Utah State University

Associate Director

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(11/6/2021 5:48 PM)
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E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
Inst for Disabil Res Policy & Pract
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits


The Associate Director (AD) of TAESE (the Technical Assistance Division of the Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice[IDRPP]) is responsible for ensuring efficient and effective coordination of TAESE projects. The AD will work very closely with the TAESE Director regarding management and leadership issues. The AD provides a leadership role in determining and overseeing initiatives designed to improve and expand services provided by TAESE. The AD will assist the TAESE Director with contract issues, fiscal requirements, business procedures, adding new contracts, and marketing strategies. In addition, the AD serves as a programmatic and administrative liaison between the IDRPP and TAESE.


Provide TAESE Management and Leadership (30% time)

  • Performance Standards
    • Assist the TAESE Director to develop and implement TAESE initiatives and contracts.
    • Serve as the point of contact for the dispute resolution consortium and State legal conferences.
    • Increase new TAESE contracts and take the lead responding to RFPs as appropriate.
    • Provide periodic updates on portfolio assignments and communicate regularly with the TAESE Director.
    • Oversee TAESE conference, event planning, and implementation activities.
    • Provide supervision of, and leadership to, the TAESE event planning coordinator, including guidance on the Cvent contract and/or campus-based Cvent group in helping make decisions on TAESE slots and necessary budget planning.
    • Promote activities relating to school district (LEAs) and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) school services.
    • Collaborate and partner with relevant centers, programs, States, and individuals.
    • Develops relationships of trust with OSEP, NASDSE, TA Centers, and SEAs.
    • Promotes diversity and equity within the TAESE organization.
    • Provide guidance to, and oversee work and activities of, TAESE contractors.
    • Follow all USU policies and procedures regarding fiscal and program management.
    • Market and promote services and programs offered through TAESE.
    • Attend relevant meetings and conferences relating to TAESE activities and programs.
    • As assigned, participate and represent TAESE at appropriate meetings, including meeting with funders and those internally related to States, IDRPP, and campus level meetings.
    • Identify areas for self-improvement and develop professional development strategies to continuously update and maintain high levels of expertise needed to accomplish job requirements.
    • Conduct performance appraisals for professional staff and program coordinators.
    • Assist the TAESE Director with performance appraisals, contracts, fiscal requirements, business procedures, and marketing strategies.
    • Model the TAESE quality contract and proofing process for other staff.


Provide Effective and Efficient Technical Assistance (20% time)

  • Performance Standards
    • General Technical Assistance Responsibilities 
  • Maintain a working knowledge of policies, procedures, practices, and challenges related to IDEA accountability for specific States.
  • Maintain current knowledge of the following:
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) and
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA/504)
  • Use technology and group facilitation strategies to effectively deliver technical assistance.
  • Exemplifies the TAESE Standards of Technical Assistance
  • Coordinate and implement technical assistance to assist in meeting State-identified needs and desired outcomes, including providing State-specific technical assistance for individual States as well as facilitating multi-State activities where needs and outcomes overlap across States.
  • Maintain familiarity with the latest academic and behavioral research-based strategies.
  • As needed, provide technical assistance and professional development to client States, districts, and schools.
  • Provide support and guidance to technical assistance specialists in relation to technical assistance activities.


State Responsibilities (50% time)

  • Provide guidance and leadership for assigned States (TBD).
  • Communicate and provide leadership for the dispute resolution coordinator regarding dispute resolution activities and marketing.
  • Provide leadership and guidance for the State and regional law conferences (i.e., Utah Law, Northern Plains, and Tri-State conferences).
  • Work with contractors regarding SPP/APR data issues for specialty contracts regarding Indicators 8 and 14.
  • Coordinate technical assistance activities relating to the New Mexico TA contracts.
  • Administer oversight and leadership for all LEA-level and BIE school activities.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience working with State Education Agencies (SEAs) across the country.
  • Minimum of a Master's degree in special education or a related field.
  • Demonstrated, over time, strong leadership and management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others in a positive manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work independently or as part of a team.
  • Working knowledge and experience in implementing the Individuals with
  • Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and other special education laws.
  • Working knowledge and experience with technology, including computers, mobile devices, remote/virtual platforms, and project management tools.
  • Evidence of professional writing ability and excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in written and verbal English.
  • Prepared for extensive traveling.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience managing large budgets and procurement processes.

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. Contact information for three professional references to be provided in the Candidate Profile
  3. Cover letter to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-5”
  4. Writing sample to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-5”

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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with 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 Institute for Disability Research, Policy, & Practice 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 IDRPP 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 IDRPP 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.



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.



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.


Funding Statement

The Institute for Disability Research, Policy, & Practice 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 IDRPP are contingent upon funding, and all senior staff at the IDRPP with graduate degrees are responsible for helping to generate funding to support our operations and growth.

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is home to eight departments and is committed to providing the best learning opportunities and educational research in the state of Utah. Our programs are strengthened by an on-campus elementary laboratory school and five stand-alone centers, including the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence. The college offers clinical services to the community across the human lifespan and provide students with real-world service and research opportunities.

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 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 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 114 undergraduate majors, 132 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 visit https://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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