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Executive Director, Partnership for People with Disabilities

Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia, United States
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Jul 26, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Other Education, Executive, Executive Directors
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Position Number F05970 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? No Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty Rank Open Working Title Executive Director, Partnership for People with Disabilities School/Unit School of Education Department SOESpecEd&DP: PPD Number of Months 12 Tenure Status Open Grant funded position? Yes - Continuation of this position depends on funding of the grant.
Mission or Goal of Unit
The mission of UCEDDs is to serve as liaisons between the academic expertise of institutions of higher learning and service delivery systems to positively affect the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by increasing their independence, productivity, and integration into communities. UCEDDs work with people with disabilities, members of their families, state and local government agencies, and community providers in projects that provide training, technical assistance, service, research, and information sharing, with a focus on building the capacity of communities to sustain all their citizens. Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal
The VCU School of Education is recruiting for the twelve-month, tenured or term faculty (non-tenure accruing) position of Executive Director of the Partnership for People with Disabilities (Partnership) with faculty rank in the Department of Special Education and Disability Policy. The Partnership is recognized as Virginia’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities housed in the VCU School Of Education. The Executive Director oversees all aspects of the Partnership. This includes pursuit and management of new and existing extramural grant funds, in addition to the Partnership’s core UCEDD grant. Successful candidates will have a track record with external grant funds, supervisory experience, and demonstrated experience in research and practice in advancing access, equity, and quality education for underrepresented learners within low-resource communities. This includes a commitment to addressing diversity, inclusion, social justice and equity in education/special education through research, teaching, service and mentoring. Position Responsibilities
-May teach courses in the Counseling and Special Education Department of the School of Education
-Serve on dissertation committees and advise graduate students

-Conducts research and scholarship that advances the mission of the Partnership and SOE
-Pursues extramural funding to support the Partnership
-Seeks opportunities for interdisciplinary research collaborations
-Serves as PI on federal, state, and other externally funded projects

-Represents, assigns others, or approves others to represent the Partnership on national, state and local advisory councils
-Approves policy initiatives
-Serves on SOE and VCU committees as requested

-Provides expert leadership and management to the more than 35 programs representing multiple funding sources
-Approves at the unit level all HR decisions requiring departmental approval including but not limited to personnel actions, ADA accommodations, tuition waivers, evaluations
-Approves at the unit level all fiscal actions requiring departmental approval including but not limited to close-outs, chrome river actions
-Approves correspondence representing the Partnership, such as letters of support, written correspondence to funders; serves as program development leader; oversees and provides direction and decisions on matters of building safety, maintenance, accessibility
-Represents the Partnership on the SOE Leadership Council and Center Director’s meetings
-Serves on SOE faculty and staff searches, as requested
-Supervises employees across T&R, Classified UAP, UE designations including the Assistant Director, Business Manager and other senior management positions at the Partnership in addition to other staff and faculty Required Qualifications
-Earned doctorate in disability-related field
-Extensive knowledge of the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, especially federal, state, and local regulations, policies and practices
-Demonstrated leadership in carrying out the mission, core functions and federal requirements of a university center (e.g., a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities [ UCEDD ], or similar) in compliance with legislation and related regulations
-Evidence of ability to represent the UCEDD externally and within the University
-Evidence of focused scholarship and active grant-funded research, publications, and grant development in one or more areas related to disabilities
-Academic credentials necessary for appointment as term or tenured associate or full professor
-Demonstrated success in securing and managing external funding from varied sources to achieve the goals of the Partnership for People with Disabilities
-Evidence of effective leadership of a complex organization within an academic context, including a growth mindset and visionary and strategic planning within the organization, university, and broader community
-Demonstrated effectiveness in building productive relationships with government leaders, donors, and external stakeholders to secure support for progressive policies and innovative services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families
-Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student environment and commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU
-Experience working within urban settings with individuals in our communities who have been historically marginalized and done from a culturally responsive lens
-Demonstrated experience in the management of faculty and professional staff
-Ability to provide oversight to the Center’s overall financial portfolio that includes state and national projects
-Experience overseeing grants, finances, and human resources, ensuring that the internal infrastructure is in place to support the Institute’s projects Preferred Qualifications
-Prior leadership experience in a UCEDD and/or Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program
-Demonstrated relationships with the state Developmental Disabilities Council and the state Protection & Advocacy Organization
-Demonstrated experience in building relationships with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and familie
Date Posted 03/22/2021 Open Until Filled No Application Deadline Date 08/22/2021 Proposed Hire Date 08/01/2021 Type of Search National Application Process/Additional Information
As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence. Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences, and academic and professional activities will impact your contribute to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.

Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive and successful organizational experience. In addition, please submit application materials via VCU eJobs at

Application materials must be submitted online through VCU eJobs by the application deadline, and must include all of the following: 1) A letter of application that addresses the applicant’s qualifications based on position announcement and consideration of the goals and mission of Virginia Commonwealth University and the School of Education; 2) A curriculum vitae; 3) List of three professional references with contact information; 4) Diversity Statement. Please upload documents 1-3 as one PDF under ‘Other Document’ at for review by the Search Committee. Only electronic applications submitted via eJobs will be accepted. Questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Melinda Debrew, at If selected as a finalist for the position, candidates must agree to current and prior employers being contacted. Posted Salary $140,000-180,000 Quick Link Diversity Statement Information For more information on diversity statements, including guidelines, please click here . Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The School of Education values the following as our culture statement, 'The School of Education (SOE) recognizes that trust among all members of the SOE community is the foundation of a positive work climate. Realizes that our well-being as an institution depends upon the wellbeing of our members. Respects all members, new and continuing, regardless of status. Values honest communication and finding ways to respectfully address difficult issues. Strives to listen without bias and search for common understanding. Is committed to equity, fairness and a level playing field for all of its members. Knows that the SOE community thrives, because of diverse viewpoints and areas of expertise. Fosters collaboration, collegiality and mutual support among all members of its community.' Please describe ways in which you have worked to foster this type of culture in the professional workplace or in your everyday life.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Other Document
  2. Diversity Statement (Required for all Faculty)
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