University of South Florida — Research Assistant / Associate Professor – CARD Director

Research Assistant/Associate Professor – CARD Director

Dept. Number/Name: 0-5830-002 / Child and Family Studies, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities
College/Division: Academic Affairs-College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Salary Plan: Faculty
Hiring Salary/Salary Range: Negotiable
Position Number: 00012035

Position Summary
The University of South Florida, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) is seeking a candidate for a 12-month, non-tenure track position in the position of Executive Director for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). The position is .80 FTE funded by the CARD Projects and .20 FTE funded by the Child and Family Studies (CFS) Department. Depending on rank, the successful candidate will have an emerging (Assistant) or established (Associate or Full) national reputation for guiding community training and technical assistance projects in autism, positive behavior support, or life-span development,. The successful candidate will be a visionary leader with the capacity to establish and guide multiple initiatives across the life-span for individuals with autism and related disabilities, their families, and educational and human services personnel. The Executive Director will be responsible for leading community and state CARD collaborative program outreach activities, supervising research and evaluation activities, developing of grant and other funding proposals, and lead in the promotion of the CARD program, strategic planning, communication and reporting to the funder, and interaction with community, state, national, and international stakeholders.

The University of South Florida, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC), is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD). The purpose of a UCEDD is to provide university-based training, community services including training and technical assistance, research and dissemination with and on behalf of people with disabilities and their families, across the lifespan. FCIC focuses on the provision of education, training, services, research, and dissemination in the areas of education, early childhood and early intervention, health, and employment. Florida Center for Inclusive Communities includes over 120 faculty and staff that work on over a dozen externally funded research, training, and technical assistance projects.

Child & Family Studies (CFS) is one of seven departments and schools within the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences (CBCS) at the University of South Florida (USF). Organized into three research divisions and three academic programs that work synergistically, CFS currently has approximately 269 faculty and staff members. During FY18, CFS managed a portfolio of federal and non-federal contracts and grants totaling $45.2 million. CFS’s three academic programs are Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (CABH), and Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (RMHC). Six graduate certificates and one undergraduate certificate are also offered.

CFS efforts are consistent with the CBCS mission of combining knowledge gained through the behavioral sciences with knowledge gained from the community. CFS faculty, staff and students, who are well immersed in the local community as well as state and national efforts, are deeply connected to the college’s focus of Creating Healthy Communities. All activities within CFS are also aligned with USF strategic goals: having well-educated and highly skilled global citizens through a continuing commitment to student success; participating in high-impact research and innovation to change lives, improve health, and foster sustainable development and positive societal change; creating new partnerships to build a strong and sustainable future for Florida in the global economy; and establishing a strong and sustainable economic base in support of
USF’s continued academic advancement.

CARD-USF is a free community based program funded by the Florida Department of Education through an annual grant. CARD has been in operation for over 20 years. Services are delivered wherever families, professionals, schools, agencies or businesses are located within a 14 county region in southwest Florida. There are seven regional CARD centers in the state of Florida. CARD engages in the following activities:

  • Developing and disseminating materials including an online newsletter two times a year;
  • Organizing and conducting local, regional and statewide training events;
  • Maintaining an active website; and,
  • Engaging in individual consultations to provide families and/or professionals strategies or information on best practices and to suggest appropriate services and supports.

The CARD Executive Director will be responsible for securing funding, managing the budget, supervising multiple project staff, collaborating with school, agency and community constituencies, and providing vision and direction for all CARD activities and goals. In addition to these responsibilities, the successful candidate will contribute to the functioning of the FCIC by writing grants, submitting publications, and providing mentorship to graduate students. The Executive Director of will have an academic appointment with the Department of Child and Family Studies and report to the Division Director of FCIC. The CARD Executive Director is also expected to serve as part of the FCIC Management Team.


  1. A doctoral degree from an accredited institution in special education, education, psychology, public health, or a related field by the time of appointment;
  2. Evidence of experience developing or guiding a community-focused training and technical assistance program; and,
  3. Evidence of experience supporting individuals with autism or related disabilities.


  1. Evidence of scholarship in research or evaluation in autism, positive behavior support, developmental disabilities, special education or family support;
  2. Evidence of securing external funding in one or more of the following areas: (a) autism (b) education or (c) developmental disabilities;
  3. Evidence of experience developing or guiding a community-focused training and technical assistance program providing services across the age-span;
  4. Evidence of experience in organizing and collaborating with diverse organizations and stakeholders;
  5. Evidence of experience in managing services or programs for multicultural populations or within high needs communities; and
  6. Demonstrated experience as a supervisor of staff in their delivery of technical assistance and support to families, schools, and agencies.

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Information for Applicants
This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.

Job Opening Number: 19606
Posting Date: 1/18/2019
Posting End Date: 02/17/2019

First round of applications will be reviewed 2/17/2019

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