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Director, UI REACH program Iowa City, IA, US

The University of Iowa College of Education seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader to serve as the next Director of its UI REACH program. This position provides the opportunity to build upon a bold vision to empower young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to become independent, self-determined individuals and live rewarding and impactful lives.

Founded in 2007, UI REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) is a nationally renowned two-year certificate program for 18-25 year olds with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For its 50 students, who are enrolled in classes Monday through Friday, the program offers an immersive college experience on the campus of the University of Iowa, which is designed to both empower and prepare them for independent living. Program participants live in a university residence hall and have full access to the resources that the University of Iowa offers. When outside of the classroom, the students are encouraged to engage with student organizations, participate in a number of weekly activities and outings ranging from trips to downtown Iowa City to Hawkeye football games, and intern with local organizations. A hallmark of the program is its committed, passionate staff that works tirelessly to meet the personal and professional needs of its students.

Reporting to the Dean of the College of Education, the Director provides leadership and strategic vision for the UI REACH program. S/he will strengthen UI REACH’s external brand and reach, inspire and empower staff, solidify internal policies and procedures, diversify its revenue sources, and oversee the budget while building upon the program’s reputation for the highest quality of services.

The University of Iowa (UI) is world-renowned for its commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. UI has been a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899 and the Association of American Universities since 1909. UI ranks #33 among the nation’s 629 public universities (U. S. News & World Report). More than 33,000 students earn bachelor’s, graduate, and professional degrees from UI’s 12 colleges.

Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature, was ranked #2 in 2017 among best places to live by With 70,000 residents, Iowa City is an attractive haven for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds. Highlights of living in Iowa City include outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a lively downtown. Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are a short car or bus trip away, and nearby Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) connects travelers to the world. The relationship between Iowa City and the UI is very cooperative and supportive. Visit the University Build A Career / Build A Life website for more information: The University of Iowa is a member of HERC, the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

Phillip Petree is leading this search with David Ferguson.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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