Position Available: Executive Director, Institute on Disabilities

Position Description: Executive Director, Institute on Disabilities

Temple University is seeking an Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities (IOD), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) funded by the Administration on Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. Performs other related duties as assigned.

The Institute on Disabilities provides programs and conducts research and program evaluation in seven core areas: leadership development, assistive technology, inclusive education, disability studies, criminal justice, employment and policy, all based on a vision of a society where all people are valued and respected, and where all people have the knowledge, opportunity and power to improve their lives and the lives of others. The new IOD Executive Director will bring compatible core values, a record of progressive managerial experience, content excellence in disabilities, and visionary strategic leadership skills that continue to build on the IOD’s foundation of excellence.

In addition to nurturing the current IOD portfolio of projects, services, research, and education, the new IOD Executive Director will have opportunities to expand the IOD’s capacity by:

  • Building synergetic partnerships with diverse Temple University faculty, departments, institutes, and centers of excellence already conducting ground-breaking disability-related investigations to advance research that contributes to system transformation, best practices, and community building for people with disabilities;
  • Developing innovative interdisciplinary educational opportunities for future disabilities professionals;
  • Developing revenue enhancement and diversification strategies that target market-based contracting opportunities and federal priority areas consistent with the IOD mission;
  • Strategically positioning IOD contributions to affect city, state, and national policies related to people with disabilities.

Required Education & Experience

Doctorate Degree in education, psychology, sociology, public health or other disability and at least 8 years in the field of disability with commensurate experience managing complex projects and activities. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills & Abilities

  • * Extensive knowledge of the field of disabilities, especially local, state and federal, policies and practices.
  • * Evidence of vision and strategic thinking that enables system transformation.
  • * Demonstrated ability in securing and managing grant funded research and programs.
  • * Evidence both of success providing leadership and of the ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team.
  • * Proven understanding of community development and supports, advocacy, and capacity building.
  • * Extensive travel – local, statewide and nationally.
  • * Ability to work nights/weekends/early mornings.
  • * Skilled in assisting faculty in the advancement of their research; understanding of the infrastructure needed to support faculty research.
  • * Ability to manage a complex organization with success measured in well-defined benchmarks and metrics.

* Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

This is a grant funded position.

This position requires a background check.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.


Interested parties should apply online at Temple University Human Resources. Search job number 17004035.

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Pennsylvania's University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities provides interdisciplinary training, technical assistance, research, and scholarship to enhance the lives of people with developmental and other lifelong disabilities in their communities.

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Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service