Learning and Development Specialist

Learning and Development Specialist
School of Social Work
Office of Child Welfare Partnerships and Workforce Development

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is seeking dynamic professionals to join a partnership between public university social work programs and the Office of Child Welfare Partnerships and Workforce Development (CWPWD).

The Learning and Development Specialist, under direct supervision, develop and conduct assigned training programs for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS), Purchase of Service (POS) agency staff and foster/adoptive caregivers.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Subject to the requirement of the Office of Child Welfare Practice and Workforce Development (CWPWD), as a member of the Office of Learning and Professional Development, under direct supervision, design, develop and conduct assigned training programs for DCFS and/or POS agency staff and foster/adoptive caregivers. Represents as a member of the Office of Learning and Professional Development at various statewide locations, designing and developing learning and development solutions on Department policy and practice, as illustrated in Department Rules, Procedures and various established pre-service and in-service training curricula.
  • As a member of the Learning and Development team, participate and assist in the instructional design, development, implementation, evaluation and revisions of both classroom and online training curricula. Identify and utilize appropriate methods of instruction using adult learning practices (e.g. case studies, guided discussion, video, role playing, use of personal computer, learning simulations and other alternative instructional formats) in order to facilitate learning.
  • For each job specialization, may be assigned to assist in the identification, analysis and writing of job tasks, including writing job (learning) competencies and outcomes, job performance expectations, indicators and measure of performance, and the work products and other evidence that will be used to evaluate the training performance of employees. May assist in the data collection, entry and analysis of all assigned instructional research.
  • May serve as a learning and development project leader, providing overall project management to an assigned specialized training project.
  • May assist in collaboration with management staff on the Office of Learning and Professional Development and designated Department program and administrative staff to identify learning needs for pre-service and in-service training. May assist in the Department’s annual State Training Plan, to address identified learning needs.
  • May be assigned to utilize one or more of the following personal computer software programs in the design, development, and presentation of training curricula: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft operating systems, SACWIS, CYCIS Case Manager, Department Intra-net (D-net) and internet, Microsoft Work, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, Articulate Storyline and Studio Pro’13.
  • Will utilize the various functions of the Virtual Training Center (VTC) online learning management system and SharePoint in performing design and development duties.
  • Operate and troubleshoot common operating systems and network connectivity problems with various equipment while designing and/or developing curricula; including use of laptop or desktop computer and software, cameras LCD computer video projector, video conference, web meeting technology and telephone conference equipment services.
  • Assist in the design and development of pre- and post-training tests, course and instructor evaluations, post-training follow up with staff and supervisors and post-training transfer of learning and training outcome evaluations.
  • As a member of the learning and development team, may assist in writing training test/exam questions, in a variety of item or question formats.
  • With supervisory input and approval; develop and track and annual professional development plan. Based on the professional development, plan, identify, attend, complete, and apply various staff development and training courses and evens in order to improve job knowledge skill and ability.
  • During consultation with supervisor and staff discussion problems and issues that impact job performance and assist in identifying ways of meeting job performance expectations.
  • Attend and participate in various office, division and department meetings and institutes as assigned.
  • May perform other related duties as may be assigned by direct supervisor and management.
  • Statewide travel is required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with coursework in any combination of education, psychology, social work, training, instructional design, graphic design, or online training course design and development. A Master’s degree in Education with concentration in curriculum and instruction or Master’s in Social Work is preferred. Requires two or more years experience in one or more specialized fields of child welfare practice, including Child Welfare Intake, Child Protection Investigation, Intact Family Services, Permanency/Foster Care Services, Licensing and other related direct service practice. A minimum of four or more years of Welfare Intake or Child Protection Investigation, Intact Family Services, Permanency/Foster Care Services, Licensing and other related direct service practice preferred. Child Welfare Employee Licensure, Child Endangerment Risk Assessment Protocol Certification, Child and Adolescent Needs Assessment Certification, On-line Teaching and Learning Certification preferred. Requires specialized knowledge, skills, abilities, including Illinois Child Welfare Employee Licensure, certification or COA approved degrees necessary for successful performance of this position.

This is a full-time (100%), twelve month non-tenure track academic professional position. The position is grant-funded and renewal is contingent upon availability of funds. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. The proposed start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.

To ensure full consideration complete applications must be submitted by December 18, 2017. Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, resume, and the name, address, and phone numbers of three references.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact sw-hr@illinois.edu.  You may also visit http://www.socialwork.illinois.edu for additional information.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu