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 approximately 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 they serve.
The Tribal STAR (Successful Transitions for Adult Readiness) Program provides comprehensive, competency-based,
interdisciplinary training and technical assistance that incorporates current research, best practices, and technical
assistance to communities working to build collaborative partnerships to improve outcomes for tribal foster youth and
their families and to achieve ICWA compliance. Tribal STAR’s mission is to improve collaborative efforts that ensure tribal
foster youth are connected to culture, community and resources. The Tribal STAR program initiatives target child welfare
workers, supervisors, managers and directors and other professionals providing services to or impacting Native American
Tribal STAR training experiences provide up-to-date, research-based information in a variety of areas, including: the
youth development philosophy, methods for collaboration, effective ways to work with rural and urban tribal communities,
effective ways to work with tribal foster youth and their communities, the Indian Child Welfare Act, state and tribal court
improvement practices, and the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Act.
Under immediate supervision, the Tribal STAR Administrative Assistant performs general office support, training logistics, and event coordination.
San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation