Project Manager, National Clearinghouse on Disability & Exchange, Oregon USA

Project Manager, National Clearinghouse on Disability & Exchange, Oregon USA

PROJECT MANAGER,    National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange,  Oregon USA             

Mobility International USA (MIUSA), a national nonprofit organization founded in 1981, advances the rights and leadership skills of people with disabilities globally. MIUSA seeks a dynamic and experienced Project Manager for the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE), a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

  • Qualified candidates will have excellent project management, team development, interpersonal, and content knowledge in relevant fields. Previous federal grant management, international exchange, and personal or professional disability experience highly desired.
    This is a full-time position reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and is based in Eugene, Oregon USA. Consideration will be given to part-time employment at 30 or more hours per week. This is a tremendous opportunity for a leader to maximize and strengthen a national-level project in a well-respected, mission-oriented, and innovative organization.
  • About the Project
    The NCDE has been sponsored since 1995 by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to increase participation of people with disabilities in inclusive international exchange programs. Our NCDE staff provides practical advice and knowledge resources for individuals with disabilities and exchange professionals. By increasing knowledge and sharing strategies, we work to make sure that all international exchange programs to and from the United States implement positive, innovative practices to ensure people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fulfill their dream and realize the many benefits of international exchange.
  • Salary and benefits
    We offer a competitive salary range of $45,000 - $55,000 per year commensurate with experience as well as an excellent benefit package including full medical, long-term disability, retirement, wellness, professional development opportunities and a public transportation pass
  • Responsibilities
    Project leadership and management

    · Leads and actively contributes to the implementation of all aspects of the project including trainings, information services, resource development, communications, dissemination of project outcomes, website development, special events and initiatives and evaluation activities
    · Identifies trends in the disability and exchange fields and develops and recommends solutions as it relates to the project
    · Develops new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the project
    · Communicates with U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Program Officer on matters related to project management
    Team development and supervision
    · Leads an innovative, collaborative and highly productive team to implement project deliverables with a high level of purposeful and successful outcomes
    · Provides a strong day-to-day presence; provides a management style that encourages teamwork, professional development, quality programming, innovation and excellence.
    · Designs, updates and monitors work plan for planning, implementing and evaluating projects; directs and reviews individual staff work plans to ensure grant deliverables are met
    · Responds to staff in a timely manner with approvals, decisions and feedback in order to keep deliverables on track and moving forward
    · Fosters a success-oriented, collegial and accountable work environment that understands and meets the needs of all projects and deliverables.
    · Organizes and leads weekly team meetings and periodic strategic planning retreats to maintain effective communication
    · In consultation with the Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for the selection, hiring, coaching, and overall personnel management of project staff
    Partnerships and networking
    · Builds on existing relationships and nurtures new partnerships to expand the impact of the project and increase effective inclusion of people with disabilities in international exchange programs
    · Communicates with project partners, grant officers, participants and colleagues on innovative ideas to increase the visibility of the project; identify opportunities to leverage resources in order to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in the broad range of international exchange programs
    · Develops and strengthens relationships with the Roundtable Consortium (NCDE’s national advisory council) and other key organizations; facilitates Roundtable Consortium meetings and collaborative activities to elevate the impact of the project
    · Collaborates with the U.S. Department of State, cooperating organizations and other federal agencies to implement activities and increase the visibility of NCDE services
    · Coordinates a comprehensive marketing and communication strategy for the project’s products, content and services
    Fiscal and budget oversight

· Analyzes and authorizes project expenditures based on the operating budget; develops reporting systemsfor budget projections, including cost-share contributions

· Approves and reviews financial reports to ensure compliancy, timeliness and accuracy of reporting

· Adheres to, and is familiar with applicable rules, laws, regulations and compliance for federal reporting and audits

  • Qualifications

· Proven experience in leadership development and team management
· B.A./B.S. required, advanced degree in a related field highly preferred
· Five years or more experience managing projects and supervising staff; experience managing professional staff in a non-profit environment preferred
· Experience managing project budgets and adhering to financial policies and procedures; federal grant management experience highly preferred
· Excellent writing, editing, listening, public speaking, facilitation, and organizational skills
· Content expertise in the fields of disability and/or international education; experience with diversity issues, disability rights, and underrepresentation in international education desired
· Demonstrated interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills
· Passion for empowering people with disabilities in an international context
· Personal and/or professional experience in the disabilities field, ideally with international experience
· Personal and/or professional experience in the international exchange field
· Ability and passion to travel nationally and internationally
· Optimistic outlook with the ability to lead by example during difficult or stressful time.


  • Application Instructions   

Applications are accepted by email only to Paul Primak ( with “[Your Last Name, First Name], Project Manager.”

  • · Cover letter describing your interest in the position, detailed match of skills and experience with position responsibilities, and explanation of your career goals and how this position is a strong fit
    · Current resume and list of 3 references
    Applications are due by May 13, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. PDT for initial consideration and screening. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Equal Opportunity Employer. People with disabilities and others encouraged to apply.