Vanderbilt University Educational Consultant, Special Education in Nashville, Tennessee
Educational Consultant, Special Education (Job Number: 2001049)
The Educational Consultant is part of the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University and is a key contributor responsible for working with families, teachers, coaches, and programs in a variety of capacities to support implementation of research-based practices that improve the experiences of young children . Reporting directly to the Principal Investigator.
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. The mission of the Department of Special Education is to improve the lives of children and youth with disabilities through (a) the preparation of exceptionally competent teachers and researchers, (b) conducting research that informs and improves educational programs and behavioral interventions, and (c) leadership in professional associations and advocacy for persons with disabilities. We are committed to equipping students with diverse backgrounds and experiences to provide exceptional services and supports to people with disabilities and their families.
Duties and Responsibilities
An Educational Consultant in the Hemmeter lab supports research and technical assistance across grants and projects that serve the education and development of young children. The lab’s research focuses on
Coaching educators on developmentally appropriate practices using Practice-Based Coaching
Strengthening educators’ implementation of practices to support young children’s social and emotional competence and prevent and address challenging behavior
Supporting educators’ implementation of instructional strategies with young children with disabilities
Functions include developing materials, designing and delivering training, coaching, managing and processing data, providing support to state stakeholders, scheduling observations, collecting data, and collaborating with professionals in the field.
These functions are executed in a timely, accurate, clear, and collaborative manner. As the lab partners with various stakeholders, it is essential that the Educational Consultant individualizes training, communication, and support for different audiences and purposes.
The goal of the Hemmeter lab is to implement and sustain research-based practices that promote positive child outcomes and that programs, administrators, educators, and families have a positive experience working with the lab.
Master’s degree in early childhood special education or related field is necessary
At least two years of experience working with young children with disabilities
Experience with culturally responsive practices in early childhood settings
At least two years' experience supporting educators or administering programs in the early childhood field Knowledge and experience related to the Pyramid Model is highly preferred
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.
Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville
Organization: 21220 - Special Education
Job: Education Support Professionals
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