Administrative/Support, Education/Training, Social Work, Staff/Administrative
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The Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence, an education and training system, is a partnership between the University of Washington – School of Social Work, Department of Social and Health Services –Department of Children Youth and Family (DCYF), Eastern Washington University – School of Social Work, University of Washington in Tacoma – Social Work Program, and the University of Washington – School of Social Work – Partners for Our Children. The Continuing Education Specialist is an integral part of the Partnership in providing professional development for DCYF employees, licensed and relative caregivers, tribal staff, and community partners.
The Curriculum Development and Facilitation Specialist designs, develops, delivers, and maintains curriculum and training materials/resources for identified audiences in caregiving and workforce field located throughout the state. Curriculum and training resources are based on knowledge, values and skills learning objectives. Curriculum is developed to support both in-person and web-based training. Alliance Continuing Education Specialists provide learning facilitation, using in-person, online, and other identified and innovative learning modalities.
This position builds and maintains key relationships with agency and community partners and represents the Alliance in various meetings requiring the individual to have excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills. This position requires working a flexible schedule of days, evenings and weekends.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS POSITION INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THOSE LISTED BELOW: 80% • Work in partnership with state, tribal, caregiving, and community professionals to review and revise existing learning materials, and develop new and innovative curriculum and supporting materials. • Apply effective adult learning methodologies and techniques in developing curriculum and training resources using measurable objectives and innovation evaluative measures. • Participate in on-going curriculum content and delivery reviews, evaluations, and observations to ensure that materials and content are accurate, effective, and meet the training needs of the audience and external partners. • Work directly with other Alliance staff, contractors and community partners in the creation of effective implementation and facilitation of curriculum. • Mastering facilitation skills for varied and diverse learners, including workforce, caregivers, lay advocates and others to ensure that measurable outcomes in values, knowledge and skill acquisition are being achieved. • Facilitating small and large group discussions while applying classroom management principles for diverse learners. • Understanding and applying effective techniques to ensure outcomes are achieved. • Coordinate evaluation, education, training and coaching activities statewide • Prepare and adapt materials from accepted professional and educational sources for staff use in on-the-job training; • Study and review state of the art informational materials concerning best practices, new training methods and techniques; • Facilitate education and training logistics when needed; • Participate and collect evaluation and outcome data;
15% • Network with local community agencies to promote and leverage resources in carrying out the Alliance mission and values; • Work as a statewide team within the UW SSW Alliance in fulfilling and maximizing its mission, vision, and guiding principles, and specifically in curriculum development and delivery of training for child welfare and partner agencies; • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with management, colleagues and partners; • Participate in statewide workgroups related to all levels of trainings or other related topics; and
5% • Other duties as assigned
REQUIREMENTS: • Master's Degree in Social Work or equivalent experience • Two years of relevant work experience • Knowledge of the principles and theory of adult learning and experience applying them to learner centered curriculum, materials and group facilitation • Knowledge of training presentation and facilitation methodologies and techniques • Experience facilitating diverse learning groups • Knowledge of the regional social, economic and environmental issues, differences and disparities which might affect the way in which training is offered and presented. • Experience in working with diverse stakeholders including those with lived experience of power and powerlessness in social service, child welfare and protective services. • Ability to work cooperatively with peers, supervisors, program managers to achieve organizational goals. • Ability to make reasonable judgments in a complex and changing organizational environment • Expertise in building relationships with clients, staff and community partners; modeling and mentoring professional interactions and sharing constructive feedback leading to desired programmatic results and better outcomes for children and families. • Ability to utilize research in the areas of child welfare, social work practice, the impacts of trauma and systemic racism in curriculum development and facilitation • Work both independently and cooperatively with managers, supervisors and field staff to achieve
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
DESIRED: • Knowledge of child welfare practice in Washington State and national issues and practice standards. • Demonstrable working understanding of safety and risk assessment, family preservation, principles of family-centered and child-focused practice, and principle and strategies for family engagement. • Experience working directly with foster parents or other caregivers in their caretaking role, or personal experience as a foster parent.
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