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Staff Development Specialist

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POSITION TITLE:                   Staff Development Specialist

FLSA Designation:                  Exempt

EEO Category:                         Professional

Salary Range:                          $37,500 – $46,500

Location:                                  Gainesville

Job Summary: The Staff Development Specialist is responsible for ensuring that Child Protection Professionals incumbents are trained and certified according to Florida’s statute. The Staff Development Professional is also responsible for facilitating continued in-service training opportunities to ensure that all Child Welfare Professionals are recertified according to Florida law. This position reports to the Staff Development Director.

Mission: To enhance the community’s ability to protect and nurture children by building, maintaining and constantly improving a network of family support services.

Vision: To be a recognized leader in protecting children and strengthening families through innovative evidenced-based practices and highly effective, engaged employees and community partners.

Core Principles: To individualize services to meet the needs of children and families. To commit to accountability using outcomes to measure performance and improve practice.

Competencies: Commitment to using a strength-based, child-centered, family-focused practice with the ability to identify strengths and needs and engage the family in a strength-based assessment process. Commitment to ensuring accountability and a results-based orientation.

Core Functions:

  • Engage adult learners, utilize adult learning theory and implement instructional design principles.
  • Ensure that all new incumbents hired into a position requiring the classification of Child Protection Professional are trained using Florida’s standardized Pre-service Curriculum, are administered the competency exam and are registered with the Florida Certification Board.
  • Ensure that all Child Protection Professional incumbents achieve full credentialing or achieve initial certification through the Florida Certification Board within 12 months of the administering the competency exam. 
  • Administer specific assessments for the purpose of evaluating the competency level of the new Child Protection Professional.
  • Develop Individual Learning Plan(s) with the Child Protection Professional
  • Possess the ability to provide group and individual supervision and provide constructive feedback.
  • Deliver training in Florida’s automated child welfare information system, Florida Safe Family Network (FSFN).
  • Facilitate Supervising for Excellence training for new Supervisors in all programs requiring the Child Protection Professional credential.
  • Maintain, track and verify training records of PSF staff and the Child Protection Professional.
  • Explicitly focus all trainings/instruction or workshops on the transfer of classroom skills to the work environment.
  • Research best practice models in child welfare. Provide a diverse array of training through the use of classroom instruction, webinars and self-paced training.
  • Ability to apply a variety of instructional techniques including role playing, simulations, team exercises, group discussions, videos, lectures to real work situations and debrief activities to arrive at learning outcome.
  • Develop and design innovative approaches to the delivery of on-going in-service trainings.  Ensure that instruction complies with Florida Statute and Administrative codes.
  • Ensure competence and fidelity in training objectives for PSF system of care models which includes but is not limited to: Family Team Conferencing, Solution Based Case Work and Permanency Round Table.
  • Participate in training work groups and committees that enhance the Child Protection Professional work performance and produces positive outcomes.
  • Evaluate the impact of training on case management and ensure that evaluation data are used to identify areas where improvement is needed.
  • Maintain a pulse on DCF’s Transformation Project and other state and local initiatives in order to ensure that ongoing training opportunities mirror best practice. 

Core Principle: To recognize that more can be done with communities and families as partners.

Competency: Identifies and understands what resources are available, and builds and maintains effective working relationships with a network of systems.

Core Functions:

  • Solicit opportunities for guest trainers to provide in-service training and advertise regular training opportunities for certified Child Protection Professionals to receive Continued Education Unit towards recertification.
  • Broker relationships with DCF, service providers and other stakeholders such as CLS and GAL for the purpose of enhancing service delivery, consultation and presentations.
  • Provides presentations to community groups, governing boards and local/state officials.

Core Principle: To respect the diversity of all children and families in the community.

Competency:  Ability to lead and model diversity.  Respect for each person’s dignity, individuality, and right to self-determination.

Core Function:

  • Display understanding of, and sensitivity to, service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.

This list of essential functions is not intended to be exhaustive. Partnership for Strong Families reserves the right to revise this job description as needed to comply with actual job requirements.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Social Work, Psychology, Education or other Human Service related field.
  • 3-5 years’ experience working in child welfare, mental health, group facilitation, training or related field.
  • Current Child Protection Professional certification.
  • Possession of a valid Florida Driver’s license, maintain an acceptable driving record, and accessibility to reliable transportation.


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Education or other Human Service related field.
  • Knowledge and experience in Family Team Conferencing model of practice.
  • Certification as a Child Protection Professional Trainer is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with at risk families and children with significant mental health and behavioral needs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the child welfare system and particularly Community Based Care efforts.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of effective communication
  • Ability to develop, maintain and implement comprehensive training program.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and independently.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Ability to evaluate and analyze data.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products.

Physical Requirements:

Sitting                                                                                      20%

Standing                                                                                  50%

Mobility (moving between internal offices)                           20%

Kneeling/Bending/Stooping                                                    5%

Reaching, overhead                                                                5%

Speaking                                  Yes

Hearing                                   Yes

Reading Comprehension        Yes

Ability to Lift and carry up to 30 pounds.


Same Day                                Occasional

Overnight                                Occasional

Weekend and Nights               Occasional

                        Infrequent (2 to 3 times year)

                        Occasional (2 to 3 times Month)

                        Frequent (2 to 3 times Week)

PFSF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ Drug Free Work Place and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the Human Resource Department at 1-352-244-1527.  Notification to the Human Resource office must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

 Drug Free Workplace:

PSF maintains and enforces a Drug-Free Workplace program.  New employees are required to be drug tested prior to employment.  In appropriate circumstances, current employees may also be required to submit to drug and/or alcohol testing.  Information on the Drug-Free Workplace Policy is contained in the Employee Handbook and set forth in the Drug-Free Workplace Policy, both of which are available through the organization’s inter/intranet.


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Gainesville, FL 32607

Phone: (352) 244-1500
Toll Free: (866) 310-7326
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