Communications Assistant - AUCD, Remote

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2021

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Communications Assistant (Remote)
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Silver Spring, MD


AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health is seeking a Communications Assistant to support a one-year project: Disability Community-wide COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach Initiative. The purpose of this project is to collaborate with key organizations in the disability community, as well as AUCD Network members such as LENDs, to share vaccine confidence messaging and conduct outreach with people with disabilities at a local level.

As a Communications Assistant, you will play a key role on this project, with the primary responsibility of providing communications and administrative assistance, while collaborating with AUCD, NCBDDD/CDC, and partners to plan and execute project activities to be completed during the funding period.

This position will provide you with an exceptional opportunity to exercise your administrative skills 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.  The salary range for this position is $43,000 to $44,290. 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.  However, this position will be able to remain fully remote.

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 have completed a bachelor's degree in a related field and at least two (2) years of administrative support experience. To be qualified, you must also have a demonstrated proficiency using current technologies and tools to communicate and exchange information and Microsoft Office software (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint).

If you are preferred candidate, you will also have experience working with grantees at federal or state levels and prior experience working with people with disabilities.

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

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; ability to influence and engage a wide range of partners at all levels and learning styles and needs.
  • Sound judgment, solid decision-making skills, and strong emphasis of upholding confidentiality and integrity.
  • A commitment to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is applied in all practices and approaches (including plain language).
  • Skill in overseeing simultaneous, complex activities that have multiple components.
  • Skill in establishing and cultivating strong relationships internally and externally in order to reach common goals and objectives.
  • The ability to convey ideas and to respond appropriately to key stakeholders.
  • Skill in organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.

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 Michele Lunsford ([email protected]) with "Application for Communication Assistant" 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: