Career Opportunities

We seek to build a team dedicated to the goal of dramatically improving student achievement, grounded in the belief that children from all backgrounds can succeed when given the opportunities they deserve, and committed to the core values of our department.

To apply for any of our current executive service openings (listed below), please submit your resume and cover letter to Education.Careers@tn.gov. Your email subject line should list the name of the position you are applying for. Thank you for your interest!

Full-Time Openings

Accounting Manager, Office of Chief Financial Officer

Under the direct supervision of the Fiscal Director, the Accounting Manager will manage payroll accounting for the entire agency and will manage the general ledger.  The Accounting Manager will support the Department of Education’s mission by demonstrating leadership in our core values: excellence, optimism, judgment, courage, and teamwork. This position will be responsible for maximizing return on financial assets by following established financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems. This position will also manage staff and ensure adherence to the Cash Management Improvement Act as related to appropriate procedures and controls for the Department.

Responsibilities
  • Guides financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures.
  • Protects assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls.
  • Monitors and confirms financial condition by conducting audits; providing information to internal and external auditors.
  • Limits risk on cash management by minimizing errors related to daily draws from three payment systems.
  • Initiates corrective action as necessary to ensure books of record are completely and accurately reflected.
  • Provides status of financial condition by collecting, interpreting, and reporting financial data at state and federal level.
  • Prepares reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.
  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; filing financial reports; advising management on needed actions.
  • Completes operational requirements by scheduling and assigning employees; following up on work results.
  • Maintains staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees.
  • Maintains staff job results by coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  • Protects operations by keeping financial information and plans confidential.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
Qualifications
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Superior management skills; ability to coach and mentor a team with varied levels of experience
  • Exceptional oral, written, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively and concisely translate complex financial and non-financial concepts and results to individuals at all levels and backgrounds
  • Effective interpersonal skills dealing with people at various levels within the organization, as well as, external stakeholders
  • A comprehensive knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and working knowledge of Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) including fund accounting and financial reporting
  • Keen analytical skills which support tactical and strategic decision-making
  • Integrity, a proactive approach, excellent judgment, a results-oriented and problem-solving mentality
  • Skill in organizing accounting operations effectively and efficiently to meet business objectives
  • A commitment to the mission of the organization and dedication to fiscal operation results
  • Proven leadership skills – able to influence and motivate others to achieve quality results in an effective and efficient manner
Desired Education and Experience
  • Bachelors’ degree with major in Accounting
  • 5 or more years relevant accounting experience
  • 2 years supervisory experience
  • CPA license in Tennessee preferred
  • Substitution of Experience for Education: Five or more years serving as finance, business or accounting manager for other public agency or Local Education Authority (LEA) with supervisory duties

Salary Range:   $3,857 - $6,171/month

If interested, apply to Anna.Sparks@tn.gov .

Administrative Services Assistant, West Tennessee School for the Deaf

This position works under the general supervision of the Administrative Services Manager and performs accounting and clerical work of average difficulty involving bookkeeping principles to a variety of financial records and documents and performs related work as required by the supervisor.  Employee will work in the Business Office at the West Tennessee School for the Deaf with major portion of job responsibilities being procurement.  Individual hired will be required to attend workshops in Nashville, as needed, for Edison Training used by the state for business processes, and other pertinent training as well.

Location

West Tennessee School for the Deaf
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Responsibilities
  • Purchases all supplies, equipment, and services for the school by preparing requisitions, purchase orders, and receipts.  Screens all requisitions and purchase orders for accuracy and proper justification and approvals. 
  • Writes and maintains Agency Term Contracts when required by the Central Procurement Office, writes product specifications for use in bidding competitively with vendors for supplies, equipment, and services.  Serves as a liaison between the agency, Central Procurement Office, and vendors for procuring and/or amending contracts.
  • Tags property and maintains current and accurate asset inventory (State and Federal Funds) and a separate inventory of consumable supplies received and stored at WTSD.  Processes surplus property according to specific guidelines provided by the Property Division.
  • Maintains all travel regulations and policies and assists all employees with expense report processing and ensures all documentation is attached.
  • Assists the Business Manager to keep all safety policies and procedures updates as required.
  • Reconciles the checking account statements monthly, maintains all Accounts Receivable and Cashiering functions.
  • Performs a variety of general staff administrative duties.   Assists in benefits administration and recordkeeping. Assists the Business Manager, which affects the budget and finance of the school, either in budget and fiscal monitoring or in staff work.
  • Provides backup for the Agency Timekeeper and School Secretary.
  • Participates in trainings that will educate the employee on any changes from the Purchasing Division/Central Procurement Office and in any training needed within the Edison system.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Participates in Sign Language classes.
Preferred Qualifications
  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required when driving on campus whether in a personal car or state vehicle. 
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted and required to have a TBI/FBI background check.  In addition, background checks will be conducted through the Tennessee of Registry of Sexual Offences, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree and one (1) year experience of procurement related work.  
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork
Salary and Benefits

Salary range is $2,197 - $3,515 monthly. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Vickie Rudder, rudderv@tennk12.net.

Classroom Teacher, West Tennessee School for the Deaf

This position works under the general supervision of the Principal and is responsible for performing duties in the following areas:  Instruction, Teaching Strategies, Evaluation, Classroom Management, Leadership, and Communication, and other duties as assigned.

Location

West Tennessee School for the Deaf
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • INSTRUCTION: Establishes appropriate instruction goals and related objectives consistent with the curriculum of WTSD. Prepares instructional plans and materials incorporating principles of effective instruction. Creates, selects, or modifies plans and materials to accommodate learner differences.
  • TEACHING STRATEGIES: Provides a clear description of the learning task and its content. Monitors learner understanding and re-teaches as necessary. Provides learners appropriate practice. Reviews, establishes and maintains learner involvement in the learning task.
  • EVALUATION: Uses information about learner performance to improve the instructional process. Reports learner status and progress to learners and their parents.
  • CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT: Establishes and maintains appropriate learner behavior, establishes and maintains appropriate behavior, establishes and maintains a classroom climate conducive to learning, makes effective use of classroom resources, and follows WTSD Discipline Policy and Rules.
  • LEADERSHIP: Improves professional skills and knowledge takes a leadership role in improving education, and performs professional responsibilities.
  • COMMUNICATION: Uses correct grammar. Written and oral communication is organized and clearly stated. Applicant must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  
  • Tennessee Teacher License with NCLB Qualified status (Elementary). Preference given to candidates who also have an endorsement in deafness K-12.
  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required when driving on campus whether in a personal car or state vehicle. 
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted and required to have a TBI/FBI background check.  In addition, background checks will be conducted through the Tennessee of Registry of Sexual Offences, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check. 
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork
Salary and Benefits

Salary range is $34,580 to $61,330 (depending on degree and years of service). In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Kristi Lindsey, klindsey@tennk12.net   Applications due immediately, position available August 2015.

Data Quality Analyst, Division of Data and Research

The Data Quality Analyst will serve as a key part of the data quality team within the division of data and research. The Data Quality Analyst will support the work of the division to ensure accurate and actionable data through the development of processes and resources. We seek applicants with strong technical skills who also demonstrate sound judgment and produce consistently excellent work products.

Responsibilities
  • Works with the business and technical teams to define business and data policy rules to ensure data quality.
  • Develops reports, and or processes to support and enhance the department’s data quality and to provide actionable data to stakeholders throughout the department.
  • Make recommendations to operational support for enhancements to systems of record to improve accuracy of operational data.
  • Participates in cross-functional teams to increase the quality of education data.
  • Reviews data stored into the Education Information System and connected systems for accuracy.
  • Responsible for submitting cross divisional federal reports to the US Department of Education.
  • Researches data quality issues found by application users, software developers and testers.
  • Reviews project specifications with database administrators to ensure that programs are moved to appropriate production environments, established standards are met, and data integrity is maintained. 
  • Solves complex technical problems creatively by researching new or innovative ways to develop an application and/or data structure.
  • Communicates on a regular basis with coworkers/team to share knowledge.
Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Information Technology, Business, Education, or a related field
  • Five (5) years of progressively more responsible work where the primary aspects of employment were related to data analysis.
  • The ability to work with multiple large data sets.
  • Ability to understand and use computational theories and practical skills.
  • Ability and knowledge for effectively interacting with data users, managers, and other stakeholders.
  • Significant knowledge and experience writing SQL queries, developing reports and working with Microsoft SQL Server environment, including SSIS, SSAS and SSRS.
  • Significant knowledge and experience using TOAD for Oracle
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and maximum accountability.
  • Advanced knowledge of complex Oracle Pl/SQL to work in an Oracle environment
  • Experience with data dashboards (experience with Tableau preferred)
  • Organizational and project management skills, with ability to manage highly complex and/or critical data issues.
  • Ability to generate creative solutions and use feedback to modify report designs.
  • Verbal and written communications skills (good interpersonal skill, presentation skills, able to consult, liaise and negotiate).
  • Must be flexible to meet the needs of the department.

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to Education.Careers@tn.gov.

Deputy Director of Data Quality, Division of Data and Research

The Deputy Director of Data Quality will be part of a six member team, and will report to the Executive Director, serving as a trusted thought-partner on strategic matters regarding the Data Quality team, including current and future direction and management. In conjunction with the Executive Director of Data Quality, this individual will fulfill a key role in the development and implementation of a long-term data quality strategy.

The Deputy Director of Data Quality must have the technical skills necessary to understand database structures, business rules validation and processes from several different business areas. He / she must have strong written and verbal communication skills to present findings and recommendations, be able to work in teams and manage time and projects. He/she also should be detail-oriented, have good problem solving and research skills. Moreover, he/she should be able to work independently and possess strong customer service skills.

Responsibilities
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director of Data Quality, assists in the development, implementation, and maintenance of an organizational wide, data governance committee to ensure compliance with federal reporting, external regulatory, and accreditation requirements.
  • Assists in the development of data security procedures necessary to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, accessibility, availability, and quality of the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) data.
  • Resolves concerns and conflicts of the Data Stewards Committee and forwards issues that could not be resolved to the Executive Director of Data Quality for further action, particularly those issues that would entail changes or updates to agency policies.
  • Works with Federal Reports Coordinator, and identifies training needs for data stewards to decrease the number of data quality issues found with submitted EDFacts / CSPR files.
  • In conjunction with the Federal Reports Coordinator, develops a department wide business rules document and data dictionary to ensure common definitions are used across various systems, business units, and federal reports.
  • Communicates quality metrics, issues and resolution to LEAs and State level staff on data quality issues and concerns that arise during the collection of data used for federal reporting.
  • Develops a State handbook – including training materials – for implementing data quality processes for federal reporting.
  • Serves as a data expert on business rules and data sources used for federal reporting.
  • Understands business problems and proactively offer technical solutions, using traditional and emerging concepts and technologies.
  • Recommends methods to strengthen data integrity, quality and availability of information for data users, while tying back to department-wide expectations.
  • Communicate changes and progress on all data quality projects to the Executive Director of Data Quality.
  • Manages individual work load and work effectively on multiple assignments, activities, or projects in a fast pace changing environment.
  • In the absence of the Executive Director of Data Quality, functions as the supervisor for the Data Quality team.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications

Master’s degree in Information Technology, Business, Education, or a related field, and five (5) years of progressively more responsible work where the primary aspects of employment were related to leadership, project management and training.

The candidate must also have a high degree of proficiency in the following:

  • Ability to effectively convey ideas and positions to numerous audiences – externally to technical and non-technical audiences at various levels (e.g., partners, states, federal government), and internally in management situations – both orally and in writing.
  • A firm grasp of data security, including legal requirements and procedures necessary to comply with laws related to maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, accessibility, availability, and quality of TDOE data.
  • The use of correct English grammar, spelling and punctuation to create, edit and revise technical computer documentation for an academic or business audience
  • Organizational and project management skills, with the ability to manage highly complex and/or critical data issues.
  • Ability to establish and build close working relationships to regularly interact with a variety of staff positions.
  • Verbal communications skills (good interpersonal skill, presentation skills, able to consult, liaise and negotiate)
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and demonstrate attention to detail.
  • Willingness to learn new software applications and data quality processes.
  • Intermediate to strong SQL skills to support ad hoc business inquiries in Microsoft or an Oracle environment.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills using Microsoft Excel.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills using Microsoft Word.
  • Must be able to lead projects with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to learn how data systems fit into the larger education policy context.

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to  Education.Careers@tn.gov.

Deputy Director of External Communications, Communications Office

The deputy director of external communications is charged with communicating the department’s messages to external audiences, including the media, policy makers, school districts, teachers, parents and students. This position will work with the director of communications to serve as the front line for daily inquires, fielding incoming requests from media and education stakeholders, as well crafting strategic proactive communications on social media and our blog, Classroom Chronicles. We are looking for candidates that can strengthen the department’s voice in the public conversation, tailoring messages to specific audiences. This individual should also demonstrate an understanding of education policy and a deep respect and passion for education.

The deputy director of external communications will work closely with the director of communications and the commissioner and her leadership team to craft strategic messages, quotes, and responses that reflect the commissioner’s voice and purposes.  As a result, this person should be both engaged in and have a full understanding of the work of the commissioner, the leadership team, the department’s strategic plan, and related activities. 

The deputy director of external communications will also work closely with our policy and legislation team, drafting both proactive and clarifying communications based on feedback from legislators and the public. This individual must be able to break down complex education issues into easily digestible chunks quickly, organizing information in streamlined ways for each audience. Success in this role will largely depend on seeking and listening to feedback, both from external audiences and department leadership. The person in this role should be data-driven, establishing metrics for success on individual projects, measuring progress against those metrics, and adapting plans when necessary.

Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with director of communications to answer daily media inquiries and build relationships with reporters across the state
  • Develop social media strategy to support broader department communications strategy and expand the department’s reach online; manage department Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts
  • Drive content creation for our blog, Classroom Chronicles, and grow traffic to site by engaging with teachers across the state to feature innovative classrooms and programs; collaborating with department leadership to develop ideas, contacts, and content; and using site analytics to inform strategy and planning
  • Work with director of communication and commissioner to craft strategic messages, quotes, and responses that reflect the commissioner’s voice and purposes
  • Work with director of communications and department leadership to partner with education stakeholders, strengthening our key education messages
  • Collaborate with department’s policy and legislation team to proactively draft and deliver communications answering anticipated questions and time communications appropriately
  • Design communications campaigns on social media to share department messages, proactively engaging the department’s audiences and redirecting the public conversation
  • Ensure consistency of department’s messages to external audiences
  • Plan announcements and events across the state, often involving the governor, legislators, or other top officials
  • Draft external facing documents (press releases, one-pagers, presentations etc.) based on conversations with director of communications and department leadership
  • Use photography and videography to creatively support key messages and showcase Tennessee teachers and students
Qualifications
  • High level of personal responsibility, optimism, and judgment
  • Commitment to excellence and problem-solving
  • Ability to prioritize critical tasks
  • Experience in communications and education policy
  • Strong project management skills and organization
  • Photography and videography skills a plus
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years in education policy, journalism, or communications
Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To apply, please email your resume, three-writing samples, and an example of your visual work if applicable to Ashley.M.Ball@tn.gov. This position is located in Nashville, TN.

Executive Director of Educator Effectiveness, Division of Teachers & Leaders

This position reports to the Assistant Commissioner of theTeachers and Leaders Division.This individual will lead and manage implementation of Tennessee’s teacher and administrator evaluation models, including policy development, communication strategies, training content and operations, data analysis and database management, and coordination of key initiatives across the Tennessee Department of Education. The Executive Director will, through active participation, lead a team working to ensure that Tennessee’s implementation of teacher and administrator evaluation substantively and positively impacts every classroom and school in Tennessee.

Location

710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Responsibilities

1. Evaluation Feedback and policy

  • Communicate with relevant internal and external stakeholders to gather and analyze performance data to ensure reliability and validity of evaluation models.
  • Work with the peers and educators to determine action steps on potential policy and procedural changes, including the governance of alternate evaluation models.
  • Process feedback across multiple topics including evaluation policy, operations, and training to inform decision making and to drive internal and external reports.
  • Manage transition to new database through the development and communication of effective processes and procedures.

2. Manage Communications to:

  • Continue to drive proactive TEAM communication with districts around policy/procedural changes, frequently asked questions, and share best practice resources.
  • Direct internal TEAM communication to drive consistency in messaging.
  • Receive and respond to feedback on communication structures to ensure effective and meaningful communication with teacher, principals and district level leadership teams.

3. Manage Evaluation Training to:

  • Develop and improve content, operations and logistics processes for implementation of trainings.
  • Ensure rigorous and positive participant experience during all TEAM trainings.
  • Assess quality and success of implementation of TEAM training based on data and feedback.
  • Develop and improve content, operations and logistics processes for implementation of ongoing trainings.

4. General Evaluation Support

  • Lend support and expertise for ongoing improvement of TASL professional learning offerings.
  • Support TEAM and division related initiatives that require additional capacity.
  • Act as a representative of the Tennessee Department of Education evaluation model as needed

5. Strategy Team

  • Work collaboratively with the other executive directors and the assistant commissioner as part of a cohesive strategy team to implement the goals and priorities of the department’s strategic plan.
Qualifications
  • School or district administrative experience
  • Thorough understanding of the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards and evaluation models
  • Experience in evaluating in educational settings
  • Experience leading professional learning and/or training
  • Project management experience, including working with teams, setting benchmarks and performance metrics
  • Innovative and strategic thinker; solution oriented
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative and high standards for self and others; ability to manage towards ambitious organizational goals
  • Ability to communicate with diverse groups of people, including educators at the highest appointed levels
  • Willingness to travel
  • Strong skills in written and verbal communications, organization and problem-solving
  • Flexibility and a willingness to be a team player
  • Ability to identify concrete implementation steps based on high level policy vision.
  • Ability to execute with quality in a high pressure environment
  • Commitment to ambitious goals for student performance and equity.
Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, and resume to Paul Fleming at Paul.Fleming@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is June 1st.

Program Director, Transformative Pathways to School Leadership, Division of Teachers & Leaders

This position reports to the Assistant Commissioner of theTeachers and Leaders Division. This individual will lead and manage all facets of the Transformative Pathways to School Leadership Program, including the development, implementation, and management of key policies, procedures, and strategies related to:

  • the identification, recruitment, and selection of districts and aspiring leader candidates
  • communication strategies with districts, TDOE, Vanderbilt University, and the Governor’s office to coordinate all aspects of the leadership program
  • coordination with Vanderbilt University with the selection and training of the principal mentors and regional coaches
  • coordination with Vanderbilt University with course content, assessments, and program evaluation
  • leading the advisory council
Responsibilities
  • Travel to districts across Tennessee to recruit, identify, and select high quality leader candidates.
  • Provide expertise in candidate recruitment with participating districts, including recommendations for high quality selection tools.
  • Communicate with participating districts on a regular basis regarding their candidates’ progress.
  • Communicate with program mentors and coaches on a regular basis.
  • Communicate with program participants on a regular basis.
  • Coordination of the distribution of all program materials to candidates and districts
  • Process feedback with relevant internal and external stakeholders on a regular basis to inform decision making and to drive internal and external reports.
  • Work collaboratively with the other members of the advisory council as a cohesive strategy team to develop, implement, and manage the transformative pathways to school leadership program.
Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Educational Leadership
  • Minimum of three years successful experience as a school and/or district leader
  • Thorough understanding of the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards and evaluation models
  • Experience in evaluating in educational settings
  • Successful experience leading professional learning and/or training
  • Project management experience, including working with teams, setting benchmarks and performance metrics
  • Innovative and strategic thinker; solution oriented
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative and high standards for self and others; ability to manage towards ambitious organizational goals
  • Ability to communicate with diverse groups of people, including educators at the highest appointed levels
  • Willingness to travel
  • Strong skills in written and verbal communications, organization and problem-solving
  • Flexibility and a willingness to be a team player
  • Ability to execute with quality in a high pressure environment
  • Commitment to ambitious goals for student performance and equity
Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, and resume to Paul Fleming at Paul.Fleming@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is June 1st.

Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator

The Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator is charged with coordinating the content components of the Tennessee State Standards in K-12 mathematics. This person will be responsible for ambitious goals for improvement in student achievement on the ACT and State level assessments in mathematics. This will be achieved through developing a bold strategy to support the course structure and educator resources in grades K-12 as well as resources around the bridge to postsecondary opportunities. The Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator will work with a group of leading educators from across the state and country to ensure teachers have a deep understanding of the expectations of the Tennessee State Standards in K-12 mathematics and inform all aspects of content support (including assessment design, standards support, and instructional materials).

Responsibilities
  • Coordinate and support the development and dissemination of high-quality resources and training content for mathematics
  • Coordinate and support the development and dissemination of high-quality resources and training content for mathematics
  • Work with CORE offices across the state to support the sharing of best practice
  • Work closely across divisions to support the bridge to post-secondary and underserved and special populations
  • Support LEAs in the selection of mathematics textbooks and other curricular resources
  • Collaborate and weigh in on review of state academic standards
  • Collaborate and weigh in on assessment design (including blueprint design, item specs, and item and form review)
Qualifications
  • A track record of dramatically improving results improving student achievement in mathematics
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation.  Desire to work with educators from across the state to deepen perspective of effective instruction. We are looking for someone who will coordinate statewide learning in mathematics
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters with educators in a clear and empowering manner.  Experience working with diverse teams successfully.
  • Strong organization skills and track record of managing projects to meet deadlines and achieve milestones over time

Interested educators need to send a current resume and letter of intent to Tammy.L.Shelton@tn.gov by 4 p.m. CDT on June 3, 2015.

Science Curriculum Coordinator

The Science Curriculum Coordinator is charged with coordinating the content components of the Tennessee State Standards in K-12 science. This person will be responsible for ambitious goals for improvement in student achievement on the ACT and State level assessments in science. This will be achieved through developing a bold strategy to support the course structure and educator resources in grades K-12 as well as resources around the bridge to postsecondary opportunities. The Science Curriculum Coordinator will work with a group of leading educators from across the state and country to ensure teachers have a deep understanding of the expectations of the Tennessee State Standards in K-12 science and inform all aspects of content support (including assessment design, standards support, and instructional materials).

Responsibilities
  • Coordinate and support the development and dissemination of high-quality resources and training content for science
  • Help shape the agenda for statewide and local trainings to support continuous improvement of science instruction
  • Work with COREs across the state to support the sharing of best practice
  • Work closely across divisions to support the bridge to post-secondary and underserved and special populations
  • Support LEAs in the selection of science textbooks and other curricular resources
  • Collaborate and weigh in on review of state academic standards
  • Collaborate and weigh in on assessment design (including blueprint design, item specs, and item and form review)
Qualifications
  • A track record of dramatically improving results improving student achievement in science
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation.  Desire to work with educators from across the state and country to deepen perspective of effective instruction. We are looking for someone who will coordinate statewide learning in science
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters with educators in a clear and empowering manner.  Experience working with diverse teams successfully.
  • Strong organization skills and track record of managing projects to meet deadlines and achieve milestones over time

Interested educators need to send a current resume and letter of intent to Tammy.L.Shelton@tn.gov by 4 p.m. CDT on June 3, 2015.

Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator

The Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator is charged with coordinating the content components of the Tennessee State Standards in K-12 social studies.  This person will be responsible for ambitious goals for improvement in student achievement on the ACT and state level assessments in social studies. This will be achieved through developing a bold strategy to support the course structure and educator resources in grades K-12 as well as resources around the bridge to postsecondary opportunities. The Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator will work with a group of leading educators from across the state to ensure teachers have a deep  understanding of the expectations of the Tennessee State Standards in K-12 social studies and inform all aspects of content support (including assessment design, standards support, and instructional materials).

Responsibilities
  • Coordinate and support the development and dissemination of high quality resources and training content for social studies
  • Help shape the agenda for statewide and local trainings to support continuous improvement of social studies instruction
  • Work with CORE offices across the state to support the sharing of best practice
  • Work closely across divisions to support the bridge to post-secondary and underserved and special populations
  • Support LEAs in the selection of social studies textbooks and other curricular resources
  • Collaborate and weigh in on review of state academic standards
  • Collaborate and weigh in on assessment design (including blueprint design, item specs, and item and form review)
Qualifications
  • A track record of dramatically improving results improving student achievement in social studies
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation.  Desire to work with educators from across the state to deepen perspective of effective instruction. We are looking for someone who will coordinate statewide learning in social studies
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters with educators in a clear and empowering manner.  Experience working with diverse teams successfully.
  • Strong organization skills and track record of managing projects to meet deadlines and achieve milestones over time

Interested educators need to send a current resume and letter of intent to Tammy.L.Shelton@tn.gov by 4 p.m. CDT on June 3, 2015.

Special Schools Educational Assistant NE, West Tennessee School for the Deaf

This position reports to and works under the general supervision of the Principal and the Instructional Supervisor and will perform the responsibilities listed below.  Individual hired will be required to attend staff development workshops, Professional Development training, as required, and other pertinent training as well.

Location

West Tennessee School for the Deaf
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Responsibilities
  • Maintain necessary records and prepare a variety of standard reports.
  • Assist teacher in supervising students during classroom activities and recreation.
  • Instruct small groups or individual students at the request of the teacher.
  • Substitute in classroom when teacher is absent.
  • Supervise students during breakfast and lunch.
  • Transport students to off campus activities.
  • Prepares instructional materials.
  • Assist with classroom behavior and help ensure the safety of the children.
Qualifications
  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required, including a clean driving record, when driving on campus whether in a personal car or state vehicle. 
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted and required to have a TBI/FBI background check.  In addition, background checks will be conducted through the Tennessee of Registry of Sexual Offender, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check. 
  • Applicants must have completed two years of study at an institution of higher learning or obtained an Associate’s or higher degree, or passed Para Pro Assessment.  
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork
Salary and Benefits

Salary range is $1,856 - $2,968 monthly. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Kristi Lindsey, klindsey@tennk12.net.

State Coordinator, Coordinated School Health, Division of Conditions for Learning

This position reports to and works with the Associate Executive Director of Coordinated School Health to assist with the implementation and support of coordinated school health programs.  The State Coordinator coordinates and oversees the implementation of coordinated school health programs in LEAs and provides continuing support for coordinated school health.

Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with LEAs in the development, interpretation, implementation, and enforcement of policies, procedures, and guidelines affecting the administration and operation of school health programs, activities, services and/or initiatives.
  • Collaborate with school directors and CSH district coordinators for the promotion of student, staff and family health and link improved health status with academic outcomes.
  • Collaborate with district coordinators on analyzing and assessing school health needs to develop immediate and long-range plans and assist in developing state plans and guidelines for the distribution of school health funds for school health.
  • Provide CSH grants administration/management for all school systems.
  • Schedule and/ or provide professional development opportunities statewide as needed in all eight areas of the Coordinated School Health model.
  • Establish and coordinate efforts among community partners and organizations for the effective delivery of Coordinated School Health statewide.
  • Attend/participate/present at conferences, meetings, and seminars at the local, state and national level in order to promote and disseminate information concerning school health programs, activities and services, and policies and procedures related to coordinated school health.
  • Respond to media requests in order to provide information related to coordinated school health goals and objectives.
  • Supervise regional CSH consultants.
  • Responsible for planning a successful annual CSH Institute in collaboration with OCSH staff and CSH regional consultants.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in relevant field required.
  • Three years educational experience in schools or district offices.  Working knowledge of Coordinated School Health preferred.
  • Knowledge of effective school and district components and strategies necessary to raise student achievement.
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork
Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Lori.Paisley@tn.gov. This position is located in Nashville, TN.

Superintendent - Tennessee School for the Blind

The Tennessee School for the Blind (TSB) has a rich and extensive history of serving students with visual impairments since 1843. TSB is the only state special school in Tennessee specifically designed to offer specialized instruction to students with visual impairments. The school currently serves 145 students in its school and residential programs. TSB partners with local education agencies (LEA) across the state to provide transportation for its students. The campus of TSB also houses a Resource Center for the Visually Impaired (RCVI) that offers services to public school systems, to eligible, private non-profit agencies, and to state special schools across the state. An inventory of more than 22,000 Braille and large type textbooks and ancillaries, and non-book instructional materials is available on an annual loan basis. Finally, TSB offers an Outreach Program to districts across the state. These services include assessment in the areas of functional vision, orientation and mobility, daily living skills, and assistive technology as well as direct service in these same areas. It is the role of the Superintendent to manage the daily functionality of the school to include the academic instruction, residential program, resource center, outreach program, maintenance department, food service, healthcare, and procurement. 

In the current organizational structure, the Superintendent is supported by a Principal, Assistant Principal, Director of Curriculum, Director of Student Life, Director of Outreach, Director of Business and Support Services, Director of Facilities Management, and Director of Medical Services. The State Board of Education has delegated the governing authority of the Tennessee School for the Blind to the Commissioner of Education, who is appointed by the Governor. The school is managed by a Superintendent who reports to the Commissioner of Education through the Assistant Commissioner of Special Populations.

To obtain more information, please see: www.tsbtigers.org.

Responsibilities:
  1. Oversee the daily operation of the school, residential program, Resource Center for the Visually Impaired, Braille Production Center and LEA outreach services.
  2. Ensure compliance with all federal and state statutes and regulations relevant to IDEA, SESA, NCLB, ADA and the health, safety and confidentiality of students, staff and parents.
  3. Provide supervision and coordinate oversight for approximately 200 employees.
    1. All certified staff must be evaluated through the state’s TEAM evaluation model while all classified staff must be evaluated via the state’s SMART goal system.
    2. Educational Assistants also require annual evaluation.
  4. Collaborate with Department of Education to develop a working budget and a five-year plan of operation. This includes:
    1. Management and reconciliation of each fiscal year’s budget(s).
    2. Forecasted improvement planning based on student-level achievement data, staff professional development needs, campus upgrades, and etc.
  5. Collaborate with Department of Education, Department of General Services Administration, architects, construction contractors and vendors during design and completion of capital projects (greater than $100,000) and major maintenance projects (less than $100,000). Current projects include:
    1. Cottage upgrades,
    2. Centralized operations, and
    3. Administrative housing renovation.
  6. Collaborate with universities and teacher training programs to conduct research benefiting the educational needs of students challenged by vision loss and to provide field experience for students pursuing careers in the field of vision education.
  7. Maintain positive and productive relationships with TSB Alumni, Lions’ Clubs, Friends of TSB, Inc., advocacy groups, parents, faculty, staff and students.
Strategic Priority:

The Tennessee Department of Education has placed an emphasis on improved achievement and post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities. Moreover, we expect to see faster growth for students who are the furthest behind. Thus, the Superintendent must be well-versed and competent in both the management of daily operations and the delivery of high-quality academic instruction.  

Qualifications:

All applicants must hold Tennessee teaching and administrative licenses. Candidates must also have a minimum of five years of district- or school-level leadership experience, preferably in a Principal role or higher. Preference is given to applicants who hold a Visual Impairment endorsement and/or have direct experience working with students with visual impairments.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience, and there is on-campus housing available for the Superintendent. However, it is due for renovation as indicated by our capital project section.

Applicants should send a letter of intent, resume, and list of three references to Nathan Travis, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Special Populations at Nathan.Travis@tn.gov.

Disclosures:

The selected applicant must be able to pass a series of background checks.

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Last Update: May 27, 2015