Senior Program Associate

Job description

Throughout its 75-year history, the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work has administered countless externally funded projects targeting children and families. These efforts preceded and provided the impetus for the establishment of the Butler Institute for Families in 1994. Today, we are nationally recognized for our leadership and collaborative work at the national, state, and local level in evaluation, research, and technical assistance aimed at improving the quality of child-, youth-, and family-serving systems. We bring together researchers, practitioners, public and private service system experts, and community members to: engage in program evaluation and research; examine outcomes; and provide technical assistance and training to program administrators, direct service providers, and community leaders.

Position Summary

This position is responsible for project management, including design, delivery, and reporting requirements for human service and capacity building projects and providing training, assessment, facilitated strategic planning, coaching, and capacity-building to tribal child welfare programs and communities.

Essential Functions

  • Provide training, facilitation, and coaching to build competencies, learning objectives, and engage learners.
  • Work collaboratively with IV-E and IV-B funded tribes to provide technical assistance to build the capacity of the Indian Child Welfare programs to serve children and families in their communities.
  • Plan and facilitate tribal gatherings for prospective IV-E grantees and support the national IV-E study.
  • Develop and revise competency-based curriculum, tools, resources, and products related to tribal child welfare.
  • Work collaboratively with others to ensure the most up-to-date and relevant resources are available to tribes.
  • Support the Center for Tribes in conducting tribal organizational assessments and other evaluation activities to understand community strengths and needs and inform program development.
  • Engage and partner with Capacity Building Center for Tribes team members, tribal stakeholders, the Children's Bureau, and other Capacity Building Collaborative centers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Advanced knowledge of tribal and state child welfare practice and policy, its interpretation and implementation.
  • Ability to provide culturally responsive consultation and capacity building for tribal and state child welfare and related human service policy and practice areas.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with tribal, state, and federal partners and provide facilitated strategic planning.
  • The knowledge, skills, and ability to evaluate human service policy and programs; to analyze field data; to prepare reports for and consult with tribal public and private managers and leadership.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience working in public and tribal child welfare training, coaching, capacity-building, program development and delivery of national initiative, analysis of field data, and report preparation.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience managing government, community, and/or tribal projects and teams.
  • Experience working with state and federal policy organizations.
  • Experience working with government grant funding for tribal child welfare.
  • Deep understanding of ICWA policy and procedures and the ability to apply that understanding in the field related to ICWA compliance within state and county jurisdiction.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MSW or related.
  • Experience with universities and/or non-profits.
  • Experience working in federal, state or public child welfare (in addition to tribal).

Work Schedule

Part-time, flexible schedule, approximately 20 hours per week.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00pm (MST) Monday, November 19, 2018.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

PLEASE NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is an affirmative action employer and that age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other applicable status protected by state or local law are not taken into account in any employment decision.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 006079
Posted: 11/9/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable