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Knowledge Translation Associate I-II

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Institute Community Inclusion
Pay Grade: 32
Date opened: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

General Summary: 

The Knowledge Translation Associate (KTA) is a three-level series that supports assigned projects at the Institute for Community Inclusion.  This series will support the national knowledge translation efforts of multiple large federal projects working with institutes of higher education serving people with intellectual disabilities. The Knowledge Translation Associate will work with research, marketing and communications, and training/technical assistance personnel to implement the dissemination plans for various projects. The incumbents will work closely with Principal Investigators (PIs) and Project Coordinators and Managers in translating research findings into practice. The incumbents will work with staff to pursue knowledge translation activities. The positions in this series may be held remotely, but nation-wide travel will be required.

Organizational Levels:  The organizational levels currently open in this series include:

  • Knowledge Translation Associate I.  The KTA I is the first-level professional job in this series.
  • Knowledge Translation Associate II.  The KTA II is the second-level professional job in this series.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Manage and organize the dissemination efforts of selected research projects:  target audiences may include government agency personnel, higher education faculty and professionals, K-12 transition educators, state agency personnel, researchers, employers, families, and individuals with disabilities;
  • Responsible for the translation of research findings for a wide range of audiences and ensure that efforts are of the highest quality and create significant impact;
  • Actively involved in the development and editing of written products for multiple constituencies, including research and other special reports, brief products, summary reports for funding agencies, monographs, public policy papers, analysis of barriers to implementation of practices in state and local service delivery systems, curriculum/training materials, and web-based materials;
  • Responsible for development of graphic, video-based, and multimedia content to support dissemination of project resources for multiple audiences.
  • Seek out and develop creative dissemination opportunities for project constituencies;
  • Collaborate in making presentations via webinars, meetings, and conferences;
  • Assist in development and dissemination of public awareness materials;
  • Work closely with the Knowledge Translation Manager and other Knowledge Translation staff to manage social media accounts (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn), as well as podcasts and on-line trainings and tutorials as a venue for dissemination products
  • Collaborate with other Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) staff to increase cooperation 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 inclusive transition and postsecondary education and the supports and services available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and individuals including those from diverse linguistic and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Establish and maintain communications and collaborations with community-based partners including government agency personnel, policy makers, higher education faculty and professionals, educators, state agency personnel, researchers, employers, families and individuals with disabilities;
  • Supervise administrative staff and graduate assistants;
  • Other duties as assigned;

 Distinguishing Characteristics between Knowledge Translation Associate I and II 

  • Collaborate with the Principal Investigators and Project Coordinators to ensure project staff are fully supported and knowledgeable to fulfill the project activities;
  • Responsible for developing and overseeing knowledge translation / dissemination timelines;
  • Collaborate closely with the graphic designer and copyeditor to manage the development, layout, editing, and proofing for all print publications, ensuring all are remediated for accessibility;
  • Lead collaboration with Mac Team on assigned projects, including directing development and expansion of the website and the development of video resources for online dissemination;
  • Orient, train, and provide guidance to junior knowledge translation staff;
  • Present information at conference exhibits;
  • Collaborate with external evaluators/partners to reflect on completed activities and plan for the future.
  • Directly supervise junior knowledge translation staff and indirectly supervise staff working on projects for which the KTII is responsible;

Qualifications: 

Qualifications for Level I:   

Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred, in Psychology, Special Education, Rehabilitation, English, Communications or Marketing, Sociology, Public Health, Disability Studies or a closely related field and a minimum of three-five (3-5) years of knowledge translation related activity experience (e.g., dissemination, training, marketing) is required. Strong writing skills required including knowledge of APA formatting of publications. Knowledge of services and supports for persons with disabilities is required.  Knowledge and experience related to transition and postsecondary education for students with intellectual disability is strongly preferred.  Experience with social media for dissemination is required. Experience with development of video content is preferred.

  • Ability to use 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.

Qualifications for Level II:

Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred, in Psychology, Special Education, English, Communication or Marketing, Rehabilitation, Sociology, Public Health, Disability Studies or a closely related field and a minimum of five-seven (5-7) years of knowledge translation related activity experience (i.e dissemination, training, marketing) is required.  Strong writing skills required including knowledge of APA formatting of publications. 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 required. Experience with inclusive higher education initiatives is strongly preferred.  Experience with social media for dissemination is required. Experience with development of video content is preferred. The incumbent is required to travel locally and/or nationally on average of 2-3 days per month. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for the Level II position include those listed above for the Level I, as well as the following:

  • Advanced copyediting skills;
  • Experience developing content for websites, general content maintenance and minor coding;
  • Experience with an array of online dissemination tools and mediums
  • Experience providing support to multiple stakeholders to meet project timelines;
  • Experience managing complex and time sensitive tasks

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: 

Grade:

Knowledge Translation Associate I - Grade 31

Knowledge Translation Associate II - Grade 32

Salary Ranges

This is an exempt union position.

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.

Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.

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