Associate Director, Virginia LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Program PN# F64260 - Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Partnership for People with Disabilities (the Partnership) at Virginia Commonwealth University is Virginia's university center for excellence in developmental disabilities as designated by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The Partnership is seeking to fill the non-tenure accruing position of Associate Director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND), funded by the US DHHS Maternal and Child Health Bureau.  The national LEND Program is an interdisciplinary training program covering approximately 14 professional disciplines and two disciplines representing people with disabilities and family members.  The Virginia LEND (Va-LEND) comprises a variety of interdisciplinary programs, including coursework, clinical and practicum experiences with families and people with disabilities, leadership and policy activities, teamwork, and research activities. The interdisciplinary nature of the program includes trainees, and mentoring faculty from at least 6 schools across two campuses at VCU. 

The chief purpose of this position is to take responsibility for the day-to-day implementation and administration of Va-LEND. The faculty member will provide support to all Va-LEND staff, faculty, and trainees. The Associate Director will report to and consult with the Va-LEND Director, as well as the appropriate Partnership staff on budgetary, programmatic, and personnel issues. The teaching, research (scholarship), and service activities expected of faculty are embedded in large part, within Va-LEND duties.

Required qualifications include:  a doctorate in a core discipline such as Education, Psychology, Nursing, Occupational or Physical Therapy, Speech Pathology, Social Work, etc. and 3 years of experience; or a Master's degree in one of the core disciplines (see previous list) and 5 years of experience in interdisciplinary training and service settings, two years of which are in the field of neurodevelopmental and related disabilities or chronic illness. Applicants are required to have exceptional organizational and communication skills; and have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.  Preferred qualifications include:  extensive experience writing and administrating federal and other complex grants; evidence of exemplary teamwork skills; professional level communication and writing skills; and professional or trainee experience with UCEDD and/or LEND programs. This position will be part-time (50%) with limited benefits that include health care benefits (with the employee covering the full premium), prorated leave accrual, life insurance, retirement contributions, and disability coverage).

The position has the potential to develop into a full-time, fully benefitted position funded up to 100%, with possible additional funding through writing grant proposals, or assuming leadership roles on grants and contracts at the Partnership.

To apply, please submit your application online at (position # F64260). Your application must include: 1) an application letter describing how your education and employment experiences meet the required qualifications, address the required skills, and address any preferred qualifications that may apply; 2) a complete and current vita, including publications and grant proposal submissions; 3) three references who have knowledge of the applicant's skills, have worked with, or have supervised the applicant, whom we may contact directly (including telephone numbers and email addresses); 4) a sample of scholarly writing (e.g., a published article, the needs section or management plan from a submitted grant proposal written by the applicant). To be considered you must meet the required qualifications. For questions, please contact Angela Best at 828-8253 or [email protected].