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This position is an integral part of the professional development education and training system for public child welfare employees, foster and relative caregivers, and their community partners. This education and training system is a partnership between the University of Washington – School of Social Work, Department of Social and Health Services – Children’s Administration, Eastern Washington University – School of Social Work, University of Washington in Tacoma – Social Work Program, and the University of Washington – School of Social Work – Partners for Our Children.
The vision of the partnership is to join as one entity to support the readiness and continued learning of foster and relative caregivers and the child welfare workforce with the intention of achieving the best possible outcomes for Washington’s children and families.
The Continuing Education 4 Specialist (Coach) is a regional expert on issues/concerns related to the professional development of the child welfare workforce in the Yakima and Tri-Cities area. The coach participates in and utilizes a competency-based system to identify, plan, coordinate and provide learning opportunities for all levels of the workforce employees.
The Coach works within the partnership to accomplish its vision and values, and works within the framework set out in the partnership’s guiding principles.
The success of the partnership is realized by utilizing effective working relationships with all partners. The Coach is responsible for consulting with and advising regional Children's Administration administrators and university faculty and staff on the education and training strengths and needs related to the successful job performance and achievements; developing parallel processes implemented statewide to support competency-based education and training; coaching/instructing the child welfare work force on safety centered practice in efforts to help support and enhance positive outcomes for the children and families in Washington State.
Individuals in this position represent the Partnership and University of Washington School of Social Work to professionals in the field of social work.
The Coach must keep current on changes in the field and work with other coaches and trainers to ensure that the same information is being provided to all who receive training through this program. The effectiveness of the training sessions is a direct reflection on all the partners, and the University as a whole. A successful partnership will ensure that the contract to provide this training will remain at the University of Washington.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Work within competency-based education and training system as the framework for identifying and implementing learning opportunities for CA workforce employees;
Coordinate education, training and coaching activities in assigned regional area;
Provide individual and group instruction or coaching to new and current social workers and supervisors on basic and advanced techniques through Safety Centered Practice principles.
Identify individual, team/unit, and/or office workforce performance enhancement needs relative to competencies for successful job performance;
Provide competency level feedback to social workers and their supervisors and administrators;
Recommend additional professional development learning opportunities and plan alterations consistent with DSHS/CA policies and practice standards, and UW School of Social Work;
Identify, individually and as a team member, problems/issues that impact child welfare, adoption, child protective services and family preservation direct service professionals' effectiveness;
Observe/evaluate and consult with practice model and/or regional management on direct practice and work unit functioning;
Assure competencies are delivered through use of common curriculum and on-the-job coaching and support;
Prepare teaching materials and adapt instructional materials from accepted professional and educational sources for staff use in on-the-job training;
Plan, develop, implement and coordinate in regional and statewide education, training, or coaching teams.
Study and review state of the art informational materials concerning best practices, new learning methods and techniques;
Assist in the development of annual regional learning plans;
Assist in developing and providing feedback on curricula, including various versions and forms of delivery
Facilitate education, training, or coaching logistics when needed;
Participate and collect evaluation and outcome data;
Participate and complete coach/instructor professional development program
A Master's degree in social work, a health or social science, public administration or a related field, or a Juris Doctorate; and two years of professional experience in planning, administering, developing, or delivering public child welfare and 2-3 years of direct work experience. Additional qualifying experience will substitute year for year for the required education.
Ability to implement program principles, building and sustaining programs and practices, and building relationships with external and internal colleagues.
Ability to apply federal and state child welfare laws and regulations, department and state agency fiscal policy and procedures, agency values and mission, Children's Administration reform plan mandates, statewide policies and procedures to maintain program consistency, best practice initiatives, safety centered and strength-based family practices as well as cooperatively developed protocols, and understanding local community resources.
Knowledge of child welfare, including the present system and national issues and practice standards. Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with programs that address child safety, permanency, and well-being.
Demonstrable working understanding of safety and risk assessment, family preservation, principles of safety centered, family-centered and child-focused practice, and principle and strategies for family engagement.
Knowledge of personnel rules and human resource techniques as it relates to employee development and performance management, to include setting standards/expectation, performance planning and evaluations, as well as supervisory and managerial skills.
Knowledge of conflict management and related crisis techniques in an environment where flexibility of schedule is essential, using good assessment skills and quick response, and where there may be high volume and stress.
Expertise in building and maintaining relationships with clients, staff and community partners; modeling and mentoring professional interactions and sharing constructive feedback leading to desired programmatic results and better outcomes for children and families.
Ability to provide social work coaching/mentoring models and training curriculum
Knowledge of the principles and theory of adult learning
Knowledge of training presentation methodologies and techniques
Knowledge of CA program areas and in-depth understanding of all CA program areas including child protection services, child welfare services, family reconciliation services, intake, CFWS in home
Knowledge of current child welfare procedures, current practice issues and accepted practice standards Research methodologies
Knowledge of current research and professional literature related to Solution Based Casework as it applies to Child Welfare
Knowledge of: 1) Principles of adult education or professional development, 2) Child welfare policies, regulation, standards and best practices in one or more of the following areas: child welfare, child protective services, permanency, and family preservation, 3) Principles of Solution Focused Management, 4) Principles of safety centered child welfare practice. 5) Demonstrate aptitude for working in a team environment, transfer of learning into practice, performance coaching and developing strong interpersonal relationships.
Must possess a valid driver's license if operating a state-owned or motor pool vehicle for official state business and must obey vehicular liability laws if operating a privately owned vehicle for official state business.
This position requires extensive travel, including overnight both in and out of state, in order to complete the essential functions of this position. Work is essentially indoors and incumbent may be required to access/use a laptop computer when traveling.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.