Director, Northern Illinois Simulation & Learning Center (EXTENDED POSTING)

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Position Title:

Program Director

Position Number:


Working Position Title:

Director, Northern Illinois Simulation & Learning Center (EXTENDED POSTING)

Posting Type:

Civil Service






Family & Consumer Sciences

Primary Function:

Under the Contract with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS), position provides administrative oversight and programmatic management for all Northern Illinois Simulation and Training Center (NISTC) staff and services required to provide professional, administrative and support functions including, but not necessarily limited to the development, design, delivery, management, support and/or evaluation of an array of professional development events related to Illinois’ Child Welfare.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally):

•Provide oversight and supervision to IRSTC Facilitator(s) and Coordinator(s) to ensure smooth and effective supervision of staff, professional development, and adequate staffing coverage for all deliverables.
•Coordinate with staff from the IDCFS Office of Learning and Professional Development (OLPD) to ensure effective delivery and tracking of Child Protection Training Academy (CPTA) training and simulations.
•Collaborate with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS), university partners, as well as external consultants to ensure the implementation of simulation based training for child welfare and child protection staff.
•Other duties as assigned including possible teaching of child welfare foundations coursework in Human Development and Family Sciences
Programmatic Evaluation and Reporting
•Coordinate with IDCFS, OLPD, university partners, the Children and Family Research Center (CFRC), and with consultants and other researchers to ensure evaluations and quality assurance activities are regularly performed and are utilized to inform programmatic practice, and if needed, programmatic enhancements are implemented.
•Will ensure regular and routine progress and activity reports are composed and submitted to IDCFS as required.
Management of Staffing Resources
•Ensure staffing resources are adequate to meet NISTC deliverables. This includes but is not limited to, ensuring hiring search committees are formed and are effective in filling all vacant positions in a timely manner, ensuring NISTC staff effectively coordinate the use of available actors, and that NISTC staff schedule an adequate number of simulation trainings to effectively meet IDCFS’ professional development needs.
•Oversee employment conditions, responsibilities and obligations; work with the NISTC Principal Investigator on all personnel matters consistent with the University’s personnel policies and procedures.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position:

1. Master’s degree in social work or related field from an accredited university.

2. A total of seven (7) years of professional work experience in a public-sponsored, agency-based child welfare setting providing a combination of direct child welfare casework including Child Protection services, Intact Family services, Permanency/Foster Care services, and direct supervision of child welfare staff and/or management of child welfare services. All experience must be in the provision of public-sponsored casework services provided directly to children and families receiving child welfare services from IDCFS, one of its private sector partner agencies, and/or comparable agency.

Education and Experience Preferred:

1. Master’s degree in Social Work or related field.

2. Prior experience in program design, implementation of evidence-based interventions, quality improvement, and supervision of staff.

3. Prior experience of training students and staff in human service practice.

4. Familiarity with the IDCFS Core Practice Model

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.:

Program administration, working knowledge of organizational change management strategies; training, simulations, and transfer of learning methodologies; evidence-informed child welfare practices; and the Illinois Core Practice Model.

Ability to work collaboratively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Cultural and linguistic competence.

Working Hours:

M-F 8am-4:30pm

Minimum Pay Rate (Hourly or Monthly):

$6,250 per month

Hiring Rate Information:

Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to eligible applicants.

Posting Date:


Closing Date:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • Fully complete the Education and Work History sections of the application. Be specific on your entire work history, including employment dates and duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this position, however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency to determine combined length of experience.
  • If you have education and/or training in excess of what is required, we encourage you to upload your unofficial transcripts.
  • After the posting has closed, your submission will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the classification, including any specialty factors associated with this particular position.
  • Please monitor your e-mail for further information regarding your application. Emails will be generated from [email protected] and [email protected]. Please add these emails to your address book to ensure timely delivery of any future communication.
  • We STRONGLY recommend that contact information used in your online profile be personal use, not professional/work information: personal email address, home address, and phone numbers. The information you provide is used to make contact on search updates, department referrals and interviews, etc. We must be able to relay sensitive and important information in a way that protects your privacy concerning job search activity, now and in the future.
  • The Civil Service examination for this classification is a Credentials Assessment, and is based on your application materials as submitted for this posting. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score based on your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register. After the application deadline, the names within the top three scores will be referred to the hiring department for interview.
  • Once this position has been filled, all names will be removed from the employment register in accordance with State Universities Civil Service System rule 250.60(h)(10).
  • If eligible for Veteran’s Preference Points, DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256 paperwork reflecting an Honorable Discharge MUST be uploaded to this application in order to receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service examination.
  • Click on Program Director for more information including typical duties, minimum acceptable qualifications, and testing requirements.
  • Please click Human Resource Services – Benefits for detailed information about Northern Illinois University’s benefits package.
  • Employment is contingent upon your passing a criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Required references should include at least one whom is a past or present supervisor.

Link to Department Homepage:

Family and Consumer Sciences

EEO Statement:

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230
[email protected]

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Visa Policy:

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation:

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education (AAEOE) at [email protected].

Clery Act Information:

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Posted: 6/5/2021
Application Due: 7/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time