Executive Director - Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019


The Sherlock Center at Rhode Island College is seeking a leader with a breadth of experience and a strong vision who is driven to have a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities, their families, and those who support them.  Candidates must apply-on line and all application materials must be submitted via the college's online employment system https://employment.ric.edu/.  This position is open until filled.

The Director will provide vision and leadership in carrying out the mission, core functions, and federal requirements of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) in compliance with legislation and related regulations; maintain collaborative relationships with the Rhode Island State DD Council, the State Legal Protection and Advocacy (P&A), and other state agencies, organizations, and community service providers. The director will provide vision and leadership to facilitate systems change, capacity building, and advocacy to promote self-determination, inclusion, and productivity of individuals who have developmental and other disabilities.  The individual will report directly to the Rhode Island College Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Founded in 1854, Rhode Island College is the first public institution of higher education in Rhode Island.  As a leading regional public college, Rhode Island College personalizes higher education of the finest quality for its nearly 9000 undergraduate and graduate students. The college offers vibrant programs in arts and sciences, business and professional disciplines of education, nursing, and social work within a supportive, respectful, and diverse community. Dedicated faculty engage students in learning, research, and career attainment, and our innovative curricula and co-curricula foster intellectual curiosity and prepare an educated citizenry for responsible leadership.

The college has a strong history of professional workforce development across a variety of human service domains.  In addition to a dynamic professional environment, the college offers competitive salaries commensurate with qualifications and experience plus excellent benefits. Learn more at www.ric.edu.

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College, established in 1993, is the federally designated Rhode Island University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.  The mission of the Sherlock Center is to "promote membership of individuals with disabilities in school, work and community." See www.sherlockcenter.org

The Sherlock Center is a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), a national network of 67 interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families and communities. The Sherlock Center is also a partner with RI Hospital in the RI LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Program.

The Sherlock Center is a multifaceted center that engages 15,000 Rhode Islanders each year through an array of services, research, professional education and statewide technical assistance and training.  The Center focuses on the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families across the life span.  The Sherlock Center collaborates with seven state agencies and a broad network of community partners.  During the past year the Sherlock Center provided training, technical assistance or service to 100% of Part C early intervention providers, 34 of 36 local education agencies, and 100% of the 35 agencies that provide services and supports to adults who have intellectual or developmental disabilities.  The Sherlock Center employs a team of 60 full time and part time staff (the majority of whom are family members) and manages 30 federal, state and local grants and contracts with an annual budget of six million dollars.  The Center was specifically named in a federal consent decree to provide training and support to state and private agencies as they transition from segregated work settings to employment in integrated community settings.  The Sherlock Center's adapted literature library continues to be the #1 hit on several search engines.