Senior Director of Public Health - AUCD, Silver Spring, MD

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2022

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Senior Director of Public Health

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

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities is seeking a highly qualified, full-time, Senior Director of Public Health.  This position provides leadership, guidance, and creativity for the AUCD network of Centers to conduct capacity building, research, and education activities in the areas of disability and public health. Leads, builds, directs, and oversees, AUCD's public health practice efforts, largely funded by the CDC, to strengthen the national public health capacity on disability inclusion and health promotion for people living with disabilities across the lifespan.  Oversees the AUCD public health team, liaises with other AUCD teams, and works with public health officials, the AUCD network of centers, sub-award grantees, and other partner organizations that focus on disability and health needs of people living with a disability.

Overview of Position Responsibilities

  • Lead and provide program design, development and oversight of key projects of the AUCD’s public health practice, including grant writing, management, evaluation, and reporting.  Serve as the senior lead on key projects such as the Act Early Network, including the Act Early Ambassador program, and the online toolkit, Public Health is for Everyone
  • Lead and direct the National Center on Disability in Public Health by building capacity in key areas of health disparity among people with disabilities. Facilitate national learning groups and communities of practice across the AUCD Network and public health partner groups. Conduct action research with these groups on health disparity areas of need.
  • Encourage collaboration and engagement between public health partners and AUCD’s Network Centers.  Collaborate with public health team on upcoming tasks and project planning. Liaise with teams across the association. Serve as lead and resource for health education efforts, including the development of health and health promotion materials for people living with disabilities
  • Conduct, disseminate, and apply capacity building research findings, including collaborative efforts to support blood disorders surveillance and blood disorders partner collaboration. 
    Facilitation of and collaboration with AUCD members and partners interested in disability and health through various national learning groups and communities of practice, including the Health and Disability Special Interest Group, Emergency Preparedness Special Interest Group, Healthcare Transition National Learning Group, Health is for Everyone Action Team, Parenting and Behavioral Therapy Community of Practice, Children’s Mental Health Champions, and the Data to Action Community of Practice.
  • Develop and lead technical assistance activities, as well as oversee and develop educational and training opportunities, webinars, workshops, conferences, and other forums focusing on issues related to birth defects, developmental disabilities, and health care needs for people living with disabilities.
  • Responsible for programmatic and fiscal oversight of AUCD public health portfolio. Oversee and monitor AUCD’s largest grant cost center. Liaise with finance department and support staff to maintain compliance with funding requirements.
  • Research and prepare additional development and funding opportunities as needed and lead grants making process for public health projects. Leverage existing funding and develop additional funds through government grants, corporate proposals, and foundation opportunities. 

Overview of Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of federal and public grant funding, budgeting, writing, and reporting. 
  • Knowledge of public health issues and mixed methods research methodologies related to people with disabilities, specifically developmental disabilities, birth defects, and special health care needs across the lifespan.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Skill in written, verbal and electronic communication and the ability to translate complex concepts into relevant communication tools for multiple stakeholders (including plain language).
  • Ability to think strategically to assess both threats and opportunities and develop short- and long-term plans to address them.
    • Ability to supervise and manage program staff including interns, fellows, and issue workgroups.

Position Requirements

  • Master’s degree in public health, disability or related field. 
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in human services, project management, research, and grants management.  Microsoft 365 Office software (SharePoint, Outlook, Word, Teams, Excel, PowerPoint), Zoom, and other software.
  • An understanding of the CDC and its relevant divisions, priorities, and processes is strongly desired.


The salary range for the Senior Director of Public Health position is $120,000 - $140,000.

To Apply

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 via:

Applications will be accepted and reviewed immediately. The position will remain open until filled.

Note: this will be an in-office position once AUCD begins a gradual return to our office in Silver Spring.  AUCD will continue to operate remotely through Spring 2022.  After that we plan a phased-in return to the office.

AUCD is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to hairstyle, race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.