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University at Albany, SUNY
Professional Development Program (PDP)
New York
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Posted: 04/14/2017
Senior Education Specialist (R17-21)
Salary: Mid-High $50s

The Professional Development Program (PDP) of the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College seeks a service-minded individual who is committed to performing high-quality work to fill a Senior Education Specialist position located in Albany, NY.

 The project focus is to improve functioning of local county departments of social services while working closely with staff of the project sponsors, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, to achieve the goals of safety, permanency, and well-being. Under the direction of the Department Manager or designee, position works with the project team to conduct activities related to the design, development, and delivery of continuing professional education programming for experienced caseworkers and supervisors of local Departments of Social Service and voluntary agencies.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

·         Provide training, consultation, coaching, and technical assistance through needs assessment, case consultation, and case practice reviews.

·         Identify and broker resources; develop district specific or regional performance improvement plans.

·         Prepare and support implementation of performance improvement action plans.

·         Provide oversight and monitoring of child welfare program areas via monitoring tools provided or approved by the sponsor.

·         Analyze and interpret information about laws, regulations, policies, current research and best practice.

·         Liaise with university, state and local agencies.

·         Prepare interim reports.

·         Perform other duties as assigned to meet contract requirements.


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.          Two years’ experience in development and delivery of training and an understanding of adult learning;

3.          Two years’ experience in comprehensive child welfare programs and national and state legislation, performance standards and best practices;

4.          Experience in the development and delivery of outcome-based training curricula;

5.          Experience in curriculum development;

6.          Knowledge of recent federal and New York State child welfare initiatives;

7.          Demonstrated proficiency with oral and written skills;

8.         Applicant must address in their application their abilities and experience in working with a culturally diverse groups of people;

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

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

11.      This position involves variable days and work hours, and the ability to travel regularly throughout NYS to deliver trainings and attend meetings, including travel to areas that may not be served by public transportation;

12.      Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs.

 Preferred Qualifications:

1.       Master’s degree from a college or university accredited by a USDOE, or an internationally recognized accrediting organization in Social Welfare, or a related field, and a minimum of two years’ experience in child welfare services/child protective services.

 SPECIAL NOTES: Employment is with The Research Foundation for The State University of New York, a private, nonprofit, educational corporation that administers sponsored program activity for the University at Albany.  Salary is expected to be in the mid-high $50s. Persons interested in the above position should submit a resume, three work-related references, along with a letter of application.  Candidates selected for a final interview will be asked to give a presentation that focuses specifically on an issue in the child welfare arena.  Those selected for an interview will be asked to provide a writing sample.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  To apply, go to 

Applicants may also visit our website at for more information. 

Federal law and regulations require notice to all prospective employees regarding crimes that have occurred on campus in the current three year period. Please refer to the following website for the complete Annual Security Report (“Clery Report”):  As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, the Research Foundation will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin and veteran or disability status.  The Research Foundation for The State University of New York, offers exceptional benefits such as healthcare, dental, vision, pension plans, competitive pay, generous paid time off, tuition assistance, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. The University at Albany offers a variety of performing arts, world class libraries, and competitive sporting events.