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Knowledge Translation Associate I

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Institute Community Inclusion
Pay Grade: 31
Date opened: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

General Summary: 

The Knowledge Translation Associate (KTA) I will support the national knowledge translation efforts of multiple large federal projects working with primary, secondary and postsecondary education systems supporting students with disabilities. The incumbent will work with research, marketing and communications and training/technical assistance personnel to implement the dissemination plans for various projects.  S/he will work closely with study Principal Investigators (PIs) and the Knowledge Translation Program Director in moving research findings into practice. The incumbent will work with staff to pursue knowledge translation opportunities.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Manage and organize the dissemination efforts of multiple research projects:  target audiences include government agency personnel, researchers and individuals with disabilities;
  • Responsible for the translation of research findings for a wide range of public policy officials and ensure that efforts are of the highest quality and create significant impact;
  • Responsible for developing and overseeing knowledge translation / dissemination timelines;
  • Actively involved in the development and editing of written products for multiple constituencies, including juried journal manuscripts, research reports, brief products, special reports, summary reports for funding agencies, monographs, public policy papers and analysis of barriers to implementation of practices in the state and local service delivery systems, curriculum, and web-based materials;
  • Seek out and develop creative dissemination opportunities for project constituencies; collaborate in making presentations at meetings and conferences;
  • Work closely with Marketing and Communication Team to expand use of social media as a venue for dissemination products (i.e. using Facebook, Twitter, pod casts and on-line trainings and tutorials);
  • Work with other Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) staff to increase collaboration and cohesiveness across projects and focus areas through shared staff resources, project collaboration, integrated work plans and other relevant approaches;
  • Assist Principal Investigator(s) in preparing grant applications for research funding and in developing, implementing, and managing ancillary study grants;
  • Stay abreast of changes in the field related to inclusion and the supports and services available for individuals with disabilities and individuals from diverse linguistic and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Establish and maintain communications and collaborations with community-based partners including state agency personnel, service providers, researchers and individuals with disabilities;
  • Directly supervise junior level research including graduate students;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred, in Psychology, Special Education, Rehabilitation, Sociology, Public Health, Disability Studies or a closely related field and a minimum of three-five years of knowledge translation related activity experience (i.e dissemination, training, marketing).  Strong writing skills required. Knowledge of services and supports for persons with disabilities is required.  Knowledge of special education transition and postsecondary education for students with intellectual disability is strongly preferred.  Analytical skills and experience with case studies and/or survey research for various audiences is preferred. 

  • Ability to and familiarity with writing styles common for academic, practitioner and policy makers as target audiences;
  • Ability to work independently, as well as with teams;
  • Ability to supervise the work performed by others;
  • Ability to delegate and oversee completion of tasks;
  • Ability to manage multiple competing project deadlines;
  • Demonstrated strong writing ability;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Strong commitment to customer service.

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: 

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This is Grant Funded Position. 

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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