Key Position Announcement: AUCD Seeks Next Executive Director

Applications currently being accepted through June 30

April 5, 2013

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The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), a national not-for-profit organization, seeks an executive director to lead and guide activities that fulfill its mission to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social and economic well-being of people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and their communities by supporting its members in research, education, health and service activities. AUCD is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors that includes professionals, individuals with disabilities and family members. It has an annual budget of approximately $5 million and employs a staff of 21. For additional detailed information, visit

Reporting directly to the board of directors, the Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer of AUCD.  The Executive Director's primary responsibilities are to: provide visionary leadership for the Association; manage strategic planning and policy development; and supervise day-to-day operations that include finance, program development, staff supervision and development. The Executive Director provides information and counsel to the board to facilitate the board's decision making processes that support member needs and continued growth, ensures accountability to federal and congressional mandates, and responds to consumer and family needs.

The priority responsibilities of the new Executive Director for the first 12-18 months are to develop an understanding of the membership and the relationship between AUCD and member universities; develop trust and working relationships with diverse stakeholders, including staff, board, members, government agencies and other diverse constituencies; develop an in-depth understanding of the complexities of AUCD, including its funding sources and the networks it represents; and to maintain regular contact with the board, funders and members to establish a regular communication pattern and a seamless transition.

Ideal candidates for this position will bring experiences including a terminal degree with a major emphasis in disability/health, education, psychology, law or other social science field;  content knowledge about the field of developmental disabilities and the network of associations and disability focused organizations; demonstrated internal organizational leadership and administrative skills, including leading and directing professionals, staff development, working collaboratively, budget planning and financial control, information dissemination, board development and public relations; and experience with federal grant procurement, contracting, budgeting and resource management, among others. For more information about this position, go to, or, or download the PDF at right.

AUCD provides a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits.

Application and Contact Information

To apply, email cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to [email protected]. For more information, contact Catrese Brown. Resume review begins immediately and resumes will be accepted until the position is filled, however, the active application period is now through June 30. The Search Committee tentatively plans to interview candidates mid-summer and hopes to fill the position by September, 2013. AUCD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes and encourages diverse applicants.