The Academy for Professional Excellence, a project of San Diego State University School of Social Work, was established in 1996 to support the health and human service community by providing training, technical assistance, organizational development, research, and evaluation. Serving over 20,000 people annually, the Academy continues to grow with new programs and a diversity of training focused on serving the health and human services community in Southern California and beyond. The Academy manages an annual operating budget of 13 million dollars, which is comprised of grants and contracts from the state, federal and local governments, and private foundations. Working to revolutionize the way people work to ensure the world is a healthier place, the Academy is invested in its staff with innovative learning environment that promotes both the well-being of staff and learning experiences that transform the heart, mind and practice of those we serve.
The Academy’s Organization Development Division is responsible for strategic planning and systems development; conducting research to support Academy training and programs; resource development and grantwriting; staff development; policies and procedures; outcome and accountability reports; continuing education accreditation; and provides technical support to all Academy programs to continually enhance effectiveness in achieving current and future goals.
Under general supervision, the Organization Development Specialist will assist the Organization Development (OD) Manager with organization development activities, including strategic planning, all-staff meetings, policies and procedures, resource development, grant-writing, staff development, change management, and special projects that are designed to continually enhance organizational effectiveness. The Organization Development Specialist also supports multiple Academy programs, including the Southern Area Consortium of Human Services (SACHS), Leaders in Action (LIA), Public Child Welfare Training Academy (PCWTA), Behavioral Health Education Training Academy (BHETA), Multi-disciplinary Adult Services Training and Evaluation for Results (MASTER), San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center (SDIGEC), Tribal STAR – Successful Transitions for Adult Readiness, and the Academy Leadership Team performing technical, analytical, research and other assignments as requested which support program development and operations.
Southern Area Consortium of Human Services (SACHS)
Internal Social Network
Policy and Procedures
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