Educational Consultant

Nashville, Davidson County
May 14, 2014


Professional Development/Training Coordinator
This position entails leading the coordination of professional development and training activities for educators, families, and service providers focused on transition and employment for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as the alignment of training activities with all of our TennesseeWorks partners. As part of the TennesseeWorks Partnership, we will be developing a compelling series of on-line and in-person trainings focused on equipping youth with disabilities for the world of work. The Professional Development Coordinator will take lead responsibility for the design, delivery, and evaluation of these training efforts.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate the development of high-quality trainings to equip families, educators, youth, and service providers to support the career development of young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Coordinate the development of content, video, and other training elements
  • Contribute to the crafting of practical resources-such as fact sheets, strategy briefs, "good practice" guides, newsletters, brochures, and success stories-to accompany our trainings.
  • Collaborate closely with Vanderbilt graduate students and trainees, as well as representatives from the numerous TennesseeWorks state partners, to carry out these trainings.
  • Contribute to the evaluation of professional development efforts of our grant.
  • Contribute to national dissemination activities through conference presentations as well as preparation of article and chapter submissions.
  • Other grant activities as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in special education, rehabilitation, or a closely related field.
  • Strong writing, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Familiarity with effective professional development and training practices.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong knowledge of the career development and transition needs of youth and young adults with disabilities.
  • 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 full-time, exempt position (40 hours per week). This position is grant-funded. 
Scheduled hours are typically 8:00am - 5:00pm; Monday - Friday; however, additional hours may be needed on the weekend and/or evenings as the project dictates. 
Moderate travel with throughout the state of Tennessee is essential for this position. 
Salary is dependent upon education and experience. 
Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment.  Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation. 
Vanderbilt is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer
About the TennesseeWorks Partnership
The purpose of this federally funded grant is to refine systems, policies, and practices in Tennessee to ensure young people with significant disabilities (e.g., intellectual disability, autism, multiple disabilities) have the opportunities and supports to access and maintain competitive, integrated employment in their communities. This TennesseeWorks Partnership is comprised of 29 state agencies and organizations working in tandem to accomplish the goals of: (1) further developing our Partnership as a compelling, sustainable collaborative; (2) raising the aspirations and capacities of young people, their families, educators, service systems, and employers to pursue integrated, competitive work as a realistic and first choice; (3) equipping families and educators across the entire state with accessible and relevant resources, training, and supports to enable them to successfully connect youth with disabilities to early work experiences; (4) developing a shared, cross-agency data system to enable data-driven decision making; (5) and stimulating systems and policy change statewide. One innovative aspect of this project will be our implementation of a multi-tiered approach to employment/transition training and resource dissemination statewide. More information about TennesseeWorks can be found at
About the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development is a national Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC). The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center also includes the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD), and the Vanderbilt Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Training Program. TenneesseeWorks is a project of the UCEDD. The Training Coordinator is a member of the TennesseeWorks team

Basic Qualifications

Job requires Masters and 1 year of experience or the equivalent.

Job Professional and Managerial

Primary Location TN-Nashville-One Magnolia Circle

Organization Vanderbilt Kennedy Center 104218PI77407446