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

Educational Consultant - Professional Development Coordinator - Peabody Special Education (Job Number: 1801106)


About the Position:

The position involves work on a federally funded grant at the IRIS Center ( at ), the primary mission of which is to develop and disseminate engaging, interactive online resources about working with all students, particularly those with disabilities. The Professional Development Coordinator will be responsible for increasing the numbers of schools and districts utilizing the various online PD options offered by the center, acting as liaison to school and district personnel enrolled in the IRIS School & District Platform, coordinating virtual and face-to-face trainings about IRIS Center resources, and seeking and maintaining approved-provider status in state and professional certification systems.

Position responsibilities:

· Targeted dissemination to/recruitment of schools and districts for enrollment in the IRIS School & District Platform (

· Increasing center funding (i.e., via the IRIS School & District Platform)

· Following/facilitating the IRIS business development and growth plans

· Tracking success of partnership campaigns

· Traveling to districts to recruit/provide technical assistance and training

· Working within the Platform to enroll Schools, troubleshoot issues (some programming abilities, which we will provide training for)

· Providing telephone support and technical assistance for teachers, schools and districts using IRIS PD

· Assisting with dissemination/ outreach to expand IRIS awareness and reach

· Seeking approved-provider status for IRIS with states and professional organizations (e.g., BACB)

· Presenting at conferences (local, state, nationwide)

· Reviewing and developing educational resources


· Background in special education; minimum of Master’s degree (required)

· At least two years experience as a teacher in a classroom setting (5-8 years preferable)

· Strong communication and interpersonal skills

· Availability for local and out-of-state travel

· Strong training and presentation skills

· Strong skills in key areas: organization, collaboration, interpersonal, communication, initiative, working independently, working with IRIS partners at a distance

· Willingness to learn processes, guidelines


· Previous experience as an administrator (school-, district-, or state-level)

· Marketing knowledge

· Background in business

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.”


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

Soft Skills:

  • 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.

This position 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