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Program Coordinator, Center for Disabilities Studies

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College / VP Area: College of Educ & Human Dev
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Administrative Support, Full Time

Pay Grade: 29E

Context of the Job:

The Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) is the largest research and public service center in the College of Education and Human Development. It promotes the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of society. The Center accomplishes this through education, service, information dissemination, and research.

The Program Coordinator will be part of the Health and Wellness Unit within the Center. The Health and Wellness Unit is comprised of several projects focused on emergency preparedness; equitable access to health care; early screening and identification; services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and mental health. More information about CDS is available at

Under the general direction of the Health and Wellness Unit Director, the Health and Wellness Program Coordinator will have day-to-day responsibility for coordinating all aspects of Unit Projects related to equitable and inclusive access to preventable healthcare for individuals with disabilities, including developmental monitoring, screening, and early identification. Project activities focus on promoting access to COVID-19 vaccines; supporting accessible and inclusive public health initiatives; and promoting stakeholder awareness of common facilitators and barriers individuals with disabilities and individuals from underserved communities encounter accessing public health resources and initiatives.

The Program Coordinator will work closely with state agencies, such as Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), Delaware Department of Education/Office of Early Learning (OEL), and Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS). They will be responsible for managing all logistics related to project activities including: supporting partner institutions and community sites; developing and disseminating informational materials; supporting training activities; supporting the execution of activities related project workplans; and coordinating data collection efforts. This individual will also support the coordination of evaluation activities and, with Director support, contribute to the ongoing quality improvement of program activities. This position requires sensitive and capable interaction and collaboration with multiple parties - including partner agencies and individuals with disabilities - a high degree of self-motivation, and a commitment to quality.

Major Responsibilities:

• Coordinate program activities and serve as the day-to-day contact for community stakeholders.
• Manage and coordinate logistics for project activities including: trainings; stakeholder interviews; data collection efforts; and focus group, interdisciplinary team, and advisory council meetings.
• Establish and maintain a system for coordinating staff working in the community.
• Establish and maintain a system for tracking agency partner activities related to the primary objectives and activities of relevant Health and Wellness Unit projects.
• Support the development and dissemination of materials, trainings, and resources in collaboration with project staff, community partners, the CDS Communications and Advocacy Unit, and UD Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP).
• Support the development and dissemination of scholarly presentations and publications.
• Develop and maintain policies and procedures manuals for project staff.
• Assist in the development of program summaries, Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications, and other proposals, as necessary.
• Maintain awareness of new and evidence-based programs related to project activities including: vaccine access; barriers and facilitators to health care; and other relevant public health activities.
• Coordinate the preparation and implementation of large stakeholder and/or advisory council meetings.
• Support the design and dissemination of fully accessible digital and paper materials.
• Perform most assignments independently with instructions as to the general results expected.
• Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


• Bachelor’s degree with three years of experience managing multifaceted projects in higher education and/or public health settings; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Degree in public health or a related field preferred.
• Experience working with or supporting projects related to individuals with disabilities.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, problem solving skills, and time management skills.
• Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to work successfully with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
• Ability to develop and maintain impeccable records.
• Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
• Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.
• Experience with federal and/or state contracts/grants preferred.
• Experience partnering with Delaware state agencies, councils, and/or disability organizations preferred.
• Knowledge of how to create accessible digital content preferred.
• Knowledge of best practices and common accommodations (e.g., CART, interpreters, open captioning) needed when hosting inclusive events preferred.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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