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

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2021

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Program Specialist (training, child health, disabilities, autism)
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Silver Spring, MD


Do you have exceptional communications skills and a knack for building strong working relationships, while managing challenging situations?  Are you passionate about programs that support children’s health and the developmental disability community?  The Association of University Centers on Disabilities is seeking a highly qualified, full-time, Program Specialist to support our Maternal and Child Health Technical Assistant (MCH TA) Team in providing TA to interdisciplinary training and research programs across the United States.

Our partner 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 LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) training programs.

As a Program Specialist with AUCD, you’ll contribute to 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. You’ll also work closely with programmatic partner organizations in the ASD/DD community and support planning and implementation of national meetings.

This position will provide you with a unique opportunity to leverage your experience, initiative, and relationship building skills in a fast-paced yet relaxed office atmosphere with a team of dedicated, passionate colleagues.

This position is supported by, and contingent upon, continued federal funding. The salary range for this position is $47,000 - $52,000.  This will be an in-office position once AUCD begins a gradual return to the office. Currently AUCD will operate remotely through the winter of 2022.  We expect a phased in return to the office at that time.


About AUCD

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), a leading national disability organization, promotes and supports a national network of interdisciplinary centers on disabilities. Its member centers represent every US state and territory, including: 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.

We are pleased to provide a family-friendly work environment; a competitive 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.  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.

AUCD is an equal opportunity employer and committed to fostering an inclusive culture that values all types of diversity, and as such has experience accommodating a wide range of disability and related workplace needs.  To that end, candidates from traditionally underrepresented or unrepresented cultural backgrounds and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for this and our other employment opportunities.

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Position Requirements

You will be qualified for this position if you possess a bachelor’s degree in a social science, education, administration, public health, policy, or related field AND two (2) years of professional OR graduate-level academic experience in human services, health sciences, disability, public health, or a related field

You will be a considered a preferred candidate if you also have:

  • 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, early childhood screening and diagnosis, disability, capacity building, systems change, and/or leadership in higher education settings.

Lastly, you must possess the following attributes, demonstrated through your prior experience:

  • Knowledge of program evaluation and quality improvement practices.
  • 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.
  • Skill in using word processing, database and spreadsheet software, web tools, and social media tools to communicate and exchange information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, including in writing, and adapt communication appropriately for purpose and audience
  • Ability to manage multiple detailed tasks with accuracy while responding to changing priorities in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Ability to build culturally responsive relationships diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with others on team and across teams.
  • Ability to demonstrate organization, prioritization, resourcefulness, and creativity.


To Apply:

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 Jackie Czyzia ([email protected]) with “Application for Program Specialist, MCH TA” as the subject line. Applications will be accepted and reviewed immediately. The position will remain open until filled.


The online job posting can be found here: