Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
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This position is an integral part of the professional development education and training system for public child welfare employees, foster and relative caregivers, and their community partners. This education and training system is a partnership between the University of Washington School of Social Work, Department of Social and Health Services Children's Administration, 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 vision of the partnership is to join as one entity to support the readiness and continued learning of foster and relative caregivers and the child welfare workforce with the intention of achieving the best possible outcomes for Washington's children and families.
The UW School of Social Work has an outstanding opportunity for a Continuing Education Specialist.
The Continuing Education Specialist designs, develops, evaluates, and maintains curriculum and training materials or coaching resources for the workforce and caregivers who are located throughout the state. Curriculum and training or coaching resources are based on knowledge and skills competencies that were developed by an Alliance statewide committee. Curriculum is developed to support both in-person and web-based training. This position also assists other trainers and coaches in being able to use curriculum and training or coaching resources. This position also provides classroom, online, and field training to all new Children's Administration (CA) Social Workers or Supervisors. Training is provided in all child welfare practice and program areas.
The Continuing Education Specialist develops and updates curriculum for foster parents and caregivers. This position will also develop curriculum on a variety of topics related to public child welfare practice the care and safety of children in out of home care through the use of blended delivery methods. This requires the individual to have specific knowledge regarding foster parenting. In addition, this requires the individual to have a broad range of knowledge in the field of social work, specifically in public child welfare practice, in addition to requiring the ability to impart this information effectively.
Individuals in this position represent the UW School of Social Work to professionals in the field of social work. The Continuing Education Specialist must keep current on changes in the field and work with other Specialists to ensure that the same information is being provided to all who receive training through this program. The effectiveness of the training sessions is a direct reflection on the School of Social Work and the University as a whole. A successful partnership will ensure that the contract to provide this training will remain at the University of Washington.
Responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:
Writing and updating curriculum to meet new and existing policy guidelines and practice standards for supervision and child welfare practice.
Work with subject-matter-experts to develop curriculum, course content, and supporting materials. Deliverables to include curriculum guide, competencies, levels of learning, student handouts, trainer aides, practice activities, self-paced modules, and culturally relevant.
Applying knowledge of current Child Welfare professional literature and research in curriculum development with an emphasis on literature and research regarding the child welfare workforce.
Applying effective adult learning methodologies and techniques in developing curriculum and coaching resources.
Develop basic e-learning modules using a PowerPoint based tool such as Adobe Presenter or Articulate.
Develop and upload content for on-line and blended instructor lead courses in an online course platform such as Canvas.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with management, colleagues and partners
Participate in statewide work groups related to all levels of trainings or other related topics.
Conduct on-going curriculum content and delivery reviews, evaluations, and observations, with trainers, coaches, CA staff, and other key contacts to ensure that materials and content are accurate, effective, competency-based, and meet the training needs of CA and external stakeholders.
Working directly with other trainers and coaches in assisting and preparing them for delivering and using common curriculum
Training and coaching Children's Administration workforce according to current child welfare competencies, foster parent/caregiver training competencies, procedures, practice model, and accepted practice standards
Facilitating small and large group discussions while applying classroom management principles
Applying conflict resolution techniques in managing adult learners
Applying effective adult learning methodologies and techniques in delivering training and coaching
Other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS Bachelor's Degree in social work, a social or behavioral science, public administration, or related field. Four to five years of progressively responsible experience planning, administering, supervising, or in delivering services in a child welfare setting to include two years of paid social service experience assessing risk and safety to children and providing direct family-centered practice services (strengthening and preserving family units).
In-depth understanding of at least two additional specific CA program areas; e.g. Child Protective Services, (CPS),Child and Family Welfare Services (CFWS), Family Voluntary Services (FVS), Family Reconciliation Services (FRS), and Foster Care Licensing,
Knowledge and/or experience with foster parents and caregivers providing for children in care
Knowledge of applicable state and federal statutes related to child welfare
Knowledge of current child welfare procedures, current issues and accepted practice standards
Knowledge of effective training and coaching methodologies and techniques
Knowledge of Children's Administration policies, program operations, services and organizational structure
Knowledge of current professional literature and research that relate to child welfare
Knowledge of curriculum development and the ability to train from prepared curriculum
Knowledge of adult learning theories and ability to apply these theories in developing and delivering training curriculum
Knowledge of group processes and ability to effectively facilitate small and large group discussions
Knowledge of conflict resolution techniques and the ability to apply these techniques to adult learners
Ability to work cooperatively with peers, supervisors, program managers to achieve organizational goals
Ability to write and prepare clear and effective reports and other documents
Ability to work independently and utilize sound judgment in effective decision making.
Ability to maintain the highest standards of personal, professional and ethical conduct, and willingness to support the goals of the Academy.
Ability to conceive, plan and coordinate programs
Ability to make reasonable judgments in a complex and changing organizational environment
Ability to analyze sensitive issues in an objective and realistic manner and provide advice and consultation on these issues
Ability to maintain and use tracking and monitoring systems
Ability to accept organizational changes with a positive outlook
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, colleagues and academy participants
Must be able to effectively communicate with management, peers, clients, and the public as required to carry out the assigned duties of the position
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.
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