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Virginia Commonwealth University Associate Director in Richmond, Virginia

School/Unit: School of Education

Rank: Open

Department: SOESpecEd&DP: PPD

Purpose of Position:

Serve as the Associate Director at the Partnership for People with Disabilities by providing leadership to faculty and staff in training and technical assistance, business operations, and program and planning.

Position Responsibilities:

• Collaborate with the Associate Director of Research with meeting the requirements of the Core Grant

• Oversee the development, evaluation and annual updating of the UCEDD five-year grant in collaboration with the Leadership team. • Lead writing efforts on federal and state grant proposals, including: drafting budgets; defining needs; designing goals, objectives, and strategies; and assisting with evaluation and dissemination plans. • Develop scopes of work and draft budgets for state contracts. Develop and maintain own research/programmatic agenda. • Serve as Principal Investigator and Project Director on grants and contracts, duties that include creating, updating, and managing project budgets; ensuring deliverables are met; writing and submitting progress reports; overseeing implementation activities. • Serve as a resource for business operations as needed. • Assist with hiring, supervising, and evaluating staff as assigned, including leadership level faculty and staff as needed. At minimum, supervision of coordinator level staff begins within first 6 months of hiring. • Provide training and technical assistance to disability and community services systems professionals/staff to promote systems improvements. • Develop and maintain collaborations with national entities, state agencies, VCU and other regional universities, community and self-advocacy organizations, local schools/school districts, teams within the Partnership, individuals with developmental disabilities, family members and caregivers, etc. • Write, edit, and submit journal articles for publication, white papers, policy briefs, monographs, reports, fact sheets, resource guides, and other products for dissemination, in collaboration with staff and partners. • Develop and implement training and continuing education activities and present topics of interests to a diverse audience of disability professionals, community professionals, policy makers and legislators, individuals with developmental disabilities, family members and caregivers. • Present project outcomes at professional conferences. • Represent the Partnership at meetings, councils, task forces, work groups, etc. • Function as Acting Director during absence of the Director. Perform other duties as assigned. • Oversee social media for the organization as needed • Position requires some travel for local, state, regional, and/or national business; and some work outside of traditional working hours.

Required Qualifications:

• PhD or similar degree (e.g., EdD, PsyD) in related field, such as rehabilitation, public health, public policy, education/special education, early childhood, psychology, social work, allied health professions, etc. • Demonstrates knowledge of disability services across the lifespan, and of trends and needs in the disability field locally, regionally, statewide and nationally • Documented experience in collaborating with a variety of individuals with varying backgrounds and abilities including any or all of the following: people with disabilities, family members/caregivers, advocacy and provider groups, community organizations, local and state agencies, and/or national organizations • Documented leadership experience with a diverse team of employees (e.g. faculty, staff, trainees, students, employees with disabilities, family members of children/adults with disabilities, etc.) including supervising work activities and/or supervising direct reports • Documented experience in developing, directing, coordinating, evaluating, or otherwise managing contracts, grants, or other projects and programs • Documented leadership in, or collaboration with others in writing and submitting competitive grant proposals and/or articles for publication • Evidence of quality professional writing Leadership, Collaboration, and Management Skills: • Must be able to apply knowledge to create/foster vision and strategic plan for the Partnership • Must be able to initiate, foster and maintain contacts and partnerships with a variety of community and state agencies • Must be committed to learning key factors for grants management including developing and managing budgets. • Must be able to lead and work independently (producing quality work with little supervision) • Must have excellent supervisory and leadership/team-building skills • Must have experience with diplomacy in interactions with constituents (professionals, family members, people with disabilities, etc.) • Must be able to multi-task, and work in fast-paced environment, maintaining high productivity with deadlines • Must be able to work in and foster a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commit to do so as a faculty member at VCU Program-Related Skills: • Must be able to provide expert consultation and assistance to collaborators, policy makers, legislators, and service system professionals • Must be able to plan, implement, and evaluate training, continuing education, workshops, seminars and conference sessions • Must be able to write successful grant applications and produce other scholarly works. Computer/Technology Skills: • Must have working knowledge of standard software programs (including Microsoft Office Suite) • Must have working knowledge of electronic communications and social media

Preferred Qualifications:

•A record of leadership in writing and submitting federal grant proposals • A record of successful publishing in refereed journals/book chapters • Documented experience working with/for or training under the UCEDD/LEND Network and/or other national developmental disabilities networks • Documented experience working with/for state or local governmental or non-governmental disabilities organizations

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: www.vcujobs.com

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.

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