Program Coordinator/Congregational and Employment Coach

Nashville, Davidson County
Feb 20, 2014


Congregational and Employment Coach (Part-Time, 20 hours per week)




The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's Disabilities, Religion, and Spirituality Program is leading an innovative new project focused on developing and evaluating a new approach for equipping faith communities to support the employment of their members with disabilities (e.g., physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury, wounded veterans, developmental disabilities). Funded by the Kessler Foundation, this two-year project is a collaboration among four University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) in Tennessee, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Texas. This position involves recruiting diverse faith communities and people with disabilities, designing and delivering training to congregational teams, providing coaching support to participating congregations and employers, contributing to regular project meetings, assisting with project evaluation, and contributing to model development and dissemination efforts.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Recruiting up to 15 local faith communities to support at least one member with a disability in meeting personal employment goals
  • Designing and delivering initial training to congregational teams on providing a model of personalized employment supports
  • Supporting congregational teams-working alone or in partnership with disability organizations or service providers-to implement this employment model
  • Assisting in the development of a new network of congregations and disability programs invested in addressing employment issues (i.e., a community of practice)
  • Assisting in hosting a series of local "community conversation" events addressing the role faith communities might play in addressing employment needs
  • Facilitating the completion of research surveys and interviews to inform project activities
  • Contributing to the development of practical resources (e.g., "good practice" guides, success stories) related to our project and model
  • Coordinating with project activities at three other partnering UCEDDs
  • Contributing to national dissemination activities through conference presentations as well as preparation of article and chapter submissions
  • Other project activities as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree related to education, disabilities, employment, or religion

 Preferred Qualifications:


  • Prior experience working with (a) people with disabilities and/or (b) employment initiatives for at-risk populations
  • Strong knowledge of the employment needs of individuals with disabilities
  • Passion for equipping faith communities in this area
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and activities simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multiple people as part of a collaborative team

Additional Information:


This is a 20 hour per week, part-time position. This position is grant-funded. Scheduled hours are typically during the day, Monday - Friday; however, hours may be needed on the weekend and/or evenings as the project dictates. Moderate travel throughout middle Tennessee is essential for this position. 


For additional information about the project, contact Erik Carter, Associate Professor of Special Education at For more information about the Kennedy Center, visit 



Basic Qualifications

Job requires Bachelor's and 1 year of experience or the equivalent.

Job Professional and Managerial

Primary Location TN-Nashville-One Magnolia Circle

Organization Vanderbilt Kennedy Center 104218