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University of Colorado Instructor (Director of The Office of Employment First) in Aurora, Colorado

University of Colorado School of Medicine

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University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Section of Developmental Pediatrics

Instructor (Director of The Office of Employment First)

Position #765078– Requisition #16975

**Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers *

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Department of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental Pediatrics has an opening for a /full-time /Instructor (Director of The Office Employment First)/ /position.//

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. /Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here//./



The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.

_Nature of Work:_

The Colorado Office of Employment First (OEF) is part of JFK Partners Colorado’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Service, Department of Pediatrics, CU School of Medicine Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora Colorado.

The OEF and this position is funded for three years through a new line item in the Department of Labor and Employment Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for the “Employment First Program.” The request included funding for a new Office of Employment First (OEF), housed in the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. The Office will be responsible for a range of coordination and training functions to promote Competitive Integrated Employment for people with significant disabilities. The request incorporates the vocational rehabilitation basic support grant funding split of 78.7 percent federal funds to 21.3 percent non-federal funds. The Director of the OEF will be responsible for development, refinement and supervision of all aspects of the Office of Employment First. This position as well as all OEF positions will be physically located with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation/Colorado Department of Labor and Employment at 633 17th St., Denver, CO.

_Examples of Work Performed:_

The Director of the Office of Employment First will be responsible for fulfilling the requirements of JFK Partners found in the Statement of Work included in the Intergovernmental Agreement between the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment/Division of Vocation Rehabilitation and the University of Colorado. JFK Partners. Supervisor will be Cordelia Robinson Rosenberg, Ph.D., RN, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry.

These requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing leadership and direction leading to the success of the OEF in achieving identified goals and outcomes;

  • Refining the work plan for the OEF;

  • Selecting personnel for the training and curriculum development positions, the grant writer/analyst/evaluator, and the administrative assistant positions;

  • Ongoing supervision of the six (6) positions of five faculty and one staff assistant of the OEF and any additional faculty recruited with any additional funding specific to the OEF. These team positions will be advertised but interviews will not be offered until the Director position is filled;

  • Contribute articles to scholarly literature regarding process and outcomes of the Colorado Office of Employment First;

  • Work as a team member within the OEF to identify existing evidence-based and/or best practice curricula and materials that will support Colorado with implementing Employment First principles in content areas including: benefits counseling, transition from school to work, supported employment, Customized Employment, Individual Placement and Supports, systematic instruction and other best practice employment services leading to Competitive Integrated Employment for individuals with significant disabilities;

  • Develop associated training materials that achieve the goal of educating members of the public, community stakeholders, families, individuals with disabilities, community rehabilitation providers and educators about the vision and principles of Employment First philosophy and policy;

  • Deliver training and technical assistance as specified in the annual work plan to all stakeholder audiences statewide.

  • Working with and considering advice from the leadership of DVR, the Employment First Advisory Partnership, the OEF Advisory Committee and other EFAP members as appropriate.

  • Overseeing the significant tasks of implementing the Office of Employment First communication plan;

  • Oversee the development and implementation of Colorado’s Employment First website;

  • Oversee the development or selection of a disability benefits curriculum and development of increased state capacity for benefits counseling;

  • Developing strong working relationship with State leaders, EFAP representatives including those within the departments CDLE, CDE, CDHE, CDHS, HCPF and other EFAP members, as well as all other stakeholder groups including people with disabilities families, community businesses, advocacy groups and service providers;

  • Overseeing the OEF budget;

  • Developing and applying effective program metrics for OEF activities;

  • Leading and developing strategies to identify and pursue sources of sustainable funding for OEF programs; and

  • Developing and submitting quarterly and annual reports to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation/CDLE and the OEF Advisory Committee.

_Salary and Benefits:_

The hiring salary for this position is $110,000.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located atEmployee Services.

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background checks for all new employees prior to their employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


Total Compensation Calculator:https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/total-compensation

_Diversity and Equity:_

Please click here for information on disability accommodations:http://www.ucdenver.edu/about/departments/HR/jobs/Pages/JobsatCUDenver.aspx

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

_Minimum Qualifications:_

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in any field related to vocational rehabilitation, education, public administration, non-profit management or behavioral and social sciences or a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 10 years of direct experience in working with federal and state programs supporting policy and practice related to Competitive Integrated Employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities is appropriate as an alternative to a graduate degree.

Professional field – Vocational Rehabilitation, Education, Behavioral or Social Science.

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  • Preferred Qualifications:*
  1. Direct lived experience with disability as a person with a disability, a family member, or as a provider of direct services to people with disabilities, including supporting employment outcomes.

  2. Experience working with implementation of federal and state legislation, policy and practice relating to Competitive Integrated Employment for persons with significant disabilities.

  3. Experience working in a leadership position with advisory boards, appointed committees and/or workgroups where it is necessary to build consensus to implement a scope of work.

  4. Experience working and coordinating with governmental agencies, disability advocates and disability advocacy groups in the identification and resolution of issues in the areas of disability employment, civil rights or independent living.

  5. At least three (3) years successful experience in supervision and direction of a team or workgroup with a focused scope of work.

  6. Experience leading an organization to implement successful outcomes.

  7. Documented experience and success with raising funds through competitive grants or contracts.

  8. Demonstrated ability in professional writing, such as peer-reviewed publications, curricula, progress reports.

  9. Knowledge of national models for achieving Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) for people with significant disabilities.

  10. Comprehensive knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, policy and practice regarding rights, services and supports for people with disabilities.

  11. Working knowledge of evidence informed, best practice employment services and supports for people with significant disabilities.


  1. Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, regulations, policy, and practices regarding rights and all types of services and supports for individuals with disabilities including WIOA, ADA, SSI, SSDI, IDEA (especially transition), Medicaid, the Olmstead decision and other applicable disability related legislation and policies.

  2. Demonstrated knowledge of Employment First, its principles and knowledge of the Colorado entities that are engaged in the work of making Colorado an Employment First State.

  3. Demonstrated knowledge and experience regarding culturally competent as well as person-centered practices including with respect to disabilities.

  4. Demonstrated project management skills in the development and implementation of a detailed plan of work using an accepted framework.

  5. Demonstrated skill in facilitating meetings and working with diverse groups expressing differing opinions and perspectives.

  6. Demonstrates a clear understanding of adult learning principles, high-quality training practices and varied learning styles

  7. Has knowledge of online training capabilities and technology use in both training and communication with stakeholders.

/Special Instructions:/

Please attach a letter of application which specifically addresses the job description and outlines your qualifications. With this letter you should also answer these 5 questions, limit your answers to 250 words per question:

  • Give an example of your project management experience including an example work plan and how it was tracked.

  • Describe how you have led your people, dollars and political situation to achieve a successful outcome.

  • Provide an example of a time when you obtained grant funds. What was your role in writing the grant?

  • Describe your philosophy on Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE).

  • What is your vision for the future of Competitive Integrated Employment for persons with significant disabilities in Colorado? What do you see as the role of the Office of Employment First in accomplishing that vision?

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Organization: *U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS

Title: Instructor (Director of The Office of Employment First)

Location: Aurora

Requisition ID: 16975