University of Kansas Seeks Research Project Coordinator

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Application Deadline: November 30, 2015
Questions: Dana Lattin 785.864.1177


The KU Transition to Postsecondary Education for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities (KU-TPE) is an inclusive postsecondary education program at the University of Kansas that provides young adults with intellectual disabilities a credentialed program in which they participate in all typical campus academic and student life activities. KU-TPE is a Transition and Postsecondary Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID), funded through the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Higher Education. In addition, KU-TPE students participate in high quality and fully inclusive work-based learning experiences aligned with their employment interests.

The Research Project Coordinator, as part of the project team, will coordinate all student-centered services with existing departments on campus to ensure appropriate supports are developed and provided to students, lead student recruitment activities, coordinate training activities, and work with appropriate student organizations on campus to promote academic and social inclusion. This position includes elements of systems change as well as individualized supports and advocacy in order to develop a program that can be sustained beyond federal funding.

The Research Project Coordinator will supervise project staff and be responsible for overall program implementation, in collaboration with the Research Project Director, Dana Lattin and Principal Investigator, Dr. Mary Morningstar.  Some travel is required.


  1. Provide overall day-to-day coordination of project activities to ensure timely completion. 20%
  2. Develop systems and individualized supports for KU-TPE students to access services and supports, and to participate in activities both off and on campus.   20%
  3. Collaborate across KU departments and offices to develop services and supports to sustain the KU-TPE. 15%
  4. Liaison with school districts and other community agencies involved with KU-TPE students.   10%
  5. Work with the Employment Specialist and other school/community employment providers to identify individualized work-based learning experiences for KU-TPE students, based upon their preferences, strengths and interests. 10%
  6. Develop and coordinate student recruitment and orientation efforts.   10%
  7. Supervise and support the Employment Specialist and student hourlies to fulfill their job duties. 10%
  8. Maintain recordkeeping and reporting requirements. 5%

Required Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, Education, special education, social work or related field.
  2. Two years of experience working with young adults with intellectual disabilities.
  3. Strong interpersonal, organizational and administrative skills.
  4. Excellent written communication skills as evidenced by application materials.
  5. Experience working independently and with collaborative teams.
  6. Strong computer skills especially with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as with online technologies used to make academic modifications and adaptations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Doctoral degree in special education or related field.
  2. Experience adapting and modifying academic materials for individuals in inclusive settings.
  3. Experience providing professional development or other training.
  4. Previous experience working with an inclusive postsecondary education program for young adults with intellectual disabilities.
  5. Knowledge and experience of postsecondary academic and student services.
  6. Excellent verbal communication skills as demonstrated by the interview and references.

Salary Range: $50,000 – $57,000 (position is contingent upon funding)
Anticipated Start Date: January 1, 2016

The University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS and the affiliate programs:

The University of Kansas (KU) main campus is in Lawrence, Kansas about 40 miles from the Kansas City metropolitan area and is identified as one of the top college towns in the US. The KU-Lawrence campus is home to the #1 public program in the nation for special education (U.S. News & World Report).   The Schiefelbusch Life Span Institute was established in 1990 to form one of the premier research institutes in the nation on human and community development, disabilities and aging. The Life Span Institute’s 14 centers and Peruvian affiliate have 100+ active programs and projects that constitute basic and translational research, training, direct services, consultation and technical assistance. The Beach Center on Disability, a center of the Life Span Institute, seeks to make a significant and sustainable difference in the quality of life of families and individuals affected by disability through excellence in research, training, technical assistance and public service in Kansas, the nation and the world.

KU is an EO/AAE.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin, disability, genetic information or protected Veteran status.