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Training and Technical Assistance Associate

Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Jul 8, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Special Education
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Number F27050 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty Rank Instructor Working Title Training and Technical Assistance 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
Established in 1983, the Virginia Commonwealth University RRTC provides resources for professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their representatives. Our team of nationally and internationally renowned researchers is committed to developing and advancing evidence-based practices to increase the hiring and retention for individuals with disabilities. The RRTC aims to improve employment opportunities and quality of life in the workforce for individuals with disabilities. In Virginia, the employment rate of working-age individuals with a disability is just 37 percent – 42 percent lower than the rate for those without disabilities. To help those already in the workplace, as well as those looking for work, the RRTC offers training and technical assistance for both employees and employers. The center also conducts research looking into improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities and then shares its results with employers and state agencies. Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal
The chief purpose of this position is to fulfill the commitments of the VCU Autism Center for Excellence ( VCU - ACE ) to the participating school divisions in contractual partnerships with VCU - ACE, as well as the Virginia Department of Education. VCU - ACE mission: VCU - ACE improves services and supports for individuals with autism spectrum disorder ( ASD ) by promoting the implementation of research–based practices in schools and the community through training, technical assistance, research and collaboration. Training includes providing professional development to expand the expectations, knowledge, and skills of those who live with, educate, and support individuals with ASD . It supports the sustainable implementation of research-based practices by providing instructional activities and resources to anyone who wants to learn more about ASD and to leaders who guide professional development initiatives in home, school, community and work. Technical assistance includes facilitating, implementing, and evaluating systems-change initiatives customized to the unique needs of stakeholders in educational and community environments, regions, and the commonwealth. It supports the sustainable implementation of research-based practices by providing team facilitation, coaching, strategic planning and project management in agencies, school divisions and direct services settings to build the capacity of confidence of those who support individuals with ASD . Research includes asking questions, seeking answers, and disseminating findings on important socially significant issues affecting individuals with ASD across the lifespan to improve quality of life. Research is conducted in real-world settings using sound real-world settings using sound research methodologies. Collaboration includes maintaining a spirit of cooperation in our interactions with colleagues and developing and sustaining partnerships with individuals with ASD and their families as well as local, commonwealth, and national entities to enrich, develop, disseminate, and deliver training, technical assistance, and research activities. Position Responsibilities
The Training and Technical Assistance Associate:
  • Provides customized training support to designated division liaisons on research-based content, as well as on-the-job coaching in behavior assessment and intervention applications within the school setting, and developing online training coursework to provide statewide training opportunities on critical topic areas.
  • Has a commitment to original research, scholarship and dissemination of new knowledge, as well as assisting with data collection and research development as it relates to the goals of the Autism Center for Excellence.
  • Provides technical assistance to schools and school divisions to increase capacity and improve services for students with ASD across the age range; coaching division level staff in the implementation of evidence-based practices for individuals with ASD ; assists schools and school divisions in developing systems change plans for improving services to students with ASD ; facilitates school autism teams in implementing data-base systems change plans; participates in planning and implementing regional Communities of Leaders in Autism for multiple school divisions; develops and delivers targeted training in multiple live and online formats; coordinates and collaborates with statewide stakeholders on the development of additional products to meet the needs of students with ASD across the state.
  • Maintains excellent communication with supervisor, co-workers, and external staff through written and verbal communication completes documentation of time for data collecting and reporting respond to requests for information in a timely manner through electronic communication, and other means; completes additional projects as assigned to support the Autism Center for Excellence’s work in local and statewide service improvement plans and statewide goals.
Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in education, psychology, behavior analysis, or a closely related field and/or equivalent training.
  • Holds BCBA® certification and state licensure, and is active, in good standing with both the national and state boards.
  • Extensive knowledge of evidence-based practices used with children and adolescents with disabilities who have challenging behaviors.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to travel regionally and overnight.
  • 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
  • Experience as a mental health practitioner or licensed as a mental health professional.
  • Prior experience in teaching or administration in public school systems.
  • Prior experience delivering systematic personnel training and technical assistance within a public school setting.

Date Posted 07/07/2021 Open Until Filled No Application Deadline Date 08/13/2021 Proposed Hire Date 08/30/2021 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 contributions 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), a list of three current references including names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses (“Other Document” section) by the application deadline date of August 13, 2021. If you have questions about the position, please email Whitney Ham at Posted Salary $65,000 - $84,000 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. * 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)

  2. * Do you have a Master's degree in Education, Psychology, Behavior Analysis, or a closely related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have BCBA certification?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please describe your prior experience providing training and technical assistance to teachers serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorders?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * When working with teams to support students with challenging behavior, what evidence-based practices have you had the most success with?

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * What are your career goals in behavior analysis?

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Please describe how you have used your BCBA certification to assist students within the public schools.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * What is your experience in conducting functional analyses or other functional behavior assessments?

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * Are you in good standing with the BACB and are you currently licensed in the state of Virginia? If no, please explain.

    (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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