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Transition Manager

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Job no: 513976
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Institute Community Inclusion
Pay Grade: 33
Date opened: 03 May 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 03 Jun 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary:

The Institute for Community Inclusion, a University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) seeks a Transition Manager to work on state and federally funded projects based at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. The Transition Manager will be responsible for project coordination, collaborating with staff, interns, and research assistants assigned to the team, overseeing or implementing activities and protocols related to grants and contracts in the area of secondary transition. The Transition Manager will contribute to the development and implementation of secondary transition and college-based transition services contracts and service agreements. Activities will include developing and deliver online and in-person training for a range of staff including transition specialists, special education teachers, educational coaches, job coaches and college program coordinators. Training topics include transition services, promoting self-determination, career development, preparation for college, college-based transition services, interagency transition teams and school-college leadership teams, and family engagement in transition activities. Related administrative activities include developing contracts and scopes of work, preparing invoices, writing progress reports, and supervising staff. Position allows for individual to work remotely but must have flexibility to attend meetings at the university and travel within the state, when necessary, to meet university and project requirements. National travel may also be required.

Examples of Duties:

  • Coordinate and implement projects (grants and contracts) at the local and state and levels; co-lead initiatives focused on the areas of transition and postsecondary education related research, training and technical assistance to insure that project development and implementation is consistent with current and emerging practices in the field; contribute to project reports as required by funding agencies;
  • Provide and oversee staff training and technical assistance on transition and postsecondary related topics;
  • Contribute to content development and ongoing maintenance for project websites, as well as dissemination activities (website, social media, mailing list) for projects;
  • Develop instructional content (face to face, online learning modules, distance education) for transition and postsecondary related training;
  • Serve as instructor for one graduate level, 3-credit transition-related course each academic year.
  • Assure quality completion of activities related to transition and postsecondary -related training, technical assistance and demonstration activities;
  • Participates in the development and editing of written products for multiple constituencies, including brief products, Grab and Go series, Fast Facts and summary reports for funding agencies.
  • Provide knowledge and resources within the Institute in the areas of transition services, employment and postsecondary policy, research, training and technical assistance; contribute to the development and implementation of projects; promote the development of technical assistance and training skills in project staff;
  • Serve as a subject matter expert in secondary transition services in local, state and national organizations, conferences, task forces and committees;
  • Collaborate with other ICI staff to increase cohesiveness across projects and focus areas through shared staff resources, project collaboration, integrated work plans and other relevant approaches;
  • Stay abreast of changes in the field related to inclusion within transition and postsecondary education and the supports and services available for individuals with disabilities and individuals from diverse linguistic and ethnic backgrounds
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Work requires the knowledge of theories, principles, and concepts typically acquired through completion of a Master’s degree in special education/transition or a related field, such as counseling/ vocational rehabilitation, or other related field, and a minimum of two - five years of direct teaching experience with transition-aged youth with significant intellectual/developmental disabilities. One year of supervisory experience is required. Preference will be given to candidates with project management experience including providing training and technical assistance for secondary special educators, parents, consumers, and community-based organizations in the following areas: inclusive secondary/postsecondary education, self advocacy/student leadership, person-centered planning and individualized supports, collaborative teaming and community building, career development and competitive employment, and the development of social networks for people with significant developmental disabilities.

The work requires strong collaboration and self-management skills to meet daily, weekly and semester deadlines. Job duties require a candidate who is able to effectively summarize information and data in order to establish scopes of work to enhance the delivery of transition-related training and technical assistance to a range of audiences.

Work requires the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to a range of colleagues and partners across projects within the university and in the community.

Application Instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link:


Salary Ranges

This is an exempt union position.

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status including booster. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons.

Applications close: 03 Jun 2022 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at University of Massachusetts Boston

The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. 

The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinicals, and other career-related placements.

More than 100 student organizations — including clubs, literary magazines, newspaperradio stationart gallery, and 16 NCAA Division III sports teams — offer a rich campus life. Students live throughout Greater Boston and in apartment communities just steps from the campus, and enjoy the rich amenities, cultural attractions, and educational opportunities that make the city the biggest and best college town in the nation.

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