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Organizational Development Specialist-Residential in New York, New York at The Jewish Board

Date Posted: 4/8/2019

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Job Description


The Organizational Development Specialist (OD Specialist), under the direction of the Rita Markus Institute Director and in collaboration with Westchester Campus program leadership will provide training, consultation, and change management support for the Westchester Campus child and adolescent residential programs within the Office of Mental Health (residential treatment facility, RTF) and child welfare (residential treatment center, RTC) systems of care. The OD Specialist will develop customized training materials, deliver training, and provide consultation to support service delivery improvement and system change, manage training coordination, and execute plans for sustaining practice and evaluating trainings.

KEY ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (List the functions that are essential to achieve the goals):

  • Training
    • Sanctuary-The OD Specialist will lead the Campus RTF’s and RTC’s to develop and coordinate all Sanctuary Training which will include both a full Sanctuary training course and ongoing refresher modules. The OD Specialist will use pre-existing training material and develop new modules as necessary to continue to evolve the Sanctuary Model. The OD Specialist will also help lead the RTF programs to pursue Sanctuary Certification in order to ensure all Campus programs are Sanctuary Certified. Finally the OD Specialist will be a lead trainer that will be providing the training with other staff that has been identified to teach and train. The OD Specialist will also participate in all Sanctuary Leadership Meetings and will be responsible to monitor and follow up with recommendations.
    • Core Classes-The OD Specialist will work closely with program leadership and the central Organizational Development Department to evaluate, revise, and expand Core Classes as needed to ensure that training meets program needs.  The OD Specialist will be responsible for the coordination of all “Core Classes” that are offered including The ABC’s of Child Care, Professional Boundaries, and Avoiding Power Struggles. The OD Specialist will also become a lead trainer for the courses and will be able to teach in conjunction with other staff that has been identified to teach and train.
    • TCI & CPR-The OD Specialist will help to ensure that all Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) that is required for RTF staff is scheduled and tracked.
    • Other Training Coordination-The OD Specialist will also assist with the coordination of all other trainings that may be required including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), training related to work with commercially sexually exploited youth.
  • Management
    • Database Management-The OD Specialist will be responsible to track and record all training for Campus Staff, developing a system that can be shared with the program administrators to ensure that all staff is properly trained and are in regulatory compliance. The OD Specialist will also track and maintain all evidence of trainings, sharing that information with program administration.
    • Health Stream Integration- The OD Specialist will actively work to move appropriate training material to the Health Stream System allowing for web based learning that can improve training efficiency. 
    • The OD Specialist will assist in service delivery improvement and system change management related to training endeavors.  This will include the collaborative development of implementation plans, delivery of consultation, sustainability planning, and assisting programs with outcomes monitoring.  The OD Specialist will also evaluate all campus training and measure attainment of trainee knowledge.


  • Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree in Psychology or Social Work or a related field with a minimum or five years of experience with residential programs.


  • Documented evidence of excellent training kills to mental health and/or child welfare staff.
  • Strong computer skills that can be demonstrated, particularly knowledge of database creation and management.