Position Overview: The Curriculum Developer (Education Program Specialist 1, 9745S1) is a 100% FTE University employee positioned in the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the School of Social Work. CASCW has joined the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) in a joint project to co-create and operate the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MWCWTA). The Curriculum Developer serves as a critical member of the integrated teams of DHS and the University. This position is responsible for executing the strategic direction of development, implementation and maintenance of evolving curriculum and measures of competency for the Training Academy. The Curriculum Developer will liaise with subject matter experts and other Academy staff on curriculum revision, design and development. This position will support in the establishment and ongoing operations of the new Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy.
This position will report to the Curriculum Supervisor and will be located off campus at the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy, which is two miles north of the St. Paul Campus.
Background and Development (70%)
Work with trainers, policy staff, and e-learning designers to create Child Welfare training curriculum that will incorporate newly adopted and updated policy.
Develop learning materials and instructional sessions based on sound instructional design principles for adult learners that foster students and learning.
Incorporate the use of innovative learning and development strategies including simulation, online modules, virtual reality, coaching, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning pedagogies, etc.
Utilize research and statewide practice competencies and framework (including best practices and evidence informed practice) to design/redesign of the learning experience for multiple course delivery formats.
Ensure that all curriculum is competency based and that evaluation of competency attainment is articulated for each curriculum in collaboration with evaluation staff.
Build and maintain significant knowledge of curricula offered by the MNCWTA.
Responsivity in curriculum to communities overrepresented in child welfare across Minnesota in particular African American and American Indian communities.
Maintain skill in changing innovative educational technologies and delivery methodologies aligned with best practices.
Maintain standard procedures for the development of all training curriculum
Build and maintain significant knowledge of curricula offered by the MNCWTA
Develop and maintain proficiency in current child welfare practice, policy, research, and application.
Collaboration and Partnership (20%)
Work in collaboration with the full MNCWTA team, including partners within Child Safety and Permanency Division at the Department of Human Services
Work with e-learning designers to platform curriculum for virtual delivery, when appropriate.
Collaborate with staff and community trainers delivering content to receive and incorporate training feedback in delivery of curriculum, etc.
Work in collaboration with e-learning instructional designers, educational technology specialists and Learning Management System (LMS) staff to ensure curriculum is delivered in ways that best utilize technology and web-based applications.
Collaborate effectively with subject matter experts in course design and development
Measurement and Evaluation (5%)
Work with the evaluation and credentialing team to inform measures of competency related to the developed curriculum.
Incorporate evaluation tools into curriculum, as appropriate, and as prepared by the evaluation and credentialing team.
Other Duties as Assigned (5%)
Participate in bi-weekly supervision.
Participate in other meetings and/or activities as assigned.
BA/BS degree with at least three years of related experience with curriculum instruction and design, organizational leadership and policy, education, or related field
Demonstrated relational skills, involving collaboration, teamwork, and consultation
Consistent communication skills, both written and verbal
Established commitment to diversity and cross-cultural communication
Technical writing skills
Demonstrated experience with developing curriculum and instructional design for adult learners
Six years of relevant post degree experience in curriculum instruction and design, organizational leadership and policy, education, or related field
Demonstrated experience in designing curriculum for a diverse audience of learners with an equity lens
Child welfare expertise
Understanding of state/tribal social services
Internal Number: 337530
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