UCEDD Leadership Development

 

AUCD has undertaken a set of technical assistance activities focused on UCEDD Director transitions and leadership development. On this page you will find information about AUCD leadership development activities, links to necessary AIDD documentation, and resources to plan and execute a successful director transition, including a guide for university search committees a report on the roles and experiences of senior staff members during transitions.

 
 

General Information

  • Orientation Menu for New Directors: The orientation menu is an interactive tool for new directors to use as they navigate the system. The menu includes resources and activities indentified by AIDD and AUCD as being helpful when trying to comply with the AIDD requirements, leverage funds, and build positive relationships within the university. The purpose of the promising practices column is to allow new directors to customize their menu by inserting specific UCEDD programs who the new directors identify with and would like more information from. 

Activities

  • The AUCD Leadership Academy is a week-long program designed to enhance the skills of current and emerging leaders from the disability network in building coalitions that will improve systems of supports and services. The AUCD Leadership Academy seeks participants from Self Advocacy Organizations, UCEDDs, LENDs, CILs, DD Councils, Disability Rights, community based disability organizations, and other disability partners to come together to immerse themselves for a week of study, shared experiences, self-evaluation, and skill development. Participants will continue to engage with their cohort, academy staff, local coaches, and national allies in the year following the experience. The academy will focus on the exploration of shared values and commitments to civil and human rights, assessments of personal and leadership strengths, skills in building partnerships to achieve collective impact, and establishing personal and professional leadership goals.

Resources

  • UCEDD Leadership: A Guide to the Next Generation: This guide, created by a workgroup of network members, introduces the DD Act and related regulations, expectations of AIDD, and recommendations from the network to assist search committees in finding new UCEDD Directors.
  • Survey of Retiring UCEDD Directors: AUCD conducts a survey of retiring UCEDD Directors, asking the following questions: (1) What were your 3 greatest accomplishments? (2) What strategies did you use to attain the accomplishments? (3) What were your 3 greatest failures or missteps? (4) What strategies did you use that didn't work? and (5) What's your single best piece of advice for new UCEDD Directors? The survey is always open, and newly retiring directors are asked to complete it. The link to survey results is always updated with the most recent responses.
  • Play it Forward: A significant number of UCEDD Directors have retired in the past few years. As the next generation steps up, Play it Forward provides an historical foundation for leadership to help navigate the future, documenting the perspectives of retiring directors to support future leaders. Watch the 3 minute trailer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bTfQGqk0C4 and 22 minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=688sFUySrfg.
  • The Perceptions of Past and Current UCEDD Directors on Transitioning in and out of the Role of UCEDD Director: This report summarizes the findings of a series of interviews of UCEDD Directors who have retired or left their program in the past five years and of directors who have stepped into those positions in that same period. The interviews and report were completed by Dr. Fred Orelove, former director of the Virginia UCEDD.
  • Roles and Experiences of Senior Staff in UCEDD Director Transitions: This report presents findings from interviews with UCEDD senior staff members who recently experienced a director transition. 
  • Request for Director Changes: The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities requires that a change in principle investigator on the core grant receive prior approval by AIDD. AIDD has added a requirement for a letter from the UCEDD's Authorized Representative (on university letterhead) recognizing the change in PI. 
  • Leadership blogs and newsletters
  • Information Available Upon Request: For the documents below, please email Dawn Rudolph.
    • UCEDD Organizational Charts
    • Job Descriptions of UCEDD Directors and Associate Directors
    • Results of National Salary Survey of UCEDD Directors and Associate Directors (Available to UCEDD Directors only)

Webinars

  • UCEDD Director Transitions: This webinar introduced two technical assistance documents related to UCEDD Director transitions -a guide for university search committees called UCEDD Leadership: A Guide to the Next Generation and a report on the roles and experiences of senior staff in UCEDD Director Transitions. The webinar also provided insight from Don Tebbe, Executive Vice President of Transition Guides, on the importance of planning for director transitions.
  • The Perceptions of Past and Current UCEDD Directors on Transitioning in and out of the Role of UCEDD Director: Several UCEDDs across the country have recently experienced transitions of new leadership, as directors retire or pursue new professional opportunities. Transitions in general can by stressful, but transitions of directors, especially individuals who have held the position for a long period, can present particular challenges to a program. This webinar presented findings from a series of interviews of UCEDD Directors who have retired or left their program in the past five years and of Directors who have stepped into those positions in that same period.