A full-time position is available which oversees the development and management of education, training, and community stakeholder engagement activities of multiple projects within the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTCCL). The Center implements a series of research studies, technical assistance projects, and trainings aimed at improving community living for people with disabilities. The work of the RRTCCL influences and supports states, provider organizations, and people with disabilities to better understand the impact of a variety of supports and services including home and community-based services (HCBS). This information has the potential to ultimately improve the lives of people with disabilities. The Centers’ work is conducted in collaboration with several university, state agency, and community partners. The RRTCCL also develops, implements and evaluates education, training, outreach activities for multiple stakeholders throughout the United States. The purpose of this position is to provide expert services, coordination, and consultation in the area of community living and HCBS outcomes and implementation across multiple population groups.
The incumbent is responsible for handling multiple complex technical assistance, training and outreach activities and projects of the Center including many obtained and filtered through Center collaborators. The incumbent will ensure timely completion of training, education and outreach projects within the RRTC/CL. The position will involve taking a leadership and coordination role on activities between collaborating organizations, overseeing product development, management of data regarding training, technical assistance and outreach activities, management of Center project activities, report and manuscript development, and other dissemination efforts (e.g., conference presentations). The incumbent will also be responsible for supervising Graduate Research Assistants and other professional project staff as assigned.
This position requires a synthesis of skills and experiences across a number of areas including: a high level of proficiency in education, training and technical assistance project development, execution and management; experience managing cross-functional teams and facilitating the development of collaborative relationships; a strong knowledge of disability policy, programs, advocacy, and history; experience in directing and supervising professional staff and partners, editing project materials for grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and readability by various audiences; and demonstrated experience in writing successful education and training materials. The successful candidate must be capable of team-building and undertaking significant independent work and initiative. The incumbent will lead activities, have a high amount of autonomy and must share expertise with collaborators. Independent decision-making is essential.
Design and Deliver Training/Education Programs, and Technical Assistance (40%)
Develop and monitor effective education, training and technical assistance processes for the RRTC/CL.
Lead statewide and national implementation of the education and training programs that includes providing technical assistance, outreach, education, and consultation activities to federal agencies, organizations, and other relevant stakeholders throughout the United States.
Ensure project trainers and other staff develop and maintain databases for the multiple projects within the RRTC/CL ensuring consistency in reporting methods and function for showing education activities of the Center.
Lead the development of technical assistance and education program protocols that work across multiple universities and other key strategic partners.
Develop an effective education program related to the broad topical areas of HCBS outcome measurement and person-centered practices for the RRTC/CL.
Interact with national and local/state leadership personnel and advisory boards related to project activities and outcomes.
Develop content for marketing materials to gain exposure and provide opportunities for further expansion and relationships with other stakeholders and communities.
Plan, design and deliver webinars, conference calls and in-person meetings.
Develop and disseminate information on project activities/outcomes by preparing blogs, newsletters, conference presentations, and poster sessions for example.
Project Management and Program Oversight (20%)
Provide Project Management for the Center ensuring that all education, training and technical assistance programmatic activities are completed on time and as promised to the funding agencies.
Manage organizational leadership and project specific meetings related to Center training, education and technical assistance activities as well as external professional activities related to the Centers’ work.
Plan, organize and execute meetings related to education, training and technical assistance activities of all internal and external RRTC/CL employees/staff.
Lead and direct annual performance review reporting regarding education, training and technical assistance activities of the RRTC/CL.
Manage project activities and deadlines ensuring accuracy, quality and timeliness.
Allocate project resources as required and outlined in proposal and grant awards.
Direct the work of staff related to local, state and national training and technical assistance activities.
Supervise, coach and mentor Graduate Research Assistants, Student Workers, and other professional staff who work on RRTC/CL projects and activities.
Ensure that all training and technical assistance subcontractors and consultants have current and accurate work scopes and are meeting deliverables within timelines.
Market training programs, recruit new participants, troubleshoot and problem solve issues, and train, coach and mentor community educational professionals.
Conduct Analysis and Evaluation of Training, Education and Technical Assistance (15%)
Design, implement and manage the evaluation of education, training and technical assistance activities.
Lead the selection, development, and testing of education, training and technical assistance items.
Lead project sites in the recruitment of participants in activities and training.
Identify and enroll strategic partners in training, education and technical assistance activities and projects.
Conduct evaluation of training programs, learning methodologies and products to ensure learning objectives are met.
Lead and direct annual performance reporting regarding education, training, and technical assistance activities related to specific funder projects.
Build capacity in the community and with trainers to identify training needs for highly competent and skilled professionals.
Utilize effective evaluation techniques to refine products.
Write Training, Education Curriculum and Technical Assistance Tools and Products in Response to Identified Needs (15%)
Prepare and deliver presentations about the RRTC/CL and its work and present at conferences (local, state and national).
Apply instructional design, expectations, and tools necessary to complete a high quality curriculum and follow those directions as specified (e.g. test questions, training assignments, and participant skill assessments).
Collaborate with stakeholders on the design of education and training courses as directed by grants and program objectives.
Lead the development of annual policy briefs on topics related to community living.
Plan and execute meetings with interested stakeholders about the RRTC/CL.
Work with information technology specialists to plan, execute and maintain a project training and technical assistance website.
Strategic Program Planning (10%)
Build and maintain relationships with agencies, organizations, institutions and other external stakeholders and learners to identify education and training needs across the state.
Consult with individuals and organizations to determine what the program needs are of the different communities.
Assess academic needs of organizations, state and federal entities, as well as the community in order to set objectives for developing and implementing programs, and evaluating the outcomes.
Utilize information from evaluation of programs to inform future planning of community training needs.
Design, develop and implement strategic training and technical assistance protocols and strategies to align with training and education programs.
Formulate and define systems, determine scope and identify objectives for projects by researching issues and national trends in direct support and disability professional development.
Advanced degree in education, psychology, social work, public health, measurement, curriculum and instruction or related field along with a minimum of four years experience, or a BA/BS degree with at least six years of relevant post-degree experience.
Minimum of four to six years of experience in disability field with expertise in community living
Demonstrated experience in training and curriculum development and implementation as well as project management.
Demonstrated ability to problem-solve and make decisions.
Demonstrated experience in working with collaborative teams.
Demonstrated experience working with persons with disabilities or in a disability-related field using positive support practices.
Demonstrated ability to coordinate the work of multiple organizations and individuals to work toward the achievement of common goals.
Ability to work well with others and develop effective partnerships and comprehensive plans for conducting programs of training and technical assistance.
Ability to support the development and maintenance of databases.
Ability to travel within Minnesota and nationally.
Ph.D. or Master’s degree in special education, psychology, curriculum and instruction, social work, or related field.
Demonstrated experience in multi-year training and development project management.
7-10 years of experience in disability field.
Experience implementing person centered practices including eligibility for certification as a Person-Centered Thinking Trainer, a Mentor Trainer or other related person centered planning practice.
Experience evaluating education and training materials including quality of life outcome measures.
Demonstrated experience in developing new programs that involve multiple sites and collaborators.
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