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Program Manager, Center for Disabilities Studies

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College / VP Area: College of Educ & Human Dev
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark/Hybrid
Categories: Full Time, Program/Project Management



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 Manager will be part of the School-Age Unit within the Center. More information about CDS is available at

Under the limited direction of the Unit Director, this position directs and leads a grant-funded project to support school staff instructing students with disabilities. The project provides coaching support to K-12 special educators and related service personnel throughout the state of Delaware. The Program Manager facilitates research projects focused on access to the general education curriculum, including the core content areas, and provides idea leadership regarding instruction and assessment of students with disabilities. In addition, this position leads the expansion of program activities related to students with high incidence disabilities. The Program Manager supervises full time professional employees, professional contract employees, and oversees the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students.


  • Administer the day-to-day operations of $700,000+/year project to ensure compliance with contract guidelines and timelines.
  • Oversee the hiring, training, and evaluation of project staff.
  • Supervise all staff and conduct meetings with the project team.
  • Direct planning and implementation of State-wide training for teachers and administrators including development of training materials for different constituencies.
  • Collaborate closely with State Department of Education staff & District Administration as related to instruction and assessment of students with disabilities.
  • Identify, prepare and write proposals for grant funding.
  • Oversee the maintenance of project-related databases.
  • Supervise preparation of reports and maintenance of records to meet all requirements of funding source.
  • Coordinate the dissemination of information locally and nationally concerning project activities.
  • Write state, national, and international conference presentations and assures the dissemination of project information at international, national and state conferences.
  • Coordinate long range program planning and development.
  • Oversee the development and evaluation of program policies, procedures and curriculum.
  • Act as liaison to State, local, university, nonprofit and private agencies and organizations to build relationships that expand our influence, visibility and participation in the community.
  • Advocate for systems change through participation on disability related councils, committees, and planning meetings.
  • Serve on national committees as appropriate.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in special education or related field, master’s or doctorate preferred, in special education or related field, and four years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.   
  • Demonstrated competency in special education research, policies, and instructional strategies. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (spreadsheet, database, word processing, power point).
  • General knowledge of educational technology (e.g., Smartboard, iPad) and assistive technology preferred.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to assess, develop, implement, and evaluate training and development needs of school and education populations.
  • Knowledge of training and education principles; and the ability to implement a wide range of training methods, techniques, and formats are necessary for the position.
  • Ability to make administrative, procedural, and policy decisions and judgments. 
  • Effective interpersonal and collaborative skills. 
  • Demonstrated 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.

Special Requirement:

  • Ability to travel to school districts throughout Delaware and have access to reliable means of transportation.

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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