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Director of Aging and Disability Studies

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Executive/Director/Management


The Hilltop Institute (


The Director of Aging and Disability Studies reports to Hilltop’s Chief of Staff, serves on Hilltop’s senior management team, and directs the Aging and Disability Studies team, currently consisting of four policy analysts. The incumbent is responsible for providing strategic vision in the area of aging and disability research and policy, leading the Aging and Disability Studies team consistent with Hilltop’s strategic plan, developing and managing related research and policy initiatives, and developing new partnerships, projects, and funding sources. Specific duties include:

  • Identifying emerging policy issues in the fields of aging and disability and the delivery of LTSS
  • Providing strategic direction for Hilltop’s work in aging and disability
  • Interfacing with external clients and stakeholders as well as within the UMBC community
  • Conceptualizing and directing quantitative and qualitative research involving large data sets
  • Developing, securing funding for, and managing research and engaged scholarship projects with faculty partners at UMBC, UMB, and other research organizations
  • Ensuring that grants and contracts are managed responsibly and within budget
  • Supervising and mentoring staff on the Aging and Disability Studies team and promoting staff development through peer learning, training, professional presentations and publications, and other strategies
  • Working collaboratively with other Hilltop directors and senior management to initiate and manage research initiatives involving cross-organization teams of researchers, analysts, and programmers
  • Providing consultation to state agencies and other clients on aging and disability policy and LTSS system reform
  • Communicating policy options and research findings through reports, issue briefs, peer-reviewed journals, and presentations to professional audiences
  • Providing consultation and strategic guidance as a member of Hilltop’s senior management team
  • Performing other duties as assigned


Required Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in public policy, health economics, public health, gerontology, or a related field and at least ten years of experience in health services research, administration, and/or policy analysis. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and have excellent verbal and written communications skills.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about advancing the health and wellbeing of older adults and people with disabilities and possess a proven track record in leading client engagements, developing new relationships and funding resources, managing staff, and conducting data analytics, policy analysis, and research.

Preferred Qualifications: 


  • Experienced leader with extensive experience in aging and disability policy and research, both at the state and federal level;
  • An established track record in organizational growth and development, building partnerships, securing research grants and contracts, managing staff, and nurturing client relationships;
  • Ability to set priorities, multi-task, lead project teams, mentor and develop staff, effectively manage resources, and complete projects on time and within budget;
  • Committed to Hilltop’s mission and the ability to positively represent the organization to external stakeholders.


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please include a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional resumes.

Screening of Applications Begins: For best consideration, submit application materials by April 30, 2019.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full-time 
Type: Grant Funded
Additional Information:


FLSA Status: Exempt
Benefits: UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities. Contingent II positions may include some benefits. To learn more about our benefits click here.
 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Work Authorization  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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