University of Alaska Anchorage — Director of Child Welfare Academy

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) College of Health is searching for a full-time administrator for its Alaska Child Welfare Academy, a principal center devoted to advancing child welfare practice across the State of Alaska. The Academy strengthens the professional development of practitioners in the areas of child and family well-being, and child welfare social services. The incumbent will lead the rechartering of the Academy through the broadening of mission, aims, instructional programs, and contracts supporting practice advancement among professionals constituting the child welfare workforce in Alaska, including workforce supported by Alaska’s tribal organizations, ethnic associations, and organizations devoted to protecting and advancing the well-being of underserved populations. In addition, the position will secure and maintain accreditation of the Academy by a nationally recognized source. The position will begin in the fall of 2021. Residence in Alaska or relocation to the state is a requirement of the position.

The College of Health is composed of a diverse array of physical health, behavioral health, and clinical health services. Its faculty and staff educate over 3000 students through its two principal divisions involving the Division of Clinical Health Services, and the Division of Community and Behavioral Health. The college supports an array of centers that strengthen its commitment to advancing the health and well-being of vulnerable, underserved, and at-risk Alaskans. The Director of the Child Welfare Academy will work closely with faculty of the College of Health and university, staff, and students in creating, innovating, testing and improving market responsive training in on-line, simulated, case-oriented and face-to-face formats that are relevant to audiences and participants of diverse backgrounds. In addition, the Director will develop translational research that connects knowledge from the college’s research programs to knowledge dissemination and utilization useful for advancing practice in child welfare and child and family services.

The incumbent will ensure the implementation and outcome effectiveness of training content the relevance of which supports practitioners in addressing existing and emerging serious social issues that compromise the health and well-being of Alaska’s children and families and the communities that support them, especially those Alaskans who are underrepresented in health and human services. The Director will lead Academy staff in responding to the needs of early, middle and late career learners, and to learners that offer diverse backgrounds, qualities, and experiences. The Director will expand the number and diversity of learners completing Academy instructional programs, and expand and diversify funding sources that advance the availability, relevance, and accessibility of continuing education and training across Alaska. The Director will formulate and lead a strategic agenda of innovation in thematic areas, diversity and inclusion, coverage of the workforce across Alaska’s diverse regions, curriculum, methods of training, and authentication of learning that facilitates the career and educational development of Alaska’s workforce.

The incumbent will offer knowledge, skill and experience in simulation, gamification, animation, or experiential learning, and/or other training methods useful to advancing the learning of practitioners, especially those involved in interprofessional service settings. A successful applicant will hold a verifiable terminal degree in a health, human service, or educational discipline relevant to the administration, design and delivery of training. A successful applicant will have at least three years of experience in child welfare practice or administration or other relevant social service area, and at least two years of experience in the design, delivery, management, accreditation, and/ or leadership of professional development training and education in public, private, tribal, nonprofit or military organizations. A successful applicant will have a track record in innovation in professional training and education and will offer expertise in multiple distance delivered training methods. A record of advancing diversity and inclusion of staff, learners, and organizations is an essential requirement of the position.

The University of Alaska Anchorage and its community campuses are located in some of the most breathtaking and pristine settings in the world. The wooded campus of the Anchorage campus sits at the base of the Chugach Mountains. The metropolitan campus is a central hub for Alaska’s largest city, and is the largest of the three campuses composing the University of Alaska system. UAA serves over 18,000 students in technical, undergraduate, graduate, and graduate professional education programs across the main and four community campuses, extension sites, and military installations. The university takes pride in its outreach to rural, remote, and frontier areas of the State of Alaska and its inclusion of a diverse student body. Applicants and students express the considerable cultural diversity of Alaska, the Arctic, and the Pacific Rim and the university celebrates the rich cultural heritage of its student body and alumni. Recognized for its community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation, the university supports the community engagement of its faculty, students, and staff in instructional, co-curricular, curriculum, and research and service projects.

Application Procedure:
Applications must be submitted online at Careers at UA. Applicants will include a cover letter indicating that they are applying for the position of Director of the Alaska Child Welfare Academy and identifying and elaborating their credentials for the position. Within the cover letter, applicants must document their years of experience and their scope of work, responsibilities, and expertise in the innovation, design, delivery, management, and funding of professional training and education, and their record in advancing diversity and inclusion within their previous positions. Inclusion of an up to date curriculum vita, written statement of training philosophy, and copies of transcripts verifying the receipt of the terminal degree are essential parts of the application. Applicants should emphasize the diversity of their experience or skill sets within their cover letters.

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