Curriculum Development Specialist
San Diego State University

San Diego, California

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Curriculum Development Specialist

Req No: 2023-15073
Category: Community/Social Services
Type: Full-Time Contract
Salary: $5373-$6350/Mo.
Close Date:

This position is open until filled with an initial application review to take place after March 7, 2023.

Academy for Professional Excellence, a project of San Diego State University School of Social Work, was established in 1996 with the goal of revolutionizing the way people work to ensure the world is a healthier place. Our services incorporate principles of anti-racist, trauma-informed, and recovery oriented practices. Providing over 70,000 learning experiences to health and human service and justice system professionals annually, the Academy creates experiences with the mission to provide exceptional learning and development experiences for the transformation of individuals, organizations, and communities. The Academy continues to grow with new programs and a variety of workforce development solutions in Southern California and beyond.

A significant effort in the Academy's commitment to the ongoing work of creating an anti-racist, recovery-oriented, and trauma-informed workplace is the recruitment of individuals who represent the full diversity of our community. The Academy invests in people to create an innovative work environment that promotes well-being and a culture that builds on and fosters the strengths of its staff and their intersectional identities. When you join the Academy team you can expect to contribute to an inclusive and innovative environment where the sharing of ideas, perspectives, and experiences is welcomed and encouraged. In applying for a position at the Academy, we invite you to consider our Core Values and our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Adult Protective Services Workforce Innovations (APSWI) is a workforce development program that provides innovative workforce development to Adult Protective Services (APS) professionals. APSWI mission is to provide exceptional learning and development experiences for the transformation of individuals, organizations, and communities to ensure that older adults and adults with disabilities who are vulnerable and experience abuse receive high quality, effective interventions, and services.

Under the general direction of the APSWI Curriculum Development Supervisor the Curriculum Development Specialist will develop and oversee the development of curricula that meets the needs of Adult Protective Services (APS) stakeholders. This position also works closely with the county, state and national stakeholders and the APSWI Curriculum Development Supervisor to develop curricula in various modalities (i.e., instructor-led, eLearnings, coaching products), much of which is used as the national standard for APS training. This position will also work closely with APS subject-matter experts on the development of curricula and training tools and enhancements. This position can work remotely from a home office or in-person at the San Diego office. Occasional travel to Sacramento and the Southern California region is required.

This is a full time position. The following information is intended to be a representation of the work performed by incumbents in this position and is not all-inclusive. The omission of a specific duty or responsibility will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical extension of position responsibilities. Job descriptions may be changed or updated, at any time, based on the needs of the department.

Please note: some duties may include working with and/or exposure to sensitive/traumatic topics or material dealing with child abuse, elder abuse, and/or issues and scenarios related to mental health, substance use, or racism.


  • Identify curriculum development needs
  • Oversee the development and/or revision of APS curriculum development projects
  • Develop, revise and review curriculum to meet regional, statewide and/or nationwide needs as appropriate
  • Maintain current training materials, making modifications as indicated by Curriculum Advisory Committee(s), APSWI Curriculum Development Supervisor and stakeholders
  • Participate in Curriculum Advisor Committee Meetings as appropriate to facilitate and inform curriculum development projects
  • Recruit and develop scopes of work with subject matter experts/consultants, curricula developers and trainers
  • Evaluate subject matter expert, provide feedback as appropriate, identify development opportunities
  • Pilot and implement curriculum in a variety of modalities
  • Review and provide feedback on curriculum and training delivery
  • Collaborate with Academy evaluation team to develop and implement appropriate evaluation plan
  • Actively participate in and collaborate on other APS curriculum development effort
  • Participate in curriculum evaluation and research

  • Oversee, coordinate and implement the continued development of APSWI curriculum development and other projects to ensure compliance with contract/scope of work
  • Monitor progress toward project goals, deliverables, priorities and major work schedules
  • Develop subcontracts with subject matter experts and consultants
  • Develop and oversee needs assessment and strategic planning activities
  • Evaluate and ensure quality of trainers/subject matter experts (per Academy standards) provide feedback as appropriate, identify development opportunities, etc.
  • Develop and maintain strong, positive, collaborative working relationships with county, regional, state and national stakeholders
  • Demonstrate political acumen
  • Monitor budget and determine expenditures
  • Manage stakeholder communications
  • Workgroup/meeting facilitation and participation
  • Identify and recruit experts/consultants and direct contracting as needed
  • Market workshops and other deliverables
  • Participate in APSWI strategic planning and program operation meetings
  • Develop and maintain effective partnerships with stakeholders at the local, statewide and national levels
  • Report writing

  • Create, convene and facilitate meetings with stakeholders to ensure effective coordination and collaboration
  • Provide training, training evaluation, meeting facilitation and presentations to various stakeholders
  • Deliver training as appropriate

  • Stay abreast of current and emerging adult protective services initiatives and issues at the county, regional, state and national levels
  • Anticipate the impact to the adult protective services workforce and plan for new initiatives and regulations
  • Serve as a liaison with key stakeholders to develop strong partnerships, identify workforce development needs and to identify subject matter experts.
  • Maintain active involvement with National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)
  • Provide technical assistance to APS programs nationwide

  • Participate in Academy committees or workgroups and in Academy-wide meetings, trainings and special events
  • Perform other duties as assigned which are in the best interests of the Academy for Professional Excellence.
  • Knowledge of adult learning theory concepts and current workforce development trends
  • Ability to develop curricula in a variety of modalities
  • Knowledge of current and emerging adult protective services initiatives and issues
  • Ability to interact effectively with co-workers, stakeholders, training/workshop attendees and other external customers
  • Ability to work well individually and within a team
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills such as diplomacy, accurate listening/speaking skills; & the ability to work well with a wide variety of contacts; write well, including clear, concise correspondence
  • Ability to understand and follow posted work rules and procedures
  • Ability to display organization, meet deadlines, display detail orientation, possess good judgment and critical thinking
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of cross-cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities
  • Ability to independently interpret a wide variety of complex policies and procedures integral to the program/project to which the position is assigned
  • Ability to carry out assignments without detailed instructions
  • Ability to plan, coordinate & initiate actions necessary to implement group decision, organizational development & administrative skills
  • Ability to travel within California - primarily Sacramento region - and to national conferences when applicable
  • Ability to relate well to others within the project environment
  • Ability to display motivation and strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

  • Qualifications
    Minimum Qualifications
    • Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in appropriate field related to the program/project
    • Additional experience may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis.

    • Three (3) years of previous experience related to the program/project.
    • One (1) year of experience leading or coordinating a program within the industry and/or supervising employees.

      (A master's degree may be substituted for years of experience, up to two years)
    Preferred Qualifications
    • Master's degree in Social Work or a related field
    • Fluency in using standard office packages for report preparation, curriculum development, presentation designs, and other work products as needed
    • Experience working in a public adult protective services program
    • Experience working in health services, human services or social services for a public agency (example: state or county health and/or human services agency)
    • Experience leading collaboratives with local, regional, state and national level APS and/or aging program stakeholders
    • Experience planning and coordinating projects and deliverables
    • Progressively responsible experience in managing projects
    • Two (2) years of experience training and developing curriculum

    Supplemental Information

    Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

    • The COVID-19 vaccine is required by the CSU for all SDSU Research Foundation employees as a condition of employment. Should you be offered a position, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination status. Individuals who obtain an approved medical or religious exemption on file will be required to complete regular COVID-19 testing
    • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation
    • San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer

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