Manager, Maternal and Child Health Technical Assistance - Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Silver Spring, MD

Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2019


Job Announcement


Manager, Maternal and Child Health Technical Assistance

Reports to:  Senior Manager, Maternal and Child Health Technical Assistance

Organization:The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) promotes and supports a national network of interdisciplinary centers on disabilities. Its member centers represent every US state and territory and include 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), 52 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Programs and 14 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRC). Together, these organizations advance policy and practice through research, education, leadership, and services for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families and communities, in support of independence, productivity, and satisfying quality of life.

The AUCD office is located in downtown Silver Spring, MD, one block from the red line Silver Spring Metro station. This position is an in-office position, with the option for occasional teleworking.

Position Overview:  AUCD is seeking a Manager for Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Technical Assistance (TA) to support LEND and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) training programs in the context of a multi-year federal cooperative agreement authorized by the Autism CARES Act. The person in this role will: (1) manage significant technical assistance projects/initiatives/meetings that address project objectives and training program needs, (2) work closely with programmatic partner organizations in the Autism Spectrum Disorder/Developmental Disabilities  (ASD/DD) community, (3) support ongoing needs assessment and project evaluation efforts, (4) facilitate the provision of individualized TA through site visits and other mechanisms, and (5) support Councils, Special Interest Groups, and other entities that serve as platforms for addressing emerging training and public health issues.

Job Responsibilities

Technical Assistance

  • Serve as team lead on key projects/ initiatives, such as: (a) the AUCD Emerging Leaders Community, (b) targeted TA to DBP programs and LENDs with pediatric audiology supplements, and (c) Focused Assistance to Support Training innovation awards; engage in priority setting, activity planning and implementation, continuous evaluation, and some financial oversight of sub-awards.
  • Coordinate the planning and implementation of national meetings, including but not limited to: (a) Autism CARES grantee meeting, (b) Division of MCH Workforce Development grantee meeting, and (c) Early Hearing Detection and Intervention trainee workshops.
  • Work with AUCD staff, network members, and external stakeholders to develop and strategically disseminate resources (e.g. informational webinars, best practice documents).

Stakeholder Collaboration

  • Represent AUCD on advisory groups, and at meetings and conferences locally and nationally; deliver presentations and posters on work completed or in progress.
  • Manage and work to strengthen relationships with programmatic partner organizations from the broader ASD/DD community (e.g. Baylor College of Medicine, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs).

Data Management and Analysis

  • Assist in completion of progress reports, continuation and supplemental applications, and competitive renewal applications to funder.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of needs assessments, as well as activity and project evaluation approaches.

Program Coordination

  • Facilitate LEND and DBP site visits in collaboration with the funder, including peer consultant engagement, report preparation, and programmatic follow up with participating programs.
  • Monitor and adhere to program budgets; oversee sub-awardee progress toward stated objectives and invoicing.
  • Carry out other activities that further the mission and goals of AUCD.

Emerging Issues

  • Provide staff support to AUCD and national LEND network entities - Councils, Special Interest Groups, etc. - that are topically relevant to cooperative agreement objectives and poised to address emerging training and public health issues.


  • Provide direct supervision to Specialist-level AUCD staff and interns.
  • Represent the interests of LENDs and DBPs, including emerging leaders, in the context of broader 
    AUCD initiatives (e.g. strategic planning, communications, leadership development).
  • As needed, act as backup for the Sr. Manager, Maternal and Child Health Technical Assistance and  perform other duties as assigned.



  • Knowledge of developmental disabilities, including but not limited to autism
  • Experience in providing technical assistance and consultation in topics related to disability, capacity building, systems change, and/or program leadership in higher education settings
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and adapt communication appropriately for purpose and audience
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks with accuracy while responding to changing priorities 
    in a fast-paced office environment
  • Demonstrated professionalism with culturally diverse stakeholders
  • Demonstrated proficiency in using word processing, database and spreadsheet software, web tools, 
    and social media tools to communicate and exchange information
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise others in a collaborative, strengths-based model of leadership
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with others on team and across 
  • Some experience monitoring and adhering to programmatic budgets.
  • Organization, prioritization, resourcefulness, and creativity
  • Ability to telecommute from remote locations when needed
  • Ability to travel for site visits, typically 2-3 days at a time, approximately 3 times per year
  • Master's degree in a relevant field, or equivalent experience


  •  Personal or professional experience with disabilities
  •  Completion of LEND and/or DBP training at an AUCD member site
  •  Internal candidate strongly preferred


Salary based on education and experience; generous health, dental, disability, life insurance and retirement benefits; and three weeks' vacation, sick and personal days, and paid holidays. This position provides a unique opportunity to exercise creativity and initiative in a national disability non-profit organization.

Application Procedures

Please submit: a letter of interest, a resume of relevant experience, and names and contact information of at least three professional references to Ben Kaufman, Sr. Manager, Maternal and Child Health Technical Assistance at [email protected].  Ideally, references would reflect perspectives of a supervisor, a colleague, and a supervisee. Applications will be accepted and reviewed immediately. The position will remain open until June 18, 2019.

The online job posting can be found here:   

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AUCD is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and inclusion.