Public Health and Disability Inclusion Practice Fellow, 11-month Position - Remote

Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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-Position Announcement-
11 Month Fellowship

Public Health and Disability Inclusion Practice Fellow (Remote)

 The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) promotes and 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 COVID-19 outbreak impacts all communities across the US--including the over 61 million Americans who have disabilities. Approximately 1 in 4 Americans have a disability, yet state and local preparedness planning, mitigation and recovery efforts do not consistently include them. The new National Technical Assistance and Training Center on Disability Inclusion and Emergency Preparedness is a component of AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health and will address the needs of people with disabilities in COVID-19 state and local efforts, specifically to educate various audiences across the public health workforce, from medical, nursing and allied healthcare providers to public health practitioners, on including people with disabilities in emergency response efforts. This work will be done through an existing cooperative agreement between AUCD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).  

Job Responsibilities

This fellowship is an opportunity for a graduate, post-doctoral, or mid-career professional enrolled or employed at AUCD member centers to further their professional development through direct training at AUCD. A mentor will be designated who will work with the Fellow weekly and provide mentoring, guidance, and direction.

The Fellow will:

  • Support AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health in creating a "Disability Inclusion Coach" technical assistance program in which public health and healthcare practitioners and emergency managers are linked with a local or regional disability partner who can advise or coach on disability inclusion best-practices.
    o   These customized regional matches will support long-term sustainable change of including people with disabilities in emergency preparedness
  • Support the training development, uptake of training materials, use of the "1 in 4 Before" disability awareness and emergency preparedness campaign, and assist with readiness and capacity factors assessments among the participants.


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)

  • Interest in applied social behavioral science and education, systems change, program evaluation, including the development and preparation of manuscripts and presentations. 


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Commitment to improving systems and outcomes related to disability inclusion.

  • 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.


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 certification
  • Basic knowledge of program implementation and evaluation



This position is compensated for 11 months at a range of $68,000 - $70,000 over the funded term. This is a remote position that is performed at the candidate's current location and is not eligible to be relocated to AUCD's headquarters. AUCD provides a competitive salary based on education and experience; generous pro-rated health, dental, and vision insurance benefits, as well as vacation, sick, personal, and paid holidays are available for this temporary 11-month position. You will also follow AUCD's holiday schedule. This position provides a unique opportunity to exercise your expertise, creativity, and initiative in direct collaboration with AUCD. 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

Interested applicants should 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, Public Health
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
[email protected]


Applications are due July 6, 2020.

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Questions can also be directed to Tanisha Clarke at [email protected].

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.