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University of Delaware

Program Director, Delaware Network for Excellence in Autism

  • Location

    Newark, DE
  • Posted On

    September 7, 2018
  • Job Type

  • Category

    Nonprofit Administration
  • Experience Level

    Not Specified
  • Education Level

    Master's Degree
  • Salary

    Not Specified

Job Description


The Delaware Network for Excellence in Autism (DNEA) is a statewide training center housed at at the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS). The DNEA improves the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families across the lifespan through training, technical assistance, and information dissemination. Its activities are undertaken in a collaborative manner with state and community stakeholders. The DNEA leverages interdisciplinary expertise in ASD across multiple fields within the Center for Disabilities Studies and with partner organizations in order to maximize impact. The DNEA has significant opportunities for growth through the expansion of state-based training contracts, the development of research protocols, and the solicitation of federal and foundation funding.

We are seeking a Program Director for the DNEA who can provide conceptual and administrative leadership for all DNEA activities, including the design and delivery of high quality training and technical assistance on evidence-based practice, as well as foster collaborative relationships with partner organizations and agencies, families, and people with ASD.

Major Responsibilities

  • Provides vision, develops long-term objectives, devises and implements processes and practices, and makes operating decisions that affect the DNEA;
  • Assists internal and external stakeholders in the application of knowledge to practice, the implementation of evidence-based practice, and the translation of practical challenges into questions for empirical investigation;
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships and collaborations with state and federal agencies, as well as national and community organizations, to expand influence and impact;
  • Assesses the quality of training and technical assistance implementation and integrity of data collection.  Provides solutions, suggestions, or alternatives in order to ensure high quality service delivery and data collection.
  • Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates DNEA staff, including professional staff, graduate assistants and undergraduate students;
  • Manages and has fiscal responsibility for activities supervised;
  • Identifies and pursues external funding in order to establish and maintain a strong program of service and research. Develops funding applications and prepares reports required by granting agencies.
  • Provides training and technical assistance through the DNEA to state and community providers, schools, and agencies;
  • Chairs the Interagency Committee for Autism, an advisement body for the DNEA;
  • Influences the design and implementation of ASD-specific initiatives across the center;
  • Reviews reports and maintains records as necessary to meet all requirements of funding sources;
  • Authors/co-authors scholarly articles, reports and other professional publications, as well as state, national, and international conference presentations;
  • Contributes to the strategic planning for the Center;


Master’s degree, Ph.D. preferred, and five years of experience in a discipline closely aligned with the scope of the project, such as a health-related discipline, psychology, or education. Background in training, services, and/or research methods in support of people with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Knowledge of evidence-based practices and their application. Effective written and verbal communication skills. Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Ability to develop, organize, and manage impactful projects as well as conduct systematic analysis and develop solutions to complex problems. Excellent interpersonal, leadership, presentation and collaboration skills. Advanced knowledge of competitive contracts and grants development and management.

Special Requirements

Ability to drive to off-campus locations.

How to Apply

For a complete list of job duties and requirements, please click here or go to The reference number (Job ID) for the position is 104282.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

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