Utah State University

Services Division Associate Director

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(10/19/2022 3:47 PM)
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E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
Inst for Disabil Res Policy & Pract
Advertised Salary
Minimum $93,000 commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits


The Associate Director (AD) of the Division of Services, Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice (IDRPP) is responsible for ensuring efficient and effective coordination and implementation of the assigned Division projects. The AD will work very closely with the Division of Services Director regarding management and leadership issues. The AD provides a leadership role in determining and overseeing initiatives designed to evaluate, improve and expand services provided by the Division, especially in the area of early childhood services and research.  This position is a full-time 12-month position and is contingent on funding. 


USU full time benefits include choice of medical & dental plans, 22 days paid annual leave, 12 days of accrued sick leave, 14.2% contribution to annual gross earnings 401(a) retirement plan, 50% USU tuition waiver for employee and immediate family, and much more. See USU Benefits Website for full details (https://www.usu.edu/hr/benefits/index ).


Grant Writing and Research: We are seeking an individual with knowledge and experience evaluating implementation outcomes, conducting research and analysis to understand the impact of our programs and key drivers. The qualified applicant will bring exposure to both qualitative and quantitative research and will lead data collection using a range of methods including assessments, surveys, observations, focus groups, and other innovative methods. Additionally, the qualified applicant will have the skills to turn research into action and make evidence-based recommendations to improve program services and outcomes. The qualified applicant will proactively research and evaluate potential grant opportunities, write, assemble, and submit compelling grant applications for public/government entities, private foundations, and corporations. 


Early Intervention: The qualified applicant will have knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Parts C & B to support our expanding early childhood programs. 


Fiscal Management / Principal Investigator: The qualified applicant will assist the Director with contract issues, fiscal requirements, business procedures, adding new contracts, and marketing strategies. The position will be assigned existing contracts/grants and act as the Principal Investigator ensuring compliance and completion of the project(s) scope of work.  


Compliance Monitoring and Quality Assurance: The qualified applicant will have experience with quality evaluation and compliance monitoring of the early intervention and other programs to ensure compliance with program and state policies and procedures, meeting contract performance measures, and guide the programs to use evidence-based quality measures of service.  


Additional Roles and Responsibilities: 

  • Support the recruitment, selection, and training for highly qualified employees.
  • Proactively pursues the professional development of staff members and self.
  • Leads efforts to support program design, development and improvement of the Division programs to meet the needs of Utah’s communities.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in early childhood education, early childhood special education, psychology, social work or closely related field.
  • Knowledge and experience in federal disability regulations and related Utah policies for children through adults.
  • Experience with research methods, design and processes with emphasis on topics pertinent to people with disabilities across the lifespan
  • Experience turning research into action that leads to improved outcomes.
  • Experience with professional development, adult learning strategies, and models of practice-based coaching.
  • Experience with grant application, awards and project coordination. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills along with a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of people.
  • Able to work in a team-based environment within the program, department, and college.
  • Experience managing multiple grants and/or contract funded projects 
  • Ability to organize complicated schedules, take initiative, maintain confidentiality and work without close supervision.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Special Education, Psychology, Rehabilitation, Disability Disciplines, Education, Human Development and Family Studies or another related field.  
  • Professional Doctorate in Education, Nursing Science, Social Work, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or another related field. 
  • Experience in management of interdisciplinary research, training, and outreach programs.
  • Successful grant writing, funding and administration of grant projects in disability related areas.
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly work including research and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Demonstrated experience with data collection, data management, and basic data analysis for social sciences research.
  • Strong quantitative and analytic skills; proficiency with advanced statistical methods and at least one statistical analysis tool (e.g., Python, R, SAS, STATA, etc.).


  • Job offer contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.
  • Current applicable state licensures and professional organization credential.
  • Position is located on the USU Logan campus and is not eligible for remote work.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV 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

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

Advertised Salary

Minimum $93,000 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 (IDRPP) is Utah’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The IDRPP opened its doors 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. Over the past 50 years the IDRPP has 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, their families, and the professionals who serve them.


The IDRPP is committed to hiring people with disabilities, veterans, and diverse individuals from all communities and backgrounds.  We value visible and invisible differences, and we recognize that diversity makes us stronger.  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 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.


College Highlights

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 provides students with real-world service and research opportunities.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


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.


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.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


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 Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

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


*updated 11/2022


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