Program Development Specialist - 2100279
The Program Development Specialist will be responsible for providing leadership and coordination of several statewide Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center (Resource Center) activities to facilitate and sustain positive change in Pennsylvania’s (PA) child welfare system. The Program Development Specialist will work with the PA Department of Human Services’ (DHS), Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) and other stakeholders to successfully support state and federal mandates pertaining to two areas within the Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA). Current primary focus areas include support of Plans of Safe Care and Child Fatality and Near Fatality Reviews. Supporting these efforts requires strong project management and writing skills to organize and execute annual reports and activities. In accordance with Act 54 of 2018, the Program Development Specialist will work closely with the PA DHS/OCYF to support implementation of PA’s Plans of Safe Care
Guidance. Support will include reviewing plans and budgets for all 67 PA county Plans of Safe Care Teams. The Program Development Specialist will also be responsible for monitoring outcomes, identifying trends, and providing reports to support the state’s efforts to minimize prenatal exposure to substances and improve infant, child and family outcomes through a public health approach. In accordance with Act 33 of 2008, the Program Development Specialist will work closely with PA DHS/OCYF to support the second level reviews for all child fatalities and near fatalities when abuse is suspected, regardless of the status determination. The Program Development Specialist will also work with PA DHS/OCYF, cross system partners and external stakeholders to support the Statewide Child Fatality and Near Fatality Trend Analysis Team to identify areas that require systemic change to improve the delivery of services to children and families. The Program Development Specialist functions
as a team member of the Statewide Quality Improvement Department for the University of Pittsburgh’s Resource Center. A Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree preferred in Social Work, Social Services, Public Health, Organizational Development, or Adult Education. Minimum of five years’ experience in child welfare and/or related human service field required. Knowledge of the Pennsylvania’s Practice Model and Pennsylvania Child Welfare Practice is preferred. Experience in continuous quality improvement efforts is preferred as is experience in project management and facilitation of groups. Professional experience as it relates to the use of functional assessment tools in child welfare is preferred. This position is remotely located. Frequent travel to Mechanicsburg Resource Center office, Harrisburg DHS/OCYF office and throughout Pennsylvania is required for this position. A valid driver’s license is required. PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police
Criminal Record Check and FBI Criminal Record Check will be required as a condition of employment. Candidates who desire consideration for this position MUST apply online. Candidates are encouraged to also attach a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to the online application. A writing sample can be a full document or excerpt of a document, 5 pages or less - must be relevant to the position and must be less than 5 years old. Experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse populations preferred. A commitment to achieving equity and inclusion in the child welfare system is a must. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets. For more information about the Resource Center, visit us at www.pacwrc.pitt.edu.

Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred in Social Work, Social Services, Public Health, Organizational Development, or Adult Education. Minimum of five years’ experience in child welfare and/or related human service field required. Knowledge of the Pennsylvania’s Practice Model and Pennsylvania Child Welfare Practice is preferred. Experience in continuous quality improvement efforts is preferred as is experience in project management and facilitation of groups. Professional experience as it relates to the use of functional assessment tools in child welfare is preferred. Experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse populations preferred. A commitment to achieving equity and inclusion in the child welfare system is a must. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets. A valid driver’s license is required.

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Additional Information
Position Type: Employee
Ref Code: 15213

Contact Information
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The University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh, 15260
555-555-5555