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University at Albany, SUNY
Professional Development Program
New York
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Posted: 12/22/2021
Youth Engagement Specialist-Child Welfare Trainer (R21-54)

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 Youth Engagement Specialist – Child Welfare Trainer position in Buffalo, NY.

Description of Duties:

Under the direction of the Department Manager or designee, position provides coordination, training, and support services to regionally based youth services staff by 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. Provide targeted training and training support, and other related activities to the assigned OCFS Region. Activity will be determined through the needs assessment process and through agreement with the Division of Youth Development and Partnerships for Success, Regional Offices, Youth Bureaus, RHY programs, local districts, and voluntary agencies statewide to improve their performance and the achievement of better safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for youth in care. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Ø Conducting local district, agency, and Regional Office needs assessments.

Ø Developing training and post-training plans with local districts and identifying needed specialized training.

Ø Providing consultation, coaching, and technical assistance to Regional Office, local districts, and voluntary agencies on professional development and other strategies to improve their practices.

Ø Delivering training and providing post-training support services in a wide range of adolescent service areas, such as use of guidance regarding educational funding resources, youth engagement strategies, staff development strategies, program design and evaluation, etc.

Ø Developing and conducting one Youth Voice Event in the assigned region.

Ø Providing training and skills development to youth in care.

Ø Active involvement in OCFS initiatives to provide internship opportunities for Youth in Care at the regional level. Related activities may include recruitment, placement, oversight, and job coaching.

Ø Prepare and complete reports as requested.


  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 child welfare and/or juvenile justice including service delivery to adolescents.
  3. Two years’ experience delivering instructional programs for adults and providing consultation.
  4. Knowledge of recent federal and New York State child welfare initiatives.
  5. Ability to analyze and interpret information about laws, regulations, policies, current research, and best practice

having impact on adolescent services.

  1. Experience in conducting needs assessments.
  2. Demonstrated proficiency with oral and written skills.
  3. Applicant must address in their application their abilities and experience in working with culturally diverse groups of people.
  4. Ability to deal with multiple priorities/competing deadlines in a team setting.
  5. Demonstrated proficiency in computer use, specifically Microsoft products.
  6. Ability to travel regularly throughout NYS to deliver trainings and attend meetings, including travel to areas that may not be served by public transportation.
  7. 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 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. Knowledge of adult education theory.
  4. Familiarity with social media platforms.
  5. Experience in curriculum development.
  6. Experience as a former foster care and/or juvenile justice involved youth.

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 low $60s. 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 on an adolescent related issue. 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 for SUNY will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, criminal record, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status with respect to receiving public assistance, domestic violence victim status, a disabled, special, recently separated, active duty wartime, campaign badge, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law. 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.