Program Specialist (National Quality Improvement Center for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care) - (1700007N)
The Institute for Innovation and Implementation within theUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work is hiring a ProgramSpecialist. The Program Specialist programmatically supports the NationalQuality Improvement Center (QIC) that seeks to improve well-being, stability,and permanency of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ)children and youth in foster care. Thisposition will help with the coordination of external stakeholders, andfacilitation and coordination of the QIC-LGBTQ Learning Collaborative. This position is expected to functionindependently, exercise discretion, and contributes to assignments and projectsthat require significant evaluation, originality, and ingenuity. The ProgramSpecialist provides solutions to issues and judgment outside of pre-establishedguidelines or processes. The person should bring knowledge about the needs ofLGBTQ youth as well as understanding about implementation science.
The Program Specialist works at The Institute for Innovationand Implementation within School of Social Work at the University of Maryland,Baltimore (UMB). The Institute serves as a national training, technicalassistance, evaluation, policy, systems design, and finance center that isfocused on children's behavioral health. The Institute supports state and local governments and organizations toimplement effective systems and practices to best meet the needs of children andyouth with complex behavioral needs and their families. This support isprovided through three primary units within The Institute: Policy and Finance;Technical Assistance & Implementation; and Research & Evaluation. Theseunits work in an integrated fashion to assist governmental and other organizationalentities to achieve better outcomes for children, youth, and their families.
UMB offers a generous benefits package that includes 22vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive healthinsurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and theirdependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.
- Draft and schedule QIC-LGBTQ work plan in accordance withspecifications and funding limitations; oversee daily operations andcoordinates activities of program. Makes recommendations to local project lead.
- Provides routine and non-routine technical assistance toQIC-LGBTQ local implementation sites, problem solving assistance, answers toquestions and program goals and administrative support to the QIC and Instituteleadership team.
- Assists in conceptualization, development, and drafting ofwritten products such as speeches, presentations, scholarly journal articles,training materials, website content, final progress reports, promotional materials,recommendations, and other information resources for the improvement of theorganizational element or its programs.
- Organizes and supports the dissemination of communicationstrategies, including social marketing and maintaining content on website.
- Assists in evaluating program effectiveness to developimproved methods. Has the authority to formulate, affect, interpret, orimplement policies or procedures to ensure effective operation of the QIC-LGBTQprogram.
- Interacts and maintains liaison with students, faculty,staff and outside/community agencies in facilitating program objectives.Establishes effective communication channels and acts as liaison between theQIC-LGBTQ and partner organizations and the QIC-LGBTQ and local implementationsites around dissemination of materials and coordination of technicalassistance needs.
- Serves as a primary contact and thinks critically about allaspects of the program to resolve questions and make decisions related to howto best run aspects of the program.
- Supports the implementation of evidence-based practicesdeveloped for LGBTQ youth in foster care in multiple national sites based onsupport needs of the Program Director.
- Prepares or assists in preparation of grantproposal/submission for funding and/or funding continuation from outsidesponsors for faculty in the division.
- Performs other administrative duties having a significantimpact on the overall goals of QIC-LGBTQ.
Education: Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Human Services, or related field of study.
Preferred Education: Master's degree in Social Work, Human Services, or a related field of study.
Experience: Two (2) years of experience working around LGBTQ youth topics.
Consideration may be given for a unique combination of education and experience.*
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Possess a thorough knowledge of position requirements and able to perform the position in compliance with all requirements/regulations/laws. Ability to maintain high standards with the work being performed and maintain awareness with trends and influences. Assumes personal responsibility for all outcomes; makes effective and timely decisions; and learns how to effectively use technology. Skill in relevant PC applications and program such as a Microsoft Office. Maintains productivity and uses knowledge strategies to increase knowledge base. Knowledge of basic methods and techniques used in organizing and conducting studies and analyses or programs, procedures, and organizations. Skilled in writing and presenting white papers, reports, research summaries, and other publications.
- Ability to work independently under minimal supervision. Ability to effectively attend to various duties on simultaneous assignments. Ability to develop new methods for operation and/or streamlining of processes. Skill in exercising initiative, resourcefulness, and sound judgment with an ability to solve problems and make decisions. Ability to prioritize ongoing and new projects necessary to implementation a specific organizational program.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
: Exempt Staff - E1431D
Employee Class : Exempt Regular
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
: Day Job
: Social Work - The Institute for Innovation and Implementation
: Mar 7, 2017
: Apr 6, 2017, 11:59:00 PM