Sooner Works Program - Associate Director

University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma, OK

ID: 7116758 (Ref.No. ta223274)
Posted: November 23, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Description


The University of Oklahoma’s Sooner Works is a comprehensive integrated program for students with an intellectual or developmental disability who desire a postsecondary experience on a college campus. We are currently looking for an Associate Director to help facilitate this program to enhance this experience to all its attendees. 


This position will work with the Zarrow Institute on Transition & Self-Determination and Sooner Works program on both the administrative side and supporting students in the Sooner Works program. The purpose of the Sooner Works program is to prepare young adults with an Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability for competitive employment and independence through a 4-year college certificate program.  


Essential Duties

  • Spearhead all university, adult agency, and national coordination center-related contracts, documents, degree changes, MOU, etc. 
  • Advise and collaborate with faculty and staff in best practice guidelines when working with postsecondary education program participants 
  • Assisting other staff in Sooner Works with the postsecondary education program’s participants' scheduling, internships, and activities and facilitating ongoing communication with participants and parents. 
  • Provide academic instruction and daily support to postsecondary education program participants; teach at least one EDSW course per semester, including 360/person-centered planning with program participants on a weekly basis. 
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the department, program, university, and Prek-12 Schools, including the ability to regularly attend recruitment training and program information sessions 
  • Disseminate and conduct research/data within the Sooner Works program, oversee IRBs related to Sooner Works. Attend local, state, national/international conferences to present research and other scholarly work. Participate in grant writing to support the program
  • Performs related duties as assigned to successfully fulfill the function of the position.

Job Requirements


Required Education: Master's Degree AND

  •  24 months related experience

Equivalency/Substitution:  Will accept 72 months experience in lieu of the Master's degree for a total of 96 months related experience.



  • Detail oriented for accuracy of data and information
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects and deadlines
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing
  • Ability to build rapport with students, faculty and staff
  • Ability to supervise staff and communicate directions and expectations effectively
  • Ability to produce reports and complete work within deadlines
  • Strong initiative to solve problems in a timely manner
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

Advertised Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to engage in repetitive motion
  • Position will involve multiple meetings across campus

Department Preferences:

  • 3 years working in related field (education, vocational, administration, higher education)
  • Doctorate degree preferred

Supervision: Co-supervise staff within Sooner Works Program

Special Instructions: If you are selected as a final candidate for this position, you will be subject to The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy.  To view the policy, visit

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