Program Director - Postsecondary Training and Technical Assistance

Updated: 22 days ago
Location: Boston, MASSACHUSETTS
Deadline: 08 Nov 2021

General Summary: 

The Program Director, Transition and Post-Secondary Training and Technical Assistance will provide leadership and will supervise staff at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) in the areas of transition and postsecondary education research, training and technical assistance and dissemination. The incumbent will lead project implementation; and will oversee staff and contract development and budgets. They will collaborate with Institute staff to foster cohesiveness across projects and to efficiently utilize resources and will actively participate in state, regional and national organizations, conferences, task forces and committees. This position can be completed remotely but requires regular state and national travel.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Oversee implementation of grants and contracts to ensure both quality and timeliness; Develop and manage project budgets and contracts including negotiation of financial and programmatic elements, monitoring performance and fiscal compliance, and providing technical assistance as needed to build capacity and accomplish project goals;
  • Provide training and technical assistance on transition and postsecondary related topics; Oversee the training and technical assistance provided by project staff;
  • Oversee knowledge translation of research and evaluation findings; Manage content development and ongoing maintenance for project websites, as well as dissemination activities (website, social media, mailing list) for projects;
  • Provide leadership in the areas of transition and postsecondary education related research, training and technical assistance and dissemination to ensure that project development and implementation is consistent with current and emerging practices in the field; create and submit project reports as required by funding agencies;
  • Oversees and participates in the development and editing of written products for multiple constituencies, including peer reviewed journal manuscripts, research reports, brief products, special reports, summary reports for funding agencies, monographs, and public policy papers;
  • Develop instructional content (face to face, online learning modules, distance education) for transition and postsecondary related training; provide universal and targeted technical assistance (TA) in conjunction with the TA team;
  • Maintain regular communications with external partners to ensure all collaborative resources are kept up to date, and provide feedback and support on emerging needs;
  • Plan agendas and facilitate national and regional and local meetings, including the annual project meeting, ensuring all content, format, and resources are responsive to the expressed needs of the target audiences;
  • Oversee professional and support staff as assigned;  interview, hire, orient, train, develop and motivate staff keeping informed of all University and departmental activities;
  • Manage consultants and contractors to ensure compliance with project requirements;
  • Serve as a subject matter expert in local, state and national organizations, conferences, task forces and committees;
  • Initiate and develop applications for grant and foundation funded projects at the local, state, multi-state and national levels;
  • Collect, analyze and deliver performance and budget related data needed for federal grants and state contracts, ensuring data needed for project management, evaluation and quality assurance activities are available; assist in implementation of all evaluation mechanisms as determined by external evaluators;
  • Collaborate with other ICI staff to increase cohesiveness across projects and focus areas through shared staff resources, project collaboration, integrated work plans and other relevant approaches;
  • Stay abreast of changes in the field related to inclusion within transition and postsecondary education and the supports and services available for individuals with disabilities and individuals from diverse linguistic and ethnic backgrounds, 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.   


Master’s Degree, PhD preferred, in human services, rehabilitation, special education, or a closely related field and seven-ten (7-10) years of professional experience is required. Large-scale project management (i.e. the state or regional level) and supervisory experience is required. Direct leadership experience in postsecondary education programs for students with intellectual disability is required.  Requires the analytical and technical skills to collect information from diverse sources including databases (for example, Quickbase, Filemaker, Qualtrics), to apply best practices in performing various analyses, and to summarize the information and data in order to solve problems or offer insights into program impacts for project staff and external collaborators.  This position can be performed remotely however; requires regular travel, including weekends and/or evenings (10-15% of work is regional or national travel). 

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Excellent organizational skills including the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks;
  • Excellent academic writing skills;
  • Strong problem solving skills;
  • Strong commitment to customer service.
  • Strong supervisory skills and ability and willingness to stay abreast of best practices in supervision;

Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. 

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link: 


Salary Ranges

This is an exempt union position.

This is a grant funded position with a current end date of September 30, 2025, subject to renewal contingent on funding and university needs.

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.

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