Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
To ensure consideration, please apply by December 1st, 2017.
As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.
UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for four consecutive years.
The School of Social Work has an outstanding opportunity for a Director.
In 2012, three higher-education institutionsUniversity of Washington, University of Washington Tacoma, and Eastern Washington Universityjoined forces with DSHS Children's Administration and Partners for Our Children, a research, evaluation, and data analysis center, to ensure efficient, effective and accessible competency-based training and education. The Alliance brings together social work education, training and research to create better futures for families and children.
In partnership with DSHS Children's Administration, the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence's mission is to support the Children's Administration's goal of being a learning organization. The vision of the Alliance is to join together as one entity to support the readiness and continued learning of the child welfare workforce with the intention of achieving the best possible outcomes for Washington's children and families. With the recent creation of the new Department of Children, Youth and Families in Washington State, which combines the state's child welfare, early learning, and juvenile rehabilitation departments, the Alliance is poised to support the new agency in enhancing child well-being across the state.
The Director of the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence sets strategic direction and has overall responsibility for the success and operation of professional development and training provided to Children's Administration prospective and current employees, foster and relative caregivers and other partners, and supports the alignment and integration of social work education and professional training for the child welfare workforce. Positioned at the UW School of Social Work, the Director will work closely with all members of the Alliance, and in consultation with the Executive Team, to ensure that the education, training, research and evaluation components of the Alliance are integrated and in continuous and productive interaction to support excellent practice and service and a diverse workforce in our state's child welfare agency.
Reports jointly to the Dean of the UW School of Social Work (or designee) and to the Executive Director of Partners for Our Children and ensures that the Alliance develops its training, research, evaluation and education capacity in ways that are responsive to the needs of Children's Administration and utilizes the research and education expertise of the University Partners.
Engages the Children's Administration leadership and staff to foster a collaborative partnership and to advance the goals of strengthening the preparation and practice of child welfare workers and caregivers in Washington and to support the development and maintenance of a diverse child welfare workforce.
Engages University of Washington Seattle and Tacoma and Eastern Washington University campus leads, academic program directors, and CWTAP directors in collaborative relationships to increase alignment across education and training programs, and develop strategic priorities, and strengthen and support the CWTAP social work education programs across Washington.
Brings expertise in social work practice, research, education and adult learning methods to enhance the development and delivery of evidence-based curriculum.
Ensures that the professional development activities of the Alliance are compatible with the objectives of the federal funding Title IV-E requirements for child welfare training.
Understands and honors tribal sovereignty and government to government relationships.
Represents the Alliance and maintains positive relationships with child welfare stakeholders, including the labor union, foster parent association, legal and judicial organizations.
Demonstrates competency fostering a team environment through effective communication, conflict management, strong interpersonal skills and adaptive leadership; nurturing a broad network of relationships through active outreach and engagement.
Maximizes performance results through analytical thinking, client and constituent focus, timely decision making, effective planning and organizing, and thoroughness;
Fosters proactive communication across workforce Learning and Development (L&D) and CWTAP teams to enhance social work education and professional development for child welfare workforce.
Supervises Workforce Development Director and Fiscal Director.
Works in close coordination with the Executive Team to address emerging training needs, negotiate priorities, and implement solutions in order to optimize the available resources and success of the Alliance.
Leads and mobilizes a professional team to provide high quality training and assures that all contractors are providing services that are outcome-based and that designated competencies are delivered.
Works collaboratively with University Campus Leads, CWTAP Directors, and CA leadership to support quality education for CWTAP students and to ensure the smooth transition of CWTAP graduates into the child welfare workforce.
Evaluation and Staff Development
Engages with the Evaluation Committee, the evaluation team at Partners for Our Children, and the Alliance management/leadership team and CWTAP Directors to evaluate education and training using an intervention research model that includes formative and outcome focused assessments.
Provides leadership in using the evaluation findings to inform program improvement efforts.
Develops a comprehensive approach for professional development of Alliance staff in the development of curriculum, delivery of training, use of evaluation and research, and ultimately, learning outcomes for child welfare students and public agency professionals.
Ensures Alliance trainings comply with federal, state and CA policies, and relevant class action lawsuit requirements, providing necessary data for required reports.
Manage contract with Eastern Washington University, scope of work and budget with UW Tacoma.
Works collaboratively with fiscal office to prepare and submit the annual plan budget.
Builds trust and accountability through sound ethics and integrity, personal credibility and a high degree of responsiveness.
Opportunity for faculty role (optional), with responsibilities - as assigned
Participation in faculty meetings and service on committees that implement the School's vision across curricular, research and community activities.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT
Masters degree in social work or related field required; PhD strongly preferred.
Minimum of 10 years leadership experience in Child Welfare or related field.
Strong leadership, supervisory and management skills with a participatory management style.
Demonstrated skills in partnership development within and across University settings and state agency systems.
Ability to think conceptually and plan strategically.
Well-developed writing and presentation skills, a strong customer service orientation, and the ability to interact positively and effectively with staff and across internal and external systems.
Ability to assess training needs and lead strategic design and delivery of adult education training programs for CA constituent groups, including social workers, supervisors, managers, administrators, caregivers and providers.
Ability to assess training curriculum for effectiveness.
Ability to plan and manage finances of large scale projects with blended funding.
Demonstrated commitment to and ability to engage others in developing and supporting practices that result in a more diverse child welfare workforce.
Knowledge of quality assurance principles and methods, including the assessment of training needs, competency evaluation, and evaluation of training programs.
Proven leadership in adult education and competency-based training, including curriculum development, web based learning, and how to use technology to advance training implementation and delivery.
Expertise in public child welfare systems scope and mission, best practices and performance measures.
Knowledge of accountability requirements that impact training and education of child welfare staff and caregivers and including class action lawsuits, and the federal Child and Family Service Review training requirements, Title IV-E funding and public agency policies and procedures.
Understanding of higher education setting and the significance of accreditation standards and core competencies in social work education.
Advanced experience in research and evaluation and or major responsibility for conducting an evaluation.
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