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Training Specialist | PSU Child Welfare Partnership | Salem, OR

Portland State University, Salem, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 05/31/2020

The Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services (CCF) integrates research, education, and training to advance the delivery of services to children and families. We work with agency and community partners to promote a child serving system that protects children, respects families, and builds community capacity to address emerging needs.

Based at the PSU School of Social Work, our long history of involvement with public child welfare provides an advantage in terms of knowledge of agency based research, familiarity with practice trends, and a network of local and national relationships for research and training. The Child Welfare Partnership, in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Human Services, has been dedicated to improving the outcomes for children and families across the State of Oregon for the last 25 years.

Work site is at the PSU Salem Center.
This position works with a diverse team of trainers to plan, design, and deliver complex curriculum for Child Welfare Department staff, caregivers, and community partners,
including tribal child welfare staff. Training has an emphasis on Safety, Permanency, and Well-being for children using a trauma informed and social justice framework. The position further develops and refines curriculum materials for the training program in response to new projects, newly identified best practices, and policy and practice changes initiated by the State Department of Human Services, in an effort to assist with workforce development that is in alignment with their strategic goals.

This position consults with direct service staff on field practice, and with field supervisors and managers about training needs and delivery. This position participates on DHS and CWP Workgroups that look at practice and policy initiatives in order to share training and best practice perspectives. In conjunction with colleagues and the management team, this position has responsibility to participate in organizational training needs assessments and comprehensive program evaluation. The person will have a primary work site at the PSU Salem Center, ensuring interaction with the main training unit and the central DHS office, and providing a centralized point of access to branch offices. Travel may be required as part of this position. This is a full-time, hourly, limited-duration appointment.

Minimum Qualifcations:
-Three years of experience as a trainer which included responsibility for assessing, planning, delivering, and evaluating training needs in an organization; AND
-A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Education, or Human Resources (Personnel) Management; or three more years of pertinent experience.

Additional Minimum Qualifications:
-Experience working in a public, private or tribal child welfare agency.
-Demonstrated understanding of definitions, concepts, and impacts related to race equity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:
-MSW or Master’s Degree in a related field.
-Experience developing curriculum for diverse audiences.
-Bilingual and/or bicultural knowledge and skills.
-Demonstrated ability to facilitate classroom discussions on racial equity.
-Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Key Cultural Competencies:
-Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
-Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
-Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.
-Adheres to all PSU policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

Environmental Stewardship:
-Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.

Work Days/Hours:
-Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm some evenings and weekends.

Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement:
The starting hourly salary rate for this position will be between $30.53 to 36.96 per hour dependent upon qualifications and experience with an excellent benefits package including 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon University System schools.

Additional information:
-This position is based in SALEM Oregon at the Child Welfare Partnership Training Center.
-This position is a limited duration position. The contract current end date is June 30, 2021 however it is expected, but not guaranteed, to be renewed.

Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)
In the cover letter, please outline your reasons for interest in this position and the ways in which your prior experience prepares you for this position.

Please include month/year of each position listed on application or in resume. If candidate is selected as a finalist, references will be contacted.

Background Check Required: Yes
For questions please contact Michelle Warden, Assistant Training Manager CWP via email:

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