Vanderbilt University Educational Consultant - Peabody Special Education in Nashville, Tennessee

Educational Consultant - Peabody Special Education (Job Number: 1800168)

Description

About the Position:

The 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 https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2017/08/01/vanderbilt-has-happiest-students-again-according-to-2017-princeton-review-best-colleges-rankings/ 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, and Expected Outcomes:

  • Advise professional teachers in public schools regarding methods for teaching children with or at-risk for learning disabilities; conduct stakeholder groups to obtain input on the development of the educational innovations

  • Develop content for the educational innovations using field experience and expertise as necessary to research and/or review other research provided by experts

  • Present content of innovations in a collaborative manner with professional teachers in public schools

  • Work in a collaborative manner to ensure the fidelity with the educational innovations and assessments are implemented.

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

  • Work to implement innovations and assessments with students.

Qualifications:

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

  • Minimum of 1 year as teacher or tutor for students with or at-risk with learning disabilities

  • Strong written and verbal communication, as well as public speaking skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multiple people as part of a collaborative team

  • Will consider a candidate with a bachelor’s degree with relevant experience

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

  • Expertise in the cognitive and linguistic assessments employed within the Fuchs research group

  • Expertise in interventions design for students with or at-risk for learning disabilities used within the Fuchs research group

  • Knowledge of the educational needs of school-age children with or at-risk for learning disabilities (grades 1-12)

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

  • Rigorous attention to detail and personal organization

  • Ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to work effectively with multiple people on a team

  • Daily access to transportation within Middle Tennessee Schools

Benefits:

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU 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 Benefits Overview at https://hr.vanderbilt.edu/benefits/2018-Benefits-Overview_Future-Employees.pdf

Success Factors

  • Acceptance of Feedback – Ability to take constructive criticism with grace, and make improvements without taking it personally or holding grudges. When wrong, owns it – freely admits mistakes.

  • 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.

  • Creative Thinking – Ability to go beyond the boundaries of the job description, willingly takes on new challenges, finds creative solutions rather than always awaiting a manager’s direct instructions

  • Helpful Nature – Offers to help lighten the load for others in times of need. Volunteers rather than waiting to be asked. Understands that almost no one works in a silo, and will need the help of others to do their job well, and that by helping others first, they will likely reciprocate.

  • Integrity – Holds oneself accountable; takes responsibility for failures as well as successes, recognizes that trust is required to hold a team together.

  • Maturity -- Exhibits professional maturity; doesn’t pass the buck to dodge accountability; doesn’t engage in petty office politics or inappropriate social conduct

  • Respect – Is friendly, tirelessly cordial, polite, and genial. Comes in to work with a good attitude and doesn’t bring their own personal “little black clouds” into the work environment.

  • Responds Promptly -- When emails and phone messages aren’t returned in a timely way, it sends the message that the other party is not important. Responds even if just to acknowledge receipt and provide a timeframe by which the requester can expect a full response.

  • Is Nice – Asks questions and is a good listener. Smiles and is grateful. Sends appropriate notes of thanks to others who have helped. Avoid gossip or saying negative things about co-workers. Patient and generous. Make suggestions rather than stating hard and fast opinions. Avoids being negative, sarcastic, and cynical.

  • Shares – Shares information. Communicates. Transmits knowledge . . . knowledge isn’t power – sharing knowledge is. Asks for advice.

  • Resilience -- Is resilient in the face of daunting challenges and setbacks; bounces back readily.

  • Work through Issues – It isn’t about the people, it’s about the outcome. If things aren’t going well, outcomes suffer. Be willing to have crucial conversations if things aren’t going well. Doesn’t just complain to management . . . does everything possible to remedy the situation directly first.

  • 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.

  • Praises Publicly; Criticizes Privately. When dealing with a difficult co-workers or customers, “pretend your children are watching” how the situation is handled. Good manners help keep a cool head. Gives credit where credit is due.

  • Assumes the Best -- Assume that others are working as hard as you are on things that are as important as what you are working on. Just because you don’t know what someone does, it doesn’t mean they’re not doing anything.

  • 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.

  • Perspective – Maintains a sense of humor and perspective. Can laugh first and foremost at oneself.

  • 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.

  • Honest and Transparent – Doesn’t have hidden agendas. Doesn’t play people against each other. Is authentic and forthright.

  • Autonomous – Self-managing; self-motivated. Manages time, activities and outcomes well so that progress stays on track.

  • Detail-Oriented – Even small mistakes can create big issues; attention to detail work indicates care about the outcomes.

  • Hard-Working – Is industrious as well as efficient (busy isn’t the same as productive). Be persistent. Can juggle multiple competing priorities simultaneously.

  • Eager – Enthusiastic, wanting to learn, wanting to continue one’s personal and professional development and expertise.

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

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 21220 - Special Education

Job: Research, Extension, and Other Education Professionals