Job no: 234195-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Health Care, Medical, Social Services, Management/Supervisory

Position Summary:

The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan. One of 14 centers of its kind in the United States, the Waisman Center encompasses laboratories for biomedical and behavioral research, a brain imaging center, and a clinical biomanufacturing facility for the production of pharmaceuticals for early stage human clinical trials. In addition to its research efforts, the Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers numerous educational and outreach programs to young children and their families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future.

This position will coordinate and provide leadership for the Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) projects within the AAC Program Area at the University Center for Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). While the individual projects may change over time as new opportunities emerge and existing efforts come to completion, the AAC Program Manager will consistently coordinate and lead the AAC Program. The four current AAC projects are listed below:
1. Communication Aids & Systems Clinic (CASC) - speech language pathologists and occupational therapists provide assessment of communication needs and participate in a feature match process for appropriate speech generating devices, supporting families during the process.
2. Communication Development Program (CDP) - AAC outreach services are provided with a team approach. Teams include the individuals who use AAC, families, speech-language pathologists, case managers, teachers, occupational therapists, and/or other team members.
3. Augmentative and Alternative Communication Partnership Program (AAC-PP) - this is a state-wide education and technical assistance program, designed to mentor speech language pathologists (SLPs) working with children who require use of augmentative and alternative communication through the AAC evaluation and funding process.
4. ECHO-AAC - an online community and learning opportunity designed to provide AAC-related content from experts in the field through: a guided practice model that is designed to build capacity of individuals around the state to provide evidence-based AAC services.

The AAC Director is in the Developmental Disabilities and Genetics Clinical Services operational unit within the UCEDD. This position reports to the UCEDD Associate Director and is responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of AAC projects within the UCEDD. The position includes clinical service, training, evaluation, outreach and supervision. The AAC Director establishes partnerships with key UW-Madison departments including the Departments of Kinesiology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and AAC related programs such as Engineering. The AAC Program Director establishes and maintains strong working relationships with key stakeholders within UW Health and also ensures that all regulatory and accreditation requirements are met for occupational therapy and speech and language pathology services billed by UW Health. The Program Director participates in regional and national networks to address the needs of individuals with AAC needs. These partnerships include the goal to embed a research component into the AAC Program.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

A Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology is required. Specialization in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Developmental Disabilities preferred. Clinical Doctorate (SLP-D) or PhD in Speech Language Pathology preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Qualified applicants will have the following required experience:
- More than six years of experience in working with individuals with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the following areas: developing and managing clinical and/or community-based programs for individuals with IDD, their families and/or the providers who support them; clinical skills in evaluating and treating individuals who need AAC using a range of low and high technology AAC systems. Ten years' experience in these areas would be preferred.
- At least three years experience supervising professionals.

Well-qualified applicants will also have the following preferred experience:
Prior graduate or staff/faculty in a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) funded training program such as LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities).

License or Certificate:

Must be licensed or eligible for licensure in the State of Wisconsin in Speech Language Pathology (SLP). Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) required. The hired individual will be required to maintain a current SLP license.

Additional Information:

A Criminal Background Check and Caregiver Background Check will be conducted.

Must complete HIPAA training and receive certification within the first 5 days of employment and annually thereafter within 5 days of notification.

Reporting requirements must be completed in a timely manner, including but not limited to effort reporting and outside activities reporting.

Occasional evening, weekend work and travel.

Physical Requirements: Individuals must be able to perform tasks that require medium effort, such as exert effort to lift, carry, push or pull up 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally and exert up to 10 to 20 pounds of force on a frequent basis. Must have the ability to perform tasks that may require to bend, twist, lift and assist with transfers without additional assistance. Must have adequate physical strength to assist with resistive activities.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $60,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

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Melissa Strupp
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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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Applications Open: May 28 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Jun 11 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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