Program Specialist - Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Silver Spring, MD

Posted: Monday, September 9, 2019

AUCD, a leading national disability organization, is seeking a qualified, full-time Program Specialist to assist and carryout work under AUCD's public health portfolio. This position will provide support on activities that further the mission and goals of members of the AUCD network and connect with public health partners by assisting with the coordination of a range of project activities including meetings, webinars, materials development, technical assistance, and information exchange and dissemination.

AUCD supports a national network of interdisciplinary centers on disabilities. Its members represent every U.S. state and territory, including: 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), 52 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training 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.

The Program Specialist will report to the Senior Program Manager, Disability and Public Health. The AUCD office is located in downtown Silver Spring, MD, one block from the red line Silver Spring Metro station and next to a county-maintained parking garage.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist in carrying out duties of AUCD's federal cooperative agreements and contracts.
  • Assist in developing dissemination materials, project reports, and publications in collaboration with colleagues, researchers and staff at AUCD network centers and partner organizations.
  • Maintain effective communication with the program partners regarding technical assistance, program assessment, review and development.
  • Respond to requests for information from federal officials, AUCD member centers and programs, individuals with disabilities, community support/advocacy organizations, and partner organizations, providing referral to AUCD network Centers and other resources as appropriate.
  • Provide support and information on a wide range of activities that further the mission and goals of members of the AUCD network.
  • Coordinate all communication platforms (website, direct mail lists, social media, etc.) in accordance with AUCD protocols.
  • Collaborate with the AUCD communications team to develop and implement strategies for disseminating publications and resources to a variety of disability community and other stakeholders.
  • Support AUCD events, such as the Annual conference, and represent AUCD at various meetings and events.

Required Qualifications

  • Completion of a graduate program (MPH, MS, MSW, MA, etc.) in the social or health sciences (e.g., public health, public policy, psychology, social work, education, allied health) or completion of a bachelor's degree with 1-3 years of experience in human services.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Good organizational skills with the ability to work on multiple tasks in an orderly, accountable, and professional manner.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to take initiative, work independently and as a team player.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using electronic tools (e-mail, website, social media, etc.) to communicate and exchange information, as well as in word processing, web posting, and spreadsheet software.
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills across multiple mediums (writing for various audiences and intentions, conference calls, webinars, online and in-person meetings, public events, etc.)
  • Aptitude in working with individuals with diverse abilities and from different cultures and committed to promoting full participation and cultural competence of service systems.
  • Excellence in organizational, analytical, time management/productivity, and problem-solving skills.
  • Interest in the fields of disability and health, health disparities, and the public health role in reaching underserved populations.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with grants or subcontracts at federal or state levels
  • Research, teaching, training, direct service, technical assistance or administrative support experience in a UCEDD, LEND or similar organization
  • Completion of a LEND or UCEDD traineeship and/or familiarity with the AUCD network
  • CHES is a plus
  • Experience with social media efforts and online training platforms
  • Basic knowledge of program implementation and evaluation


AUCD provides a family-friendly work environment; a competitive salary based on education and experience; generous health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance and retirement benefits; vacation, sick, personal, and parental leave days, and paid holidays. This position provides a unique opportunity to exercise your expertise, creativity and initiative in a fast-paced yet relaxed office atmosphere. AUCD is committed to an inclusive culture that values all types of diversity, and as such has experience accommodating a wide range of disability and related workplace needs.

Application Procedures

Please submit: (1) a letter of interest, (2) a resume of relevant experience, (3) names and contact information of at least three professional references, and (4) any accommodations needed for the application and interview process to:

Tanisha Clarke, MPH
Senior Program Manager, Disability and Public Health
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1000
Silver Spring, MD 20910
[email protected]


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Applications will be accepted immediately and will remain open until the position is filled. The position is supported in part by federal funds.

AUCD is an equal opportunity employer. Persons from traditionally underrepresented or unrepresented cultural backgrounds and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.