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

Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

This is a senior management position within AUCD with significant responsibility for the overall direction and management of the Association and several of its programs. Principle responsibilities include the provision of guidance; assistance with policy development; and management of the program, finance, and administrative functions of the Association. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Deputy Director will provide strategic leadership, day-to-day management of programs, and insight and direction in future program development for the Association and its networks of University Centers and Programs.

Required Competencies:

  • Working knowledge of university-based centers that engage in research, education, clinical, and community service in the field of developmental disabilities.
  • Demonstrated experience in successful program development or project management.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and professionalism with all constituents of the AUCD, including individuals with disabilities and their families, individuals from diverse cultures, researchers, clinicians, trainees, and federal staff.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of a range of technologies for project management and information exchange.
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills.


Program Management

  • Provides day-to-day leadership and direction for program directors.
  • Works with the program directors and Executive Director to sustain and grow the programs of AUCD.
  • Working with Executive Director, takes the lead in framing the operational and program agenda as well as outcomes tracking.
  • Provides day-to-day management of the Association's grants and contract compliance.

Program Development

  • Works with the program directors and Executive Director to ensure the continuous improvement and vitality of the Association's programs.
  • Develops new program and member service concepts into concrete action plans and proposals.
  • Serves as an accessible mentor, coach and guide for the program directors, especially on innovation and outcomes.

Grants and Contract Development

  • Identifies new grants and contract opportunities that relate to AUCD's mission.
  • In partnership with the Executive Director, cultivates relationships with federal agency officials and program officers, and private foundations.
  • Works with the executive director to strategize funding requests and approaches to potential funders.

Training/Information Dissemination

  • Oversees the training/information dissemination functions of the Association.

Required Qualifications

  • Completion of a graduate program in a discipline relevant to developmental disabilities (e.g., psychology, social work, education, allied health, clinical sciences, public health, public administration).
  • At least 4-7 years of progressively responsible experience in managing complex projects or programs.

Desired Qualifications

  • Completion of a terminal degree in health, allied health, education or social sciences relevant to the field of disabilities. (e.g., PhD, EdD, DSW, DPH, MD).
  • Research, training, service, or administrative experience in an interdisciplinary university-based center.
  • Previous work experience in or completion of a UCEDD or LEND traineeship.
  • Previous work experience in a non-profit organization.

BenefitsCompetitive salary based on education and experience; health, retirement, and life insurance benefits; modest relocation expenses and three weeks vacation. Opportunity to exercise creativity and initiative in national disability related policy and program development.

ProceduresBy email only, submit a letter of interest, resume of relevant experience, and names and contact information for three references to: Laura Martin, Director of Operations, AUCD, Applications will be accepted immediately and will be reviewed starting July 31st. The position will remain open until filled. The position is supported in part by federal funds and requires location at the AUCD offices in Silver Spring, MD.

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