Education Specialist - The Research Foundation For the State University of New York

Albany, New York - Posted on: Monday 02/24/14


The Professional Development Program of the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College seeks candidates for an Education Specialist. The successful candidate will assist project team in conducting various activities related to the development of continuing professional education programming for professionals working with foster care and at-risk youth aged 14-21. The candidate will deliver training using standard methodologies; develop materials, concepts, and strategies for use in consultation/training activities; function as a strong team member to

ensure consistency of services; participate in regional and statewide youth leadership activities; assist with evaluation and reporting; provide training and technical assistance on a variety of independent living issues, particularly successfully transitioning youth out of foster care into adult life; conduct needs assessments; assist with the development, revision, or modification of curricula; assist with the facilitation of regional and statewide youth leadership activities; prepare and complete reports required under contract; perform other duties as assigned to meet contract requirements. Variable work hours, ability to travel throughout the state, and ability to lift 40 pounds.




1. Bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a USDOE, or an internationally recognized accrediting organization in Social Welfare, or a related field;

2. Experience in child welfare and/or juvenile justice including service delivery to adolescents;

3. Demonstrated proficiency with oral and written skills;

4. Applicant must address in their application their ability to work with a culturally diverse population;

5. Ability to deal with multiple priorities/competing deadlines in a team setting;

6. Demonstrated proficiency in computer use, specifically Microsoft products;

7. Ability to travel throughout New York State regularly to deliver training and attend meetings, and the ability to lift 40 pounds; and

8. Candidates selected for a final interview will be asked to give a presentation on an adolescent related issue.



1. A minimum of 3 years experience in NYS child welfare practice, including the provision and/or supervision of life skills development and adolescent services to adolescents in foster care;

2. A broad knowledge base in areas of adolescence, human sexuality, and foster care systems;

3. Experience in developing curricula and delivering training;

4. Knowledge of adult education theory and providing consultation; and

5. Knowledge of recent federal and statewide child welfare initiatives.

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