Senior Program Associate, Butler Institute for Families

  • University of Denver
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Nov 06, 2020
Full time Research

Job Description

Throughout its 75-year history, the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work has administered countless externally funded projects targeting children and families. These efforts preceded and provided the impetus for the establishment of the Butler Institute for Families in 1994. Today, we are nationally recognized for our leadership and collaborative work at the national, state, and local level in evaluation, research, and technical assistance aimed at improving the quality of child-, youth-, and family-serving systems.

We bring together researchers, practitioners, public and private service system experts, and community members to: engage in program evaluation and research; examine outcomes; and provide technical assistance and training to program administrators, direct service providers, and community leaders. Currently, Butler conducts business in four primary content areas: child welfare, early childhood systems, tribal child welfare, and behavioral health. These content areas operate within a Research-to-Practice framework that promotes the use, adoption, adaptation, replication, and/or scaling of research and/or evaluation knowledge and the integration of this knowledge in practice. In addition to the benefits offered by the University of Denver (see here for more details:, Butler offers the opportunity to work with a dedicated group of people committed to using research to support practice improvements. We also offer professional development and job growth opportunities, flexible schedules and the opportunity to telework remotely. Butler stands in solidarity against the systemic oppression of persons of color and American Indian/Alaska Native tribes, communities, and individuals. Butler intentionally partners with family and child serving agencies to create healing, positive systemic change, and daily inclusive actions that reflect racial equity.

Position Summary

This position will serve full-time as a Senior Program Associate primarily within the Capacity Building Center for Tribes (CBCT) grant project, and supporting other projects as needed. This person will be responsible for providing project management within the Targeted Services work of the CBCT, including supporting peer networks, webinars and trainers, and coordinating and supporting eLearning and product development. The eLearning development work involves developing asynchronous eLearning in SCORM-compliant course authoring software. Development includes needs assessment, instructional design, storyboarding, along with the coordinating graphics, learning support materials, videos, and narration. This position also provides technical assistance and consultation to tribal child welfare programs and communities who request services from the Center for Tribes. This will include working collaboratively with staff and consultants across partnering and consulting organizations, and with tribal child welfare stakeholders. This position will assure that products developed for the Center for Tribes are specifically informed by indigenous ways of being and engagement approaches from culturally-relevant perspectives for American Indian/Alaska Native people, with a special focus on tribal child welfare content.

Essential Functions

Project Management, Stakeholder Engagement and Dissemination

  • Provide project management direction and oversight of services related to learning, e-learning, peer networks, coaching, webinars and other groups.
  • Support the implementation of different program areas for the Center for Tribes, including developing outreach plans, recruiting participants, coordinating and tracking and monitoring service delivery.
  • Work collaboratively with IV-E and IV-B funded tribes to provide technical assistance to build the capacity of the Indian Child Welfare programs to serve children and families in their communities.
  • Provide training, facilitation and coaching to build competencies, learning objectives and engage learners.
  • Coordinate, develop, and revise competency-based curriculum, tools, resources and products related to tribal child welfare.
  • Work collaboratively with others to ensure the most up to date and relevant resources are available to tribes.
  • Facilitate Tribal/State partnership teams in developing and implementing plans to build relationships and strengthen ICWA compliance.
  • Engage and partner with Capacity Building for Tribes team members, tribal stakeholders, the Children's Bureau, and other Capacity Building Collaborative centers.
  • Manage projects and multiple competing deadlines in a timely, efficient, and thorough manner.
  • Track participation for online courses, webinars, and use of online communities and gather feedback for improving learning opportunities.
  • Maintain current knowledge of training best practices and trends in adult learning, online learning, emerging educational technology, and social learning. Recommend enhancements and upgrades.

Product and Technical Development

  • Develop Tribal child welfare product e-learning reflecting appropriate cultural images, language, and other elements.
  • Assure alignment of learning products and opportunities with desired and overarching messages of the CBCT project and other projects.
  • Develop and maintain asynchronous computer-based training with SCORM-compliant course authoring software including instructional design, storyboarding, course development, and assessment design.
  • Provide design and technical support for live synchronous training including writing scripts and developing interactive components.
  • Procure and adapt current instructional materials to online learning format.
  • Use multimedia software to develop course graphics, backgrounds, templates, digital audio, and videos.
  • Establish eLearning design and publishing standards to ensure consistent, inclusive design.
  • Recommend effective learning solutions based on needs assessment, content, budget, and learner profiles.
  • Engage subject matter experts, managers, and policy experts in course development using a culturally responsive and solution-focused approach.

Other Duties

  • Participate in Butler Institute work groups and committees as identified and/or assigned including those related to GSSW's Culture and Climate Initiative and DUs Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Attend and participate in DU and Butler-related meetings, trainings, and activities.
  • Supervision of work study students or interns as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Advanced knowledge of tribal and state child welfare practice and policy, its interpretation and implementation.
  • Ability to provide culturally-responsive consultation and capacity building products for tribal and state child welfare and related human service policy and practice areas.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with tribal, state and federal partners and provide facilitated strategic planning.
  • Ability to learn, reflect, and practice cultural humility with others within Butler and with project partners.
  • Ability to participate in actions steps with colleagues to move Butler to an anti-racism, multi-cultural organization.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills including proficiency in grammar, copyediting, proofreading, and using style guides.
  • Ability to prepare learning and information sharing products, participate in presentations, coordinate and communicate with project team members and multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to support the development and implementation of action-oriented logic models, research-supported dissemination plans, meaningful peer communities and effective knowledge collection, management, and dissemination structures.
  • Project management skills with multiple stakeholders and tasks involved, including tactfully holding project members and leadership accountable to deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize competing timelines and project deliverables.
  • Knowledge of child-, youth-, and family-serving systems from tribal perspectives.
  • Intermediate to advanced skill in the use of Articulate Storyline and other platforms such as Microsoft office, Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and Audacity (or similar program).
  • Excellent written and oral language skills for product development and presentations.
  • Ability to learn industry language consistent with state and national child welfare practice, early childhood and youth services systems, and other relevant industries.
  • Ability to work under limited supervision.
  • Knowledge of copyright, readability, usability, and accessibility (508) requirements.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Publishing or English.
  • Certification in publishing, web development and design, and learning platforms, including, but not limited to Articulate, PowToon or Camtasia.
  • 2 or more years of experience working with public and tribal child welfare programs to support workforce development and capacity building focused on learning opportunities.
  • 2 or more years of experience working on a tribal child welfare project and team.
  • Experience working with government grant funding for tribal child welfare.
  • Deep understanding of ICWA policy and procedures relevant to developing learning opportunities and products.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3 or more years of experience working in public and tribal child welfare to support workforce development and capacity building focused on learning opportunities.
  • 3 or more years of experience working on a tribal child welfare project and team.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with evenings and weekends as required. Fully remote work during COVID-19. Fulltime telework/remote work schedule available as an option.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, November 20, 2020.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.