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

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.

CTE Specialist, Division of College, Career and Technical Education

Reports To: Director of Student Leadership

Position Description

The CTE Specialist is responsible for the effective management of the daily operations of Tennessee DECA and Tennessee FBLA. Within the framework of these career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) and the limits of the by-laws of the CTSOs, the CTE Specialist plans, organizes, and directs the Executive Board, the programs, and the activities of DECA and FBLA; is responsible for the management of both DECA’s and FBLA’s annual conferences and exhibits, competitions and leadership activities; develops and manages the marketing strategy for all of the organizations’ programs and services and manages all communications and public relations activities for the organizations; facilitates the flow of information between the state office and chapters, and between the national office and chapters; assists chapters in enhancing local activities, including education, membership development, public relations, and grassroots efforts; maintains effective internal and external relationships; achieves economical, productive performance, forward-looking programming, and constructive growth of Tennessee DECA and Tennessee FBLA.

Responsibilities

  • Planning and coordinating career development events at the local, state, and national levels for middle school and high school students who are members of the Tennessee DECA and Tennessee FBLA career and technical student organizations.
  • Working closely with, and providing support to, middle school and high school teachers who serve as their district's advisors for the student professional organizations.
  • Seeking support and (where needed) sponsorships for events related to said student professional organizations.
  • Traveling to various cities and sites in support of said organizations’ competitions and conferences.
  • Working collaboratively with other CTE Specialist staff members in order to identify logistical efficiencies, which will benefit students, advisors, and the Office of CTE.
  • Engaging, when needed, CTE Career Cluster Consultants to ensure coordinated event planning alignment and coordination.
  • Supporting, when requested, programming or other CTE-related projects within the Office of CTE.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business, or education-related field, master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum three years teaching experience (required)
  • Demonstrated success as a CTSO chapter advisor (preferred)

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 Dina.Starks@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is August 28.

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.

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 14.

Executive Administrative Assistant, Policy & External Affairs Division

Reports To: Deputy Commissioner, Policy & External Affairs

Position Description

This position works with the Policy & External Affairs Division, assisting the Deputy Commissioner and division directors in the areas of policy, legislation, legal and school choice.  

Responsibilities

  • Serve as executive assistant to the Deputy Commissioner for Policy & External Affairs
  • Basic administrative functions, including answering phone, writing letters, etc.
  • Scheduling appointments, coordinating meetings and securing locations.
  • Providing transportation to meetings
  • Collecting and compiling data
  • Performing data entry
  • Responding to constituent inquiries verbally or in writing
  • Monitoring Edison inputs and approvals

Qualifications

  • Ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as outside stakeholders.
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Edison
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in fast paced environment
  • Two years+ as an Executive Administrative Assistant or equivalent
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, and resume to Elizabeth.Fiveash@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is August 19.

Food Service Manager, West Tennessee School for the Deaf

This position works under general supervision, is responsible for supervisory food service managerial work of average difficulty; and performs related work as required.  An employee in this class is responsible for directing all professional and sub-professional staff at a food service installation preparing and serving of a high volume of meals per day.  Individual hired will be required to attend workshops in Nashville, or other locations, as needed, for Edison Training used by the state for business processes, and other pertinent training as well.

Reports To: Administrative Services Manager

Specific Position Responsibilities

  • Menu Planning- Plan and prepare standardized recipes, cycle menus, and meals.  Meet all Federal School Nutrition program requirements, including the proper meal components.  Understand and utilize the Food Buying Guide.  Plan meals to accommodate students requiring special diets, including food allergies.  Understand general nutrition concepts that relate to school meals, such as whole grain, sodium, etc.
  • Food Production- Utilize food preparation principles, production records, kitchen equipment, and food crediting to prepare foods from standardized recipes, including those for special diets.  Complete a food production record and other required paperwork.  Properly use and care for equipment.  Understand CN (Child Nutrition) labeling, product formulation statements/appropriate crediting information for school meal pattern.
  • Food Serving—Correctly and efficiently serve food portions to meet all USDA school meal pattern requirements.  Reviews performance of temperature checks and may do temperature checks during the food preparation processes and in food storage areas. Reviews production sheets to ensure accurate portion sizes are being prepared and served in order to cut out waste. Manage serving line for clean and efficient operation.
  • Point of Service—Ensure a reimbursable meal.  Prevent overt identification of students free or reduced price meals.  Certify, process and verify free and reduced price meals eligibility in accordance with Federal and State regulations related to nutrition Programs.  Understand and practice direct certification procedures.
  • Purchasing—Effectively and efficiently implement purchasing procedures in order to meet menu requirements and comply with all Federal, State, and local regulations.  Generate food and supply orders.
  • Receiving and Storage— Inspects food deliveries for quality and quantity.  Checks food delivery paperwork for quality control against the quantities and products ordered.  Ensure proper inventory management including correct delivery and storage of inventory.  Apply safe and effective inventory receiving and storage procedures.  To understand hold and recall procedures.
  • Food Safety and HAACP Training—Effectively utilize all food safety program guidelines and health department regulations to ensure food safety.  Operates and inspects state equipment in the conduct of their work. Conducts sanitation inspections and checks of food preparation and storage areas.  Takes corrective action if food sanitation and safety guidelines are not being met.  Performs inspections of chemical storage for proper storage of contents and safety.  Monitors daily, weekly, and monthly sanitation processes and procedures. 
  • Program Management—Manage staff and resources and utilize Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
  • Financial Management—Manage procedures and records for compliance in accordance with all Federal, State, and Local regulations, as well as the Administrative Review.  Monitors on an on-going basis all factors involved in direct costs of food services operations, recommends and takes corrective actions when problems are identified with food and labor costs.
  • Staff Training— Attends and participates in all required in-service and pre-service training related to applying new knowledge to their job requirements.  Coordinates, mentors, and assists in training needed of new and existing staff to meet operational and staff developmental needs.  Develop employee training plans.  Foster employee health, safety, and wellness.  Learn and use sign language.
  • Communication— Effectively communicates with other staff, supervisors, etc. concerning events, activities, and policies related to food service operations to promote effective completion of work requirements and tasks.  Encourage teamwork and cooperation among all persons involved in food service operations. Communicates effectively with others to resolve conflicts quickly and effectively. Interacts in a positive manner with other staff members and fellow employees to foster and maintain a harmonious working environment. Cooperates with others to meet work assignments. Responds appropriately when personal assistance is needed.

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. 
  • Applicants are required to have Education equivalent to completion of two years of coursework at an accredited college or university in dietetics, food service systems administration, or other pertinent field and substantial (five or more years of) increasingly responsible full-time volume food service work including at least three years of supervisory experience.  Additional coursework at an accredited college or university in dietetics, food service systems administration, or other acceptable field may be substituted for the required experience, on a year-for-year basis, there being no substitution for the required three years of specialized experience.  Qualifying food service experience may be substituted for the required education, on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of two years.  
  • 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 $2,486 - $3,978 monthly. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Location:

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

To Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Vickie Rudder, rudderv@tennk12.net. Closing date for applications is August 21.

Pursuant to the State of TN's policy of non-discrimination, the Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious or political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, physical handicap or age in its policies, or in the admission of, access to, treatment, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.

Principal, Tennessee School for the Blind

The Tennessee School for the Blind educates approximate 150 students of all abilities, ages 3 – 22 on its Nashville campus.  This position reports to the Superintendent, and is responsible for providing supervision, management, and leadership to the education department.  It is a key leadership role within the Tennessee School for the Blind and functions as a member of TSB’s Leadership Team.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible to ensure all students attain the highest level of responsibility and independence as appropriate to the individual student.
  • Instructional leader who develops and maintains programs that instruct students in all areas of the Core and Expanded Core Curriculum.
  • Ensures the department coordinates and communicates effectively with other departments within the school.
  • Serves as a team member on the Superintendent’s Leadership Team; participates in departmental meetings, school and instructional meetings as required.
  • Conducts teacher observations congruent with the TEAM evaluation process.
  • Responsible for the coordination of professional development for Educational Assistants and their evaluation through the SMART goal process.
  • Provides parent consultation; participates in selected parent-focused activities, etc.
  • Participates in activities related to professional development and training/workshops as appropriate.
  • Plans and/or chaperones on and off-campus activities, appointments, programs and field trips.
  • Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Education from an accredited college or university.
  • Must hold or be eligible for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Tennessee.
  • Must have at least 3 years of experience as a School Administrator.
  • School Administration certification.
  • Certified or willing to become certified as a TVI within 3 years.
  • Experience teaching / working with children (in an educational environment) with visual impairments and/or multiple disabilities including severe and profound disabilities.
  • Ability to demonstrate competency in Braille.
  • TEAM and Administrator certified evaluator.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilites
  • Comprehensive knowledge of special education principles (i.e., the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), practices and procedures, including developing and writing IEPs and performing appropriate teaching techniques.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply current standards-based educational practices associated with children who are visually impaired to a variety of settings.
  • General knowledge of visual impairment, including causes, manifestations and adaptations.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skill in the areas of:
  • School leadership,
  • Task analysis,
  • Expanded Core Curriculum instruction and implementation appropriate to a residential setting,
  • Behavior management, and
  • Department level planning.
  • General knowledge of medical disorders such as seizures or restrictions; alternate modes of communication; feeding technique and orthopedic impairment/handling and positioning.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others and participate effectively in a team setting.
  • Strong, positive interpersonal skills.

Conditions of Employment

  • Selected applicants must verify experience / highest degree held.
  • Direct deposit of paycheck is required.
  • 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.

How to Apply

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

Nathan Travis, Interim Superintendent
Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
E-mail: Nathan.Travis@tsbtigers.org

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

Closing date for applications is July 11th.

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
  • Copy of Educator Certification
  • Unofficial Copies of All Transcripts*

*An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application. Transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. This documentation is the responsibility of the applicant and must be included as part of your application materials. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report may result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this announcement.

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.

School Improvement Grants Coordinator, Division of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring

The School Improvement (SI) Grants Coordinator will be positioned within the Division of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring and will carry out the responsibilities of multiple grants related to school improvement including the School Improvement and Focus school grants.  This position supports the School Improvement Grant (SIG) Director in the application and implementation of School Improvement and Focus School Grants. 

Responsibilities

  • Assist in development and review of grant applications
  • Conduct desk-top and on-site monitoring of selected LEAs including quarterly milestone visits of grant sub-recipients 
  • Provide assistance in reviewing annual LEA performance reports
  • Provide trainings and technical assistance to districts
  • Assist in the development of trainings to support grant sub-recipients, potentially partnering with educational non-profit
  • Assist in the review of LEA grant budgets and budget revisions in ePlan
  • Assist with other CPM projects as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree ( minimum) in relevant field
  • Five years fiscal experience, experience with grants preferred 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite – Excel proficiency required
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Successful candidate will exhibit the following

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

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 July 29th.

Summer/Temporary/Part-Time

Data Coordinator, Educator Talent, Division of Teachers & Leaders

The data coordinator is charged with developing and maintaining systems to ensure timely analysis and reporting of program data. This person will be responsible for tracking expenditures and monitoring grant funding. The contractor will provide delivery of services to the state from August 2015 through July 2016, at minimum, and must be based in our Nashville office. The position is anticipated to be 20 hours per week with the potential for flexible scheduling of hours.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring successful completion of the Annual Performance Reports (APRs) for Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants and other reporting needs, and creating a timeline and systems to manage the data collection process
  • Providing logistical and administrative support integral to efficient grant management
  • Developing both internal and external reports communicating strategic compensation implementation progress
  • Creating systems to ensure successful implementation of classroom level growth measures for TIF 4 districts
  • Tracking district expenditures of grant funds and managing that system to track and develop reports on expenditures
  • Providing research and data analysis as requested on best practices in human capital management as they relate to strategic compensation
  • Analyzing educator evaluation data, student achievement data and qualitative (perceptual) data across the TIF grantees to identify trends and opportunities to share best practices and/or improve implementation of the grant

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with data analysis, including establishing systems to track and communicate about data metrics
  • Strong analytical and writing skills with precise attention to detail
  • Excellent work ethic, high standards for work product, and the ability to manage towards ambitious timelines
  • A self-starter mindset with ability to take initiative in moving projects forward both collaboratively and independently
  • Experience in financial modeling, budgeting, and performance monitoring is preferred
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills in order to interact and develop relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your interest in this position and a resume to Jaime Grimsley at Jaime.Grimsley@tn.gov.  While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.