Program Director

Autism Society of Texas - Austin, TX (30+ days ago)

Non-Exempt Position

Location: Austin, Texas


The Autism Society of Texas (AST) is searching for a professional with a strong background in programs, outreach and family support to manage Information and Referrals, conduct trainings and provide direct support to all AST programmatic activity. This is not a clinical position.

The AST is a vibrant non-profit (501c3) organization whose mission is to ensure individuals affected by autism in Texas are valued, included, and given the opportunities to pursue fulfilling lives by providing information, support and advocacy for people affected by autism as well as their families, educators, professionals and the community-at-large.

The Program Director oversees and maintains AST Information and Referrals (I&R) and programs including the Adults with Autism support program and overseeing the Employment Specialist. The Program Director works with individuals with autism, their families, and professionals who serve them to build relationships and improve access to information on autism spectrum disorders including: health, learning and community resources; assisting families and individuals with autism spectrum disorders to understand and navigate service systems; provide support, training and other activities as needed. The Program Director will engage with external stakeholders, autism providers and support the Panel of Professional Advisors for AST. The Program Director will demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to improving the lives of all affected by autism. Some travel is required. Valid driver license, auto insurance, and reliable car are a must. Some evening and weekend hours are required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Executive Director to build and maintain strong, positive relationships with existing individual, family and professional members and the autism community in general.
  • Respond to requests for information about Autism Spectrum Disorders and autism resources from a variety of individuals. Inquiries reach AST by phone, e-mail, social media, website, and other means. Enter each inquiry into the Autism Society’s database in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Supervise and support ACCESS-Austin program staff and oversee programming as well as reporting to funders and program outreach.
  • Answer phones and provide callers with information and referrals as requested.
  • Work in a non-discriminatory, culturally-sensitive manner which encourages all community members to access the AST’s services and activities.
  • Coordinate and lead Adult Autism Programs including outreach to participants, manage monthly meetings and coordinate social skills events with group of adults with autism.
  • Track monthly data on Adult Autism Program, programs in general, and volunteers and prepare reports.
  • Support Panel of Professional Advisors (PPA) group as staff liaison
  • Coordinate quarterly meetings for PPA
  • Coordinate bi-yearly meetings with Program leads
  • Work in close collaboration with the Executive Director to set and achieve short and long-term communications and program goals, objectives, and targets and to help establish and monitor the master calendar
  • Manage email communications plan including monthly e-newsletters, event invitations, training opportunities, action alerts and other emails as needed
  • Assist with the preparation of high-quality proposals, grants, reports, newsletters, and mailings required to support ongoing AST program activities.
  • Contribute timely program information for the AST website.
  • Engage and motivate volunteers to participate in program activities.
  • Assist with the design of materials directed to educate individuals, families, and professionals about autism spectrum disorders.
  • Identify and pursue outreach opportunities to increase awareness of autism and the AST’s work; attend and/or recruit volunteers to attend community events as needed.
  • Comply with company policies, procedures, and regulations. Perform general office duties such as filing, answering telephones, and handling routine correspondence, as needed.
  • Respond to requests for training, develop and implement trainings, and train volunteers
  • Staff liaison to Programs Committee
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Strong candidates for this position will have:

  • Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field, MSSW degree preferred.
  • Documented work experience in community based information and referral programming.
  • Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail, good recordkeeping, responsible time management, and the ability to juggle multiple projects and deadlines in both an independent and collaborative setting.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.Experience with WordPress and MailChimp preferred.
  • Experience working with social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.
  • Strong database management skills.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • A strong understanding of the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
  • Flexibility, self-motivation, enthusiasm, and commitment to the AST’s mission.
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • The ability to listen and respond to a variety of constituents with a wide range of knowledge and opinions about Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Master's


  • Austin, TX

Required work authorization:

  • United States