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Program Specialist (AUCD)

Company : AUCD
Location : Silver Spring, MD

Do you have exceptional communications skills and a knack for building strong working relationships, while managing multiple situations? Are you passionate about programs that improve systems of support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities? The Association of University Centers on Disabilities is seeking a highly qualified, full-time, Program Specialist to support our national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research & Service (UCEDDs) by providing coordinated, comprehensive, and specialized training and technical assistance (TA) addressing a wide array of issues across higher education, disability, and organizational contexts.

The national network of UCEDDs aims to positively affect the lives of all people with disabilities by building and strengthening systems that support full community participation. They do this by training students, community members, and practicing professionals; providing specialized services; conducting research and evaluation; analyzing and informing policies; and sharing evidence-based information.

As a Program Specialist with AUCD, you'll provide technical assistance to projects, initiatives, and meetings that address the objectives of AUCD's federal contract with the Administration on Community Living. You'll work closely with our partner programs to plan and implement national meetings, develop accessible reports and other resources, create content for newsletters and websites, and address emerging needs.


Meeting Planning

  • Coordinate planning and implementation of national meetings, including recruiting planning committee members, scheduling and facilitating virtual planning committee meetings, taking notes and meeting minutes, developing iterative drafts of meeting agendas, and confirming and preparing speakers/presenters.
  • Develop accessible online content for outreach to meeting participants, meeting information, registration, and archived materials.
  • Coordinate across teams to plan and implement hotel logistics to meet meeting purpose and participant needs, including accessibility.
  • Assist in planning, facilitation and delivery of accessible training and TA webinars for UCEDDs.

Engagement and Collaboration

  • Represent AUCD on advisory groups and at meetings and conferences locally and nationally; deliver presentations and posters on work completed or in progress.
  • Work collaboratively with AUCD staff, network members, and external stakeholders to promote equity, diversity, cultural and linguistic competence, and inclusion.
  • Solicit information, exemplary practices, and relevant resources from AUCD network members and others as needed.
  • Coordinate committees and workgroups, including scheduling meetings, taking notes, and tracking and facilitating activities and outcomes.
  • Provide staff support to one or more AUCD Councils and/or Special Interest Groups.
  • Collaborate with organizational partners and coalitions on activities and initiatives that engage AUCD network members or are relevant to aspects of their work; as relevant, engage in work that helps new partnerships flourish.
  • Assist with program evaluation and quality improvement initiatives; provide individualized, targeted, and generalized TA to the network on best practice across these areas.

Information Dissemination

  • Develop accessible and culturally & linguistically competent materials for trainings, meetings, webinars, and other events.
  • Solicit, develop, and package content for newsletters, fact sheets, webpages, social media, reports, and other publications and resources.
  • Collaborate with the AUCD communications team to develop and implement strategies for disseminating information, publications, and resources to network members and partners.
  • Respond to requests for information, referrals, and assistance from member programs, federal project officers, people with disabilities and their family members, and others.
  • Develop and promote opportunities for UCEDD Network members.

Response to Emerging Needs

  • Coordinate and support key quality improvement projects/initiatives in response to emerging needs.
  • Engage in priority setting, activity planning and implementation, continuous evaluation, and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Respond to requests for information, referrals, and assistance from member programs, federal project officers, people with disabilities and their family members, and others.
  • Work with AUCD staff, network members, and external stakeholders to develop and strategically disseminate resources (e.g., informational webinars, web content, best practice documents).


  • Support subcontracting tasks including communication, invoicing, and tracking activities.
  • Develop and implement surveys to inform and evaluate training and technical assistance activities.
  • Assist with program evaluation and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Participate in AUCD staff committees as appropriate.
  • Manage assigned listservs.
  • Lead and manage the annual application, hiring, and onboarding process for intern(s); support intern(s), as appropriate.

This position will provide you with a unique opportunity to leverage your experience, initiative, and relationship building skills in a fast-paced yet relaxed office atmosphere with a team of dedicated, passionate colleagues.


You will be qualified for this position if you possess a bachelor's degree in a social science, education, administration, public health, policy, or related field AND two (2) years of professional OR graduate-level academic experience in human services, health sciences, disability, public health, or a related field.

You will be considered a preferred candidate if you also have:

  • Personal or professional experience with disabilities.
  • Familiarity with the AUCD network and service systems for people with disabilities; prior participation in LEND, DBP, and/or UCEDD interdisciplinary training is
  • Knowledge of issues, policy initiatives, research, and practice related to health and quality of life for people with disabilities of all ages, and their families and
  • Basic knowledge of program evaluation and quality improvement

Lastly, you must possess the following attributes, demonstrated through your prior experience:

  • Skill in using word processing, database and spreadsheet software, web tools, and social media tools to communicate and exchange information.
  • Ability to perform basic analysis of quantitative and qualitative data to inform development of resources and publications
  • Ability to communicate effectively, including in writing, and adapt communication appropriately for purpose and audience.
  • Professional approach to business by providing excellent support and customer service.
  • Ability to manage multiple detailed tasks with accuracy while responding to changing priorities in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Ability to build culturally responsive relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with others on team and across teams.
  • Ability to demonstrate organization, prioritization, resourcefulness, and creativity.
  • Prior experience working with non-profit organizations is preferred.


This position is supported by, and contingent upon, continued federal funding. The starting salary range for this position is $47,000 - $52,000.


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.

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

Note: All employees/interns must be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 prior to beginning work.


AUCD is an equal opportunity employer and committed to fostering an inclusive culture that values all types of diversity, and as such has experience accommodating a wide range of disability and related workplace needs. To that end, candidates from traditionally underrepresented or unrepresented cultural backgrounds and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for this and our other employment opportunities.



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