SDSU Research Foundation

Academy Training Host

Req No.
Community/Social Services
Part-Time Contract
Dept/Proj Name
Academy for Professional Excellence


This position is part time, on-call and works 0 - 20 hours per week. 


The salary for this position is $20.00 per hour and is non-negotiable.


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 integrate culturally responsive and recovery-oriented practices into our daily work to promote healing and healthy relationships. 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 incorporate culturally responsive and recovery-oriented practices 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.


Under the general direction of the Training Operations Assistant (TOA) Supervisor, the Training Host is responsible for providing general support for training operations. This includes supporting trainers and trainees in the virtual and classroom environment; managing the training environment; preparing training materials; and various on and off-site coordination tasks.  This position is hybrid requiring some telework and some in-person work with travel to training locations within LA county.



This position is part-time, on an on-call basis, and work is primarily in a training environment. 

Candidate must reside in LA county.


The following information represents 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 department’s needs.


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



  • Support training events in a virtual or in-person classroom environment up to 3-8 days per month on average.
  • In the virtual classroom, run training in the Zoom platform, prepare polls and breakout rooms per trainer instructions, and manage minor technical issues.
  • In the physical classroom, assures the training environment is kept clean and organized daily. 
  • Support trainer needs and sends reminders to trainers and trainees of upcoming training deliveries one week before the training day, including the training location.
  • Administer evaluations, pre and post-tests, and provide assistance (as needed) in maintaining the integrity and security of evaluation and pre and post-test data.
  • Evaluate training day using training observation form scoring rubric on the following: trainer preparedness, training content, transfer of learning and Evidence-Based Practice, training delivery, and strengths and challenges.
  • Set up technology (laptops, projectors, speakers, tablets) and ensure they are functioning properly before and during the training.
  • Purchase hosting snacks and refreshments for training on and off-site.
  • Move audio/visual equipment and other training materials (weighing up to 50 pounds) for various classrooms and event needs.
  • Store training materials and host items in a personal residence or vehicle.
  • Provide short presentations to groups of 10-35 trainees on an occasional basis.
  • Communicate clearly, efficiently, accurately, and in a timely manner with Training Coordinators, Training Operations Assistants, and County Partners.



  • Stay current on all training team process information, including policies, procedures, resources, concerns, relationships with constituents, and county organizational culture.
  • Perform other duties as assigned which are in the best interests of the Academy for Professional Excellence.



  • Ability to work in a team setting & relate well to others within the Academy for Professional Excellence environment.
  • Ability to effectively handle interpersonal interactions at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to interact effectively with co-workers, partners, and professionals.
  • Ability to understand and follow posted work rules and procedures.
  • Ability to display motivation and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to display organizational skills, be detail-oriented, and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Ability to display good judgment and common sense.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of cross-cultural sensitivity.
  • Fundamental written and oral communication skills, including a sound foundation in English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • A valid Driver’s license and daily access to a personal vehicle; local travel is required of the position.
  • Ability to to learn office technology systems and operate standard office equipment; can display typing skills.
  • Ability to troubleshoot most office administration problems and respond to all inquiries and requests.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Previous experience in an office or administrative environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Some experience in a training environment
  • Knowledge of child welfare issues




  •  Candidate must reside in California or live in a commutable distance from SDSU at time of hire.
  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results (including a criminal record check).
  • San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer


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