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Director of the Institute for Community Inclusion

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Institute Community Inclusion
Date opened: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary: 

The Senior Research Fellow/Director of the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) is responsible for providing overall direction and oversight for the ICI thereby implementing the ICI’s mission and values. The Director will work with senior staff to integrate operations, program development, strategic planning, academic and scholarly pursuits and external relationships across all interested partners and entities.  The incumbent will be the public leader of the ICI and will help facilitate the integration of the activities of the ICI into the activities of the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD) at, as well as other institutes and centers of the University of Massachusetts Boston; and coordinate will ICI activities occurring at Boston Children’s Hospital. Specific areas of responsibility include strategic planning, organizational leadership and development; management of the ICI’s diverse programs and functions. The Director will supervise core senior faculty/staff.

In collaboration with other Senior Research Fellows and leadership staff of the ICI, the Director will assume responsibility for the strategic development of new directions, develop and/or oversee the development of a portfolio of grants, contracts, fee for service and internal, as well as external funding; and be responsible for the development and maintenance of relationships with external public and private entities, organizations and programs in and outside of the University and Hospital community.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Oversee and direct the Institute for Community Inclusion’s (ICI’s) leadership structure (including strategic planning, organizational design and management); help set future directions for the ICI addressing high priority needs in research, training, service, capacity development, innovation and policy development across the life span of persons with disabilities; guide the ICI in the recruitment of staff and the development of new partnerships; and serve as the overall manager of all ICI activities at the planning, operational, implementation and financial levels; 
  • Work with funding entities and local/state/federal/international agencies and/or organizations in developing additional resources to support the mission and programs of the ICI; work with funding entities, professionals, educators, researchers, policy makers, community programs and providers of services, families, persons with disabilities, elected officials and public entities in addressing high priority needs and areas of interest in the research, training, technology, technical assistance, capacity development, policy development, program innovation and dissemination at the international, national, state, regional and local levels; 
  • Foster the creation, maintenance and advancement of collaborative working relationships with allied entities, including international, federal, state and local public and private agencies and organizations, trade associations, professional organizations, institutions of higher education and the private sector (businesses, community human service programs, consumer organizations as well as advocacy organizations);
  • Support the development of materials that will facilitate knowledge generation, capacity building and replication of promising or evidence based practices in the disability community; support the dissemination of materials and findings through academic vehicles (journals, peer reviewed publications, conference presentations, curricula development), public media, advocacy entities and formal pre-service and in-service training for professionals and leaders in the disability community nationally as well as internationally;
  • Guide and advance the establishment of evidence-based practices that will insure the inclusion of persons with disabilities regardless of age or condition in community settings;
  • Develop and expand the relationship of the ICI with other Colleges, institutes and centers and Departments within UMass Boston and Children’s Hospital Boston through the design, development and implementation of shared basic and applied research as well as training activities that are funded through external resources;
  • Represent the ICI on various public boards, task forces and organizations that are consistent with the mission of the ICI and support the implementation of that mission at the international, national, state and local levels;
  • Supervise the senior staff of the ICI including the Associate Director and other Senior Research Staff and provide oversight for all administrative, marketing and communication as well as financial activities of the ICI;
  • Represent the ICI interests in all administrative meetings of the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD);
  • Oversee and play a leadership role in the staff development activities of the ICI and represent the needs and interests of the ICI and its staff to the leadership of the SGISD at UMass Boston and the Division of Developmental Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston;
  • Continue to build the leadership and global presence of the ICI internationally, nationally and at the regional and state levels serving as the representative of the ICI in related venues in these settings;
  • Maintain a strong working relationship with the academic, research, policy, community providers and advocacy organizations in the various community settings including UMass Boston, other institutions of higher education, Children’s Hospital Boston and entities at the local, state, regional, national and international levels;
  • Serve as a member of the leadership team for the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD) representing the interests of the ICI within the School and the University as well as on the leadership team of the Department of Developmental Medicine within Children’s Hospital Boston;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: 

A Master’s degree and a minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in a disability or related field with demonstrated leadership in a multidisciplinary center in a disability or related organization required.  Extensive experience and expertise securing external funding as well as developing and implementing strategic planning and organizational partnerships is required.  Prior administrative, research, management and leadership experience, a history of contributions to the field and community service and the ability to organize, manage, prioritize and ensure effective completion of multiple projects is required. A strong and positive track record in securing external funding for projects from public as well as private sources is required. The incumbent is required to travel locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in a disability or related field and a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in an academic and/or executive leadership and managerial role in an organization focused on disability and/or related issues preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated and significant accomplishments in the securing of external funding for projects from public and private sectors including, but not limited to, governmental agencies, foundations, business and community organizations and associations;
  • Proven administrative and management ability within a transdisciplinary professional environment and proven ability to work across disciplinary boundaries and administrative structures with a variety of stakeholders;
  • A record of scholarship in the field of disability or related field, nationally invited presentations, substantive community service; recognized expert in the field of disability research, services, supports and/or policy development;
  • Recognized and prominent role in the field of disability and/or human service supports, community services, training and research;
  • Strong leadership and management skills across a range of settings including academia, business, public and private organizations and agencies as well as community organizations. 
  • Demonstrated performance in strategic and financial planning and program/budget analysis and ability to operate within budget parameters;
  • Outstanding interpersonal, written, organizational and project management skills;
  • Proven problem-solving skills including innovation, flexibility and creativity with a clear capacity to work effectively and efficiently in a blended academic and entrepreneurial environment;
  • Proven technical expertise and imagination to catalyze new basic and applied research directions, technology applications, program innovations, contract development, and external fund development;
  • Ability to analyze and collect information from diverse sources, apply professional principles in performing various analyses, and summarize the information and data in order to solve problems and offer insights into program impacts; and
  • Demonstrated leadership skills including the ability to build productive teams and motivate individuals at all levels of an organization in the pursuit of common goals.

Application Instructions:

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

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Salary commensurate with skills and experience. 

This is a non-union position. 

Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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