Educational Consultant - Department of Special Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Educational Consultant
Transition & Employment for Youth with Disabilities


These two positions involve contributing to the development and delivery of online and in-person professional development, technical assistance, coaching, and resources to improve the transition-related outcomes of students with disabilities across the state of Tennessee. Educational consultants will work as part of a collaborative team of faculty, staff, and graduate students to: (a) develop on-line training modules for vocational rehabilitation counselors, secondary educators, other professionals, and youth with disabilities; (b) organize regional trainings on Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) and/or special education transition annually; (c) support data collection and evaluation efforts; (d) contribute to a statewide transition leadership team; and (e) improve the quality of Pre-ETS supports and partnerships funded by Tennessee's Vocational Rehabilitation services. Effort may be split across multiple transition-related projects-one focused on school-based transition and one focused on vocational rehabilitation supported transition (see descriptions below).

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Key ResponsibilitiesIn collaboration with other team members, the educational consultant will carry out the following activities:

  • Developing online professional development modules for vocational rehabilitation staff, special educators, and collaborating professionals to guide Pre-Employment Transition Services delivered to youth with disabilities across Tennessee
  • Supporting the development of online training modules for students with disabilities
  • Designing and providing regional trainings each year on Pre-ETS and/or special education transition
  • Identifying transition and employment success stories to embed in modules and trainings
  • Contributing to the development of a transition manual
  • Participating in and supporting the work of a statewide transition leadership team
  • Assisting with data collection and evaluation efforts
  • Contributing to dissemination activities
  • Supervising Vanderbilt graduate students and trainees contributing to the project

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's or master's degree in special education, rehabilitation counseling, education, or other disability-related field
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multiple people on a collaborative team
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced, but supportive, environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working for or in collaboration with vocational rehabilitation
  • Prior experience working with youth and young adults with disabilities
  • Prior experience delivering training or professional development

About Vocational Rehabilitation Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Project

Improving employment outcomes for Tennesseans with disabilities is a central goal of both the state and the Department of Rehabilitation Services' Vocational Rehabilitation program. Essential to this work is the availability of well-designed training, resources, and technical assistance that equips professionals to work effectively with transition-age students with disabilities. This contract focuses on the development of new professional development pathways and resources to support counselors, collaborating partners, educators, and other stakeholders in this work. More information can be found at

About Transition Tennessee Blueprint

The purpose of this state-funded contract from the Tennessee Department of Education is to provide resources, training, and technical assistance to schools and districts in order to improve the quality of transition services and outcomes for students with disabilities. Key components of this project include: (a) further developing our online portal for transition-related resources and training; (b) hosting an annual transition conference; (c) providing district-level technical assistance around transition; (d) disseminating resources, success stories, and other content through webinars and newsletters; (e) establishing communities of practice on transition across the state; (f) facilitating a statewide transition taskforce; and (g) conducting studies to evaluate our impact and reach. More information can be found at

About the Department of Special Education

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/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 25 years by U.S. News and World Report. More information can be found at

About the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

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