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Training and Technical Assistance Associate

Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 27, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Special Education
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Number F27490 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
VCU’s Autism Center for Excellence ( VCU - ACE ) conducts advanced training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities specifically to improve the educational and behavioral outcomes of individuals with autism and related developmental disabilities served in comprehensive public schools. VCU - ACE is one state grant project under the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center ( RRTC ). The purpose of the VCU RRTC is to facilitate the provision of state-of-the-art services for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan that promote access to competitive employment opportunities. Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal
To provide training and technical assistance to educators, para-educators, and parents on evidence-based practices for children and youth with ASD across Virginia, to provide training and technical assistance to Virginia school divisions related to ASD services, and to provide statewide leadership in communication supports for children youth with ASD . Position Responsibilities
The Training and Technical Assistance Associate will provide embedded technical assistance to schools and school divisions in Virginia to increase capacity and improve services for students with ASD across the age range; lead efforts to increase capacity in the development of speech, language, and communication planning for students with ASD ; lead ACE training and technical assistance efforts in augmentative and alternative communication strategies for students with ASD ; coach and mentor teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and other educational staff in the implementation of evidence-based practices for individuals with ASD ; assist schools and school systems in developing systems change plans for improving services to students with ASD ; facilitate school autism teams in implementing data-based systems change plans; participate in planning and implementing regional Communities of Leaders in Autism for multiple school divisions; develop and deliver targeted training, especially in the area of communication, in multiple live and online formats; coordinate and collaborate with statewide stakeholders on the development of additional products to meet the needs of students with ASD across the state. This will require a significant commitment of time teaching /personnel training that includes the development and delivery of teacher prep and/or teacher recertification coursework approved by VDOE . The Training and Technical Assistance Associate will maintain excellent communication with supervisor, co-workers, and external staff through written and verbal communication; complete documentation of time for data collecting and reporting, respond to requests for information in a timely manner through electronic communication, and other means; and complete additional projects as assigned to support the Autism Center for Excellence’s work in local and statewide service improvement plans and statewide goals. Additionally, the Training and Technical Assistance Associate will have a commitment to original research, scholarship, and dissemination of new knowledge, as well as assist with data collection and research development as it relates to the goals of the Autism Center for Excellence.

Required Qualifications
Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology, Education, Psychology, or a closely related field and/or equivalent training;

Extensive experience in delivering speech and language services to individuals with ASD in public school settings;

Extensive applied knowledge of autism and associated evidence-based practices used with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder;

Prior experience in teaching, delivering speech therapy, and/or administration in public school systems;

Prior experience delivering systematic personnel training and technical assistance within public school settings;

Excellent communication skills;

Regional and overnight travel is occasionally required;

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
Speech-Language Pathologist, Certificate of Clinical Competence ( SLP - CCC );
Experience teaching individuals with ASD to use augmentative and alternative communication devices and technologies;
Experience in delivering behavior analytic services in public school settings;
Board Certified Behavior Analyst;
Statewide training and technical assistance experience, knowledge and experience executing organizational-based management techniques in a public school system.

Date Posted 08/26/2021 Open Until Filled Yes Application Deadline Date Proposed Hire Date 11/10/2021 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 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). If you have questions about the position, please email Dr. Carol Schall 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. * Please describe your philosophy and approach to providing communication supports to children and youth with ASD in public school settings.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Other Document
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional Documents

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