The Educational Consultant, Technical Assistance (TA) Coordinator is part of the IRIS Center, a federally funded project located within the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for providing targeted training and technical assistance to local education agencies (LEAs)/state education agencies (SEAs) on the use of IRIS resources. This position reports directly to the project director.
The TA Coordinator will be responsible for:
Increasing the numbers of universities, districts and schools utilizing the various online PD options offered by the center
Coordinating and present virtual, hybrid, and face-to-face workshops and trainings about IRIS Center resources
Seeking and maintaining approved-provider status in state and professional certification systems
Developing/reviewing IRIS online resources and training materials
Ranked as the #1 Special Education Program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for more than a decade, our department has long been a leader both in research and practice.
Located within the Department of Special Education and supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, the IRIS Center develops and disseminates free, engaging online resources about evidence-based instructional and behavioral practices to support the education of all students, particularly struggling learners and those with disabilities. These resources, designed to bridge the research-to-practice gap, are intended for use in college teacher preparation programs, in professional development (PD) activities for practicing professionals, and by independent learners. The array of IRIS resources includes modules, case studies, information briefs, course/PD activities, a high-leverage practices alignment tool, and an online glossary of disability-related terms as well as supporting products to enhance their use in coursework and PD activities. All of these resources are hosted for free on the center's barrier-free website, which hosts over 3 million visits per year worldwide.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provides support and technical assistance for SEA/LEAs who are utilizing the various IRIS PD options and resources
Provides virtual, hybrid, and face-to-face training and technical assistance to states, districts, schools
Serves as liaison to school and district personnel enrolled in the IRIS School & District Platform
Responds to consumer requests for support or information via email and telephone help line
Collaborates with partner agencies to support use of IRIS resources in the continuous improvement process in schools and districts
Seek PD approval through national, state, and local organizations
Supports districts, when requested, in the ongoing assessment of practices toward implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices related to the delivery of professional development
Prepares and presents awareness trainings of IRIS resources
Prepares training materials
Completes documentation for each training delivered
Provides technical assistance and coaching for districts as follow-up to trainings
Participates in development, review and revision process of educational resources
Collaborates on data collection, analysis and reporting to make programming evaluation decision making
Assists in provision of internal professional development
Communicates and collaborates with team members and supervisor
Proficient in the use of technology
Complies with Vanderbilt policies and procedures
Non-Essential Duties: Other duties as assigned
Additional clearly articulated responsibilities, duties, and performance expectations with a strong emphasis on outcomes and outcomes as required of the role
Internal Number: 2001014
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