The Indiana University School of Social Work works in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Child Services to better protect children at risk of abuse and neglect. A key to this collaboration is the creation of the Child Welfare Education and Training Partnership. The Partnership is designed to provide high quality social work education and statewide training for public child welfare employees. It provides BSW students with preparation for employment as a Family Case Manager; it allows DCS employees to enroll in the School's part-time MSW Program; and it provides state-of-the-art training to current DCS employees. This partnership is recognized nationally for its success and for its joint collaborative operation. Due to these efforts, Indiana is now seen as a model for the provision of public services that support children and families.
The primary purpose of the Curriculum Development Specialist position is to develop new and modify existing curricula for the Indiana Department of Child Services. This includes being familiar with the child welfare competencies, utilizing needs assessment data as well as conducting needs assessments when appropriate. Conducting research, developing learning outcomes, writing curricula on specialized topics, training staff to use the curricula, evaluating, and finalizing all curriculum projects. Must be familiar with adult learning theories and willing to adhere to federal, state, and university policies and protocols for developing curricula.
There is a structured curricula development and review process that all curricula staffs are expected to follow. In addition, there is an approved curricula format used when developing training and participant materials. Both of these procedures provide structure that includes a number of review and approval actions. The responsibility of this position would be to manage curriculum projects in accordance with the process. This includes assessing learning needs and competencies, facilitating curriculum workgroups, conducting research, writing content, implementing, evaluating, and finalizing curricula projects.
Included in this process is the ability to manage multiple curricula projects at the same time, coordinate multiple meetings, work with a production, training, data management, and evaluation team to ensure that all of the elements related to the curricula are aligned and in place for full implementation.
The level of complexity and scope of influence related to this position includes completing work on all assigned curricula projects related to the Training Partnership. There is a high level of knowledge and expertise related to this position that will be influential because of the amount of content/curricula contained in the Training Partnership library.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
70% Instructional design:
Work with Training Partnership management to develop new and modify existing curricula for the IN Department of Child Services. This includes all aspects of instructional design as noted below:
Initial and on-going assessment - able to assess initial and on-going instructional needs of the training system, curricula content, and learner competencies. Utilize existing data to assess needs and conduct learner needs assessments when necessary.
Initial and on-going instructional design - able to design, develop, and/or modify curricula content across areas and audiences to reduce duplication of effort and to provide training content that is well integrated over the range of delivery methods (i.e. video-conference, classroom, and web-based training). Ensure that content is vertically aligned and adheres to the basic principles of Bloom's taxonomy and appropriate adult learning theories.
Conducts research identifying evidenced-based practice principles and best practice guidelines that support identified training needs for the IN Department of Child Services/Child Welfare Education and Training Partnership. The curricula will be consistent with State, Federal, and Indiana University policies and protocols.
Stays abreast of federal and state child welfare policy changes, assesses curricula impact, modifies content to reflect current policy, and communicates policy changes in curricula to the training staff.
Able to design and write traditional classroom and web-based curricula, including learning outcomes and supporting activities, utilizing Microsoft Office and other software technologies.
Evaluate curriculum implementation, modify as needed, and submit for finalization when curriculum projects are complete.
20% Administrative management:
Plans, schedules, and facilitates various meetings related to the curriculum development process from the beginning of development through product finalization. Including but not limited to planning, facilitating, and managing curricula work group meetings with diverse stakeholders.
Plans, schedules, and facilitates training of content sessions with training staff to ensure there is effective curriculum delivery. Monitors delivery of content during pilot phase and provides feedback to training staff to ensure effective implementation.
Provide administrative support to the curriculum team by filing content in the curriculum catalog, processing curriculum package requests, creating and disseminating curriculum update memorandum, and monitoring the electronic versions of curricula used by the production team to print trainer and participant manuals.
Works independently and as a part of a team with the production, training, evaluation, data management, and executive teams within the Training Partnership.
Collaborate with the evaluation team to align curricula and assessment tools.
Analyzes trends in training needs and delivery by reviewing the organizational evaluation reports (level I - IV evaluation), feedback from training staff, individual training needs assessments, and any other data that helps inform the curriculum team.
5% All other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in a related field and two years of related experience.
Combinations of education and experience may be considered.
Knowledge of instructional design concepts and principles, teaching and/or training techniques and strategies, and on-line teaching and learning methods. Ability to build, maintain, and encourage positive professional relationships. Knowledge of instructional systems and blended learning programs. Ability to work independently and with a team. Effectively manages time of self. Ability to to assess, plan, and manage multiple projects at the same time for self. Strong communication skills. Ability to understand and communicate concepts quickly and accurately. Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills. High attention to detail. Ability to exercise sound judgment and make effective, timely, and informed decisions. Seeks to identify, analyze, and resolve problems. Promotes and values diversity and inclusiveness - works well with a diverse team and builds diversity into curricula content. Understands organizational goals and vision, assesses strengths and challenges, identifies strategies for improvement and communicates them. Proactively anticipates, manages, and constructively resolves conflicts and disagreements. Web-based course development skills. Traditional classroom course development skills. Knowledge of general computer and training equipment and software, including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suites, Adobe Captivate, On-Course/Blackboard, etc.
Master's degree in instructional design, education, or a related field. Familiarity with child welfare.
Working Conditions / Demands
Sitting and keyboarding for extended periods of time. Must be able to operate a vehicle. Must be able to lift at least 25 pounds.
Equipment utilized: computer/laptop, LCD, video camera, and a tablet.
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