Child Welfare Trainer – Minnesota Department of Human Services

Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

The Child Welfare Trainer position provides an opportunity for you to work with knowledgeable and dedicated staff in a highly skilled work environment in the Child Safety and Permanency (CSP) Division in the Department of Human Services.  The purpose of this position is to provide support, direction and coordination for the development, delivery and maintenance of social worker foundation training, specialized social worker training, and resource family training curricula and ensure that content reflects department policy, state and federal laws and regulations, and best practice research. This position will also evaluate the effectiveness and outcomes of curriculum delivery approaches and training materials.


  • Maintain proficiency in current social work practice, policy and application.
  • Based on ongoing needs analysis, develop, manage, and maintain competency-based social worker and/or resource family training curricula.
  • Facilitate communication across the organization to identify the key policies and practices to incorporate into training curricula.
  • Understand and utilize various technology-based learning methods to deliver training when appropriate.
  • Ensure that social worker/resource family curricula are developed using the latest information on adult learning and transfer of learning theories and delivered using a variety of training modalities, including technology-based delivery methods when appropriate.
  • Review and analyze current and new curricula and recommend methodologies relevant to content and audience, including consideration of culturally appropriate and responsive teaching and learning methods/theories.
  • Provide direction for evaluating the effectiveness of child welfare training.
  • Develop and implement strategies to measure transfer of learning.
  • Provide Child Welfare Foundations Training to county and tribal staff (including regular and extensive travel throughout the state).
  • Provide other support, as needed, to support the mission, vision and values of the Minnesota Child Welfare Training System, Child Safety and Permanency Division and Department.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in social work or related field AND at least two years of experience as a social worker and/or higher level practice experience in child protection or child welfare (case management, adoptions/permanency, assessment, licensing, court worker, foster care coordinator, etc.).
  • Thorough knowledge of federal and state law relating to child protection or child welfare in Minnesota.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with individuals, groups, and agencies from diverse backgrounds/communities and with diverse needs.
  • Ability to travel throughout the state, including overnight stays of up to 4 consecutive nights when preparing for and providing training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in social work or related field.
  • Conflict management and negotiation skills.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.
  • Experience training in a variety of settings (classroom, web-based, hybrid).
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the issues related to the over representation of children and families of color in the child welfare system.
  • Direct practice experience working in a public child welfare setting (county/tribe), working specifically with children and families to promote child safety, permanency, and wellbeing.

How to Apply
Interested candidates must apply online through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the state’s official application and hiring site. See instructions below on how to submit your resume and application. For assistance with this process, contact the Website Helpdesk at 651-259-3637 or Please be sure to apply at your earliest convenience before the posting closes at MIDNIGHT on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015.

  1. Go to
  2. Select “Applicant Help”
  3. Click “Apply for Jobs” to create an account and submit your resume
  4. Apply for job posting number: 15DHS000953

(NOTE: the classification for this position is Social Services Program Consultant)

If you have questions, please contact:

Pam Hughes, Recruitment Specialist
Phone: 651-431-3281

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