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

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2019


Title: 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), a leading national disability organization, 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. Each year, more than 3,000 trainees graduate from AUCD member programs; as professionals, they continue to work in support of independence, productivity, and a satisfying quality of life for all.

Position Overview: AUCD is seeking a highly-qualified, full-time Manager to provide technical assistance (TA) to 64 interdisciplinary training and research programs/centers across the United States.  These programs train professionals to use valid and reliable screening and diagnostic tools, in addition to providing evidence-based interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD).  TA actively promotes continued improvement for individual programs and the fulfillment of broader workforce development goals outlined in the Autism CARES Act, which funds both LENDs and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) training programs.  The person in this role will: (1) manage significant TA projects, initiatives, and meetings that address the objectives of AUCD's cooperative agreement with MCHB's Division of MCH Workforce Development and training program needs; (2) work closely with programmatic partner organizations in the 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.

The Manager will report to the Sr. Manager, Maternal and Child Health Technical Assistance. 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. This is an in-office position that is supported by federal funds and is contingent upon continued funding.

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 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 project 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 - work groups, AUCD Councils, Special Interest Groups, etc. - that are topically relevant to cooperative agreement objectives and poised to address emerging training and public health issues.


  • Represent the interests of LENDs and DBPs, including emerging leaders, in the context of broader AUCD initiatives (e.g. strategic planning, communications, leadership development).
  • Lead the hiring and direct supervision of two (2) AUCD Emerging Leaders Interns each academic year; potential for opportunities to supervise Specialist-level staff in the future based on professional growth, interest, and organizational need.
  • As needed, act as backup for the Sr. Manager, Maternal and Child Health Technical Assistance and perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in a social science, education, administration, policy, or other relevant field (or equivalent professional experience).
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of professional experience in human services, health sciences, disability, public health, or related fields.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, take initiative, and manage multiple tasks and projects at a time. 
  • Passion for and commitment to AUCD's mission.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of issues, policy initiatives, research, and practice related to health and quality of life for people with ASD/DD of all ages, and their families and communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, including in writing, and adapt communication appropriately for purpose and audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple detailed 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 teams.
  • Working knowledge of program evaluation and quality improvement practices.
  • Organization, prioritization, resourcefulness, and creativity.
  • Ability to telework from remote locations when needed.
  • Ability to travel for site visits, typically 2-3 days at a time, approximately 3 times per year.


  • Personal or professional experience with disabilities.
  • Prior completion of LEND or DBP training program at an AUCD member site.
  • Experience in providing technical assistance and consultation in topics related to workforce development, disability, capacity building, systems change, and/or leadership in higher education settings.
  • Experience monitoring and adhering to programmatic budgets.
  • Proficiency in at least one language other than English.


AUCD provides an environment that emphasizes work-life balance; a competitive salary based on education and experience; generous health, dental, vision, disability, life insurance and retirement benefits; vacation, sick, and personal days; and paid holidays. This position provides a unique opportunity to exercise 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 Ben Kaufman, Sr. Manager, Maternal and Child Health Technical Assistance at [email protected] with "Application for Manager" as the subject line.  Ideally, references would reflect perspectives of a supervisor, a colleague, and a supervisee. Applications will be accepted and reviewed immediately until the position is filled.

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