Vanderbilt University Project Coordinator (Research Associate) in Nashville, Tennessee

Project Coordinator (Research Associate) (Job Number: 1801953)


The Project Coordinator is part of the Department of Special Education within the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for coordinating a multi-site, federally funded model demonstration project under the supervision of the Principal Investigator. This staff member will assist the principal investigator with ongoing management of a federally funded model demonstration project aimed at developing, delivering, and evaluation professional development provided to school personnel to improve literacy outcomes for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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. Our department ranks first in scholarly production and is a leader in equipping special educators to deliver high-quality educational experiences for students with disabilities.

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

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:

  • Oversees all professionaldevelopment activities (including recruitment of participants,professional development delivery, data collection, data analysis, andmanagement) across four sites (Rural TN, Sub-Urban TN, Urban TN,Mega-Urban NYC).

  • Supervisesand trains project staff, and participating school personnel; conducts andwrites evaluation reports using library resources.

  • Assists principal investigatorwith data analysis, manuscript preparation, and conference presentationsat the level to warrant co-author status.

  • Assiststhe Principal Investigator with planning, designing, and implementing themodel demonstration project.

  • Monitors expenditures andmaking recommendations to the Principal Investigator regarding staff andsupply needs.

  • Communicatesfrequently with project partners within the Vanderbilt site and at othersites.

Supervisory Relationships :

This position does have supervisory responsibility. It will supervise and train project staff and participating school personnel and communicate frequently with project partners within Vanderbilt and at other project locations within Tennessee and New York City. This position reports administratively and functionally to the Principle Investigator.

Profileof an Ideal Candidate :

  • A Master’s Degree in SpecialEducation (or related field) from an accredited institution of highereducation is necessary.

  • Special Education Teachercertification is necessary.

  • A Doctoral Degree in SpecialEducation from an accredited institution of higher education ishighly preferred.

  • At least 3 years of specialeducation teaching experience with experience delivering both academicinterventions to students with intellectual disabilities isnecessary.

  • Experienceproviding professional development and monitoring compliance isnecessary.

  • Reliable transportation isnecessary.

  • Strong interpersonal andcommunication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide rangeof constituencies in a diverse community is preferred.

  • Knowledge and understanding ofthe operational, logistical, and administrative requirements of fieldresearch studies is necessary.

  • Skillin the use of personal computers and related software applications ispreferred.

  • Ability to provide operationalguidance and leadership to technical staff in area of specialty ispreferred.

  • Skill in organizing resourcesand establishing priorities is preferred.

  • Ability to analyze, develop,establish, and maintain efficient office work flow and administrativeprocesses.

About Vanderbilt Benefits:

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU 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. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at

About Vanderbilt University:

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU 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. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday.

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: Research, Extension, and Other Education Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action