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Program Specialist (VDBP Technical Assistance Specialist)

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Posting Details

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Position Information

Position Number FAF510
Position Type Professional Faculty
Rank Instructor
Working Title Program Specialist (VDBP Technical Assistance Specialist)
School/Unit School of Education
Department SOESpecEd&DP: PPD
Number of Months 12
Tenure Status Non-Tenure Eligible
Grant funded position? Yes - Continuation of this position depends on funding of the grant.

Position Summary and Qualifications

Mission or Goal of Unit

The Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness (VDBP) ongoing mission is to support families, teachers, and service providers in their endeavors to improve outcomes for children and youth who experience both vision and hearing loss. Through innovative approaches to providing technical assistance, training, and information, VDBP aspires to improve the quality of life for people with deaf-blindness as they live in their homes, learn in their schools, socialize in their communities, and access the services they choose.

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

The Program Specialist (VDBP Technical Assistance Specialist) will work closely with the Project Coordinator and Project Director to achieve the outcomes targeted by grant activities. The Program Specialist is responsible for assisting in the delivery of coaching and technical assistance components of grant activities to ensure both are delivered effectively and efficiently. The Program Specialist will also be responsible for assisting other grant activities including completing the annual child count, dissemination, reporting, and support of Partnership by participating in committees and program development, and continuing personal professional development to maintain knowledge of current policies and research-based strategies related to education students with deaf-blindness.

Position Responsibilities

•Providing technical assistance (requires in-state travel and occasional overnight travel)
•Participating in collaboration activities, including web conferences with other projects in the national technical assistance and dissemination network
•Providing training (requires some in-state travel)
•Assisting in data collection for evaluation and reporting activities
•Assisting in family engagement and professional training activities in collaboration with other state deaf-blind projects (requires some in-state travel)
•Providing coaching to training participants (requires some travel)
•Participation in advisory committee events (requires some travel)
•Serving on relevant state advisory councils (may require travel)
•Assisting educators and families of children with deaf-blindness in accessing the latest materials and resources
•Demonstrate experience working in and fostering a diverse environment and commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU
•Conducting additional duties assigned by the Project Director or Project Coordinator, including contributing to grant writing activities.

Required Qualifications

•Master’s Degree in Special Education, Severe Disabilities, or Related Field
•At least three years of experience teaching students with sensory impairments and/or multiple disabilities or three years (by August 2017)
•Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
•At least three years of experience teaching students with deaf-blindness
•Proficiency using distance technology for training and web conferences
•Experience writing and giving presentations
•Experience coordinating activities and events
•Experience working in classrooms with interveners
•Knowledge of the Office of Special Education Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network
• Basic knowledge of braille
•Basic knowledge of sign language
•Training in the “Specialization Knowledge and Skill Set for Paraeducators Who Are Interveners for Individuals with Deafblindness”
•Experience with alternative communication systems including object communication

Preferred Qualifications

Teaching Certificate in Special Education

Posting Detail Information

Date Posted 11/02/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Application Deadline Date
Proposed Hire Date 01/25/2018
Type of Search National
Application Process/Additional Information

Your application MUST include: 1) an application letter describing how your education and employment experiences meet the required qualifications; 2) a complete and current vita; and 3) three references whom we may contact directly (including telephone numbers and email addresses).
Please submit your application online at For a complete job description, please contact Julie Durando at ( or (804) 828-8252.

Posted Salary $55,000-$65,000

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you find out about this position?
    • Alumni association magazine
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Community event
    • Email notification
    • HERC (Higher Ed Recruitment Consortium)
    • Higher education publication
    • Internal Recruiter
    • Job fair
    • Job site (e.g.
    • Listserv
    • Newspaper
    • Professional association/journal
    • Referred by person/employee
    • Search firm notification
    • VCU vacancy listing - eJobs
    • Other
  2. * If you selected "Other" for your referral source, please indicate where you heard about this posting? (If you did not select "Other," please enter "n/a."

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Briefly describe [or list] your experience(s) with state/regional/national deaf-blind technical assistance and dissemination projects. (For example: participating in a National Center on Deaf-Blindness Technical Work Group, receiving technical assistance in your classroom from a project, participating in the Open Hands, Open Access online modules, or employment as a technical assistance provider.)

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please describe your experience providing training to adults working with students with deaf-blindness.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * How many years of experience do you have working directly with students with deaf-blindness in educational settings pre-kindergarten through 12th grade?
    • 0-2 years
    • 2 years- 5 years
    • 5 years - 10 years
    • over 10 years
  6. * Describe your experience working with or as an intervener.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

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