This position involves contributing to the development and delivery of training, technical assistance, and practical resources to improve the quality of Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) and vocational outcomes for students with disabilities across the state of Tennessee. This educational consultant will work as part of a collaborative team of faculty, staff, and undergraduate students to: (a) develop online training modules and resources for vocational rehabilitation, Pre-ETS providers, and youth with disabilities; (b) organize regional trainings on Pre-ETS annually; (c) assist with data collection and evaluation efforts; (d) improve the quality of Pre-ETS services, supports, and partnerships funded by Tennessee's Department of Human Services; and (d) contribute to a statewide transition leadership team. 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.
Improving employment outcomes for Tennesseans with disabilities is a central goal of both the state and the Department of Human Services' Vocational Rehabilitation program. Essential to this work is the availability of well-designed training, resources, and technical assistance that equips professionals to work effectively with transition-age students with disabilities. This contract focuses on the impact of Pre-ETS in Tennessee and professional development pathways and resources to support counselors, collaborating partners, educators, students, and other stakeholders in this work. More information 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 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 Transition Tennessee team members, the educational consultant will carry out the following activities:
Developing online professional development modules for vocational rehabilitation staff and collaborating professionals to guide Pre-ETS delivered to youth with disabilities across Tennessee
Designing and providing regional trainings each year on Pre-ETS
Contributing to the development of online training modules for students with disabilities
Creating a guide for providers to plan the sequence of Pre-ETS activities
Supporting two model demonstration sites to implement and align quality Pre-ETS delivery with school-based transition services
Identifying employment success stories to embed in modules and trainings
Participating in and supporting the work of a statewide transition leadership team
Assisting with data collection and evaluation efforts
Contributing to dissemination activities
Supervising Vanderbilt students and trainees contributing to the project
Supporting the work of other transition-related projects at Vanderbilt as needed
Bachelor's or master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, special education, or other disability-related field
Strong communication and presentation skills
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multiple people on a collaborative team
Demonstrated ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced, but very supportive, environment
Prior experience working for or in collaboration with Vocational Rehabilitation
Prior experience working with transition-age youth and young adults with disabilities
Prior experience delivering training or professional development
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
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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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