Educational Consultant: Youth Employment Intervention, Vanderbilt University, Job Posting (1902087)

Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The transition Educational Consultant is part of the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for partnering with special educators and families to implement a school-based intervention that connects youth with intellectual disability, autism, and multiple disabilities to paid work experiences in their communities. As part of the newly-funded national Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities, our research at Vanderbilt will focus on: (a) developing and delivering a school-based intervention package that connects high school students with severe disabilities to paid employment; (a) evaluating the impact of those early work experiences on post-school employment outcomes one year 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 around the country. This new hire will play central role in delivering the intervention throughout this five-year project. Along with a resume, please submit a cover letter detailing your interest in this position and relevant experiences.

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.

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

This project also involves collaborations with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). More information can be found at

Duties and Responsibilities 

In collaboration with other team members, this person will carry out the following activities:

  • Recruiting students and teachers from local school districts to participate in the study
  • Maintaining communication with families, schools, and districts about the project 
  • Contributing to the development of an intervention package designed to support students with disabilities to obtain paid, part-time employment as part of their transition program 
  • Developing and delivering training to high school/transition staff on the new intervention
  • Supporting educators to deliver the intervention by providing in-person coaching and assistance
  • Contributing to the development of project evaluation measures (e.g., demographic measures, implementation measures, outcome measures)
  • Managing the collection and storage of project data securely at the Vanderbilt campus
  • Organizing and facilitating up to five focus groups involving educators, parents, employers, and community agencies to obtain their input on the intervention
  • Working with relevant community partners (e.g., employment agencies, vocational rehabilitation, employers) to support the employment of youth with disabilities
  • Recruiting a 10-member project advisory board and facilitating quarterly meetings
  • Supporting and monitoring the work of graduate students who are working on the project as research assistants
  • Organizing and facilitating regular (i.e., twice monthly) project team meetings
  • Contributing to project dissemination activities such as conference presentations, research briefs, and journal articles
  • Meeting weekly with the faculty Investigators to prioritize project tasks

The position requires some travel to schools and workplaces throughout Middle Tennessee. 

Profile of an Ideal Candidate 

  • Bachelor's degree is necessary
  • Strong communication skills are necessary
  • Ability to work effectively with multiple people on a collaborative team is necessary
  • Ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced, but supportive, environment is necessary
  • Familiarity with employment and transition services available to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is necessary
  • Prior experience working with transition-age youth with disabilities is preferred
  • Prior experience working with high schools or transition programs is preferred
  • Passion for improving employment and life outcomes for youth with disabilities is preferred

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.  

: Research, Extension, and Other Education Professionals

Primary Location
: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

: 21220 - Special Education


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