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Program Manager, Employment & Transition

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Disability and Accessibility Services

Posting Number: req18843

Department: Family and Community Medicine

Location: University of Arizona Health Sciences

Address: 1521 E. Helen Street, Tucson, AZ 85719 USA

Position Highlights

The Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities at the University of Arizona is seeking a highly specialized Program Manager to play a pivotal role in advancing and leading a statewide employment and transition program for successful community service provision through technical assistance, trainings, and program development. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team of trainers, researchers, educators, practitioners, and scholars focused on inclusion for people with disabilities. Our department holds the belief and expectation that people with disabilities can work.

The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating model development and capacity building in school communities, managing existing state and federal grants and contracts, developing new initiatives and external funding, collaborating with community partners and stakeholders, and developing new resources and dissemination. Additional responsibilities include training and technical assistance, leading state and federal initiatives, contributing to data-driven decision-making, informing state and national policy, and evaluating the effectiveness of the program.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversee and manage the overall complex operations of a statewide disabilities employment and transition program, being responsive to the unique community identified needs. Create culturally rich and diverse frameworks based on vast acquired experience and interaction, as well as highly comprehensive knowledge, perspective, and essential understanding of youth services, education, vocational rehabilitation, and employment of the disabled.
  • Participate in the strategic decision-making for the University of Arizona Sonoran Center by providing recommendations for integrating current employment and transition programs with other center programming and to inform the work of the Center through disabled community considerations. 
  • Represent the department and UA Sonoran Center by developing relationships, engaging partnerships, and collaborating with external peers and organizations throughout the state and national disability networks to address disability employment and transition concerns and share best practices.
  • Manage and liaise with the stakeholder advisory council to influence and ensure the smooth execution of programs and achieve program objectives. Identify on-going needs and expressed preferences of disabled citizens to inform the work of the Sonoran Center. 
  • Supervise staff affiliated with the activities and projects of the program.
  • Provide leadership and vision to determine objectives and approaches for conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and managing trainings, services, and programs in disability-related areas addressing identified needs and emerging issues focused on innovation, model development, capacity building, and promising interventions and practices utilizing specialized knowledge about disability frameworks. 
  • Ensure all elements are in place for successful implementation.
  • Oversee the leveraging of resources and external dollars through grants and contracts.
  • Identify and lead the preparation and submission of grant proposals and secure extramural funding in response to current and emerging state and national issues.
  • Oversee budgets, staff supervision, reporting, and grant deliverables of successfully funded projects. 
  • Lead the engagement with the Sonoran Center research team to conduct employment/transition research and evaluation of existing programs, interpret results, and translate findings into multiple formats for use by a variety of audiences to include training and technical assistance, data-informed decision-making, and policy development impacting disability services.
  • Ensure development of relevant online and written products, presentations, and resources tailored specifically to the disabled community and other diverse audiences.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of instructional practices to teach, support, and accommodate individuals with a variety of disabilities. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • Eight (8) years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with supported and customized employment, secondary transition, and Arizona and National policy initiatives around youth services, education, vocational rehabilitation and employment.
  • Experience in developing, implementing and evaluating programs.
  • Experience in coordinating groups, task forces, or coalitions.
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities preferably in a community vocational or employment setting.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Outreach and Community Engagement

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $59,404 - $74,254

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Compensation Guidance

The Rate of Pay Field represents the University of Arizona's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. The University considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, and internal equity.

The Grade Range Minimum, Midpoint, and Maximum Fields listed below represent a full range of career compensation growth over time in this position and grade. Each unit typically sets starting pay between minimum and midpoint upon hire. The university offers compensation growth opportunities within its career architecture. To learn more about compensation, please review our Applicant Compensation Guide and our Total Rewards Calculator.

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Job Family

Cmty Outreach

Job Function

Outreach & Community Engage

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Jacy Farkas |

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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