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Full Time, Program/Project Management
PAY GRADE: 31E
CONTEXT OF THE JOB:
The Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) promotes increased
access, opportunity, and accomplishment among people with
disabilities across ages and life domains through its multifaceted
research, training, and service portfolio. CDS is one of 67
University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
(UCEDD) nationwide and is the largest research and public service
Center in the College of Education and Human Development. The
Centers current programmatic units focus on transition to adult
life (secondary education, post-secondary education, and
employment), health and wellness, PreK-12 education, and assistive
technology. Each unit implements a cohesive program of research,
technical assistance, academic training, professional development,
community training, advocacy, and information dissemination. CDS
works in close collaboration with federal agencies and
organizations, State agencies, other units at the University of
Delaware, community organizations, service providers, individuals
with disabilities, and their families. Each unit provides
opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students to
develop their knowledge and skills and contribute to the Centers
mission. The Center also manages the Disabilities Studies Minor
benefiting approximately 500 undergraduate students.
The Unit Director, CDS has primary responsibilities for developing,
implementing, and managing the units portfolio of projects;
facilitating the support of the unit through grants and contracts;
cultivating relationships with University, federal, State, and
community partners; conducting research and model demonstration
projects; providing the translational pivot between research and
application; and influencing policy and practice to enhance the
positive impact on individuals with disabilities and their
families. The Unit Director develops and promotes collaborative
ventures with and among stakeholders in the nation, State, and
region and as a member of the CDS Management Team contributes to
the visioning and implementation of the Centers strategic
Under the limited direction of the Director of the Center for
Disabilities Studies, (CDS) the Director of the Transition,
Education and Employment Model (TEEM) Unit develops, implements,
and oversees research, evaluation, training, and service projects
focusing on transition and postsecondary services for youth and
adults with disabilities in line with the missions of the College
of Education & Human Development and University Centers on
Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The Unit Director also
directs the Career & Life Studies Certificate Program (CLSC), a
model comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs for
Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) project, and
Spectrum Scholars, a college-to-career support program for
undergraduate students on the autism spectrum funded by
- Formulates unit policies, develops long-term objectives for the
unit, and makes operating decisions that affect the unit.
- Develops and secures competitive federal and State grant
proposals; manages and evaluates grants and contracts.
- Develops and maintains effective working relationships and
collaborations with federal and State agencies and national and
community organizations to expand, influence, and promote high
quality, innovative practices and scholarship on transition and
postsecondary services and supports for youth and adults with
- Assists internal and external stakeholders in the application
of knowledge to practice and the translation of practical
challenges into questions for empirical investigation.
- Fosters research and programmatic collaboration among units at
the University of Delaware to promote high quality, innovative
practices and scholarship on transition and postsecondary services
for youth and adults with disabilities.
- Manages and has fiscal responsibility for a sizable and complex
- Performs complex analyses of data involving numerous variables,
synthesizes and interprets information for a variety of
constituencies, and makes recommendations based on analyses.
- Oversees the day-to-day operations of the TEEM Unit to assure
that project objectives are met including research and
- Plans, organizes, directs, coordinates, and controls projects
and serves as a lead researcher/of the TEEM Unit and its portfolio
- Establishes research methodology, protocols, and
- Exercises a high degree of creativity, foresight, and judgment
in planning, organizing, and guiding activities of importance.
- Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates unit staff including
professional staff, graduate assistants, and undergraduate
- Reviews reports and maintains records as necessary to meet all
requirements of funding sources.
- Provides consultation and technical assistance to federal,
State, and community agencies.
- Authors/co-authors international, national, and State
conference presentations and assures the dissemination of project
information at national and international conferences.
- Authors/co-authors scholarly articles, reports, and other
- Serves as a member of the CDS Management Team and contributes
to strategic planning for the Center.
- Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
- Master's degree, doctorate preferred, in Education, Human
Development, Family Studies, Sociology, Public Policy, or related
discipline and five years' experience in the education or human
- Background in research methods and applications.
- Effective written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrated track record in developing, organizing, and
managing impactful projects as well as conducting systematic
analysis and developing solutions to complex problems.
- Effective interpersonal, leadership, and collaboration
- Advanced knowledge of competitive contracts and grants
development and management.
- Demonstrated track record in securing extramural funding.
- The ability to develop reports and manuscripts based on
- Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
- Advanced skills in budget preparation and management and the
ability to develop financial plans and manage resources.
- Experience at the intersection of intellectual and
developmental disabilities and mental health preferred
- Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
- Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the
differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying
identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
- Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where
diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.
Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative
- Must be able to attend meetings off campus at various locations
around Delaware, attend national conferences and other out-of-state
events, and have regular access to a private means of
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