I. Title: DIRECTOR OF CHILD WELFARE TRAINING SYSTEM INITIATIVES
AND STRATEGIC IMPLEMENTATION
Division: Muskie School of Public Service
Department: Cutler Institute
Location: Wishcamper Center, Portland
Reports to: Director, Institute of Child and Family Policy
Supervises: Professional staff (Research Associates, WT Grant Fellow) & classified
staff, (Administrative Assistants II)
Coordinates with: Project Staff and other Institute professionals; frequent high level
contact with regional and national associations/agencies on child
welfare; DHHS/Administration for Child and Families; National
Resource Centers; university training partnerships and local, state
and county departments of human services.
II. Statement of the Job
The primary purpose of this position is to provide leadership and direction to the Cutler
Institute in the area of strategic implementation/change management and training system
initiatives. The individual directs a Child Welfare Technical Assistance Implementation Center
in federal regions 1 and 2. The individual is responsible for developing new projects and
participating in child welfare policy and program development nationally, statewide and locally.
The individual works with other staff and national consultants respond to national and state
requests for training, and technical assistance and strategic implementation expertise.
Responsibilities include supervising the development of externally funded research projects in
the Cutler Institute, conducting child and family services research evaluation, and policy
analysis relative to the well being of children and their families, specializing in child welfare
training systems and strategic implementations based on identified organizational and service
needs. This position is responsible for participating in project design, training and supervision
of project staff, managing project work plans, budgets, and project reports. This position
provides expertise and leadership to national projects focusing on training systems and strategic
implementation/change management. It also leads, directs, and supervises the Region 1and 2
Child Welfare Technical Assistance Implementation Center. In addition to knowledge of child
welfare training, this position requires expertise in management; professional development
systems, organizational improvement and comfort with shared decision making on a variety of
levels. As part of the Cutler Institute’s Integrated Management Team, the Director provides
leadership in strategic planning and development activities and programs throughout the
Institute and promotes integration with the School. The position requires expertise in working
collaboratively across systems; training, organizational development and strategic planning;
skills in management and group facilitation, and experience and comfort with shared decision
making on a variety of levels.
III. Essential Functions
1. Participates in Cutler management and strategic planning; represents Cutler on Muskie and
USM committees and workgroups; provides leadership and chairs committees and
workgroups; expands cross-disciplinary projects with other Institute and Muskie School
projects, promotes integration between Cutler and Muskie School in order to participate in
overall management of the Institute and School.
2. Provides leadership and direction in federal and state initiatives in the areas of child welfare
implementation/change management initiatives, training system and organizational
development; develops initiatives to bring state-of-the-art programs and other professional
development interventions to the state and to the institute’s strategic planning process in
order to support best practice models.
3. Facilitates the review of changes to laws, policies and procedures; reviews and identifies
organizational and programmatic issues and trends pertaining to these changes; meets with
key stakeholders in various agencies; assesses resources and barriers to organizational
improvement; analyzes research on other states to identify best practices using knowledge
of state and organizational issues in order to provide leadership in development of
legislative initiatives and program interventions.
4. Serves as liaison and coordinator for child welfare strategic implementation/change
management and training system workgroups, peer networks and committees; reviews legal
and policy changes to assess impact and need for development; adjusts project interventions
to align with Cutler’s child, youth and family priorities.
5. Meets regularly with Child Welfare agencies; reviews goals, directives and operations;
assesses organization and practice needs, develops responsive plans, provides
implementation assistance, discusses training implications, organizational and staff impact
in order to assist Child Welfare management in planning and coordinating organizational
6. Facilitates planning and decision-making; delegates and discusses responsibilities, progress,
functions and activities with staff; monitors work plans and makes adjustments as
necessary; makes decisions on resource allocations (time, personnel and financial);
approves project expenditures and monitors budget; acts as liaison with state contract
officers using knowledge of project management in order to direct large and complex
7. Provides leadership and expert consultation in the design and planning of conferences,
training events and complex curriculum initiatives, provides technical assistance to Child
Welfare Training staff in planning programs, identifying best practice, competencies,
appropriate training materials; and networks with key resource people in order to ensure
quality of training and educational materials and programs.
8. Makes recommendations for hiring, salary negotiations and disciplinary actions; participates
in staff planning and position authorizations; ensures that supervisors and staff have the
resources and support to pursue performance goals and participate in Institute development
activities; initiates staff development activities to support staff performance goals and
project development and in order to support human resources management activities for the
9. Meets with and delivers presentations to child welfare administrators, university training
partners and training managers to promote an integrated and coordinated network of child
welfare administrative systems.
10. Meets as needed individually and in groups with Child Welfare training staff and practice
improvement specialists to provide technical assistance; troubleshoots problem areas;
observes and assesses performance and provides feedback to project staff; provides
mentoring to improve performance using knowledge or requirements of overall training
program, trainer competencies and adult learning theory in order to provide mentoring and
supervision to the Child Welfare Training Initiatives.
11. Writes articles and reports on project findings; reviews all written reports; provides
consultation for writing findings. Delivers presentations at local, state and national
conferences about innovative implementation/change management and training approaches
in Child Welfare; assists with market development strategic planning and product
development to contribute to state of the art practice; and initiates contacts to find markets
and audiences for reports and products
12. Establish and maintains high level contacts in state and national agencies, university
training partnerships and organizations; maintains active membership, including leadership
positions, in associations and boards.
13. Develops strategic plan for long range funding and identifies initiatives for competitive and
renewal proposals; writes portions of and reviews proposals and cooperative agreements.
IV. Marginal Functions
1. Identifies opportunities for student internships and field placements and collaborative
relationships with other university programs and activities.
2. Serves as faculty for classes and educational forums.
V. Supervisory Responsibilities
This includes, but is not limited to, conducting performance evaluations, approving annual
leave, authority to discipline and assign work, provide orientation and support, provide support
to utilize professional development resources and serves as search chair for hiring; recommends
people for hire.
VI. Budget Responsibilities
Authorizes expenditures and manages project budgets in accordance with Institute, USM, State
and Federal (DHHS and DOE) policy. Responsible for externally funded projects with an
annual operating budget of over $ 1.2 million.
VII. Public/Professional Activities
Makes presentations on activities at conferences; provides assistance to community agencies,
legislators, state agency staff and others on issues related to project activities; prepares reports
and journal articles for scholarly publication; involved in state or national professional
VIII. Internal and External Contacts
Works regularly with University faculty and staff, state policy-makers and higher education
administrators and staff, and peers in other states.
IX. Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities:
1. Masters degree and eight years of relevant professional experience; or Doctorate degree and
five years experience.
2. Demonstrated administrative experience including the ability to coordinate, monitor and
manage program activities and/or projects.
3. Knowledge of Child Welfare Training, organizational needs assessment and
implementation/change management strategies.
4. Demonstrated skills in group process, shared decision making, and other methods of adult
1. Experience with national child welfare systems.
2. Experience coordinating large service implementations/change management projects.
3. Experience with training system design, delivery and assessment
For Office Use Only:
Approved Date: 03/16/2009
Job Family: 11
Salary band: 108
Unit: Non Rep
Job #: 8582
Employee: Susan Kanak
Position #: 00012855