Postsecondary Transition Associate

Posting Details

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Position Number F27800 Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty Rank Instructor Working Title Postsecondary Transition Associate School/Unit School of Education Department SOESpecEd&DP: RRTC Number of Months 12 Tenure Status Non-Tenure Eligible Grant funded position? Yes - Continuation of this position depends on funding of the grant.
Mission or Goal of Unit

Virginia Commonwealth University RRTC’s Center on Transition Innovations provides evidence-based resources and emerging practices to individuals with disabilities in order to assist them in reaching postsecondary education and employment opportunities.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

This position is needed to support the overall mission of the VCU RRTC’s Center on Transition Innovations. The Postsecondary Transition Associate will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation for the center’s inclusive postsecondary education program and will work collaboratively with faculty, community stakeholders and school divisions in the recruitment, implementation and sustainability of the program. The position will include development and delivery of online professional development and resources that focus on preparing for and accessing postsecondary education. Additionally, the position will include training and delivering presentations at national and state conferences. The position will also require an understanding of federal and state laws that impact education and employment ( IDEA, WIOA, HEOA, and ADA ).

Position Responsibilities

The Postsecondary Transition Associate will write publications, develop online training materials, and conduct presentations that focus on preparing youth with disabilities for accessing postsecondary education. This position requires the knowledge to work with school divisions to increase evidence-based practices in the transition to postsecondary education and employment. The Postsecondary Transition Associate will serve as an academic advisor to students with intellectual disabilities, facilitate programming and events, and assist in the recruitment and admission process for the Center’s inclusive postsecondary education program. This position will hire, train, and supervise undergraduate and graduate students working for the program.

In this role, the Postsecondary Transition Associate, will establish collaborative working relationships and network with other researchers in the disability field to advance the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities in higher education, employment, and the community at large. Additionally, this position will support the Center’s postsecondary education research and other grant-related projects, co-author peer-reviewed chapters and manuscripts on the outcomes of CTI research and demonstration studies and projects, assist in the writing of RFP’s for applications, and assist in managing timelines and other aspects of the grant development and implementation process. Lastly, the Postsecondary Transition Associate will have the skills to support the development of annual reports and other technical documents required by sponsoring organizations and agencies.

Required Qualifications

●Master’s degree from an accredited college/university with major coursework in student affairs, counseling, social/behavioral sciences, rehabilitation, or education.
●Knowledge and experience of developing and implementing supports for students with significant disabilities in higher education settings.
●Prior experience in developing and delivering targeted training in multiple live and online formats.
●Ability to communicate effectively through writing and presentations.
●Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU .

Preferred Qualifications
  • Direct experience working in grant-funded organizations within a university setting.
  • Knowledge of developing grant applications.
  • At least 3 years’ experience working in higher education settings.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of peer-reviewed professional journal writing.
  • Ability to maintain accurate and complete electronic and paper filing systems.
  • Strong technology skills using various computer programs and the use of applications to assist students or adults with disabilities in higher education and/or employment settings.

Date Posted 01/15/2021 Open Until Filled No Application Deadline Date 02/15/2021 Proposed Hire Date 03/10/2021 Type of Search National Application Process/Additional Information

As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence.

Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences, and academic and professional activities will impact your contribute to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.

Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive and successful organizational experience.

In addition, please submit application materials via VCU eJobs at Application materials should include a letter of interest in the position (“Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section), a current CV (“Curriculum Vitae (CV)” section), and a list of three current references including names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses (“Other Document” section). References will not be contacted prior to candidate’s approval. Application materials should be submitted to the attention of Katie McColgan by the application deadline date of February 15, 2021. Review of materials will begin immediately. For questions about the application process or VCU eJobs, contact Christine Groah at

Posted Salary $59,000 - $65,000 Quick Link Diversity Statement Information For more information on diversity statements, including guidelines, please click here . Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe your previous experience working with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a higher education setting.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Describe examples of your verbal and written communication skills, including but not limited to, presentations or training you have given and written educational documents or training materials you have created.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * The School of Education values the following as our culture statement, 'The School of Education (SOE) recognizes that trust among all members of the SOE community is the foundation of a positive work climate. Realizes that our wellbeing as an institution depends upon the wellbeing of our members. Respects all members, new and continuing, regardless of status. Values honest communication and finding ways to respectfully address difficult issues. Strives to listen without bias and search for common understanding. Is committed to equity, fairness and a level playing field for all of its members. Knows that the SOE community thrives, because of diverse viewpoints and areas of expertise. Fosters collaboration, collegiality and mutual support among all members of its community.' Please describe ways in which you have worked to foster this type of culture in the professional workplace or in your everyday life.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Other Document
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  4. Diversity Statement (Required for all Faculty)
Optional Documents

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