The Educational Consultant is part of the Department of Special Education, Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for providing technical assistance to Middle Tennessee schools in developing, implementing, and evaluating multi-tiered systems of support for meeting the behavioral and social needs of students with and without disabilities.
This position will work with the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project, a project funded by the Tennessee Department of Education. These school-wide systems are designed to proactively identify risk, support students at the earliest signs of need, and support teachers in using evidence-based practices.
The Educational Consultant will train and support teachers, administrators, and other school and district personnel to implement these models. The position is grant-funded and reports directly to the Principal Investigator (PI) for this program. About the Work Unit: This project is housed within Vanderbilt's Department of Special Education (http://peabody.vanderbilt.edu/departments/sped/).
The Department has a history of significant and continuous impact on the field of special education and intellectual/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 25 years by U.S. News and World Report.
Duties and Responsibilities
In collaboration with other team members, this person will carry out the following activities:
Consults with school leadership teams to help them develop appropriate goals and activities for school-wide systems to support behavioral progress, secondary level interventions for students demonstrating additional need, and Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans
Plans, prepares, and conducts training activities for school personnel (e.g., district and school administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, related service providers, parents as members of school teams) who serve on school leadership teams that develop multi-tiered systems of supports for their schools
Consults with district leadership teams to help them identify appropriate goals and develop sustainable plans for implementation of multi-tiered systems of support for behavior
Manages teacher- and administrator-completed data in secure, web-based applications
Contributes to the development of innovative technical assistance supports (e.g., online, video, etc.)
Provides recommendations to schools and teachers regarding individualized supports for students with behavioral difficulties
Develops and maintains effective relationships with school and district leadership teams
Participates in regular team planning meetings
Facilitates and helps manage the work of research assistants * Attends and facilitates meetings with district and school staff
Contributes to dissemination activities through conference presentations, articles, and project reports
Assists with project evaluation activities
Assists with other related duties as assigned
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
A Master's degree from an accredited university of higher education in education, special education, school counseling, administration, or school psychology is necessary.
At least two years of experience working in school setting is preferred.
Strong knowledge of positive behavior supports and/or multi-tiered systems of support is necessary.
Familiarity with the education needs of students with disabilities is preferred.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are necessary.
Ability to work effectively with multiple people on a collaborative team is necessary.
Ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced, but supportive, environment is necessary.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.
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About Vanderbilt University
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