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Chief Assessment Officer, Data & Research

Reports to:

Assistant Commissioner, Data & Research

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-0375

The Chief Assessment Officer manages and leads all facets of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) such that results are compiled and delivered for use in state accountability systems, public reporting, and ongoing research studies.  The chief will ensure alignment between TCAP and the Tennessee Academic Standards, in collaboration with the Executive Director of Content & Assessment design, who oversees item development and test design. This position will ensure the technical quality of the assessments to produce valid and reliable results and will set policy related to test administration, processing, data files, scoring, reporting, and other technical matters. This senior leader will plan and coordinate all communications with stakeholders by providing technical assistance to schools, producing assessment publications, and working with other divisions within the Department of Education. The chief has primary responsibility for directing and overseeing contracts and other agreements with assessment vendors and multi-state consortia for the administration of statewide assessments to all students, including TCAP, alternate assessments, second-grade optional assessment, ACT/SAT, NAEP, and ACCESS for ELs. This position will lead contract management which includes budget oversight. The chief also oversees the creation of materials to support professional development to K-12 educators on a range of topics related to test administration including test security, selecting, accommodations, and reporting.  The Chief of Assessment will be knowledgeable of and comply with all assessment-related federal and local statutes, including the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Tennessee Code Annotated, and State Board of Education policy, rules, and regulations.

Education and Experience:

  • At least five years of experience working with large-scale assessment.
  • At least 12 years of professional work experience, including at least five years of supervisory experience.
  • Master’s degree in related field required.
  • Doctorate degree preferred, but not required.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification 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.
  • Proven leadership and management style embodied by exceptional judgment, courage, and initiative.
  • 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, analytic, strategic, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively in writing and orally.
  • Experience running a large-scale assessment program at the state or large district level.

Responsibilities:

Program Administration

  • Assume ultimate accountability and ownership of delivery of annual TCAP administration in grades 3-11.
  • Develop and manage schedule in coordination with project managers to monitor overall work plan deliverables and timelines, ensure critical operational deadlines are met, and achieve key milestones.
  • Serve as key operational integration manager across all assessment-related work streams to guarantee vendor's on-time and on-specification delivery of assessment contracts annually.
  • Manage all project and personnel activities. Troubleshoot problems and provide technical assistance and/or explicit direction to all test development, operations and psychometric staff.
  • Track risk management activities for the overall program by directing staff in implementing risk mitigation strategies and developing processes that improve and/or ensure quality.
  • Work with advisory committees to ensure TCAP delivery meets all state and district needs.
  • Prepare and deliver project status presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Communicate project status, issues, and risks to internal and external audiences clearly and concisely, identifying actions needed by district and state leaders.
  • Coordinate work via internal technology platforms through the IT team.

Vendor Management

  • Coordinate with all assessment vendors as necessary to manage risks and schedules.
  • Manage operational assessment change control process across all contracts.
  • Lead internal and external vendor management and operational project management meetings.
  • Use vendor work plan to track progress and forecast risks, and coordinate vendor project management team to create and manage risk mitigation strategies.
  • Work with appropriate staff to manage budgets, oversee contracts, and process invoices.

Team Development and Leadership

  • Mentor and develop assigned staff using a supportive and collaborative approach: assign accountabilities; set clear objectives; establish priorities; and monitor and evaluate team results.
  • Promote a positive team culture. Create, communicate, demonstrate, and instill commitment and meaningful contributions toward department goals.
  • Motivate staff to work together to accomplish department goals and ensure practices across unit are consistent with vision and mission.
  • 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. May also serve on Senior Leadership Team (SLT) for Department of Education.
  • 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 Nakia Towns (Nakia.Towns@tn.gov). 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
Director of Literacy, Improvement Networks (Contract)

Location:

Nashville, Tennessee 

Contract Description:

The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) is working with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to form improvement networks led by the state’s regional CORE offices. Tennessee’s improvement networks bring districts together to collaborate in seeking practical solutions to a defined problem of practice – in this case, ensuring that all students in Tennessee read well by third grade – and engaging in continuous improvement cycles to learn what works in solving the problem in their specific context. In the near term, the aim of these improvement networks is to improve early reading outcomes (read more about Tennessee’s focus on early literacy here).  In the longer-term, these improvement networks are intended to shift how the TDOE empowers and builds capacity of regions and districts to problem solve, find better solutions, and improve student achievement in their own unique contexts – part of the effort to empower districts under the Commissioner’s Tennessee Succeeds strategic plan and tightly aligned to the Commissioner’s Early Foundations & Literacy strategy and Read To Be Ready initiative.

The contractor will collaborate closely with CORE offices and the Carnegie Foundation to build network capacity in early-elementary literacy and ensure that the work of the improvement network is tightly aligned to the statewide literacy efforts. The contractor will serve as a liaison between the TDOE central office, the regional CORE offices, Carnegie Foundation, and the network for all things literacy. This person will be responsible for teaching, coaching, and supporting TDOE and CORE staff and district leaders in literacy practices  as part of the network’s change ideas in elementary schools and Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycles.  The contractor will also surface key literacy learnings from the network and share them with TDOE leaders to spread effective practices and generate innovation in literacy across the state.

The contractor will be a critical member of a newly-established expertise group focused on the development of improvement networks in Tennessee as a means of solving complex challenges in student achievement.  This is a unique opportunity for an individual to learn and to build district capacity to problem solve in a way that will serve as a national model for states and districts across the country.  

Success in this contract is heavily dependent upon:

  • Literacy expertise:  a deep, multi-faceted understanding of teaching reading and early-elementary literacy
  • Relationships: the ability to build strong relationships centered on empathy for others, candor, and a strong sense of customer service (including being incredibly student-centered and practitioner-centered) and responsiveness in order to support the success of others, create successful collaboration, and develop strong partnerships 
  • Coaching adults:  the ability to coach and build the capacity of other adults, design adult learning experiences, and support their learning in a way that empowers them
  • Humility and curiosity:  genuine humility and an ongoing curiosity to learn and continuously improve – the ideal person for this role sees him/herself as a life-long improver

Scope of Contract:

  • Apply early-literacy expertise to inform the work of the improvement network
  • Learn and become proficient in network initiation, development and management through coaching from others
  • Learn and become proficient in the application of improvement science through coaching from others
  • Ensure the improvement network’s efforts are tightly aligned with the TDOE’s literacy priorities
  • Foster productive team dynamics and develop collective investment in a common aim
  • Design and facilitate adult learning experiences that support knowledge and skill development of strong literacy practice and pedagogy
  • Thought-partner with and coach adults to achieve the outcomes they are seeking
  • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders, including the Carnegie team, other TDOE central office staff, district-level leaders, our external research partners, and others in a way that achieves intended results
  • Manage relationships with a variety of constituents, including school leaders, external partners, and TDOE staff
  • Navigate complex school and district contexts
  • Manage communications with all parties
  • Thought-partner and collaborate with others in support of this work, including sharing effective practices and lessons learned about how best to do this work
  • Coach CORE offices in supporting districts as they engage in continuous improvement cycles to improve early literacy outcomes, including observing their work in schools and providing feedback
  • Support regional CORE offices with day-to-day execution of PDSAs intended to improve literacy achievement
  • Contribute to grant reporting as needed
  • Engage stakeholders in collective effort directed at a common purpose
  • See across sites/districts/schools and be able to surface and spread important learning across the network as well as find and eliminate barriers for those on the ground to do this work well
  • Travel expected approximately 20% (about 1 day per week on average, almost entirely within the state of Tennessee; much of which could possibly be day trips)

Qualifications Sought:

  • Extensive knowledge of high-quality early-elementary literacy instruction, including having coaching teachers of reading
  • Experience coaching adults
  • Experience designing and facilitating adult-learning sessions, including facilitating communities of practice or cohort learning
  • Strong strategic thinking and creative problem-solving skills
  • Strong networking and relationship-building skills
  • Outstanding project management skills
  • Organization and attention to detail
  • Ability to collaborate across multiple stakeholders who bring different perspectives and expertise to the work
  • Ability to manage multiple moving parts in a fast-paced environment
  • Exhibition of a growth mindset
  • Understanding of and experience with improvement science or cycles of continuous improvement
  • Excel at operating independently; solutions-oriented in solving challenges and overcoming obstacles
  • Extensive instructional experience in K-12 public education setting required
  • Aligned in thought and action with TDOE’s core values

For more information on the Carnegie Foundation and its work with improvement networks, please see their website: www.carnegiefoundation.org/our-ideas

Contract Compensation:

This opportunity is not as a TDOE employee, but is a contract for services through July 31, 2018. Compensation is highly competitive.  Additionally, this is a strong professional development opportunity as the improvement science mastered in this role is highly transferrable to future work across education and beyond.

To Apply:

Please send the following to Meghan Curran at Meghan.Curran@tn.gov:

  • A thoughtful cover letter that describes your interest in this particular role,
  • Current resume, and
  • Names, titles, and contact information for three professional references (references will not be contacted without the applicant’s knowledge and explicit permission)
Education Consolidated Compliance Consultant (Mid Cumberland)

Reports To:

Renee Palakovic

Location:

Mid Cumberland CORE Region

Position Description:

This professional position requires the incumbent to provide technical assistance and support to school districts within the Mid Cumberland CORE region on ESEA and IDEA. The position also includes significant ESEA and IDEA monitoring responsibilities to ensure compliance with regulations, identify areas of weakness, and share promising practices. This position involves significant travel within the assigned region and travel to districts in other regions during specific times during the year.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Significant knowledge and understanding of ESEA and IDEA requirements
  • Ability to understand and navigate the Tennessee Department of Education’s online grants management system, ePlan
  • Email, telephone and on-site assistance to assigned districts to address questions related to the management of ESEA and IDEA grants
  • Review of comparability documents to ensure all schools are comparable as required by ESEA
  • Assistance to districts within the region in the development of consolidated funding applications required for receipt of ESEA and IDEA funds
  • Assistance to districts with revisions to funding applications and budgets throughout the year
  • Professional development and training for district staff and school-level staff as needed to ensure compliance with ESEA requirements
  • Support to schools for the development of school-level improvement plans
  • Professional development at local meetings, state, and regional conferences, trainings and workshops on ESEA requirements

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must have a minimum of three years of experience in education
  • Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Travel is required; must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
Desired Qualifications:
  • Three years of experience with ESEA and/or IDEA programs
  • Experience in managing ESEA and/or IDEA programs
  • Hold a Master’s degree in a related field
Additional Qualifications and Expectations:
  • Be based in an at-home office
  • Submit weekly reports
  • Meet in person each month in the Nashville office
  • Must be willing to travel extensively

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 Renee.Palakovic@tn.gov by March 31, 2017.

Education Consolidated Compliance Consultant (Southeast)

Reports To:

Renee Palakovic

Location:

Southeast CORE Region

Position Description:

This professional position requires the incumbent to provide technical assistance and support to school districts within the Southeast CORE region on ESEA and IDEA. The position also includes significant ESEA and IDEA monitoring responsibilities to ensure compliance with regulations, identify areas of weakness, and share promising practices. This position involves significant travel within the assigned region and travel to districts in other regions during specific times during the year.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Significant knowledge and understanding of ESEA and IDEA requirements
  • Ability to understand and navigate the Tennessee Department of Education’s online grants management system, ePlan
  • Email, telephone and on-site assistance to assigned districts to address questions related to the management of ESEA and IDEA grants
  • Review of comparability documents to ensure all schools are comparable as required by ESEA
  • Assistance to districts within the region in the development of consolidated funding applications required for receipt of ESEA and IDEA funds
  • Assistance to districts with revisions to funding applications and budgets throughout the year
  • Professional development and training for district staff and school-level staff as needed to ensure compliance with ESEA requirements
  • Support to schools for the development of school-level improvement plans
  • Professional development at local meetings, state, and regional conferences, trainings and workshops on ESEA requirements

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must have a minimum of three years of experience in education
  • Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Travel is required; must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
Desired Qualifications:
  • Three years of experience with ESEA and/or IDEA programs
  • Experience in managing ESEA and/or IDEA programs
  • Hold a Master’s degree in a related field
Additional Qualifications and Expectations:
  • Be based in an at-home office
  • Submit weekly reports
  • Meet in person each month in the Nashville office
  • Must be willing to travel extensively

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 Renee.Palakovic@tn.gov by March 31, 2017.

English Language Arts Coordinator

Reports To:

Virginia Mayfield

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education 12th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway  
Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description:    

The English Language Arts Coordinator is charged with coordinating the content components of the Tennessee State Standards in K-12 English language arts.  This person will be responsible for ambitious goals for improvement in student achievement on the NAEP, ACT and State level assessments in English language arts and developing a bold strategy to support the course structure and educator resources in grades K-12. The English Language Arts Coordinator will work with a group of leading educators from across the state and country to ensure deep state understanding of the expectations of the Tennessee State Standards in K-12 English language arts and inform all aspects of content support (including assessment design and training approach and instructional materials.)

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Support districts in the implementation of the revised ELA and math standards
  • Coordinate and support the development and dissemination of high-quality, resources and training content in English language arts
  • Spearhead initiative to support 3-11 assessment, training content and supports
  • Spearhead initiative to support  secondary RTI, training content and supports
  • Help shape the agenda for state-wide and local trainings to support continuous improvement of English language arts instruction
  • Work with academic coordinator positions in COREs across the state to support the sharing of best practice
  • Coordinate and weigh-in on assessment development including but not limited to item review, forms construction, and rangefinding
  • Review and support districts with special course requests in English language arts
  • Support LEAs in the selection of English language arts textbooks and other curricular resources

Qualifications:

  • A track record of dramatically improving results improving student achievement in English language arts
  • 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 state-wide learning in English language arts.
  • Strong 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

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 Virginia.Mayfield@tn.gov by March 31, 2017.

IES Grant Project Manager, Division of College, Career and Technical Education

Reports To:

IES Grants Manager and Data Specialist, Division of College, Career and Technical Education, Tennessee Department of Education.

Location:

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

Position Description:

The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) was selected to receive a nearly $7 million grant by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education, intended to improve and increase the utility of statewide longitudinal data systems.  This grant will be used to improve and integrate existing information systems under two focus areas (College and Career Preparedness and Educator Talent Management) to empower Tennessee’s students, parents, and educators to make well-informed and timely decisions based on current, relevant information drawn from K-12, postsecondary, and labor market data sources.

The College and Career Preparedness (CCP) focus area, which is overseen by the Division of College, Career and Technical Education, seeks to develop strategies and tools to grow postsecondary enrollment and attainment in Tennessee. The thesis of this project is that increased access to relevant, timely information and personalized postsecondary/career advisement will improve postsecondary attainment in Tennessee by helping students find the best educational opportunity to meet their needs and accomplish their goals.

The project consists of three principal areas of activity: 1) enhancing tools such as CollegeforTN.org to support student access to information and enhance counseling capacity in Tennessee schools; 2) researching technology-driven “nudge” strategies for encouraging students along the path toward postsecondary; and 3) growing school and district capacity for incorporating the use of longitudinal data in annual and long-term decision-making.

Six school districts have agreed to participate in the project as Pilot Sites that will test more intensive school culture strategies and approaches to K-12 student counseling. This position will require regular travel throughout the state of Tennessee to provide direct, frontline support for the Pilot Sites and share findings from the research with stakeholders throughout the state.

General Duties Include:

  • Working with IES Grant – CCP School District Pilot Sites to maximize the value of their participation in this project and to ensure that mutually agreed deliverables are achieved in a timely fashion;
  • Monitoring rollout of student advisement interventions and providing technical assistance to Pilot Sites where needed;
  • Assisting with the evaluation of grant administration to ensure compliance;
  • Submitting, when requested, required federal reports on time, ensuring that they are of high quality and fully compliant;
  • Providing training and professional development to Pilot Sites and other internal or external stakeholders relevant to the success of this project;
  • Understanding and interpreting information drawn from TDOE data and the Tennessee Longitudinal Data System to support Pilot Sites.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in relevant field
  • Experience leading projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Very strong planning, organizational, and project management skills
  • Very strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Proficient data literacy
  • High level of comfort learning new software and tools
  • Preferred, but not required: Experience or strong knowledge-base in middle or high school counseling, college access counseling, or student advisement in a postsecondary setting

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 Jason.Parker@tn.gov. Applications are due by April 7, 2017.

 

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