This position involves training and supporting special educators--along with other transition team members--to connect students with disabilities to paid, part-time employment during their final year of high school. This multi-year research project is evaluating the impact of early work experiences on the post-school outcomes of students with intellectual disability, autism, or multiple disabilities. This educational consultant will work as part of a collaborative team to: (a) provide training on the year-long employment intervention; (b) support school and agency staff to connect students to part-time jobs in the community; (c) assist with data collection and evaluation efforts; and (d) help develop project resources and materials. The project is led by Vanderbilt University in collaboration with the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on the Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University (https://transition.vcurrtc.org/research/study5.cfm). 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.
This five-year research project is focused on: (a) developing and delivering a school-based intervention package that connects high school students with severe disabilities to paid employment in their final year of public school; (b) evaluating the impact of early work experiences on post-school employment after graduation; (c) examining the pathways students take into the workplace--before and after graduation--and the supports that make integrated employment possible; and (d) packaging the intervention materials for dissemination to schools everywhere. More information can be found at https://transition.vcurrtc.org/research/study5.cfm
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 The educational consultant will carry out the following activities:
Assist with recruitment of students with disabilities, teachers, and parents
Co-lead the training of participating special educators and other agency staff
Attend person-centered, employment planning meetings for participating students
Support school teams in identifying and securing community work experiences for students with severe disabilities
Visit area job sites to observe students' work experiences
Maintain ongoing communication with study participants and schools
Assist with data collection and storage
Contribute to dissemination activities through conference presentations as well as preparation of article and chapter submissions
Participate in regular team meetings and cross-site project meetings
Bachelor's or master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, special education, or other disability-related field
Prior experience working with youth or adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Prior experience finding or supporting employment experiences for individuals with disabilities
Demonstrated ability to work effectively on a collaborative team
Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines
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.
Internal Number: 10000685
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