PROGRAM OPERATIONS SPECIALIST University of Washington University of Washington 1,159 reviews

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As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.

The DO-IT Center has an outstanding opportunity for a Program Operations Specialist.

Manage and implement aspects of several DO-IT programs that lead to high levels of independence, productivity, and academic and career success for people with disabilities, employing technology as an empowering tool. Utilize principles of vocational rehabilitation counseling with students and job seekers (vocational assessment, job task analysis, functional limitation assessment, career development, rehabilitation counseling). Coordinate projects that provide professional development to administrators, faculty, and staff on postsecondary campuses nationwide that will help them better serve students with disabilities in their job placement, classes and programs. Write and disseminate publications and resource materials, deliver presentations, and coordinate institutes and meetings about student transition and success in academic programs and careers, universal design of learning opportunities, and related topics. Engage with project participants – students and professionals – both individually and as a group, on topics related to accessibility, universal design, college preparation, and career development. Ensure project objectives are met and project activities are managed according to funding source and institution guidelines. Research funding sources and develop grant proposals to support project goals. Supervise others to meet project deliverables and realize the mission of the DO-IT Center.


Coordinate Project Activities:

  • Implement evidence-based practices to increase number of people with disabilities moving through critical junctures toward computing and STEM careers.
  • Strategize about plans to meet project goals.
  • Facilitate meetings of project personnel and project partners, manage project timelines, and archive project activities.
  • Plan online and in-person program activities that may include dissemination efforts, training, conferences, presentations, panels, and exhibits for students with disabilities, K-12 teachers, postsecondary faculty, administrators, parents, service providers, and others.
  • Help postsecondary educators, administrators, and employers fully include students with disabilities in their classes, programs, workplaces; consult with program partners to ensure their websites and offerings are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Conduct surveys and focus groups to measure progress moving through critical junctures and institutional change.
  • Work with internal and external evaluators to develop tools for measuring success of offerings and to collect evaluation data.
  • Manage program budgets and records in compliance with UW and funding source requirements.
  • Supervise others who are supporting the mission of the DO-IT Center.
  • Counsel Students:

  • Counsel students, deliver instruction, and coordinate activities. Arrange activities for students, transportation, and disability-related accommodations. Hire, train, and supervise volunteers, interns, staff, and instructors to assist with activities. Arrange academic and work-based experiences for youth with disabilities.
  • Support students, parents, mentors, volunteers, faculty, school contacts, and other partners and engage with them via online forums and meetings. Build and maintain synergistic relationships with stakeholders; influence, engage, and collaborate with program participants and partners; assess their needs, identify workable solutions, and make connections.
  • Support Program Operations:

  • Develop and write publications (e.g., peer-reviewed articles for journals, newsletters, magazines, and DO-IT Knowledge Base) and other materials for students and educators related to college and career success, universal design, and accessibility.
  • Develop new project ideas, identify funding sources, and draft grant proposals.
  • Lead electronic mentoring community discussions for students and online community of practices for practitioners.
  • Conference meetings and travel:

  • Deliver presentations and host exhibits locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Represent projects through interactions with national organizations.

  • Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, psychology, disability studies, educational leadership, or related field or equivalent work experience. Rehabilitation counseling experience or knowledge related to vocational assessment, functional limitations assessment, job task analysis, assistive technology implementation, counseling, or career development.
  • Two to three years’ experience. Excellent oral, written, and electronic communication skills. Excellent planning, problem solving, and organizational skills. Experience in coordinating projects and leading meetings.
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor designation. Experience working in the higher education environment. Knowledge of standards and techniques related to assistive technology and accessible IT.
  • Application Process:

    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

    Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected]

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