As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for five consecutive years.Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) shapes, advances and stewards a world-class undergraduate academic experience for students at the University of Washington (UW). Staff, faculty and students in UAA deepen and enrich the learning experience for all undergraduates, recognizing and supporting the unique learning path of each individual student and the commitment of each academic program to excellence in learning and teaching.The Office for Youth Programs Development and Support (YPDS) promotes safe and high quality youth engagements through consultation and guidance provided to departments throughout all University campuses, properties and programs regarding laws, regulations, and University policies and procedures that support the protection of youth (minors under the age of 18) who engage with the University. The Office serves over 200 programs involving over 94,000 minors annually. The Office for YPDS is specifically charged with advancing University compliance efforts in support of a newly created Administrative Policy Statement (APS), Protecting Youth at the University of Washington.YPDS has an outstanding opportunity for a Youth Protection Specialist.The Youth Protection Specialist promotes safe and high-quality youth engagements throughout the University. The position will assume primary responsibility for providing consultation to a diverse array of stakeholders to support effective compliance with University policies and procedures, including the new APS, Protecting Youth at the University of Washington. General duties will include, but are not limited to: developing and disseminating educational and communications resources, providing consultation to University employees on matters of youth program safety and quality, analyzing and addressing trends to increase safety and/or quality, and developing and implementing a review process that aligns with the applicable policies and best practices in compliance.This position will require technical knowledge of operational policies and programmatic best practices in the field of youth programming, and an ability to translate strategies and best practices to fit a higher education setting. Due to the sensitivity of the subject matter, this position will also require a high level of sensitivity and confidentiality.We seek competitive applications from individuals who fully embrace the University of Washington's commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to building and supporting a diverse and inclusive work team and to bringing these core values into our daily work with students, faculty, staff, and the communities in which and with whom we work.Reporting to the Director of the Office for Youth Programs Development and Support, the Youth Protection Specialist has the following responsibilities:Registration/Compliance Tracking ManagementDirect day-to-day management of the operations and functioning of the UW Youth Program Registration System (YPRS), a compliance tracking data system.Lead efforts to reach new users (e.g., new programs and existing programs not yet registered) so that they are registered and in compliance with YPRS requirements per the APS Protecting Youth at the University of Washington.Analyze usage, data quality, and compliance tracking trends, and develop interventions to improve compliance results.Collaborate with UWHR and outside vendor on systems improvements to enhance compliance tracking functionality.Manage YPRS revenue budget, setting fee structure, managing revenue collection and ensuring self-sustainability.Educational Resource Development and ProvisionIn partnership with the director, create resources to educate departments and units on University policies and best practices regarding youth protection.Develop content for the Protecting Youth at UW Policy Manual to support effective compliance with the APS Protecting Youth at the University of Washington.Develop educational trainings (online and/or in-person) in alignment with University policy and youth program best practices.Provide content for the Youth at UW website on policies, regulations, laws, and best practices for safe and high-quality youth engagements. Maintain other communications tools, including Youth at UW listservs and Facebook pages.Optimize engagement with educational resources through use of diverse modalities and venues, both electronic/virtual and in-person.Policy ImplementationPartner with the Director in managing implementation of newly- adopted University policies that specifically address matters of youth protection.Communicate regularly with youth programs regarding policy requirements and educational resources available that support effective compliance.Provide guidance and consultation to support youth program compliance with policies, regulations and laws that pertain to youth protection.Perform periodic monitoring to assess compliance with the policy throughout the year.University Partner Coordination and EngagementEngage with University subject matter experts and stakeholders in order to accomplish identified goals and advance the mission of YPDS.Convene youth programs to address policy compliance and other best practice strategies for specific stakeholders, e.g., summer programs, community engaged learning, mentoring programs, etc.Other Duties as AssignedREQUIREMENTSBachelor's degree required in a relevant field or discipline such as Education, Social Work, Public Administration or related fieldMinimum two years, post-BA, of progressively responsible experience, including management experience, working in the field of youth development, early learning, or other children's programsExperience with implementing operational policies and procedures that address safety of children and youthExperience and a high level of comfort working with data systems that support program operationsStrong written and oral communication skills and ability to adapt communications for range of audiences (e.g., administrators, faculty, staff, students, external groups/individuals)Experience developing informational resources to support working professionals in understanding and/or implementing tasks or dutiesExperience with group facilitation, providing presentations and/or workplace trainingDemonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently, managing a range of projects and competing prioritiesStrong organizational skills and attention to detailExperience with data driven performance managementUnderstanding of the principles of change managementDESIRED QUALIFICATIONSMaster's Degree in Education, Social Work, Public Administration or related fieldExperience administering a youth program within a higher education settingExperience providing education on violence prevention, child abuse, child safety or other related topicsExperience implementing a large-scale initiative and using a change management approachExperience managing data systems that support program operationsCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENTOccasional need to work evening and weekend hours, as necessaryAbility to travel locally and nationally, as necessaryAll UAA Staff will demonstrate and integrate the following Undergraduate Academic Affairs competencies:Accountability and IntegrityRace, Equity, and DifferenceConstituent FocusCollaboration and TeamworkApplication Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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