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HSTRS01 Trainer/Curriculum Developer (Full-Time)

Job Description


General Description

BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2024 - The Homeless Services Training Resource System (HSTRS 01), funded by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) and housed at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, provides year-round in-person training courses on a variety of topics for staff of shelters and other homelessness service providers. Under the guidance of the HSTRS project based in Silberman School of Social Work, training courses are provided primarily in local facilities in the NYS regions outside of NYC (Long Island, the Albany District, Central, and Western New York).

HSTRS is recruiting for a Full-Time Trainer/Curriculum Developer to deliver in-person training sessions, develop new curriculum materials, and revise and update existing curricula. This Trainer/Curriculum Developer will work as part of a team with a primary focus on regions outside NYC throughout NYS. A preferred candidate will have experience in the following areas:

  • Delivering professional adult education/training programs for staff in homeless services including traditional classroom and synchronous on-line training as well as scripted and recorded asynchronous on-line programs for a geographically dispersed audience throughout NYS as needed;
  • Direct service provision in homelessness service settings and/or knowledge of key issues faced by homeless individuals and families, as well as human/social service providers;
  • Knowledge of current practices and emerging trends related to homeless services in NYS, and established best practices in the field of training design, curriculum development and training delivery methods, technologies, and tools.
  • Assist with development of curriculum materials for HSTRS training (e.g., research content, participant guides and trainer notes and reference materials), including: updating & preparing quarterly training schedule, identify consultants to serve as subject matter experts, curriculum developers or trainers for NYS regions outside of NYC;
  • Periodic assessment and communication with HSTRS co-facilitators and consultants. Implementation of focus groups and review of training evaluations for the improvement and development of HSTRS curriculum and training methods;
  • Ability to work well remotely and in a team setting with a strong consumer orientation;
  • Ability to travel statewide, including travel to areas that may not be served by public transportation (HSTRS reimburses costs of travel and overnight stays), working variable hours, and the ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs.


Other Duties

Reporting to the HSTRS Senior Project Coordinator/Trainer, the Full-time Trainer/Curriculum Developer will:

  • Complete orientation and training to learn about the training project;
  • Deliver formal classroom training which can include synchronous/asynchronous webinars/in-person lectures, discussions, visual aids, and participatory group activities;
  • Travel to training sites in New York State outside of NYC as assigned and scheduled;
  • Assist in development and coordination of local New York State Regional OTDA-sponsored Forums to foster community planning and coordination of homelessness related services;
  • Assist in developing post-training learner materials designed to support enhanced employee performance back on the job;
  • Review data from evaluation tools to inform continuous improvement and training delivery;
  • Participate in professional development sessions to improve classroom management skills while applying the principles of adult learning methodology;
  • Advise Senior Project Coordinator/Trainer on potential enhancements to learning program curricula and assist in the identification of viable training facilities;
  • Participate in regular project meetings, including meetings with the funding agency;
  • Other duties as needed and assigned.



  • BA required / MA degree preferred;
  • Applicants with a BA need a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in the fields of homelessness services, mental health, and/or training and education;
  • Applicants with an MA need a minimum of three (3) years of professional experience in the fields of homelessness services, mental health, and/or training and education;
  • All applicants: A minimum of three (3) years of experience delivering professional development programs in tradition in-person training sessions to adult learners;
  • Degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related social services field preferred;
  • Experience designing and developing training materials;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience working on a diverse team, and with diverse constituencies


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About the Research Foundation

The Research Foundation of The City University of New York (RFCUNY) was established as a not-for-profit educational corporation chartered by the State of New York in 1963. RFCUNY supports CUNY faculty and staff in identifying and obtaining external support (pre-award) from government and private sponsors and is responsible for the administration of all such funded programs (post-award).

RFCUNY stands between CUNY’s principal investigators (PIs) and the sponsors who support them and strives to fulfill its essential responsibilities to both groups. Working closely with individual PIs and Grants Officers on the campuses, RFCUNY oversees employment, accounting, audit, reporting, purchasing, and special responsibilities that include management of a planned giving program; liaison with governmental agencies and foundations; negotiation of agreements; facility construction and renovation; protection and commercialization of intellectual property; and compliance with applicable standards in research involving human subjects, animal care, environmental and radiological safety, and conflicts of interest.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities Act/E-Verify Employer. It is the policy of the Research Foundation of CUNY to provide equal employment opportunities free of discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record, criminal conviction history, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

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