The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is one of the sixty-seven University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Established in 1974, the Institute has mirrored the changes in the field of developmental disabilities, evolving into a model of self-determination and individualized supports in the community. Located within the College of Education at Temple University, the Institute is a vibrant, diverse organization with more than 40 staff members, including students and is considered a national leader in leadership development, assistive technology, Disability Studies, justice for people with disabilities, policy analysis and inclusive education. Much of our success in reaching the community and our constituents can be attributed to our close partnerships with statewide advocacy and self-advocacy groups, centers for independent living, Pennsylvania's Developmental Disabilities Council, Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, state government, specialized and generic service providers, the criminal justice system, and universities throughout Pennsylvania. Reporting to the Center Director of the Institute on Disabilities, the Associate Director of Policy is responsible for coordinating all policy-related activities for the Institute and working on other grants and contracts related to public policy, such as the Person-directed Supports project funded by the Developmental Disabilities Council. The position involves analysis of policy, formulation of policy positions and submission of public comments, development of strategies for educating policy-makers and other stakeholder groups on policy-related issues. The Associate Director of Policy stays current on state-level policy activity including both administrative and legislative. Primary focus is on the Office of Developmental Programs, the Office of Long Term Living, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The Associate Director of Policy follows national policy and focuses efforts on priority issues identified by the Association for University Centers on Disabilities and the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree in a Human Services, Behavioral Science or related field and at least five years of directly related experience that includes policy analysis and advocacy, working with people with disabilities and their families, staff supervision, and customer relations. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Required Skills & Abilities:
*Exceptional ability to manage and coordinate statewide activities with a variety of stakeholders.
*Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills, with a special focus on communicating complex ideas to a variety of audiences.
*Ability to travel to offsite locations that may not be accessible by public transportation.
*Ability to handle a variety of tasks simultaneously and manage time to meet deadlines.
*Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse group of constituents.
* Strong customer relations skills and ability to resolve problems or disputes.
*Demonstrated critical thinking skills and ability to recognize problems or situations without clear precedent, evaluate solutions and implement change.
*Ability to effectively supervise, motivate and evaluate staff.
*Ability to manage a flexible schedule. Preferred:
*Master’s degree in a human service or behavioral science field with a background in disabilities.
*At least 10 years of experience in the field with a minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience.
*Personal experience with disability (eg. Person with a disability, family member of a person with disability).
This position is grant funded.
This position requires a background check.