The Program Coordinator role is part of Next Steps at Vanderbilt, an inclusive college program serving students with intellectual disability. This individual will be a contributor responsible for assisting the career development team in administering workplace supports for Next Steps students, coordinating their career exploration and internship opportunities, and evaluating the Next Steps career development initiatives.
Reporting directly to Director of Career Development, the Program Coordinator will provide individualized job coaching supports for students enrolled in the Next Steps at Vanderbilt, assist with the planning and development of career exploration and internship opportunities, administer, and execute evaluative tools and reports, and assist the Director of Career Development in their initiatives. The Next Steps program is based within the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University.
Ranked as the #1 Special Education Program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for more than a decade, our department has long been a leader both in research and practice.
The mission of the Department of Special Education is to improve the lives of children and youth with disabilities through (a) the preparation of exceptionally competent teachers and researchers, (b) conducting research that informs and improves educational programs and behavioral interventions, and (c) leadership in professional associations and advocacy for persons with disabilities. We are committed to equipping students with diverse backgrounds and experiences to provide exceptional services and supports to people with disabilities and their families.
About the Next Steps Program Next Steps at Vanderbilt is the founding post-secondary education program in the state of Tennessee. Based out of the nationally recognized Peabody College, Next Steps is an innovative postsecondary program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing individualized programs focused on academic, social, and career development. Our status as a Comprehensive Transition Program (designated by the U.S. Department of Education) recognizes the program's merits and allows eligible students to apply for Federal Financial Aid for tuition assistance. We are committed to providing students with disabilities inclusive, transformational postsecondary education in academics, social and career development, and independent living, while honoring equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors. More information can be found at https://peabody.vanderbilt.edu/departments/nextsteps/.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide individualized job coaching supports for students enrolled in the Next Steps program (up to 20 hours/week):
Work alongside students at their internship sites, supporting students in developing their employment and work-readiness skills.Develop individualized support tools with students and site supervisors.
Collaborate with students and internship site supervisors to develop a fading plan.Communicate with all parties, checking in with the student and internship supervisor to ensure support needs are being met as fading begins.
Evaluate the student's workplace skills and independence through weekly evaluations, collecting data on their professionalism, communication, transferable job skills, and specialized skills.
Support the student and supervisor in conducting pre/post-placement performance reviews as an opportunity to discuss feedback, goals, and expectations.
Document the students' skill sets through pictures and videos and support the student in uploading these to an individual employment portfolio.
Provide transportation training to students, as needed, with the MTA, Uber/Lyft, Access Ride, or other available transportation options.
Assist in the planning and development of career exploration and internship opportunities for students enrolled in the Next Steps program:
In collaboration with the Director of Career Development, program coordinators will utilize business networking, relationship building, and customer service skills to develop career exploration experiences (e.g., job shadowing, informational interviews, industry tours, workshops with the Vanderbilt Career Center) for up to 12 freshmen and/or internship placements each semester for up to 12 student per the sophomore and junior cohorts to meet their program requirements and gain meaningful employment experiences. Breakdown of exploration and internship development will be determined in collaboration with the Director.
Provide one-on-one support to students enrolled through Next Steps with:
Individualized and small group career exploration including job shadowing, participating in informational interviews, attending career fairs, and job sampling.
Job search activities including updating relevant employment documents, researching roles online, networking, drafting, and sending letters of interest to employers, completing online job applications, and preparing for interviews.
Pre-hire paperwork and new hire orientation requirements prior to starting internships or job placements.
Coordinate student internship schedules based on the needs of the placement site, the student's schedule, and the availability of Next Steps' job coaches.
Monitor progress on and provide feedback for career exploration and/or internship placements in a timely manner as students complete activities to meet the learning objectives in their scope and sequence, as assigned by the Director of Career Development.
Communicate with the Department of Rehabilitation (VR) and Social Security services in a timely manner each semester with regards to reporting and documentation of student progress per VR policy.
Assist the Director of Career Development to manage and maintain all relevant employment data:
Administer surveys and evaluation tools and compile and share results.
Develop a system for tracking and collecting data year-round to be submitted to Vocational Rehabilitation, TPSID, and other university and outside agencies, as needed.
Report and submit information according to deadlines to university and outside agencies.
Publicize Next Steps career development on social media to increase engagement from prospective students and future internship or employment partners.
Maintain accurate Alumni employment records and schedule Alumni support hours according to program policy.
Perform additional Next Steps Staff Duties:
Co-lead a Career and Community Studies or Career Development course or upperclassmen seminar.
Serve as the Adviser to students enrolled in Next Steps
Assist with Next Steps Activities: Food Foray, Science Lab, Orientation Activities, Open Houses, NSSI and Recruitment Events.
Assist with conferences and various presentations.
Collaborate with the Director of Career Development and program staff on research and communication of best practices in career development for young adults with intellectual disability, particularly within higher education contexts.
Supervisory Relationships At the direction of the Director of Career Development, the program coordinator will support with the supervision of job coaches working with career exploration activities and internships. This could include up to 5-6 job coaches per semester and includes:
Assisting with training on best job coaching practices to support the career exploration and internship experiences of students with intellectual disability.
Review weekly job coaching reports and provide feedback, suggestions, and support as needed.
Address concerns that arise with job coaches in relation to career exploration and internships.
Bachelor's degree and experience working with individuals with disabilities preferred.
Experience in education, job training, or related field is necessary.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
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About Vanderbilt University
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