The Professional Development Program is Hiring

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Job title: Senior Education Specialist-Youth Engagement Specialist (R21-24)

Description:  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 Senior Education Specialist-Youth Engagement Specialist position in Syracuse or Rochester, NY. 

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 Child Welfare and Community Services, Regional Offices, Youth Bureaus, 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 will include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting local district, agency, and Regional Office needs assessments
  • Developing training and post-training plans with local districts and identifying needed specialized training
  • Providing consultation, coaching, and technical assistance to Regional Office, local districts, and voluntary agencies on professional development and other strategies to improve their practices
  • Delivering training and providing post-training support services in a wide range of adolescent services areas, such as use of guidance regarding educational funding resources, youth engagement strategies, staff development strategies, program design and evaluation, etc.
  • Developing and conducting one Youth Voice Event in the assigned region
  • Providing training and skills development to youth in care
  • 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
  • Prepare and complete reports as requested

For additional information and/or to apply for the Syracuse opening: RF for SUNY at the University at Albany Job Posting: Senior Education Specialist-Youth Engagement Specialist (R21-24) (