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
Master's degree in education or related fields
Minimum of 5 years providing technical assistance to LEAs/SEAs is strongly preferred
Experience with professional development and school improvement activities
Experience working with district and/or state level leadership teams, providing decision-making and support for school improvement
Expertise in data-based decision making
Experience with instructional design and materials development preferred
Experience with teambuilding preferred
Excellent organizational and communication skills, including independent writing skills
High level of accuracy and attention to detail
Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks with accuracy and respond to changing priorities
Ability to adapt communication appropriately for purpose and audience
Ability to work as part of the team, lead when appropriate, and accept feedback
Professional appearance and demeanor
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.
Internal Number: 10000015
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