Position Announcement
University of Idaho

Center on Disabilities and Human Development
The Idaho University Affiliated Program


The University of Idaho invites applications and nominations for a dynamic and visionary Director of its Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD). The Director is responsible for providing leadership, direction, and overall administration of the Center. The Director enhances the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families by developing and maintaining linkages with other university personnel and with agency and government officials to provide interdisciplinary research, training, technical assistance, services, and dissemination. She or he works collaboratively with the associate director, management team and advisory group to create and implement a strategic plan to meet the local, state, and national needs regarding disability related issues; monitors and delegates responsibility regarding fiscal, personnel, and facilities management and reporting; and serves as liaison with the National Network of University Affiliated Programs (AAUAP). The Director is also responsible to a Consumer Advisory Board comprised of individuals with disabilities, parents, state agency personnel, and advocacy group representatives.

The CDHD currently employs 40 people on state and federally funded projects with a staff of 40 individuals. Projects range in scope from early childhood training, technical assistance to public schools and private providers, assistive technology across the age-span, behavioral intervention services for children, youth, and adults, system changes, and research. The CDHD staff are actively involved in approximately 14 state agency, advocacy, and legislative groups in Idaho and participate extensively in policy development and advocacy activities.


  1. Provide collaborative leadership for:
  2. Directs the Core grant from the Federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities.
  3. Participates in and provides leadership with the American Association of University Affiliated Programs.
  4. Works with state, and national agencies and organizations that establish laws and policies that affect the lives of people with disabilities.
  5. Pursue funding from state, federal, and private organizations.
  6. Engage in research and other scholarly activities.


  1. An earned doctorate in an appropriate field.
  2. Evidence of eligibility for tenure in an appropriate academic department at the University of Idaho.
  3. Demonstration of expertise in program administration and collaboration with university systems, state and federal agencies, advocacy groups, and consumers with disabilities.
  4. Demonstrated leadership and knowledge in the disability field.
  5. Expertise in grant and contract development
  6. Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.


  1. Experience working in rural service delivery systems.
  2. Experience with the University Affiliated Program system and related interdisciplinary research, training, and service activities.
  3. Experience with initiatives that supports consumers with disabilities and their families.


Review of applications will begin June 1, 2000, and continue until the position is filled. The position is available July 1, 2000, and will begin as soon thereafter as possible.


Applicant must send a letter of application, detailed vita, and names and contact information of three references. Examples of publications or other relevant materials are also desirable. Send applications to:

Jerry Tuchscherer, Chair
CDHD Search Committee
College of Education
P.O. Box 443080
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3080