Training Specialist
Job Details
San Pedro Street - Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
$65,000.00 - $70,000.00 Salary/year
Nonprofit - Social Services


The mission of the Downtown Womens Center (DWC) is to end homelessness for women in greater Los Angeles through housing, wellness, employment, and advocacy. DWC envisions a Los Angeles with every woman housed and on a path to personal stability. Founded in 1978, DWC was the first organization to exclusively serve women on Los Angeles Skid Row. DWC seeks a Training Specialist who is passionate about DWCs staff development by coordinating and providing trainings that will help enhance the skills of DWCs staff. DWCs Training Specialist will coordinate and provide trainings to agency staff as well as the community on various topics such as leadership, supervision, advocacy, direct service provision, Trauma Informed Care, Cultural Humility, Domestic Violence, Crisis Intervention, and gender specific services.

Essential Functions

  • Conducting a needs assessment for training DWCs staff
  • Developing curricula and creating trainings that are requested
  • Conducting trainings on various topics based on the needs of DWCs staff and the skid row community
  • Developing relationships with community service providers to encourage attendance and meet the necessary need
  • Work with Project 100 to increase trauma-informed care training and cultural humility training, and contribute to trauma-informed community building on Skid Row
  • Manage DWCs Training Calendar
  • Developing objectives and intended outcomes for all trainings
  • Developing a train the trainers manual and program, including topics such as psychiatric medication and impact, substance abuse and mental illness, cultural competency, domestic violence, etc.
  • Working toward goals of improved case management and mental health services on Skid Row and improved results of clients based on improved skills of staff
  • Developing an evaluation method for all trainings in partnership with DWCs Measurement and Evaluation Specialist
  • Documenting attendance at trainings and all other necessary information to complete quarterly reports
  • Supervising the logistics of hosting meetings on ZOOM and different sites on Skid Row and across LA County
  • Developing marketing strategies to recruit agencies and staff to participate in trainings
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Assist with training and presentation set up and execution.




  1. Time Management
  2. Technical Capacity
  3. Collaboration Skills
  4. Presentation Skills
  5. Relationship Management
  6. Flexibility








Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities

Work Environment
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with flexibility to work evenings and weekends when necessary.

Occasional travel to attend and present at conferences, training sessions and external meetings is needed.


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelors or Masters in Social Work or related to social service field preferred
  • 2-3 years administrative, community organizing, and/or executing training experience preferred
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills required
  • Strong public speaking and oral presentations skills required

Required Knowledge/Skills/Position Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of the complexity of poverty and womens homelessness, domestic violence, mental illness, trauma, substance abuse, health issues, and older adults preferred.
  • Highly detail oriented with superior administrative support, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent follow-up skills.
  • Knowledge and experience with conducting virtual trainings through various platforms (i.e. ZOOM) preferred
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office and Power Point preferred
  • Must be able to work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Strong leadership and training skills
  • Ability to develop materials and trainings as necessary
  • Highly detail-oriented with superior organizational skills
  • Ability to be a visionary, a community advocate, and a resourceful teacher
  • Superior verbal and written skills


Additional Eligibility Qualifications
None required for this position.

Downtown Womens Center provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants and actively seeks candidates who reflect the rich diversity of the communities that we serve. We are committed to a work environment that embraces and promotes individuality and inclusion. We believe that diversity and inclusion of varied perspectives, backgrounds, and life experiences is essential to our organizations effectiveness, and allows us to serve our clients in the respectful, responsive, and understanding way that they deserve. We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental or physical disability, marital status, pregnancy, military and veteran status, medical condition, geography, socio-economic status, and other unique attributes that make us who we are.


Downtown Womens Center complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.