Program Development Specialist

Job Description

Mechanicsburg Child Welfare Training Programs – Pennsylvania-Mechanicsburg – (22006446)

The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center (Resource Center) in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh is currently seeking a qualified Program Development Specialist. The Program Development Specialist will be responsible for providing leadership and coordination of activities to facilitate and sustain positive change in Pennsylvania’s (PA) child welfare system with the primary focus area being supporting state child welfare efforts associated with development, implementation and monitoring of a Universal Assessment Tool. The goal of the Universal Assessment Tool and process is to assess the general functioning of families and ensure the quality assessment of risk and safety of children and youth known to the child welfare system. The tool will also assist in identifying strengths and concerns that are present within the family which guide how agencies provide additional supportive services to address identified needs. Supporting these efforts requires strong project management and writing skills to organize and execute reports and chartered activities.

The Program Development Specialist serve as the subject matter expert and work closely with other departments within the Resource Center, the PA Department of Human Services/Office of Children Youth and Families (DHS/OCYF), cross system partners and county children and youth agencies and other external stakeholders to support successful and timely completion of project benchmarks. The Program Development Specialist functions as a team member of the Statewide Quality Improvement Department for the University of Pittsburgh’s Resource Center.

A combination of equivalent experience and education will be considered for University guidelines. Must be able to travel long distances on a frequent basis, lift up to 30 pounds, set up and prepare audiovisual equipment for meetings and presentations, and stand for up to 3 hours. 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 complete each of the following steps: apply online and attach each of the following: cover letter and resume. Candidates are encouraged to also attach a writing sample. Writing sample can be a full document or excerpt of a document, must be relevant to the position, should not exceed 5 years old, and should be limited to no more than five pages.

The Child Welfare Resource Center operates in a hybrid work approach where work can be completed remotely, in the Mechanicsburg office, and in the field as necessary and appropriate. Time for this position is estimated as 80% remote work, 10% in the Mechanicsburg office, and 10% in the field. Typical field travel required will be statewide throughout the Commonwealth. Please review the Posting Deadline at and for more information about the Resource Center, visit us at

Bachelor’s degree with 10 years of experience or a Master’s degree required in Social Work, Social Services, Public Health, Organizational Development, or Adult Education. Of that 10 years, 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.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.

The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit to learn more about this requirement.

Department Details The University offers: • A robust retirement savings plan option, including • 100% University match on employee contribution of 3-8% of base pay • 150% University match on employee contribution of 3-8% of base pay after vesting. • Enhanced University match for those nearing retirement • 11 Paid Holidays • Paid Vacation, Sick, and Personal Days • Additional Paid Time Off (Winter Recess) during the period between Christmas and the New Year • Paid Parental Leave • Above-average Employer Contribution toward Medical, Prescription Drug, Dental, Vision, Life, STD, and LTD insurance plans • Flexible Work Schedules
Assignment Category Full-time regular
Job Classification Staff.Instructional Development.II
Campus Mechanicsburg
Minimum Education Level Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Experience Level Required 10+ years experience
Work Schedule Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Work Arrangement Hybrid: Combination of On-Campus and Remote work as determined by the department.
Hiring Range TBD Based Upon Qualifications
Relocation Offered No
Visa Sponsorship Provided No
Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks are required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.
Required Documents Resume, Cover Letter
Optional Documents Writing Sample

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