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

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.

Cook I, Tennessee School for the Blind

This position is in charge of our food preparation and sanitary precautions used in our food service environment.  The students of TSB require exact meal preparations.  The cook is responsible for ensure food is cooked to a safe standard and served appropriately to the students.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Read and follow instructions for special diet preparation
  • Prepare food using standardized recipes and sanitation procedures
  • Serve it Safe certification, must be obtained within the first three months of employment
  • Basic computer skills
  • Operate dish machine
  • Sweep and mop dining room
  • Bus, clean, and reset tables after meals
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge in reading and math
  • Basic or advanced knowledge of food preparation and sanitary precautions used in food service environments

Knowledge, Skills, Abilitites:

  • High School Diploma or GED (Required)
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs

Conditions of Employment:

  • Selected applicants must verify experience/highest degree held.
  • TSB is a non-smoking facility in its entirety.
  • Selected applicant must comply with the State of Tennessee Employee Drug-Free Workplace Policy, and other policies.
  • As required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), selected applicant must verify, within 72 hours of employment, his/her legal right to be employed in the United States.
  • Selected applicant(s) will be required to submit to and pass a TBI/FBI background check, to include Tennessee and Federal criminal history checks, child abuse records, employment verification, and professional/personal reference checks.

To Apply:

Closing date for applications is September 21.

Fully completed State of Tennessee Employment Application packets should be submitted to:

Ms. Regina Harris
Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN  37214
E-mail:  Regina.Harris@tsbtigers.org

Please DO NOT submit a State of Tennessee on-line application.

In addition to application (to include salary history and references), please include the following items:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Current Resume
  • Recent Letters of Recommendation, with signature

Candidates with disabilities who require special accommodations or alternative communication formats should contact the Superintendent’s Office at (615) 231-7316 no later than five days prior to their scheduled interview to facilitate reasonable accommodations.

Coordinator - Grants and Accounting, Divisional Support and Accountability

Reports To:

Executive Director, Divisional Support and Accountability, Division of College, Career and Technical Education

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway  
Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description:     

This position will help facilitate the Division of College, Career and Technical Education’s federal grants and manage all accounting needs.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

This position will be responsible for:

  • Providing coordination of the Division’s budget and payments from both Federal and State funding sources, while coordinating State maintenance of effort and administration matching spending requirements
  • Providing coordination, development, planning, and administration for all CTE contracts and grants and the procurement of services
  • Oversight of federal and state program balances to ensure Division meets budgetary goals and avoids reversion of federal funds
  • Performing pre-audit and payment preparation of invoices and maintain records to support the division’s assertion of effective contracts and grants resource management
  • Completing and transmitting requested reports from division, department, and multi-department sources regarding CTE financial information
  • Assisting in the development of (and maintenance of) division-wide fiscal procedures as necessary to ensure efficient and accurate processing of fiscal documents
  • Interacting via oral and written communication with LEA administrators and state and federal agency personnel; responding to inquiries that are moderate in nature and/or direct inquiry to appropriate staff member or office
  • Assisting Executive Director, Divisional Support and Accountability in fiscal monitoring of sub-recipients that receive federal grant funds
  • Serving as a liaison between the Fiscal Division and the Division of College, Career and Technical Education

Qualifications:

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 Bobby.Sanborn@tn.gov .

Closing date for applications is September 28.

Coordinator of Teacher Effectiveness, Division of Teachers and Leaders

Reports To: 

Rene Diamond, Executive Director, Leader Effectiveness

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway  
Nashville, TN 37243

Job Description:

The Coordinator of Teacher Effectiveness will report directly to the Director of Teacher Effectiveness and will work with a variety of team members, individuals from across the TDOE, and vendors.   In this position, the Coordinator will: (1) Coordinate and manage key TEAM initiatives for the Office of Educator Effectiveness, including Non-Tested Grades and Subjects  (2) Provide operational and logistical support for the key initiatives of the office (3) Provide communication support for key initiatives of the office. 

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage overall operations and logistics of key initiatives of the Office of Educator Effectiveness, including Non-tested Grades and Subjects.
  • Create and implement logistics plans for key initiatives, including portfolios.  Maintain a high bar for excellence in the logistics of events and seek improvement between all events.
  • Manage sites and venues for Office of Educator Effectiveness-sponsored training events, including:
    • Securing venues for all events
    • Oversight of contracting and budget
    • Managing relationships with all venues & partners
    • Managing food and A/V when applicable
  • Design and manage systems for participant information and communications, including:
    • Registration for all events (using event management software)
    • Participant databases for completed events
    • Participant communications for all events
  • Provide programmatic and administrative support for:
    • Office of Educator Effectiveness contracts development and execution
    • Office of Educator Effectiveness calendar of schedules and key activities
    • Special Projects: As needed, provide support for other key initiatives of the division
  • Manage materials ordering and distribution.  Promote the TDOE through all Training & Support materials.
  • Coordinate elements of the Office of Educator Effectiveness budget, including management of contracts.
  • Coordinate within the Office of Educator Effectiveness to ensure that all training programs meet the expectations and needs set by the content.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Project management experience, particularly with alternate/portfolio models.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment balancing multiple ongoing projects, both large and small, at the same time
  • Strong ability to collaborate with managers and peers.
  • Innovative and strategic thinker; solution-oriented
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative, and high standards for self and others; ability to manage towards ambitious organizational goals
  • Strong personal presence and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders

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 Martha.Moore@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is September 18.

Data Analyst, Office of Data Management and Reporting

The newly restructured Division of Data and Research is organized to collect, secure, analyze and report strategic data in innovative and meaningful ways. From the classroom to the legislature, our work informs quality decision-making and inspires purposeful action to continuously improve educational outcomes for Tennessee students. We accomplish this mission through our division’s core values of respect, transparency, and agility, which complement the core values of the Tennessee Department of Education. 

Our division includes the offices of Accountability, Assessment Logistics, Data Management and Reporting, and Policy and Continuous Improvement, as well as the Research and Strategy unit. Collectively, the division works to ensure that data is accurate, actionable, and accessible within and beyond the department. We are working to realize our vision that public education in Tennessee will exemplify excellence and equity, such that our students universally and unequivocally achieve success after graduation.  We are seeking conscientious individuals to support our mission and vision as part of our high-performing team. 

Reports to: Executive Director, Office of Data Management & Reporting

The Data Analyst will support key functions of the Office of Data Management & Reporting, which oversees functions related to assessment returns (psychometrics), data collection, and reporting. This office coordinates and manages the P-20 state longitudinal data system, state report card, comprehensive assessment data files, assessment quick scores, ad hoc reports, and dashboard development and maintenance. Data Management & Reporting is the first stop for data requests from other divisions and external stakeholders.  The data analyst will support the office’s development of routine reporting tools to support internal department stakeholders, such as an SSRS report that a division can use to access needed data on demand. The analyst will also develop outward facing reporting tools and dashboards and, in partnership with IT, guide the design and launch of these tools.

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of three years of progressive experience in data analysis or a related field.
  • Master’s degree in Information Technology, Business, Education, or a related field.

Required Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

  • Significant knowledge and experience writing SQL queries, developing reports and working with Microsoft SQL Server environment, preferably including SSIS, SSAS and SSRS.
  • Significant knowledge and experience using TOAD for Oracle a plus.
  • Experience with data dashboards (experience with Tableau preferred).
  • Exceptional judgment, great initiative, and a quick learner.
  • The ability to work with multiple large datasets to quickly and efficiently generated requested data.
  • Ability and knowledge to effectively interact with data managers, users, and other stakeholders.          
  • Results-oriented, hands-on, team player with a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, high energy environment while meeting deadlines and completing multiple tasks.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in written and verbal form to relay complex information.
  • Ability to generate creative solutions and use feedback to modify report designs.

Responsibilities:

  • Develops reports and/or processes to support and enhance the work of stakeholders within and beyond the department.
  • Designs and implements innovative reporting tools and dashboards that efficiently and compellingly deliver key data points to stakeholders.
  • Solves complex technical problems creatively by researching new or innovative ways to develop an application and/or data structure.
  • Fulfills data requests.
  • Supports required reporting and designs innovative solutions for increasing efficiency.
  • Communicates on a regular basis with coworkers/team to share knowledge.
  • Collaborates with IT staff as necessary to support the work of the Division of Data and Research
  • Flexibly performs other tasks that support the work of the Office of Data Management and Reporting.

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply: 

Please e-mail the following to Mary Elam (Mary.Elam2@tn.gov). Closing date for applications is September 9.

  • A cover letter describing your interest in this position
  • A writing sample
  • A resume or CV
Director of IDEA and ESEA Monitoring, Division of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring

The Director of IDEA and ESEA Monitoring will be positioned within the Division of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring and will carry out the responsibilities of statewide planning and implementation of Results-Based Monitoring of all IDEA and ESEA grant programs.   This position is also responsible for the supervision of five (5) staff and requires management and oversight of multiple statewide and regional projects and initiatives.

Reports To: Eve Carney, Executive Director, Consolidated Planning and Monitoring

Responsibilities

  • Administration of IDEA and ESEA Results-Based Monitoring of all IDEA and ESEA programs statewide
  • Development of monitoring instruments, materials and processes required for compliant monitoring
  • Management of Web Based Monitoring System (WBMS)
  • Onsite monitoring and technical assistance regarding IDEA and ESEA
  • Assist with review and approval of Consolidated Funding Applications
  • IEP record reviews
  • Training and meeting facilitation
  • Supervision of staff to ensure all timelines and grant requirements are met
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in relevant field
  • Five years of experience with IDEA
  • Three years of experience with grant management preferred
  • Experience and/or working knowledge of ESEA
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite – proficiency with Excel and Word required
  • Very strong organizational skills
  • Very strong oral and written communication skills
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.

Location

Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway  
Nashville, TN 37243

To Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Valerie.Starks@tn.gov.  Closing date for applications is August 28.

Director, Northwest Region, Centers of Regional Excellence (CORE)

Reports to: Executive Director of CORE

The position will be required to work out of CORE’s Martin office.

The charge of the regional CORE director is to lead his/her team in providing effective, differentiated support to school districts within the region with the goal of improving student outcomes and closing gaps in those districts. CORE directors are responsible for managing their teams, working closely with the academic divisions of the department of education to ensure alignment in the work, building relationships with school districts, and ensuring the effectiveness of the supports provided.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the academic divisions of the department of education to support districts in executing the department’s key priorities
  • Lead and benchmark success in meeting these key priorities
  • Work with districts to assess their needs and develop a regional strategic plan for providing differentiated support to meet their needs and improve student outcomes
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with superintendents and central office personnel in the region
  • Effectively manage a team of approximately eight staff members to achieve results
  • Provide performance reviews and ongoing feedback to team members using the department’s strategic plan goals and individual SMART goals
  • Facilitate convenings and other PLC-type meetings within the region to bring staff together from districts to collaborate, share, and learn from one another
  • Attend monthly director meetings in Nashville

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional track record of performance in working with adults in a school district central office and/or in instructional leadership
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to present content effectively to diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated record of success improving student outcomes
  • Proven experience leading and managing a team effectively
  • Strong working knowledge of strategic planning and student data analysis
  • Ability to set vision and execute effectively

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please email a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to Don Boyd at don.boyd@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is September 14.

Director, Southwest Region, Centers of Regional Excellence (CORE)

Reports To: Executive Director, CORE – Meghan Curran

Location:

This position will be required to work out of CORE’s Jackson office.

Position Description: 

The charge of the regional CORE director is to lead his/her team in providing effective, differentiated support to school districts within the region with the goal of improving student outcomes and closing gaps in those districts. CORE directors are responsible for managing their teams, working closely with the academic divisions of the department of education to ensure alignment in the work, building relationships with school districts, and ensuring the effectiveness of the supports provided.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the academic divisions of the department of education to support districts in executing the department’s key priorities
  • Lead and benchmark success in meeting these key priorities
  • Work with districts to assess their needs and develop a regional strategic plan for providing differentiated support to meet their needs and improve student outcomes
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with superintendents and central office personnel in the region
  • Effectively manage a team of approximately eight staff members to achieve results
  • Provide performance reviews and ongoing feedback to team members using the department’s strategic plan goals and individual SMART goals
  • Facilitate convenings and other PLC-type meetings within the region to bring staff together from districts to collaborate, share, and learn from one another
  • Attend monthly director meetings in Nashville

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional track record of performance in working with adults in a school district central office and/or in instructional leadership
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to present content effectively to diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated record of success improving student outcomes
  • Proven experience leading and managing a team effectively
  • Strong working knowledge of strategic planning and student data analysis
  • Ability to set vision and execute effectively

Successful candidates 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 Don Boyd at Don.Boyd@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is September 18.

Executive Director, Office of Data Management & Reporting

The newly restructured Division of Data and Research is organized to collect, secure, analyze and report strategic data in innovative and meaningful ways. From the classroom to the legislature, our work informs quality decision-making and inspires purposeful action to continuously improve educational outcomes for Tennessee students. We accomplish this mission through our division’s core values of respect, transparency, and agility, which complement the core values of the Tennessee Department of Education. 

Our division includes the offices of Accountability, Assessment Logistics, Data Management and Reporting, and Policy and Continuous Improvement, as well as the Research and Strategy unit. Collectively, the division works to ensure that data is accurate, actionable, and accessible within and beyond the department. We are working to realize our vision that public education in Tennessee will exemplify excellence and equity, such that our students universally and unequivocally achieve success after graduation.  We are seeking conscientious individuals to support our mission and vision as part of our high-performing team. 

Reports to: Assistant Commissioner, Division of Data & Research

The Executive Director of the Office of Data Management & Reporting will oversee functions related to assessment returns (psychometrics), data collection, and reporting. This office will coordinate and manage the P-20 state longitudinal data system, state report card, comprehensive assessment data files, assessment quick scores, ad hoc reports, and dashboard development and maintenance. May also coordinate federal reporting, e.g. EDFacts.  Data Management & Reporting will be the first stop for data requests from other divisions and external stakeholders.  The team will develop routine reporting tools to support internal department stakeholders, such as an SSRS report that a division can use to access needed data on demand. This team will also develop outward facing reporting tools and dashboards and, in partnership with IT, guide the design and launch of these tools. The primary responsibility of the role will be to ensure increased accuracy, accessibility, and usage of data within the department, school districts, and by the public. The incumbent will engage as a leader of data governance within the division and across the TDOE.   

Education and Experience

  • Minimum of three years of progressive experience in education or information systems management and eight years of professional experience in education, information systems, data science, or a related field.
  • Master’s degree in education, information systems, statistics, engineering, policy or related field required.
  • Doctorate degree preferred, but not required.

Required Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

  • Strong planning, organization, and project management skills, with the ability to identify numerous dependencies and develop a comprehensive, technical plan of action.
  • Exceptional judgment, great initiative, and a quick learner.                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Results-oriented, hands-on, team player with a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, high energy environment while meeting deadlines and completing multiple tasks.
  • Strong critical thinking skills including exceptional analytic, strategic, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in written and verbal form to relay complex information.
  • Expertise with data collection information systems, SQL database design, Excel, and statistical software.

Responsibilities

  • Supervise and direct staff in the Office of Data Management & Reporting and complete performance reviews.
  • Continuously improve current processes and define new systems for managing data accuracy, governance, and security across the department.  Innovate toward optimization of data use as a strategic lever to improve student outcomes.
  • Increase data accessibility for internal programs, districts and schools. Create dashboards and automated reporting that enhance visibility of data to inform decision-making.
  • Support design and maintenance of static reporting for state assessment and accountability results, including individual student reports and web-based portals. Provide oversight of psychometric functions related to assessment design.
  • Maintain comprehensive data files for student assessment results and related information.
  • Oversee state longitudinal database and lead TDOE participation in governance of P-20 system, in partnership with department of labor, department of children services, and higher education commission.  
  • Convene workgroups of data stewards to address critical data issues involving multiple program areas.
  • Facilitate collaboration between program areas and technology regarding data governance related to student data.
  • Establish and manage the process for defining and implementing changes to the agency’s student data collections.
  • Assume responsibility for timely production, accuracy, completeness, and overall quality of federal and state compliance reports produced within the department (as necessary).
  • Coordinate the approval process for data requests to ensure accuracy, security, and compliance with privacy laws, including the development and approval of data sharing agreements.
  • Maintain professional and productive relationships with districts, federal agencies, other external stakeholders, internal stakeholders, and direct reports.
  • Serve on the Division leadership team and support cross division operations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and/or as necessary to achieve strategic objectives.

Salary and Benefits

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

To apply, please e-mail the following to Tammy Billington. While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.

  • A cover letter describing your interest in this position
  • A writing sample
  • A resume or CV
Facility Manager, Tennessee School for the Blind

Reports To: 

Executive Director of Operations

Location:

Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

Position Description: 

The maintenance and custodial department at the Tennessee School for the Blind is responsible for local maintenance of the facilities. This position is mainly responsible for facilities maintenance supervisory work of average difficulty and managerial work of routine difficulty; and performs related work as required. This position may have additionally responsibilities added to fill the needs of the agency or department. This position reports to the Executive Director of Operations.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Supervise a moderate-sized staff of building maintenance and custodial staff. These personnel may perform carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting, boiler operations, HVAC, fleet management, grounds, custodial, or related work at a moderate-sized facility.
  • Inspects building equipment to determine maintenance and repair needs. Coordinates and inspects contracted work.
  • Ensures compliance with building plans, specifications, codes, and regulations.
  • Advises administrative officials on controlled maintenance and capital outlay projects.
  • Capital project maintenance including: record control, participation in planning, safety walk through, and monitoring of project progress. Reads and interprets sketches, diagrams, and blueprints.
  • Performs facility safety officer responsibilities pertinent to TOSHA and OSHA requirements
  • Local HR duties related to the maintenance and custodial department
  • Access request and monitoring to campus
  • Facilities use management and communication with stakeholders
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
  • Completion of two years of coursework at an accredited college or university and experience equivalent to five or more years of increasingly responsible and skilled full-time building maintenance or construction work in one or more of the following areas: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting, masonry, heating, ventilating, refrigeration, or other related area, including at least one year of supervisory experience.
  • Substitution of Experience for Education: Qualifying full- time building maintenance or construction work may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years.

Preferred Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Successful candidate will exhibit/have the following:

  • Ability to work in Windows XP, 7, 8, and 8.1
  • Familiarity with facility management software such as SchoolDude or similar application
  • Ability to work Windows Excel and Word
  • Comfortable with a computer
  • Good communication skills
  • Self-motivated/Challenge seeker

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please fill out the online application, include a resume, and fax it to 615-871-9312 or mail it to:

Deborah Boshears-Gunter
Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN  37214
E-mail:   Deborah.Gunter@tsbtigers.org

Please DO NOT submit a State of Tennessee on-line application.

Closing date for applications is September 25.

Food Service Supervisor 2, Tennessee School for the Blind

Reports To: 

Director of Food Services

Location:

Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

Position Description: 

The dietary department at the Tennessee School for the Blind is responsible for meeting the nutritional needs of the students at the facility. This position is mainly responsible for supervising food being prepared to specifications at the central kitchen and what is sent to the cottages. The supervisor is in charge of receiving food from vendors and testing the foods prepared in the kitchen. The supervisor may, at times, be in charge of training other food service employees, working with the USDA to obtain commodity foods or ensure nutritional standards are met and procuring supplies and food products. This person reports to the Food Service Manager.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Supervise a moderate-sized staff of cooks and food preparation staff.
  • Maintain adequate and accurate records and controls to include: personnel, inventories, operational reports and records, supplies, and equipment for the cafeteria.
  • Supervise food preparation, service, storage and follow-up operations within the kitchen.
  • Instruct and train staff on the job.
  • Perform food delivery checks against the purchase order and invoice for accurate amounts.
  • Participate in and promote in service training and continuing educational programs for self and other personnel.
  • Cooperate with health officials in supporting public health laws, sanitation and safety.
  • Develop a climate in the cafeteria that encourages participation in the lunch program.
  • Exercise discretion and use good independent judgment.
  • Performs occasional lifting and carrying objects up to fifty (50) pounds, occasionally under extreme temperatures.
  • Must be able to perform job duties as described on essential functions addendum.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Education equivalent to graduation from a standard high school. Must be ServSafe certified.
  • Must possess the physical body and dexterity and coordination to achieve angles and positions required to perform lifting up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Must be able to distinguish between different chemical materials/food ingredients with ability to read and understand label information.
  • Knowledge of and/or ability to learn occasional hazards and safety procedures.

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please fill out the online application, include a resume, and fax it to 615-871-9312 or mail it to:

Deborah Boshears-Gunter
Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN  37214
E-mail:   Deborah.Gunter@tsbtigers.org

Closing date for applications is September 25.

Superintendent, Achievement School District (ASD)

Reports To:

Tennessee Commissioner of Education

Position Description:

The Achievement School District (ASD), Tennessee’s state-run school district, was created in 2010 as part of Tennessee’s First to the Top Act—the most sweeping education law passed in Tennessee in over two decades. The ASD is a key component of Tennessee’s strategy to address the schools in the state that consistently perform at the bottom. The ASD is set on proving what is possible by catapulting the bottom 5 percent of schools in Tennessee to the top 25 percent, and, in doing so, dramatically expanding the lives and opportunities of students in these schools.

To date, there are 83 schools in Tennessee that fall in the bottom 5 percent in terms of academic achievement. While not every one of those schools is currently in the ASD, the Commissioner of Education has the authority to determine which schools will fall under its oversight and accountability. The ASD began its operations in 6 schools in the 2012-13 school year and has since expanded its reach to 29 schools serving approximately 10,000 students. This past year, students in ASD schools grew faster in math and science than their state peers, and schools in their second and third year in the ASD averaged the highest level of growth possible.

Senior state officials are looking for a unique, innovative leader to drive and carry out the next chapter of the ASD. The primary role of this individual will be to develop and execute on Tennessee’s strategy to dramatically improve the performance of the state’s most underperforming schools. Reporting to the Commissioner of Education, the ASD superintendent will have responsibility for the district’s schools and the students in them. In particular, the leader will utilize a portfolio strategy for these schools, which allows for autonomy and diversity in approach in exchange for greater performance-based accountability. Additionally, this individual will serve as a member of the TDOE’s senior leadership team and contribute to key strategic decisions for the agency.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Proving what is possible for students in ASD schools by transforming the bottom 5 percent of schools in Tennessee to the top 25 percent.
  • Managing the performance of all ASD schools through a portfolio approach which includes direct-run schools and charter-run schools.
  • Recruiting high-quality charter operators to Tennessee.
  • Explaining the ASD strategy—which moves past the “one-size-fits-all” approach of education—to the public and building support by clearly framing the strategy around its impact on students.
  • Partnering with the superintendents and school boards of priority schools to optimize school transformation and ensure a smooth transition for students, parents, teachers and other stakeholders.
  • Developing a lean and sustainable district model that relies primarily on existing state education funding formula funds.
  • Working closely with national and local third-party partners to implement dramatic changes—particularly in the area of human capital—to enable the success of all schools brought into the ASD.
  • Leading a high-performing team that has the skills necessary for all areas of operations and implementation.
  • Managing performance contracts with ASD schools, which provide schools with autonomy in exchange for high-level accountability.
  • Ensuring the existence of strong social-emotional support systems, including wrap-around services for students and families, to address out-of-school factors impacting student achievement in ASD schools and strong parent and community support systems.
  • Recognizing and communicating progress while pushing for continuous improvement in the district
  • Working with existing government entities to build capacity for the ASD’s work.
  • Communicating proactively about ASD with all stakeholders.

Personal Qualities:

First and foremost, the ASD superintendent must possess an uncompromising belief in both the capacity of all children to learn and be successful and a deep commitment to the improvement of public education in low-income communities. The ideal candidate will also possess some combination of the following personal and professional qualities:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Driven
  • Agile
  • Courageous
  • Reflective

Skills and Qualifications:

The ASD superintendent will have a demonstrable track record for producing results in a context relevant to that of ASD schools and a professional background including credentials and experiences that will validate their stated readiness to manage a bold initiative in the face of one of the most complex challenges in education reform to date. Additionally, candidates for the position must possess the following skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership in education and development of high-performing teams measured against performance benchmarks and student outcomes.
  • Ability to make hard judgments about schools and not think of them as “one-size-fits- all” institutions, including a willingness to face challenges to fully explore what is possible for the district.
  • Willingness to be open and clear about decision criteria.
  • Ability to delegate responsibility to others and then supervise on consistency of actions with overall strategy.
  • Strong conflict management skills necessary to navigate school turnaround work.
  • Capacity to explain ASD’s strategy to a broad variety of audiences, both internal and external.
  • Strong relationship/coalition builder who can cultivate the support needed for portfolio implementation.
  • Proven ability to prioritize, balance, and complete multiple complex projects across multiple sites simultaneously and in the face of competing deadlines.
  • Superb grassroots-to-grasstops skills including the personal presence and communication skills necessary to effectively develop relationships, interact and convey ideas and positions to numerous audiences including students, parents, teachers, community groups, principals, superintendents, funders, and legislators.

Because schools in the ASD are located across the state, significant travel will be required.

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Please submit by email to Commissioner.McQueen@tn.gov.

Closing date for applications is October 1.

Youth Service Worker I, Tennessee School for the Blind

Reports To: 

Director of Residential Services

Location:

Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

Position Description:     

The Youth Service Worker at the Tennessee School for the Blind works with blind and visually impaired children of school age (5-22 years) on a 10-month schedule. This position works in a cottage setting with students who live on campus. Shifts are organized to cover the care of students from after school until the start of school the following day.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

Responsible for the care, oversight, and safety of special needs students at the special schools. This includes personal care (hygiene, dressing, feeding, etc.), housekeeping of cottages (organization, cleaning, etc.) leisure, recreation, and support of school activities (homework assistance, etc.). Third-shift duties include overnight supervision and room checks.

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Education equivalent to graduation from a standard high school. Experience working in a residential setting with children and/or persons with special needs.

Preferred Qualifications

Education and Experience: Two or more years of college.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Sound Judgment
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Teamwork
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Composure
  • Patience
  • Time Management

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please fill out the online application and fax it to 615-871-9312 or mail it to:

Nathan Travis / Employment Application
Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN  37214

Closing date for applications is September 25.

Summer/Temporary/Part-Time

CCTE Fall Internship

The 2015 CCTE Fall Interns will work with the Division of College, Career and Technical Education to develop and align communications and resources for students, families, and school counselors. The interns will work primarily with the brand-new Office of Student Readiness and Early Postsecondary, and will report to the Director of Divisional Operations. Interns are expected to commit to 10 hours/week over 10 weeks during the fall semester with flexible scheduling to accommodate academic commitments. A stipend is associated with this internship.

Qualifications:

  • Current enrollment in a secondary or postsecondary institution
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience managing complex projects
  • Ability to work on an extended project with limited oversight/direction
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office software

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing sample Melissa.Canney@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted until Sept. 18, 2015.