Evaluation Project Specialist - (Act Early, COVID-19 Recovery, Early childhood systems), AUCD, Remote

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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Evaluation Project Specialist (Act Early, COVID-19 Recovery, Early childhood systems)
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Remote

Are you passionate about improving the early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, among young children in communities most impacted by COVID-19? AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health is seeking a temporary, Evaluation Project Specialist to contribute to the evaluation of a one (1) year multi-state project.

The Act Early Response to COVID-19 Project (Act Early/COVID-19) is a national initiative charged with enhancing support for early childhood state/territory systems through the Act Early Ambassador Program to Support COVID-19 Recovery.   State and territorial Act Early/COVID-19 Response Teams developed through this initiative are tasked with developing, implementing, and evaluating strategies to address the many challenges to early identification of developmental delays and disabilities that have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the Evaluation Project Specialist, you'll support the AUCD-led evaluation team. You'll assist AUCD, NCBDDD/CDC, and Act Early state/territory team leadership in implementing a comprehensive strategic evaluation plan that identifies and prioritizes evaluation activities to be completed during the funding period.  As the Project Specialist, you'll assist in the development of evaluation materials, templates, and accompanying protocols and provide regular technical assistance to Act Early state/territory team leadership.

This will be a unique opportunity to exercise your expertise, creativity, and initiative in a fast-paced yet relaxed office atmosphere with a team of dedicated, passionate colleagues.

This is a temporary position with an expected twelve (12) month assignment contingent upon continued funding through a federal cooperative agreement with the CDC and NCBDDD.  The salary range for this position is $53,850-$55,466.  This position is eligible for remote work.


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 paid vacation, sick and personal days, and 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.  At this time, AUCD will continue to operate remotely throughout 2021, and it is expected that a phased in return will take place after that time.

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.

For more information about AUCD, visit: www.aucd.org


Position Requirements

You will be qualified for this position if you have completed 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 at least one year of experience in human services.  

To be our ideal candidate, you should have prior experience conducting program evaluations.  You should also have experience gathering data using qualitative and quantitative approaches.  You must also possess a strong proficiency in Microsoft Office software (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint) and prior experience using databases and entering data.

If you are preferred candidate, you will also have the following:

  • Demonstrated history of success in an evaluation role on multi-state/multi-site state systems change projects.
  • Experience working with grantees at federal or state levels.
  • Familiarity with Learn the Signs. Act Early. and/or the Act Early Initiative.
  • Personal or professional experience with individuals with disabilities and early childhood development.

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

  • Good organizational skills with the ability to work on multiple tasks in an orderly, accountable, and professional manner.
  • Ability to organize and summarize information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Excellence in analytical, time management/productivity, and problem-solving skills.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with the ability to collaborate with, listen to, and learn from a broad range of partners, encouraging their meaningful participation.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to take initiative, work independently and as a team player.
  • 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.


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 Danielle Webber ([email protected]) with "Application for  Evaluation Project Specialist" 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: http://www.aucd.org/index.cfm/employment.