Utah State University

Public & School Partnership: Project Director

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(6/23/2020 12:38 PM)
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
Center for Persons w/ Disabilities
Advertised Salary
Commensurate based on experience, plus excellent benefits


The Public & School Partnership, based out of the USU Center for Persons with Disabilities, is hiring for its Project Director position. The person in this position plans, coordinates, and oversees all day-to-day fiscal, administrative, and operational activities of the organization, and she/he reports directly to the Department Head of the Center for Persons with Disabilities. The Project Director will be in charge of a team of 5-6 office staff/personnel, over 35 AmeriCorps VISTA members, and at least 20 community, university, school-based partnerships.


Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Designs, coordinates, and implements the aspects of the organization.
  2. Serves as a principal liaison between organization and department staff, other departments, VISTA members, VISTA site partners, and other external partners; oversees and engages in development of new placement and funding partnerships. 
  3. Facilitates and oversees training conferences, meetings, service projects, recognition events, and other events of the organization.
  4. Coordinates and oversees activities of staff, consultants, volunteers, and partners engaged in implementation and administration of program objectives.
  5. Prepares and submits AmeriCorps VISTA grant proposal; oversees organizational purchases and revenues; prepares and submits invoices for payment. 
  6. Coordinates and provides training for full-time and hourly staff members. 
  7. Assesses and communicates organization staff and VISTA member performance; oversees disciplinary action, as needed. 
  8. Oversees development of promotional materials, educational materials, training materials, newsletters, and/or brochures, etc.
  9. Collects and analyzes data; prepares and submits federal and department-requested data reports. 
  10. Oversees and/or carries out various clerical and administrative support tasks, including hiring, purchasing, and development and editing of organization handbook, reports, and other publications.
  11. Other duties as assigned. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field plus two years of relevant work experience;
  • OR a master’s degree in a related field;
  • OR an equivalent combination of education plus experience is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Completed service or at least 2 years work experience with AmeriCorps VISTA program, other CNCS-funded program, or Peace Corps
  • Highly professional verbal and written communication
  • Experience managing data systems, manipulating and aggregating data, presenting data appropriately
  • Experience with federal grant writing and federal reporting systems
  • Experience working in a university setting, preferably in a full-time administrative role
  • Experience managing a diverse team of individuals and ability to delegate tasks directly and in a timely manner
  • Self-motivated, self-starter, punctual, responsive

Fundamental abilities:

  • Communicating: Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Problem solving: Analyzes information and evaluates results to select the best solution and solve problems.
  • Monitoring: Measures performance of self; makes improvements and takes appropriate corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking: Comes to well-reasoned conclusions, solutions, and approaches to problems.
  • Team Building: Works to create a team-based environment. Consistently demonstrates cooperative behavior with colleagues, supervisors, and customers.
  • Active Listening: Gives full attention when others are speaking; listens to understand, asks questions as appropriate, and does not interrupt.
  • Service Orientation: Actively seeks opportunities to help others.
  • Conflict Resolution: Acts professionally when encountering customers who, at times, may be frustrated.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate based on experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The Center for Persons with Disabilities is Utah’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The CPD was established in 1972, and was the first UCEDD program in the U.S. to focus on the educational and social needs of children and adults with disabilities. The CPD has since grown into one of the largest UCEDD programs in the nation and is recognized as a pioneer in research, training, technical assistance, and services for children and adults with disabilities, families, and the professionals who serve them.


The CPD is committed to hiring qualified people with disabilities, veterans, and individuals from diverse communities and backgrounds. We recognize that diversity makes us stronger, and we welcome applicants who bring something different and unique to our organization. We value creativity, loyalty, and hard work. We believe that we can change the world and make it a better, more inclusive place for everyone and we want to hire people who also believe that they can make a difference. We have high standards and we hire exceptional people.


CPD Mission:

We are working together to create inclusive communities and improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families through sustainable innovation, collaborative research, responsive service, and interdisciplinary training and education.


CPD Values:

We Innovate: We lead by developing dynamic, sustainable, forward-thinking programs and services.

We Include: We demonstrate how to effectively work toward inclusive communities in our planning, programs, and services. We celebrate diversity in ability, race, ethnicity, culture, language, gender, sexual orientation, politics, and religion.


We Collaborate: We forge partnerships. Working together makes us more effective and responsive to the current needs of our clients and communities.

We Care: We do what we do because we care. We are making the world a better place for people with disabilities and their families.


CPD Funding Statement

The Center for Persons with Disabilities is one of the largest research and outreach centers at USU, and we are largely funded through grants, contracts, and fee for service programs. All staff positions at the CPD are contingent upon funding, and all senior staff at the CPD with graduate degrees are responsible for helping to generate funding to support our operations and growth.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visithttps://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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