Curriculum and Training Director

Training · Sacramento, California
Department Training
Employment Type Full-Time Exempt
Compensation $80,000


California Youth Connection (CYC), founded in 1988, is a non-profit youth-led organization that cultivates youth leadership to transform the foster care system through legislative, practice, and policy change. We implement our youth-led model through base-building and providing a strong foundation and support for diverse approaches to leadership.  We believe outstanding people are the key to our success. As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit individuals without discrimination of race, national origin, religion, gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status, or age.


Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Curriculum and Training Director directs the design, planning,  implementation, and marketing of departmental Training programming within the organization and externally in our

fieldwork, training child welfare workers and stakeholders across California. This position participates in and works closely with the executive leadership team of the organization to glean and analyze agency training needs and support ongoing, positive, and proactive departmental collaborations. This position will be responsible to oversee the work of the Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project as well as CYC annual conferences, collaborative training within departments, fee-for-service consulting, and other training-related work. 

This position provides inspiring and engaging communication within the organization about programming and the benefits of innovative training. This position will be responsible for developing accountability mechanisms for all duties involved. This position supervises all Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project staff and CYC Conference Manager.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.)

  • Partner with strategic planning facilitator to support the restructuring of the training department.
  • Assist management in developing a restructuring plan for the Training Department and Conference infrastructure and departmental leadership, including evaluating the positions, duties, responsibilities, and job descriptions.
  • Develop curriculum (both structure and content) for Training Department, including production of training guides such as T4T, curriculum development, and facilitation.
  • Managing and directing Conference and Training Coordinator, overseeing conference activities related to training. 
  • Direct and manage the YTP training committee in developing an external fee-for-service training model
  • Communicate with Communications Department to develop an outreach plan for YTP.
  • Develops a program delivery annual schedule that provides training as needed. 
  • Initiate a plan to establish relationships with community partners to provide additional outside training opportunities.
  • Conduct research and review of existing training curricula and best practices for training.

Important Job Functions:

  • Design an approach and strategy to growing and sustaining learning offerings focused on the needs of youth impacted by the foster care and juvenile justice systems.
  • Develop and implement plans and objectives for the training department and oversee and coordinate training department operations
  • Identifying future training needs and creating a curriculum to facilitate that training
  • Assess and report progress in meeting training department objectives
  • Builds awareness of CYC training programs and executes marketing strategies to serve community needs and generate profits.
  • Identify new and nurture existing relationships with funders who are supporting CYC programming.
  • Delegate responsibilities and supervise the work of departmental staff providing guidance and motivation to ensure performance expectations are met.
  • Oversee department staffing needs (e.g. interviewing, hiring, new hire and ongoing training, performance evaluations, etc.); determine staffing level, seek budget approval and submit position requisitions 
  • Explore and build relationships with individuals, and organizations for the purpose of generating outside training opportunities.
  • Participate in budget development and monitoring of expenses.
  • Oversee training department events and conferences activities 
  • Generate necessary reports for the executive team
  • Plans long-range goals, objectives, organizational structure, and overall direction for the division.
  • Help create inclusive learning spaces both internally and in client-facing work.    
  • Develop and actively nurture relationships with participants and/or partner organizations to increase the impact of CYC training programs.


Specific Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience:  Master’s degree in social work or related field preferred or at least four years of leadership and program management experience. Experience working with diverse groups, including foster youth and/or other disenfranchised populations preferred.
  • Solid experience organizing trainings and developing curriculum.
  • Management skills and/or experience: Program management skills required; experience managing staff, youth, and adult volunteers required.
  • Language skills: Strong writing and verbal communication skills. Ability to effectively communicate with a diverse population. Ability to effectively present information to youth, volunteers, staff, and community stakeholders. Ability to edit and synthesize material from staff.
  • Technical Skills: Excellent computer and software skills, including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation. Proficiency with social media preferred.
  • Professionalism skills: Ability to demonstrate use of clear boundaries with everyday challenges of working with young adults. Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively with other professionals. Excellent follow-through, steadiness, and project compliance.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to design an approach and strategy to growing and sustaining learning offerings focused on the needs of foster care and juvenile justice systems impacted youth.
  • Social Justice & Racial Equity Lens: Able to write curriculum that resonates with targeted youth. 
  • Familiarity with the methods and principles for designing programs and assessing the effectiveness of training.
  • Project Management Skills: Able to manage a cadre of experts and complete projects on time and to deadlines.
  • Adaptable with the ability to take on new projects as funding provides.
  • Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends.


This is a full-time, exempt position working both in-person and remotely in accordance with the organization’s current work schedule. The salary for this position is $80,000 per year. Because we know that the practice of salary negotiation can contribute to paying inequities, this salary is non-negotiable. We will share more about our approach to compensation with the final candidate.

BENEFITS (Benefits eligible at 20+ hours per week)

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance
  • Simple IRA Retirement (up to 3% match) 
  • Holidays (including one week in December)
  • Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program(EAP

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job’s essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to travel by plane, train, bus, and rental cars; drive and transport young people; remain in a stationary position for long periods while operating a computer to create documents, conducting Internet research, sending and receiving email and participating in meetings; communicate on a telephone and in-person; read and write’ apply logic and focus attention in the presence of distractions. 

This position involves travel, including multi-day trips within, and occasionally outside, of California. These trips may include managing a team of staff and youth trainers and transporting luggage up to 50 pounds each as well as charts, oversized posters, etc.

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  • Location
    Sacramento, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time Exempt
  • Compensation