The University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work Institute for Innovation and Implementation is seeking a Training Specialist for its Parent, Infant and Early Childhood (PIEC) Program. The Training Specialist engages a diverse variety of people in learning situations, applying adult learning theory in developing multifaceted modern learning solutions (such as instructor-led training, implementation coaching and online educational programs). This position helps plan and fully develop, conduct, and administer training and coaching programs that aim to train and support professionals in efforts to improve their skills and knowledge in infant and early childhood mental health and developmental topics throughout the state of Maryland, including implementation of the SEFEL (Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning) Pyramid Model within the Head Start setting, using a reflective coaching model with classroom staff. The Training Specialist is expected to function independently, with guidance from program administration, in developing new training and training materials, and helping to assess its effectiveness.
The Institute for Innovation and Implementation works to bridge gaps across science, policy, and practice to improve outcomes for and with children, youth, young adults, and families. Over the past decade, The Institute has been involved with many key children's initiatives in Maryland and across the nation, many of which have been supported by federal grants, waivers, and contracts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Institute is currently serving as the coordinating partner of The Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health (The TA Network), a SAMHSA-funded national technical assistance center supporting more than 70 grantees across the country. It is also a core partner in the National Wraparound Initiative. In Maryland, The Institute works closely with the Departments of Human Resources, Juvenile Services, Department of Education, and the Department of Health, supporting and informing systems-level reform efforts. This position will require statewide travel.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore offers a generous benefits package that includes 10 vacation days, 11 personal and holidays, 5 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and supplemental retirement options; and limited tuition remission for employees enrolled at UMB.
This is a Contractual position.
This position will require statewide travel.
Assesses general and specific training needs within early childhood population using generally accepted methods appropriate to the training field.
Assists in researching, developing, and delivering training for early childhood workforce professionals on a wide range of topics related to best practices.
Participates in the development of early childhood training and coaching materials such as manuals, online learning modules, self-test instruments, hand-outs, case studies, and other course materials. Revises and modifies training materials as needed.
Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of training through established evaluation measures. Completes written participant evaluation forms assessing participant behavior and performance throughout the training cycle.
Develops, implements, and maintains effective mechanisms for ongoing relationships/partnerships with department managers, through participation in work groups/task forces and by assisting in the designing of long-range training and development plans.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor's degree in Social Services, Social Work, Human Services, Training, Human Resources, Public/Business Administration, Communications, or discipline appropriate to training being conducted. Preferred Education: Master's degree in Social Work or related field. Experience: Two (2) years of related experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Possesses a knowledge of core concepts within the field of infant and early childhood mental health, including the SEFEL model, as well as overall position requirements and able to perform position in compliance with all requirements/regulations/laws. Knowledge of child development and system of care values and best practices. Knowledge of adult education principles and practices.
Ability to maintain high standards with the work being performed and maintain awareness with trends and influences. Ability to learn new information and apply it to development programs to ensure that training schemes are up to date and useful. Capacity to exercise initiative, resourcefulness, and sound judgment with an ability to solve problems and make informed decisions.
Assumes personal responsibility for all outcomes; makes effective and timely decisions; and learns how to effectively use technology. Maintains productivity and uses knowledge strategies to increase knowledge base. Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines. Strong critical thinking skills aid in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of approaches to problems and the viability of various solutions, and in helping trainees develop these skills themselves to get the most out of their experience. Skill in analyzing complex topics, policies, and procedures in order to prepare detailed summaries.
Ability to effectively communicate both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts. Writes and presents information in a clear and concise way. Interprets and understands written information and is able to listen attentively to verbal and non-verbal cues that lead to a deeper understanding. Possess excellent training and group facilitation skills.
Ability to work cooperatively with others and demonstrates professional, ethical, respectful, and courteous behavior when interacting with others. Capable of interacting pleasantly and positively with other to meet customer expectations, and provide follow up with customers.
Proficiency with personal computers, Publisher, Work, Excel, PowerPoint, and other graphics software.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience
If accommodations are needed for a disability, please contact Human Resource Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Job: Exempt Staff - E1525E
Employee ClassEmployee Class : Exempt Contingent IIExempt Regular
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Financial Disclosure: No
Organization: Social Work - The Institute for Innovation and Implementation
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