Senior Program Associate, Butler Institute for Families

  • University of Denver
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • May 20, 2021
Full time Education 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 with the Capacity Building Center for Tribes. This person will be responsible for project development coordination and management of Targeted Services offered by the Capacity Building Center for Tribes to federally recognized tribal Child Welfare Programs who receive Title IV-B or IV-E funding. These services include coordinating virtual peer groups, virtual and in-person training academies for tribal child welfare leaders and workers, and tribal/state team initiatives. This position will work collaboratively with staff and consultants across partnering and consulting organizations, and with tribal child welfare stakeholders. This position will also include providing technical assistance and consultation to tribal child welfare programs and communities who request Targeted services from the Center for Tribes as well as marketing, outreach and communication of these programs. The position will report to the Principal Investigator and co-Director of the Capacity Build Center for Tribes.

Essential Functions

Project Management, Stakeholder Engagement, communication and Dissemination

  • Provide project management direction and oversight of Peer groups, including identifying priority need areas, design and development of new peer groups, identifying, training and supporting peer group facilitators and managing peer group deliveries.
  • Support the monitoring, tracking and assessment of CBCT Targeted Services delivery.
  • Oversee and manage recruitment of tribal programs participating in the Center Leadership and Worker academies.
  • Support the coordination and delivery of the CBCT Worker Leadership and worker Academies.
  • Support the development, recruitment and implementation of the Tribal/State team initiative effort, including support for teams in developing and implementing plans to build relationships and strengthen ICWA compliance.
  • Work collaboratively with other CBCT staff and consultants to ensure the most up to date and relevant resources are available to tribes.
  • Engage and partner with Capacity Building for Tribes team members, tribal stakeholders, the Children's Bureau, and other Capacity Building Collaborative centers.

Strategy and Product Development

  • Work with content teams to support the development of curriculum, digital learning content, resources and materials to support Targeted services.
  • Support product development that reflects appropriate cultural images, language, and other elements.
  • Assure alignment of Peer Groups and other learning opportunities with desired and overarching messages of projects.
  • Work with CBCT specialists to design, develop and disseminate marketing and communication materials.
  • Work with CBCT evaluators to assess the effectiveness of Targeted Services, and use process, outcome and Continuous Quality Improvement data to make changes to enhance service delivery.

Other duties as assigned

  • Participate in GSSW and Butler Organizational Culture and Climate initiative meetings.
  • Supervision of program associate and assistant level staff.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Advanced knowledge of tribal and state child welfare practice and policy, its interpretation and implementation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with tribal, state and federal partners.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work with members of diverse cultures and communities with respect and humility.
  • 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.
  • Ability to both manage and work effectively in teams.
  • Ability to tactfully hold project members and leadership accountable to deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize competing timelines and project deliverables.
  • Strong critical thinking and solution-building skills.
  • Ability to work independently with support and supervision.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills including significant experiencing formatting, editing, and creating aesthetic visual presentations using PowerPoint and Word.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Social Work or related field.
  • Experience working in public or tribal child welfare programs and/or providing services to tribal communities or individuals. 
  • 2 or more years of experience managing tribal and/or public child welfare projects and teams.
  • Experience working on grant funded public or tribal programs.
  • Deep understanding of tribal communities and child welfare programs. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in social work.
  • 2 or more years of experience working in public or tribal child welfare training, coaching, capacity-building, program development, analysis of program data, and report preparation.
  • 5 or more years of experience managing tribal and/or public child welfare projects and teams.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of tribal Title IV-B and IV-E funding, services and workforce capacity building needs.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on June 15, 2021.

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

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is GE.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $70,000 - $80,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

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.