The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University

Position Announcements

Aggies Elevated: Program Director

054388 - The Aggies Elevated Program at Utah State University is designed to provide an opportunity for young adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) and other developmental disabilities (DD) to experience meaningful higher education on a college campus. The program consists of 6 semesters, including two shortened summer semesters. The program consists of three areas of study; academics of the student's interest, independent living skills in university housing and possibly off-campus locations, and vocational skills with the end goal of obtaining competitive community based employment. They will be encouraged to continue independent living (with minimal supports, as needed) and lifelong learning skills. The program will partner with the Think College Program to communicate progress of the program and to collaborate with ascertaining best practices for developing higher education programs.
Responsibilities The Program Director (PD) will report to the Director of the Center for Persons with Disabilities, and will work closely with the Aggies Elevated Advisory board in administering the program. The PD will have the overall responsibility for the development and implementation of the operational goals and program strategies for the Aggies Elevated Program. Responsibilities will include instructional development and course implementation, recruitment, selection and supervision of program staff, oversight of the selection of program participants, and the completion and management of the budget. The PD position will be responsible in establishing and sustaining relationships with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as the private sector as it relates to the population of young adults with ID and DD. The PD will be required to work with Center for Persons with Disabilities, Aggies Elevated Advisory Committee, and the Regional Campuses and Distance Education program on sustaining the program as the budgetary and program needs change with increased number of students.

1. Develop, implement, manage, and evaluate programmatic goals.
2. Promote the program to appropriate agencies that serve adults with ID and DD. Market the program to possible participants and their families. Encourage a diversity of student population.
3. Develop and manage the Aggies Elevated Budget. Manage cost containment and pursue revenue generation. Manage all fiduciary activities as they relate to the program.
4. Recruit, select, orient, and evaluate a diversified cadre of qualified instructors for the courses. With assistance of advisory board and faculty, develop and establish procedures to maintain the quality of the program.
5. Supervise all aspects of the development and impletion of the program curriculum, monitoring quality control.
6. Propose and develop new courses and activities in response to the changing and emerging trends as related from the Federal coordinating center.
7. Oversee and supervise administrative staff. Communicate policies and procedures as well as program goals and individual expectation
8. Complete the participant admission process to include application and interview procedures.
9. Develop and maintain positive and productive relationship with program participants, families, and USU affiliates.
10. Develop pathways of integration with other programs and departments to facilitate the integration of Aggies Elevated students into class work activities, as well as the campus community.
11. Develop and advance professional relationships with public and private sector organizations to augment the program planning for the needs of the student internships for job training and job placement.
12. Participate in the development of finances to sustain the program.
Minimum Qualifications - Demonstrates a passion and genuine enjoyment when working and relating with students with ID and DD.
- Master's Degree (minimum) in a field related to developmental disabilities, cognitive studies and/or education.
- Experience working directly with individuals with disabilities in education, community, or employment settings.
- Evidence of the capacity to develop a complex program, mange routine operations, and develop a sustainable vision.
- Ability to establish, manage, and evaluate collaborative projects and to develop support among the diverse university population, as well as the public and private sector constituencies.
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
- Experience in concise report writing, proposal, and grant writing communications
- Skills in managing, directing and motivating personnel with diverse strengths in a complex consensus based setting.
Preferred Qualifications - Previous experience working in a higher education environment.
- Knowledge of fundraising strategies and processes.
- Previous experience with grant writing.
- Experience conducting program evaluation.

Speech and Language Pathologist

054410 - This is a temporary position that will provide speech and language services to children under the age of three with developmental delays/disabilities and their families.

Applicants seeking full- or part-time work are encouraged to apply.
Responsibilities Speech and Language Pathology Position Responsibilities include:
1. Evaluation and assessment to identify communicative or oropharyngeal disorders and delays in development of expressive and receptive communication skills;
2. Interpretation and integration of information needed to develop individualized plans to:
-Meet the child and family needs identified through assessment and identification of family concerns and priorities;
-Improve the child's functional ability and adaptation to the environment, including the selection, design, and fabrication of assistive and augmentative devices;
-Improve the child's oral motor and feeding abilities;
3. Individual and/or group services to address the requirements identified by each child's IFSP in homes or at community sites;
4. Understanding and use of adult learning principles and methodologies and;
5. Consultation to daycare providers, community activity facilitators, and other individuals that have direct contact with children enrolled in the Up-To-3 program.
Minimum Qualifications 1. Master's Degree in Communication Disorders and Certificate of Clinical Competence. Consideration will be given to those who are eligible for CFY supervision. The clinical fellowship experience must be completed within one year of hiring. Continued employment is contingent on satisfactory completion of the clinical fellowship and CCC award.
2. Ability to obtain and maintain state licensure(s) required by the Utah Office of Occupational Licensing applicable to the profession.
3. Baby Watch Early Intervention Credential II or ability to obtain and maintain credential.
4. Maintenance of appropriate professional affiliation(s) needed to supervise undergraduate and graduate students during practicum, student teaching and internships.
5. Must have access to reliable transportation to client's home, daycare or other services site, mileage reimbursed.
Preferred Qualifications Preference will be given to professionals that have:
1. A second language (Spanish, signing, etc.);
2. Educational background to evaluate and treat oral motor and feeding disorders;
3. Education &/or experience with children diagnosed or showing signs and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.