Vanderbilt University Educational Consultant - (Peabody Research) in Nashville, Tennessee

Educational Consultant - (Peabody Research) (Job Number: 1801077)


About the Position:

This educational consultant position is on a federally funded research project designed to investigate how academic innovations improve the academic performance of students with or at-risk for learning disabilities and what cognitive and linguistic variables are associated with response to intervention.

About the Department :

With a genealogy dating to a one-room Nashville schoolhouse in 1785, Peabody College today is a world-class college of education and human development. Our mission is to enhance the human condition, with a particular focus on children’s learning and development. We do this as we always have, through the preparation of teachers and leaders; through cycles of research, implementation, and refinement; through service to families, schools, and communities; and through external engagement with professionals, leaders, and policy-makers. Peabody’s focus on learning differences has helped to define the college, as has a reputation for empirical rigor in educational neuroscience; child, family, and community development; special education; the learning sciences; and educational leadership and policy. Peabody is devoted to creating opportunity in an increasingly diverse society and to solving large societal problems.

Peabody has consistently been ranked in the top ten education schools by US News and World Report. With 18 professional and 5 PhD programs, our annual enrollment is approximately 1,000, almost half of whom are recruited each year.

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 was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review at among 382 top colleges and universities for “happiest students” - as well as #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Duties, Responsibilities, andExpected Outcomes:

  • Advise professionalteachers in public schools regarding methods for teaching children with orat-risk for learning disabilities; conduct stakeholder groups to obtaininput on the development of the educational innovations

  • Develop content for theeducational innovations using field experience and expertise as necessaryto research and/or review other research provided by experts

  • Present content ofinnovations in a collaborative manner with professional teachers in publicschools

  • Work in a collaborativemanner to ensure the fidelity with the educational innovations andassessments are implemented .

  • Train and superviseresearch assistants in implementing interventions and conducting academic,cognitive, and linguistic assessments in the schools

  • Work to implementinnovations and assessments with students.


  • Candidatesmust hold a Master’s degree in special education or related field;

  • Minimumof 1 year as teacher or tutor for students with or at-risk withlearning disabilities

  • Strongwritten and verbal communication, as well as public speaking skills

  • Demonstratedability to work effectively with multiple people as part of acollaborative team

  • Willconsider a candidate with a bachelor’s degree with relevant experience

Experience and Skills:

  • Experience providingdirect services to children with or at-risk for learning disabilities

  • Expertisein the cognitive and linguistic assessments employed within the Fuchsresearch group

  • Expertisein interventions design for students with or at-risk for learning disabilitiesused within the Fuchs research group

  • Knowledge of theeducational needs of school-age children with or at-risk for learningdisabilities (grades 1-12)

  • Excellent oral andwritten communication skills and competence with basic computer softwareapplications (e.g., word-processing, online survey systems, email,Internet, spreadsheets, PowerPoint)

  • Rigorous attention todetail and personal organization

  • Ability to prioritizeand execute multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and work in afast-paced environment

  • Ability to workeffectively with multiple people on a team

  • Daily access totransportation within Middle Tennessee Schools

About VanderbiltBenefits:

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University 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 BenefitsOverview at .

Key Characteristics of a Successful Team Member inthis Unit:

Adaptability – Ability to read cues and adapt accordingly. Ability to adjust style and approach to accommodate the styles and needs of others. Can anticipate and effectively de-escalate potential conflicts.

Teamwork – Values teamwork and co-workers; make them feel valuable and important by acknowledging what they do. Doesn’t expect from others effort that one is unwilling to do themselves. Find ways to complement other’s strong suits.

Raises the Bar – Expects and delivers excellence. Is a creative problem solver. Is proactive. Welcomes input on making things better. Places a high value on learning and getting better

Believes – Believes in the work being done and the organization.

Reliable – Does what they say they will do, when they say they will do it. Shows up for work when expected. Doesn’t push the burden of work volume or deadlines to others.

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

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 21220 - Special Education

Job: Research, Extension, and Other Education Professionals