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Vanderbilt University Part-Time Educational Consultant- Department of Special Education in Nashville, Tennessee

Part-Time Educational Consultant- Department of Special Education (Job Number: 1901239)


The Education Consultant part-time role is part of The Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University and is a responsible for assisting with all aspects of a research program including the development, implementation and evaluation of the project. Reporting directly to the project coordinator/Co-PI the Educational Consultant for all research tasks (e.g. recruitment, providing intervention, data entry. This role is expected to start on or after August 5, 2019. Candidates must be able/willing to travel locally to family’s homes and community settings for recruitment. Generally, the hours for this role are Monday through Thursday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM with some flexibility based on families preferred schedules.

The Educational Consultant will aid in recruitment of Spanish-speaking families with young children with language delays. Additionally, the educational consultant will provide direct language therapy intervention to the child and teach caregivers how to support their child’s language development using a manualized evidence-based intervention. The educational consultant will adhere to all research protocols.

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

  • Serves as parent educator to complete intervention sessions with Spanish-speaking caregivers under the supervision of the project coordinator.

  • Teaches caregivers how to support the language development of their toddlers with language delays using manualized intervention approach.

  • Provides input on the goals and objectives of the caregiver training program.

  • Helps with the creating of training materials such as handouts, video examples, and presentations.

  • Based on experience in the field during home visits, makes recommendations to project coordinator on improvements for the caregiver training program.

  • Aids with recruitment of families to participate in the research program, including creating recruitment materials.

  • Engages with community programs that serve Spanish-speaking families to aid in recruitment by making presentations and communicating with program directors.

  • Conducts telephone screenings with families to determine if they might be eligible for the program.

  • Keeps documentation of intervention sessions.

  • Assists with translation of research documents.

  • Completes fidelity of treatment checklists

  • Enters data into research database.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • Master's degree and minimum 5 years of experience working with children or the equivalent is necessary.

  • Experience working with children and families, including children with developmental disabilities preferred.

  • Experience with working in research projects and following research protocols is preferred.

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English (speaking, writing, and comprehension skills in both languages) required. Must be fully fluent in Spanish.

  • Experience working with Spanish-speaking caregivers who have children with disabilities preferred.

  • Experience advocating for low-resourced families preferred.

  • Knowledge and experience with Enhanced Milieu Teaching preferred.

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).

About Vanderbilt Benefits

Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

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: Institutional Affairs Professionals

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