IDEAL Program Assistant

We currently have the following opening in the College of Education:

Position:  Program Assistant

Reports to:  IDEAL Faculty Advisor

Description: Lipscomb University is seeking a Program Assistant for our IDEAL (Igniting the Dream of Education and Access at Lipscomb) program. IDEAL is a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual and/or development disabilities. The IDEAL program has the ultimate goal of graduating individuals with improved independent social, communication, and vocational skills that are prepared to work in a preferred job setting. IDEAL students participate fully in the college environment by taking four classes a semester, participating in extracurricular activities, and interacting with their peers. There is an emphasis on job skills through on-campus and off-campus internships. Ideally, students will leave Lipscomb with a job in place and will be prepared to live and work independently. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with the program director to provide daily clerical and administrative support to the IDEAL program
  • Manage undergraduate Peer Mentoring program to include coordination of peer mentoring schedules, tracking of student commitment hours, communication of expectations and policies, and placement of substitute mentors as needed

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with daily management of the IDEAL program
  • Track and organize prospective and enrolled student paperwork
  • Prepare materials for applicant interviews and trial days on campus
  • Manage inventory and ordering of supplies under direction of program director
  • Compile program statistics monthly for grant reporting purposes
  • Organize TTAP assessment materials and track results across testing dates
  • Research potential grant and foundation funding opportunities for IDEAL
  • Prepare materials for and record notes during person-centered planning meetings
  • Provide customer service by answering questions, providing information, and communicating with families, students, and staff
  • Provide ongoing training and support to peer mentors under the direction of the program director
  • Assist with development of materials for the program
  • Other duties as assigned

Education:  Bachelor’s degree preferred. 

Experience:  Some experience with students in special education is preferred.

Job Related Knowledge and Skills:

  • A strong commitment to the mission of Lipscomb University
  • Excellent speaking, communication, and writing skills
  • Strict confidentiality
  • Decision-making skills
  • Initiative and independent skills
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Desire and ability to learn

Availability:  Accepting applications immediately

Our aim is to make the application process as convenient as possible for you.  The online application is the preferred way you can apply for employment.  If it better suits your needs, an application can be accessed in PDF format and submitted in person, via U.S. mail or by fax (615-966-7003).



Lipscomb University is associated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ and governed by religious tenets held by the institution. Primary consideration is given to staff applicants who are active, faithful members of a congregation of the Church of Christ. Lipscomb University complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and does not engage in prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, color, national or ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of its employment practices.