Vanderbilt University Educational Consultant - Special Education in Nashville, Tennessee

Educational Consultant - Special Education (Job Number: 1800505)


About the Position:

We are seeking an Educational Consultant for the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project, a project funded by the Tennessee Department of Education to provide technical assistance to Middle Tennessee schools in developing, implementing, and evaluating multi-tiered systems of support for students with or at risk for behavioral concerns. These school-wide and individual supports are designed to address individual student needs by changing schools at a systems level (e.g., creating school-wide systems to proactively identify risk, supporting students at the earliest signs of need, and supporting teachers in using evidence-based practices). The consultant will train and support professional teachers, administrators, and other stakeholder groups to implement these models. For more information, please visit our website at at .

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.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Training and Technical Assistance:

  • Plan, prepare, and conduct in-service training activities for school personnel (e.g., district and school administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, related service providers, parents as members of school teams) who work with children with high- and low-incidence disabilities.

  • Consult with school leadership teams and classroom teachers to help them develop (a) appropriate goals and activities for school-wide systems to support behavioral progress and (b) secondary level interventions for students demonstrating additional need, and ability to conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment and provide recommendations and assistance to school teams for creating a Behavior Intervention Plan

  • Manage teacher- and administrator-completed data in a secure, web-based application

  • Work with the Training Director to develop innovative technical assistance supports (e.g., online, video, etc.)

  • Provide recommendations to schools and teachers regarding individualized supports for students with behavioral difficulties

Collaboration and Facilitation:

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with schools and districts

  • Participate in regular team planning meetings

  • Support the work of research assistants in data collection activities at assigned schools

  • Attend and facilitate meetings with community and school staff

Research, Publication and Dissemination:

  • Contribute to dissemination activities through conference presentations, web-based seminars, evidence-based practice briefs, strategy and tool guides, manuscripts for dissemination in peer-reviewed journals, and project reports

  • Assist with project evaluation activities

Assist with other related duties as assigned


  • Master’s degree in special education or education preferred

  • At least two years of teaching experience, with demonstrated knowledge of applied behavior analysis and academic and behavioral interventions and supports

  • 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

  • Experience training schools or school teams on school-wide and individual levels for students with behavioral concerns.

  • Experience in conducting Functional Behavior Assessments and developing Behavior Intervention Plans in school settings.

  • Experience providing direct services to children, youth, and/or young adults with disabilities and behavioral challenges

  • Knowledge of the educational needs of school-age children and youth with disabilities (grades K-12)

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and competence with 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

Additional Information:

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) with a flexible start date.

Hours are typically Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; however, the candidate selected for this position will need to be available for travel to various conferences around the region, which may require overnight or after-hours travel. Access to reliable transportation throughout all of Middle Tennessee is required.


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

Success Factors:

  • 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 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