Senior Education Specialist

Albany, New York - Posted on: Tuesday 04/01/14


Assist with regional implementation of organizational training strategies; design/develop and/or tailor local training and technical assistance interventions designed to support achievement of child welfare outcomes of safety, permanency and well-being, and to overcome barriers to permanency for children in need of protective, preventive, foster care, or adoption services provided through local public welfare districts. Project focus is to improve functioning of local county departments of social services while working closely with staff of the project’s sponsor, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Duties include, but are not limited to: conducting needs assessments; preparing local district action plans enabling practice congruent with state and federal legislation and nation practice standards, supporting development of district-specific program improvement plans and accepted best practices; providing technical assistance at the local level; acting as liaison with University, state and local agencies; preparing quarterly, other routine/special reports. Full-time position located in Syracuse with variable work hours. Ability to conduct assignments at various/different locations throughout NYS.


Required Qualifications:

1. Master’s Degree in Social Work or Human Services/other appropriate field from a college or university accredited by a USDOE, or an internationally recognized organization and 4 years experience in delivery or child welfare services; OR Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field from a college or  university accredited by a USDOE, or an internationally recognized accrediting organization and minimum of 7 years experience providing child welfare services in a local department of social services or private child welfare agency (a comparable combination of education/experience may be  considered). Experience must include including thorough familiarity with the provisions of services in NYS in accordance with current regulatory and  best practice standards.

2. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

3. Demonstrated ability working with culturally diverse groups of people.

4. Good computer skills including use of e-mail, calendar, computer templates, word processing and Internet.

5. Demonstrated skills in negotiating, implementing, and monitoring mutually developed plans to manage organizational change and appropriate training interventions.

6. Ability to appropriately handle multiple priorities, deadlines/conflicting priorities.

7. Demonstrated ability in project management and organizational development.

8. Demonstrated ability to maintain positive, constructive relationships with all levels of staff

9. Experience in project management and organizational development.

10. Ability to conduct assignments as various/different locations throughout NYS.

11. Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

12. Demonstrated skills in field-based organizational consultation.

13. Demonstrated skill in providing adult learning via a variety of strategies.

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