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Faculty Assistant

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 121213
Title: Faculty Assistant
Functional Title: Faculty Assistant
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 1
Unit: INFO-College of Information Studies
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

Looking for an energetic, organized, team leader with excellent communication skills to help us with large-scale field testing of a new ‘auto-personalization’ technology that causes the computers to automatically change their interface to match the abilities of each individual. This is a full-time, key position on a large grant-funded project to carry out large-scale, multi-year pilot testing of the auto-personalization system on school, home, and work computers. Testing will establish the system’s usefulness for youth with disabilities related to their participation in education, community, and (ultimately) the workforce. It will also help determine the plan for sustainability of the system past the end of the grant funding (in Sept. 2020).

Summary of Responsibilities:
Responsible for establishing and managing a cluster of demonstration sites for pilot testing, including a community college and 2-3 high schools. These sites will most likely be in Northern Virginia or Maryland. The cluster will also be linked to employment-related demonstration sites (American Job Centers and employers), which will be managed by another pilot team leader. Duties include engaging with local, district, and state school officials to recruit the demonstration sites (community college and 2-3 feeder high schools), then coordinating with other team leaders to plan for deployment of the system, develop pilot test protocols, gather and analyze pilot test data, and strategize for sustainability of the system in educational settings after grant funding ends in Sept. 2020. Significant travel in the region will be necessary, most likely requiring a personal vehicle. Will be responsible for monthly, quarterly, and annual progress reporting, will collaborate in the annual project planning process, and will serve as the primary internal expert and coordinator related to education transitions, drawing from outside experts in the field as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s or master’s degree.
• Experience working in an educational setting sufficient to develop an understanding of educational institutions at the community college and high school levels.
• Understanding of challenges, compliance issues, and successful strategies for accommodating students with disabilities in educational environments.
• Ability to engage stakeholders, establish partnership, and collaborate with students, parents, teachers, and transition program affiliates.
• Strong interest in the use of technology to increase independence and enhance successful participation by youth with disabilities in education, community, and workforce.
• Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills.


• Familiarity with assistive technology and/or programs to facilitate transition of youth with disabilities from school to work.
• Existing connections with public secondary schools and/or community colleges in the N. Virginia / Maryland area.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

To be considered, applicants must submit a cover letter, list of references, and either a resume or cv. Salary and benefits are competitive based upon qualifications and experience.

Posting Date: 07/17/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 10/17/2017
Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties o this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use a computer, communicate in conference calls and face-to-face meetings, and travel within the region to visit pilot test sites using a personal vehicle.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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