LEND Project Specialist

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010

LEND Project Specialist
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Join our growing team! AUCD is currently seeking a dynamic individual to serve as a Project Specialist working under the supervision of the LEND Technical Assistance Project Director. The individual filling this position will support technical assistance activities of AUCD's cooperative agreement with the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB). The cooperative agreement is funded under the Combating Autism Act and establishes the Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center (ITAC) which supports the national networks of MCHB-funded Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) training programs.

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), located in Silver Spring, MD, is a national nonprofit organization that promotes and supports a national network of interdisciplinary centers on disabilities. The members of AUCD represent every US state and territory and include 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), 39 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Programs and 15 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, in support of independence, productivity, and satisfying quality of life.


  • Support the MCHB Project Director and staff in the coordination of technical assistance and network initiatives
  • Coordinate the scheduling and development of technical assistance events such as site visits, meetings, webinars, and conference calls
  • Actively work to increase collaboration and idea sharing among the LEND and DBP networks by supporting webinars, meetings, and events
  • Provide information to the AUCD network and the general public as appropriate on project efforts through web postings, newsletters, and electronic publications
  • Represent the AUCD office, AUCD network members, and the cooperative agreement at meetings and conferences locally and nationally

Required Experience Documented experience supporting projects and initiatives in maternal child health, developmental disabilities, autism, public health or social services as a trainee or employee of a LEND or UCEDD program or similar experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. A BA or BS in human services, clinical, disability, public health, or a related field is required.

Required Competencies

  • Ability to work on multiple complex projects simultaneously
  • Exceptional communication skills: in person, in print writing, and in electronic modes
  • Demonstrated proficiency with word processing, database, and spreadsheet software
  • Demonstrated proficiency using web tools (email, website, social media, Skype) to communicate and exchange information

Desired Experience

  • Experience in the maternal child health or disability field
  • Knowledge of developmental disabilities including autism and their effects on individuals and their families
  • Experience providing support to individuals in an office setting

Benefits AUCD provides a competitive salary based on education and experience; health, retirement, and life insurance benefits; and three weeks' vacation. This position is an opportunity to exercise your creativity and initiative in disability & maternal child health program development, to work in a fast paced yet relaxed office atmosphere, and to make a significant difference in the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

Submit a letter of interest, resume of relevant experiences, and names and contact information for three references to:

Crystal Pariseau, MSSW:MCH TA Director
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 920
Silver Spring, MD 20910
[email protected]

This position is open immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The position is supported by federal funds.

AUCD is an equal opportunity employer.
Persons from diverse cultures and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.