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Career Opportunities - Temporary/Part-Time

The department is calling for applications for a research project consultant to support educator talent management (ETM). The consultant will support the Mentors Matter Training Initiative, with a goal of ensuring 600 participating clinical mentors during the 2019-20 academic year (fall and spring). Mentors Matter is designed to support clinical mentors in the area of coaching and providing feedback to teacher candidates during clinical experiences and to develop a research base for understanding how coaching and feedback enhance clinical mentor support of teacher candidates.

Supports:

Human Capital Research Manager

Location:

Nashville, TN

Note: The ETM Research Project Consultant must be located in the Nashville area in order to collaborate with department personnel and complete contract deliverables.

Project Background

The department was awarded a 2015 Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) grant from the Institute of Education Sciences. With the support of the SLDS grant, the department is engaged in two randomized control research trials. Recent research has increased understanding of the substantial impact of clinical mentors on the success of early-career teachers early, suggesting that:

  • effective clinical mentors provide more and better coaching and feedback to teacher candidates;
  • teachers mentored by more effective clinical mentors are themselves more instructionally effective in their early careers;
  • when teachers receive coaching targeted toward a limited area of improvement, they improve instructional practice and perceive themselves to be better prepared; and
  • post-observation conferences promote teacher learning when they are focused on co-constructing the problem, co-constructing potential action, and target setting.

Contract Description

The ETM research project consultant will support the human capital research manager in the execution of SLDS clinical mentor research projects. It is estimated that successful delivery of contract services and completion of deliverables will require approximately forty (40) hours per week. The consultant will support in the following capacities:

  • Coordinate in-person training opportunities for clinical mentors;
  • Coordinate and schedule webinars: two webinars for training for all mentors and two webinars for online professional learning community debriefing;
  • Draft communications to educator preparation leaders, district and school leaders, and educators;
  • Maintain communication channels between members of the research project team and educator preparation provider leaders, district and school leaders, and educators through proactive, timely and professional reminders and replies to project stakeholders;
  • Prepare and assemble meeting materials for clinical mentor training;
  • Maintain accurate records of clinical mentor participation in all aspects of training, including mentor attendance and completion of assignments and surveys;
  • Maintain, update, and modify project plans to keep the project on schedule;
  • Monitor and proactively report on progress on all aspects of project plans; and
  • Coordinate video recording of training sessions.

Contract Term 

The contract term will be three (3) months, planned to begin in June and end in September 2019, with some flexibility in timeline.

It is anticipated that successful completion of contract deliverables will require that the consultant candidate demonstrate the following:

  • A record of successful coordination of projects from initiation to completion and achievement of project goals;
  • Successful management of multiple parts of a process simultaneously;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Knowledge of current trends and issues in U.S. education policy;
  • Strong strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills;
  • Professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative; and
  • Enthusiasm for collaboration and teamwork.

To Apply

Please e-mail the following to Kevin.Schaaf@tn.gov:

  • Cover letter describing your interest in this consultancy
  • Writing sample
  • Resume or CV

The Tennessee Education Summer Leadership Fellows Program is a paid summer opportunity for graduate students nationwide. Fellows will have the opportunity to deeply engage in the Department’s strategic plan, understand and experience state-level education work, build relationships with TDOE team members and external stakeholders, gain management experience, and participate in a variety of professional development opportunities specifically for fellows. The program will culminate in an end-of-summer event where fellows will present their projects to distinguished guests. Each fellow will receive a $15,000 allowance, to cover housing, meals and work stipend for the summer. The ideal candidate is earning a graduate degree in communications, business, policy, or law – although the Department is open to all exceptional candidates.

To apply, please email a statement of interest, your resume and this application to Commissioner.Schwinn@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified if they will be offered an interview shortly after applying. Final notifications will occur within two (2) weeks of an application being accepted.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee's policy of non-discrimination, the Tennessee Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military services in its policies, or in the admission of, access to, treatment, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.