This position involves contributing to the delivery of professional development, technical assistance, coaching, and resources to improve the transition-related outcomes of middle and high school students with disabilities across the state of Tennessee. The educational consultant will work as part of a collaborative team of faculty, staff, and university students to: (a) develop in-person and on-line professional development content; (b) assist schools and districts to improve the quality of their transition services, supports, and partnerships; (c) establish compelling communities of practice and regional trainings addressing best practices in transition; (d) support data collection and evaluation efforts; and (e) contribute to a statewide transition team. Up to two new persons may be hired in this position. Effort may be split across multiple transition-related projects in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. This is a full-time, exempt position (40 hours per week). This position is grant-funded. When travel restrictions are eliminated, moderate travel throughout the state of Tennessee may be required for this position.
The purpose of this state-funded contract from the Tennessee Department of Education is to provide resources, training, and technical assistance to schools and districts in order to improve the quality of transition services and outcomes for students with disabilities. Key components of this project include: (a) further developing our online portal for transition-related resources and training; (b) hosting an annual transition conference; (c) providing school- and district-level technical assistance around transition; (d) disseminating resources, success stories, and other content through webinars and newsletters; (e) establishing communities of practice on transition across the state; (f) facilitating a statewide transition taskforce; (g) conducting studies to evaluate our impact and reach; (h) providing trainings around the state at various conferences for different stakeholders. More information about Transition Tennessee can be found at http://www.transitiontn.org.
This project is housed within Vanderbilt's Department of Special Education. The Department has a history of significant and continuous impact on the field of special education and intellectual or developmental disabilities. Faculty and staff are committed to equipping students with diverse backgrounds and experiences to provide exceptional services and supports to people with disabilities and their families. The Department has been ranked first among all special education departments in the country in terms of leadership and productivity for much of the last 20 years by U.S. News and World Report. More information can be found at http://peabody.vanderbilt.edu/departments/sped/
This project also involves ongoing collaborations with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education Research and Service (UCEDD). More information can be found at https://vkc.vumc.org/vkc/ucedd
Duties and Responsibilities
In collaboration with other team members, the Educational Consultant will carry out the following activities:
Developing and providing technical assistance to high-need schools and districts aimed at improving the quality of their transition services, supports, and partnerships
Facilitating and supporting one or more "communities of practice" on transition in collaboration with our state partners
Providing district trainings on transition-related topics to educators, VR personnel and providers, and other stakeholders
Contributing to the continued development of our online modules and supporting resources featured in the project's online clearinghouse (http://www.transitiontn.org/); this includes revising and updating existing resources and modules aligned to best practice and state law.
Providing feedback on materials and training developed by other team members, as well as receiving such feedback
Participating in and supporting the work of the State Transition Leadership Team
Assisting with data collection and evaluation efforts
Contributing to dissemination activities through conference presentations as well as preparation of article and chapter submissions
Supervising the work of students and trainees working on the project
Supporting the work of other transition-related projects at Vanderbilt as needed
Bachelor's or master's degree in special education, rehabilitation, or other disability-related field
Strong communication, writing, and presentation skills
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multiple people as part of a collaborative team
Demonstrated ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks and meet deadlines
Prior middle or high school teaching and administrative experience
Prior experience working with youth and young adults with disabilities
Prior experience delivering training or professional development
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
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