Assistant Director, Community Programs #605648

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
$72,445.00 - $82,000.00
Posted date
Oct 21, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Part Time

Job Description

Position Summary

This position at NAU’s Institute for Human Development (IHD) is responsible for program leadership and management of multiple projects that will initially include the Growing in Beauty Partnership Program (GIBPP), Community Service Core Function Lead, Co-Leadership of the IHD Interdisciplinary Training Clinic, and ArizonaLEND*.

As the largest of these projects, GIBPP operates under contract with the Navajo Nation’s Growing in Beauty (GIB) program to provide interdisciplinary early intervention services to families on the Navajo Nation with young children (ages zero to three) who have or are at risk for having developmental disabilities.

The additional responsibilities include serving as the lead person for community services that IHD currently provides as well as building capacity in the area of community service; providing co-leadership in coordinating the IHD Interdisciplinary Training Clinic which is designed to provide diagnostic evaluation services to children and youth who do not have other means to pay for the services while also providing a training venue for NAU students who are majoring in disability related fields; and serving as the liaison between the University of Arizona LEND program and students from NAU who are enrolled in the LEND program.

*The University of Arizona Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (ArizonaLEND) is a leadership training program that prepares policy makers, faculty, clinicians and researchers to lead the maternal and child health workforce.

Position Resposiblities

  • Provides direction and integrative coordination in the planning, development, and implementation of all assigned projects
  • Provides advanced functional or technical leadership and direction to support staff, University constituencies and community organizations and representatives within a broadly specified area of professional expertise, in accordance with program goals and objectives.
  • Applies advanced ability in work design, project management, financial planning, and goal development; applies awareness of trends and changes in developmental disability services in general and early intervention services specifically.
  • Develops and manages annual budgets for the assigned program(s) and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures consistent with those of the organization, state, federal, and tribal regulations to ensure efficient operation of the program/project.
  • Oversees all facets of the daily operations of assigned projects, ensuring compliance with university, state, tribal, and federal laws, policies, and regulations.
  • Has advanced knowledge and skills across multiple job sub-families.
  • Provides supervision (official and unofficial) to staff and consultants; responsible for task assignment and coordination; conducts performance reviews; monitors employee interactions and promotes a productive, inclusive work environment; identifies potential performance and employee relations issues; applies institutional HR and talent policies and practices, including practices associated with recruiting, hiring, and onboarding/offboarding of staff.
  • Plans/coordinates internal and external meetings and trainings.
  • Guides and supports the continued provision of in-person and/or remote teletherapy services as appropriately responsive service delivery formats based on current health conditions.
  • Participates in IHD Core Function meetings, Community Advisory Council meetings, partner meetings, etc. as needed.
  • Ensures that the project contracts are in place and/or funding is available to support uninterrupted and/or new project activities.
  • Coordinates GIBPP project efforts with current GIB Tribal administration.
  • Serves as liaison between Navajo GIB and State AzEIP administration to ensure GIBPP implements the program using evidence-based practices and is compliant with state and federal regulations.
  • Serves as liaison between the IHD and University of Arizona LEND Program to lead IHD collaboration in the project.
  • Ensures qualified personnel are available and meet project work scope requirements of the assigned projects.
  • Provides regularly scheduled opportunities for staff to exchange experiences and ideas relative to implementing evidence-based practices.
  • Provides direct clinical services as needed to help GIBPP team maintain compliance with Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) regulations.
  • At least once a year, travels with each GIBPP staff or remotely observe practices and connects with local providers.
  • At least once a year, meets onsite or remotely with community-based health care providers during regularly scheduled hospital-based meetings (Tuba, Chinle, Fort Defiance, Kayenta-if available).
  • Per the work scope across projects, ensures that deliverables (e.g., monthly billing, quarterly reports, final reports, , etc.) are prepared and submitted within established timelines.
  • Ensures that staff across assigned projects track and enter all required program information into the IHD/NIRS data collection system.
  • As Community Service Core Function Lead, meets regularly with community service projects, requests and coordinates the submission of monthly Core Function project updates and project activity summaries for IHD annual federal report; identifies potential funding opportunities to build capacity for community service projects.
  • Facilitates staff involvement in activities that expand the IHD's capacity to address a broad spectrum of efforts to promote the status of people with disabilities.
  • Follows up on requests made by IHD Executive Director or Associate Director as appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in related field; AND
  • State Licensure in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, or Early Childhood Education Certification; AND
  • 1-3 years of program management experience; OR
  • 5-7 years of relevant early intervention (IDEA part C) experience; OR
  • 3-5 years relevant general disability experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate in related field; AND
  • At least 3-5 years of program management experience; OR
  • 10 years of relevant early intervention (IDEA part C) experience; OR
  • Experience working with tribal populations

Please see for full job descriptions and details on how to apply online!  NAU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

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