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Director, Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Disabilities/Faculty Position (Rank/Track DOE)

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Position Information

Title Director, Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Disabilities/Faculty Position (Rank/Track DOE)
Department Family and Community Medicine (0704)
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

The University of Arizona, is pleased to announce an opening for a full-time position as Director of the Sonoran University Center on Disabilities (UCEDD) with a faculty appointment in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (FCM) in the College of Medicine at the appropriate rank based on candidate’s experience. Other possible departmental affiliations are possible based on past work and professional preparation.

The Sonoran UCEDD is one of 67 federally funded centers for excellence in developmental and other disabilities. It was established in 2006 in response to the articulated community need to increase community inclusion for individuals with developmental and other disabilities in Southern Arizona. Serving as a bridge between the university and community, The Sonoran UCEDD fulfills its mission through disability related research, education and training, model program development and information dissemination. Since its establishment as a federally designated Center for Excellence, the Sonoran UCEDD has successfully leveraged university, state and national funding and collaborations to build a strong and vibrant center. UCEDD interdisciplinary faculty engage in research in areas related to its’ mission and goals with current priorities including transition for youth with disabilities to adulthood; employment; health care and health promotion (including behavioral health); and aging families with disabilities.

The UCEDD has a committed, enthusiastic and dedicated staff and the opportunity to build on a wide array of existing programs, incubate new initiatives and to make a local and statewide impact on the quality of lives of people with disabilities and their families. The Department of Family & Community Medicine provides a unique base for the Sonoran UCEDD, extending its reach through the department’s strengths in behavioral health, health promotion, and American Indian and Latino communities.

The University of Arizona, located in Tucson, AZ, is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, serves as the land-grant institution for Arizona and is a Carnegie Foundation Research University with “very high research activity”. The university brings in more than $600 million in research investment each year. Tucson is culturally diverse, rich in natural beauty, and home to many recreational resources, such as hundreds of miles of hiking trails, bike lanes, and park space. Whether you are on the University of Arizona campus or enjoying the recreational activities Tucson has to offer, you will enjoy gorgeous sunsets, majestic mountain ranges, and more than 250 days of sunshine each year. In 2015 the City of Tucson was recognized for our region’s rich agricultural heritage, thriving food traditions, and culinary distinctiveness through a “City of Gastronomy” designation by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

New faculty members quickly develop a deep appreciation for the culture and traditions of Tucson and the community’s commitment to creating economic opportunity while honoring and protecting our natural resources.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Provide effective leadership to advance knowledge, expertise, and understanding of disability issues, policies, and best practices.
  • Provide effective leadership to advance Sonoran UCEDD’s research, scholarship, and knowledge translation activities including seeking extramural funding for research, training and technical assistance.
  • Provide effective leadership and managerial oversight of the UCEDD’s grants, projects and infrastructure, including leveraging other resources to grow existing programs and develop new ones.
  • Serve as liaison with state and national organizations, including the DD Network in Arizona (AZ Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Arizona Center for Disability Law and NAU Institute on Human Development), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and other disability and self-advocacy groups.
  • Within the University and state effectively engage with diverse internal and external stakeholders including relevant departments and colleges, state agencies, foundations, and other organizations.
  • Participate in teaching and mentoring activities of the UCEDD including with UCEDD faculty and staff, trainees, health sciences students and professionals as well as other learners in area(s) of expertise.
  • Provide professional service to the department, college, university and community.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Demonstrated skills, experience and effectiveness in the administration of research, training, outreach, technical assistance, resource development and information dissemination.
  • Exemplary leadership and management skills.
  • Espoused values and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Demonstrated skill in creating partnerships and collaborations and fostering a positive workplace atmosphere.
  • Demonstrated success in writing, securing and managing grants/contracts.
  • Previous higher education experience including teaching and scholarship in a disability related field.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Terminal degree, such as a PhD, MD or JD.
  • A minimum of 8 years of appropriate academic/professional experience in the disability field.
  • Active grant funded research or area of scholarship and grant development related to disability.
  • A minimum of five years of progressive leadership and management experience in institution of higher education or equivalent professional experience.
  • Experience collaborating with or working in disability focused agencies or organizations.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Leadership experience at a UCEDD.
  • Disability health promotion, health services related research or behavioral health, scholarship and program development.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish.
  • Life experience with individuals with developmental and other disabilities.
Rank To be determined.
Tenure Information Tenure Track (T/TE)
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.0
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Job Category Faculty
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F21206
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Leslie J. Cohen, JD
Director Sonoran UCEDD
Assistant Professor

Tamsen Bassford, MD
Associate Professor, FCM

Open Date 11/28/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/15/2018
Special Instructions Summary
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Upon hire, will you possess a terminal degree, such as a PhD, MD or JD?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Upon hire, will you possess at least eight (8) years of appropriate academic/professional experience in the disability field?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Upon hire, will you possess at least five (5) years of progressive leadership and management experience in an institution of higher education or equivalent professional experience; AND have experience collaborating with or working in disability focused agencies or organizations?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have active grant funded research or area of scholarship and grant development related to disability?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents