity
  • Positive attitude, openness to change and sense of humor a must


This position is primarily sedentary and is performed in an office setting.  The physical demands of this position are limited to the ability to lift up to 25 lbs., bend, stoop, and carry articles used in program activities. Position requires ability to speak audibly and listen actively, ability to use computers, telephones and other office equipment, and requires periodic out-of-town travel.

HOW TO APPLY: Please email your resume and cover letter to
When submitting your application via email, please title the subject line “CSWE Director of Accreditation”
Please title all attachments using the following format: “last name, first initial_ document name CSWE” (ex. Doe, J_Resume CSWE or Doe, J_Cover Letter CSWE)

No phone calls, please.

We offer an excellent work environment, and an attractive benefits package. CSWE is an EOE/AA Employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.  Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary.