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Full Time Openings: Executive Service

Department: Communications

Classification (Payroll Title):

Position Number: 00020912

Reports to: Chief of Staff

Last Revised Date: 11.2.20

Department of Education Vision: We will set all students on a path to success.

Priorities:  Academics: All Tennessee students will have access to a high quality education, no matter where they live.  · Whole Child: Tennessee public schools will be equipped to serve the academic and non-academic needs of all students. · Educators: Tennessee will set a new path for the education profession and be the top state to become and remain a teacher and leader.

Position Summary: The Assistant Director of Media is an essential support role for the department’s communications team, performing a variety of tasks around writing support, earned media placement, and communications-related tasks. This role will help develop and execute digital and earned media campaigns around strategic priorities of the department and help promote multiple initiatives. 

The individual will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be willing and able to take on a variety of responsibilities and is excited about opportunities for growth.

The Assistant Director of Media will be able to distill complex information into creative and engaging content for a variety of communications channels-- from media pitches to social content to internal communications campaigns. Although not required, a background in education or public-sector work is preferred.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s degree or higher in communications or related field

Essential Functions

·          Supporting development and distribution of press releases, media statements, earned media pieces

·         Managing public/open records requests

·         Reporting on media clips and mentions statewide

·         Building and maintaining strong relationships with members of the media and updating statewide media contact list

·         Assisting with document development and preparation for web, including 508 compliance

·         Broad technical skills including social media drafting and monitoring, video and audio editing, web editing and e-newsletter management

·         Strong attention to detail and organizational skills

·         Able to handle multiple responsibilities on a deadline without sacrificing quality

·         Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·         Communicator: Strong oral and written communication skills with both internal and external stakeholders

·         Organizational Systems: The idea candidate can create and maintain organizational systems to ensure that they are efficiently tracking progress towards goals and deadlines

·         Customer Focus: A tendency to consistently consider the needs of internal and external customers, to provide service at a high level of quality, and to evaluate customer satisfaction

·         Social Media Content Development and Engagement Strategies: Demonstrated experience with creating and executing campaigns

·         Flexibility: Able to adapt quickly and thrives in a fast-paced environment

 

Supervisory Responsibility

None at this time.

Work Environment

The duties will primarily be carried out indoors, in environmentally controlled conditions. The employee will be required to perform general physical abilities and handle and move objects.

 

Physical Demands

Physical demands include walking, standing, bending, lifting, climbing stairs, and moving during working hours.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full time position. Expected work hours are 37.5 hours per week, from 8-4:30pm with an hour lunch break.

 

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to: Education.jobs@tn.gov

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

 

Tennessee Department of Education also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact the Human Capital team at 615-741-5158.  You can also direct your request for accommodation in writing to the Tennessee Department of Education, Attn: Human Capital Division, 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243.

Position Title: Chief Operating Officer

Reports To: Deputy Commissioner, Operations

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education

710 James Robertson Parkway            

Nashville, TN 37243

Last Revised Date: 10/13/2020

 

Department of Education Vision: We will set all students on a path to success.

Position Summary:         

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) serves as a leader over three divisions—Finance, Information Technology, and District Operations— and reports to the Deputy Commissioner to ensure operational supports are delivered consistently, at high quality, and with focus on accuracy, timeliness, and completeness. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) also ensures that all Finance, Information Technology, and District Operations operations align robustly to the department’s strategic plan and both internal and external stakeholders are supported in their partnerships and implementations. This individual must be solutions-oriented, collaborative, strategic, and organized.

The Office of the Chief Operating Officer include the divisions of Finance, Information Technology, and District Operations.  While maintaining an unwaivering commitment to what is best for students, the Chief Operating Officer manages day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives across these divisions, establishing and maintaining coherence and collaboration, and ensuring divisional supports meet stakeholder needs, meet performance benchmarks, and align to strategic outcomes.  This work requires the navigation and management of state government contexts—both within the Tennessee Department of Education and to other aligned state agencies, governmental bodies and entities, and local education agencies—and programmatic goals of the department to continuously improve service delivery while following and bolstering internal controls.  The role requires dynamic leadership responsive to day-to-day issues while also continuing to build office culture and alignment to the strategic vision to meet long-term goals to advance educational outcomes for students in Tennessee.

Preferred Qualifications:

·         10+ Years of Operations and/or Strategic Management

·         High level of personal responsibility, optimism, and judgment

·         Commitment to excellence and problem-solving

·         Ability to prioritize critical tasks

·         Ability to collaborate effectively with others

·         Dedication to cultivating workplace culture

·         Strong communication and interpersonal skills

·         Graduate degree in relevant field preferred

·         Experience in education preferred

Stakeholders:

The position will work closely with the Deputy Commissioner, Operations and the assistant commissioners of Finance, Information Technology, and District Operations to deliver supports to the following key stakeholder groups among others:

·         Commissioner

·         Department Cabinet: Includes all chiefs across the department

·         Department Executive Leadership Team: Includes all assistant commissioners

·         Office of the Governor

·         General Assembly

·         Local Education Agency (LEAs) Leadership

·         External Organization: Includes partners, vendors, philanthropies/foundations, etc.

 

Strategic Initiatives:

·         Fiscal Strategy and Management: The Chief Operating Officer, in collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer, will develop and manage strategic budgeting and fiscal management and will:

o   Ensure strong state fiscal stewardship of funds by developing and managing organizational budgets;

o   Refine programmatic approaches to budget management through agency-wide training and culture-building on the use of budget dashboards to ensure appropriate spenddown against budgets;

o   Lead collaboration with divisions across the agency—including closely with the Performance Management Division—to ensure alignment between budgets and project and process plans;

o   Analyze grants management to ensure streamlined strategies are leveraged across the agency and out to districts to maximize flexibilities and alignment to strategic initiatives;

o   Manage the codification and continuous improvement of project and process plans to advance the organization’s strategic vision;

o   Provide high-quality supports to local education agencies; and

o   Develop strategies for  the reallocation of unspent funds throughout the fiscal year based on return on investment measures in collaboration with the Performance Management Division.

 

·         Information Technology Strategy and Management: The Chief Operating Officer, in collaboration with the Chief Information Officer, will develop and manage strategic technology initiatives including, but not limited to:

o   Strategic development—including managing interagency collaboration and coherence—and rollout of a rigorous online tool to support teachers, parents, and other stakeholders;

o   Update and provide strategic vision for a renewed education information and data platform, including technological capability and managing data privacy policy;

o   Provide strategic support and vision around technological capacity, training, and development needed for the organization to meet its strategic goals as it transitions to a largely work-from-home organization;

o   Manage the codification and continuous improvement of project and process plans to advance the organization’s strategic vision; and

o   Analyze information technology supports to districts to ensure alignment to overall strategic plan, adapting to new district needs based on context, and leveraging federal funds to meet district needs.

 

·         District Operations Strategy and Management: The Chief Operating Officer, in collaboration with the Assistant Commissioner, District Operations, will develop and manage strategic initiatives related to supporting districts including, but not limited to:

o   Ensuring high-quality, consistent services are provided to districts and are aligned to federal funding requirements;

o   Collaborating with other state agencies across the state of Tennessee to ensure the quality development and implementation of integrated projects;

o   Providing strategic support and vision around school safety, nutrition, transporation, and coordinated school health;

o   Manage the codification and continuous improvement of project and process plans to advance the organization’s strategic vision; and

o   Continuously analyze and improve supports to districts aligned to the strategic plan and ensure strong communication and partnership between the state department and local education agencies.

 

·         External Stakeholder Management: The Chief Operating Officer, in collaboration with the Deputy Commissioner, Operations, will partner with the Office of the Governor, the Tennessee State Legislature, other state agencies, philanthropic partners, and local education agencies to:

o   Co-develop and manage cross-cutting projects between multiple state agencies;

o   Provide the Office of the Governor and the Tennessee State Legislature answers to requests, policy and legislative proposal analyses, and other services as requested; and

o   Identify and leverage philanthropic opportunities to further the goals of the strategic plan.

 

·         Internal Management:  The Chief Operating Officer will serve on the Cabinet and play a key role in ensuring the department’s operations continue to work as efficiently as possible in the service of programmatic goals.  This will include leadership over high-profile initiatives or issues as they arise, the development of unique project plans aligned to strategic plans, and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to problem solve in a variety of contexts.

o   Customer Focus: A consistent consideration of the needs of internal and external customers, to provide service at a high level of quality, and to evaluate customer satisfaction

o   Developing Direct Reports and Others: Ability to set and communicate high expectations, to delegate tasks effectively, and to motivate and develop others in a manner that maximizes productivity and morale

 

Essential Functions:

·         Serve as a member of Cabinet, setting and owning organization visioning, strategy, and outcomes

·         Make critical decisions—in consultation with the Deputy Commissioner, Operations, the Commissioner, and Cabinet—to advance educational outcomes for students in Tennessee

·         Build office culture—both virtually and in-person—to innovate and develop collaborative solutions to critical problems

·         Manage the codification and continuous improvement of project and process plans to advance the organization’s strategic vision

·         Continuously analyze and improve supports to districts aligned to the strategic plan and ensure strong communication and partnership between the state department and local education agencies

·         Manage three divisions—Finance, Information Technology, and District Operations—using performance management structures to meet organizational strategic performance and long-term outcomes and goals

·         Lead and manage the fiscal health of the agency, including with robust measures of return on investments aligned to performance management structures

·         Lead and manage the development of information technology systems and supports, both at the state and local levels, designed to efficiently meet requirements and robustly serve students’ academic needs

·         Support district operations essential for child wellbeing, including guidance, technical assistance, grants management, federal and state compliance, and partner/vendor management in the areas of nutrition, safety, transportation, and physical health

·         Provide key updates to Deputy Commissioner and Cabinet to ensure cross-divisional alignment within the department and to ensure agency leadership is well-informed at all times

·         Liaise with other state agencies to ensure opportunities for collaboration are surfaced and leveraged to improve services to Tennessee studentsDevelop and manage strategic budgets aligned to strategic programmatic projects in collaboration with the Deputy Commissioner, Operations and Chief Financial Officer

·         Perform other duties as assigned to address agency needs

 

Work Environment:

The duties will primarily be carried out indoors, in environmentally controlled conditions. The employee will be required to perform general physical abilities and handle and move objects.

 

Physical Demands:

Physical demands include walking, standing, bending, lifting, climbing stairs, and moving during working hours.

 

Travel:
This position does not require travel at this time.

Salary and Benefits:

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

 

Other Duties:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply:
Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to James M. Paul at james.paul@tn.gov.  Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

 

Tennessee Department of Education also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact the Human Capital team at 615-741-5158.  You can also direct your request for accommodation in writing to the Tennessee Department of Education, Attn: Human Capital Division, 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243.

Office: Districts & Schools

Division: Federal Programs & Oversight

Position: Connected Literacy Family and Vendor Liaison

Classification (Payroll Title): Education Consultant 2

Position Number: 116115

Reports To: Connected Literacy Grant Manager

 

Position Summary

The Tennessee Department of Education’s Connected Literacy Family Liaison is responsible for supporting the implementation of the Connected Literacy: Engaging Parents as Partners grant project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Rethinking K-12 Education Models grant. The primary goal of the Connected Literacy project is to remediate and accelerate literacy development through parent choice by providing vital early grades literacy support for our youngest students (grades 1-3) who were most impacted by the COVID-19 school closures. This initiative will offer microgrants to families to access instruction and tutoring grounded in Tennessee’s Foundational Skills Curriculum.

The Connected Literacy Family Liaison will be responsible for serving as the primary point of contact for Tennessee families participating in the Connected Literacy program by providing technical assistance to parents and managing a dedicated email account responding to all parent inquiries. The Connected Literacy Family Liaison will report to the Connected Literacy Grant Manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

·         Serve as primary point of contact for families of students participating in the program.

·         Manage family “matching” with providers, in collaboration with the Grant Manager.

·         Assist families with the enrollment and registration process.

·         Participate in observations of vendor/student literacy sessions.

·         Troubleshoot difficulties with the family survey.

·         Provide program and vendor support to Connected Literacy Grant Manager.

·         Support the Connected Literacy Advisory Committee (consisting of families and educators) in collecting input on services provided in the initial list of approved providers and throughout the project.

·         Connect families with the department’s literacy resources via the At-Home Reading series.

·         Provide virtual presentations to families - sharing suite of family resources and targeted supports.

·         Engage regularly with families to foster relationship building.

·         Provide high levels of customer service and technical assistance for families.

 

Qualifications

·         Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

·         General working knowledge of current literacy trends and practices (i.e., Science of Reading).

·         Familiarity with the department’s Online Literacy Tool and At-Home Reading Series.

·         Willingness to be certified in literacy via a department-developed protocol/program.

·         Preferred minimum of three years of experience in education or related field.

·         Travel is required; must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

·         Experience supporting families with educational needs and with family-centered communications

·         Required skills include:

o   strong verbal and written communication skills;

o   customer-focused orientation, including:

§  meeting the expectations and requirements of customers,

§  using customer feedback for improvements in products and services,

§  demonstrating active listening skills with customers,

§  establishing and maintaining effective relationships with customers— gains their trust and respect, and

§  responding to customer feedback, criticisms, and complaints with appropriate actions.

o   critical thinking and problem solving;

o   exercising good judgment that is justified with data and research;

o   results and achievement orientation, i.e., consistently produces high quality work; and

o   must be a good steward of time, talent, and resources.

 

Salary & Benefits

The salary range is $50,000-$60,000 and is commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. This position is available during the performance period of the grant, which ends July 30, 2023.

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to: Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Please list Connected Literacy Family Liaison in the subject of your email.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws. Tennessee Department of Education also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact the Human Capital team at (615) 741-5158. You can also direct your request for accommodation in writing to the Tennessee Department of Education, Attn: Human Capital Division, 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243.

Office: Districts & Schools

Division: Federal Programs & Oversight

Position: Connected Literacy Grant Manager

Classification (Payroll Title): Education Consultant 3

Position Number: 116010

Reports To: Debby Thompson, Federal Programs & Oversight Assistant Commissioner

 

Position Summary

The Tennessee Department of Education’s Connected Literacy Grant Manager is responsible for implementing the Connected Literacy: Engaging Parents as Partners grant project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Rethinking K-12 Education Models grant. The primary goal of the Connected Literacy project is to remediate and accelerate literacy development through parent choice by providing vital early grades literacy support for our youngest students (grades 1-3) who were most impacted by the COVID-19 school closures. This initiative will offer microgrants to families to access instruction and tutoring grounded in Tennessee’s Foundational Skills Curriculum.

The Connected Literacy Grant Manager will be responsible for leading and overseeing the successful implementation of the grant including day-to-day operations, financial administration, and reporting requirements. The Connected Literacy Grant Manager will also supervise the Connected Literacy Family Liaison as well as a contracted Provider Liaison.

 

Position Responsibilities

·         Lead and oversee the successful implementation of the grant including day-to-day operations, financial administration, and reporting requirements.

·         Monitor progress toward grant priorities to ensure the grant remains on target to meet its identified deliverables within the identified timeframe.

·         Oversee the vendor selection process, including the solicitation, rubric, and scoring, in collaboration with the department’s standards and materials office.

·         Ensure all approved vendors complete the department’s certification process as well as annual re-certification.

·         Conduct observations of approved vendors.

·         Develop a project plan for the initiative that will be integrated into the department’s performance management process.

·         Work with the department’s communications team and CORE to develop messaging and materials for potential vendors and external stakeholders.

·         Develop resources and training materials in coordination with the department’s literacy experts, and conduct trainings related to the grant priorities.

·         Evaluate impact of various policies and approaches that are promoted and piloted by the department, recommending continued action or modifications.

·         Ensure that grant partners, stakeholders, and sub-grantees meet program and reporting requirements.

·         Oversee financial administration of the grant, working with the department’s finance division to ensure that the department meets and expends the grant award fully and correctly.

·         Assist in evaluating the fiscal administration and the program administration of the grant to ensure compliance.

·         Submit all required federal reports on time, ensuring that they are of high quality and are fully compliant.

 

Qualifications

·         General working knowledge of current literacy trends and practices (i.e., Science of Reading).

·         Must have a minimum of three years of educational experience in education—district and vendor experience preferable.

·         Experience working specifically with grant programming is preferred.

·         Experience in managing others is preferred.

·         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.

·         Required skills include:

o   strong planning, organization, and project management skills, with the ability to identify dependencies and develop a comprehensive, technical plan of action;

o   critical thinking and complex problem solving, including but not limited to breaking down tasks and complex issues to inform decision making, focusing on the right priorities, and exercising good judgment that is justified with data and research;

o   results and achievement orientation, i.e., consistently produces high quality work, sets and meets ambitious goals, focused on big picture goal and how to achieve it;

o   exceptional written and verbal communications skills; and

o   team management, i.e., is able to motivate, develop, and direct a team of people around achieving team goals.

 

Salary & Benefits

The salary range is $65,000-$75,000 and is commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. This position is available during the performance period of the grant, which ends July 30, 2023.

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to: Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Please list Connected Literacy Grant Manager in the subject of your email.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws. Tennessee Department of Education also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact the Human Capital team at (615) 741-5158. You can also direct your request for accommodation in writing to the Tennessee Department of Education, Attn: Human Capital Division, 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243.

Reports To:

Senior Director of Choice

Location:

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

Position Description:      

The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) is looking for a driven, student-focused, innovative individual to serve as the Director of Choice. The TDOE is committed to ensuring that families and students have access to high-quality public school options, and this position will help make that a reality.

The Director of Choice is charged with implementing federal and state-level programming and policies related to public school choice. This includes managing annual reporting cycles, implementing and monitoring federal and state grants, and providing technical assistance and support to Tennessee charter schools and virtual schools. The Director should have a strong vision for supporting access to high-quality public school options, while maintaining clear standards for accountability and protecting student interests.

The Director must be an excellent writer and communicator and possess strong analytical and organizational skills. This individual must be able to develop and maintain strong and effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The ideal candidate should have at least three years of experience working in a capacity supporting public school choice, including but not limited to charter schools or virtual schools.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

·         Support the development of school choice policy as part of TDOE’s strategic initiative to create options for all students, no matter where they live in the state

·         Execute strategic implementation of initiatives aimed at recruiting and expanding high quality charter schools

·         Oversee management of state and federal grants directed to public school choice, including training of applicants and monitoring of awardees

·         Oversee and continually improve annual reporting processes and cycles for charter school and virtual school operators and authorizers, including revisions to application materials, annual reports, and guidance documents

·         Cultivate and maintain strong stakeholder relationships, particularly with charter school and virtual school operators, authorizers, advocacy groups, and others

·         Serve as a resource for representatives of school choice organizations

Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in education, public policy, or a related field preferred

·         A professional background in education, with at least three years of experience working in a capacity supporting public school choice

·         Strong data analysis and Excel skills, with a performance management orientation

·         Strong presentation, writing and proofreading skills

·         Team orientation and willingness to contribute at all levels to meet deadlines

·         Ability to maintain high expectations and rigorous accountability

·         Resourceful and innovative problem-solver

Salary and Benefits:

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

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references via email at Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Department: Office of the Commissioner

Classification (Payroll Title):

Position Number:

Reports to: Chief of Staff

Last Revised Date: 11.3.20

Department of Education Vision: We will set all students on a path to success.

Priorities:  Academics: All Tennessee students will have access to a high quality education, no matter where they live.  · Whole Child: Tennessee public schools will be equipped to serve the academic and non-academic needs of all students. · Educators: Tennessee will set a new path for the education profession and be the top state to become and remain a teacher and leader.

Position Summary: The Director of Engagement is an essential support role within the Office of the Commissioner, performing a variety of functions related to stakeholder engagement, communications, and general project management. The Director of Engagement is the primary liaison between the Commissioner’s Office and key external stakeholders, including district leaders, community leaders, nonprofit leaders and educators across the state.

The role requires the ability to coordinate and connect diverse individuals and groups on behalf of the Commissioner, as the Director of Engagement frequently works across teams and organizations to set and track deadlines and deliverables. The Director of Engagement should possess the ability to manage projects and initiatives independently, as well as the contextual knowledge required to drive strategic initiatives forward when necessary and the discretion and professional judgement to build and maintain strong, lasting stakeholder relationships.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s degree in related field

·         At least 3-5 years of experience

Essential Functions

1.      Serving as a key point of contact for external stakeholders and leading department efforts to gain feedback and form thought partnerships with a diverse set of principals, teachers, instructional experts, district leaders, and nonprofit leaders

2.      Planning, organizing, and leading stakeholder engagement efforts for the department, including strategy-building and department-wide coordination

3.      Coordinating across department offices and initiatives to engage key constituencies around the work

4.      Finding new opportunities for collaboration and partner-building to advance policies and practice for great student outcomes

5.      Serving as liaison for communications team and Commissioner’s office with superintendents and stakeholders

6.      Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·         Outcomes Oriented: Focuses on setting and achieving ambitious goals

·         Collaborator: Is able to work across internal and external teams to build cohesion and collaboration

·         Communicator: The ideal candidate has excellent written and oral communication skills with internal and external stakeholders

·         Adaptable: Able to change and flourish in a fast-paced environment

·         Organization: The ideal candidate creates and maintains organizational systems to be able to monitor their progress towards their goals.

·         Mission Driven: Committed to the mission of the Department of Education

·         Customer Focus: A tendency to consistently consider the needs of internal and external customers, to provide service at a high level of quality, and to evaluate customer satisfaction

 

Supervisory Responsibility

This individual does not supervise others at this time.

Work Environment

The duties will primarily be carried out indoors, in environmentally controlled conditions. The employee will be required to perform general physical abilities and handle and move objects.

 

Physical Demands

Physical demands include walking, standing, bending, lifting, climbing stairs, and moving during working hours.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full time position. Expected work hours are 37.5 hours per week, from 8-4:30pm with an hour lunch break.

 

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to: Education.jobs@tn.gov

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

 

Tennessee Department of Education also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact the Human Capital team at 615-741-5158.  You can also direct your request for accommodation in writing to the Tennessee Department of Education, Attn: Human Capital Division, 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243.

Department: Finance

Classification (Payroll Title): Education Consultant 3

Position Number: 101540

Reports to: Assistant Commissioner, Finance

Last Revised Date: 3.16.20

Department of Education Vision: We will set all students on a path to success.

Priorities:  Academics: All Tennessee students will have access to a high quality education, no matter where they live.  · Whole Child: Tennessee public schools will be equipped to serve the academic and non-academic needs of all students. · Educators: Tennessee will set a new path for the education profession and be the top state to become and remain a teacher and leader.

Position Summary: The finance and internal operations team is seeking a Director of Grants Management to support the foundational work within the Division of Finance and Internal Operations. The division is responsible for agency wide budget, grants management, local finance, internal operations, and procurement. The Director of Grants Management will be responsible for supervising and providing oversight for multiple state and federal grants the department distributes to local education agencies. This includes performing grant allocations, review of grant applications, grant awards, monitoring, and reporting.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and experience equivalent to substantial (five or more years) full time professional educational or instructional work, including at least two years of supervisory/administrative or advisory work

·         Substitution of education for experience: Graduate coursework from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the required experience, on a year for year basis, to a maximum of two years, there being no substitution for the required two years of specialized experience

·         Or, one year of experience as an Education Consultant 2 for the State of Tennessee

 

Essential Functions

1.       Supervising the grants management team, including hiring and performance management

2.      Ensuring the grant allocations, applications, and awards are accurate, timely, and meet all necessary regulations.

3.      Providing exceptional customer service to Tennessee’s local education agencies, including creating and providing technical assistance on grant topics.

4.      Performing internal reporting on grant statues, including regular updates on grant spending and budgets.

5.      Reconciling multiple data systems to ensure data and financial accuracy.

6.      Facilitates conversations with the US Department of Education on financial and audit matters.

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·         Strong attention to detail

·         Familiarity with project management, and managing multiple projects and work streams

·         Adheres to an appropriate and effective set of core values and beliefs during both good and bad times

·         Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions

·         Experienced in working with multiple data sources simultaneously

·         Experienced in the management of financial resources

·         Ability to work on multiple projects at once in a fast paced environment

·         Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Power Point, and Outlook)

·         Advanced problem solving skills

·         Proactive in researching and proposing solutions to perceived problems

·         Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel (can readily use lookups and pivot tables, chain multiple formulas together to achieve an outcome)

·         Basic knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint preferred

·         Experienced in online survey tools

·         Ability to write clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles

·         Strong oral communication skills

·         Strong analytical and critical thinking skills

·         Meticulous attention to detail and exceptional organization

·         Prefer experience in working with uniform grants guidance or federal regulations

Work Environment

The duties will primarily be carried out indoors, in environmentally controlled conditions. The employee will be required to perform general physical abilities and handle and move objects.

 

Physical Demands

Physical demands include walking, standing, bending, lifting, climbing stairs, and moving during working hours.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full time position. Expected work hours are 37.5 hours per week, from 8-4:30pm with an hour lunch break.

 

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to: Education.jobs@tn.gov

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

 

Tennessee Department of Education also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact the Human Capital team at 615-741-5158.  You can also direct your request for accommodation in writing to the Tennessee Department of Education, Attn: Human Capital Division, 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243.

The District Regional Health & Wellbeing Consultant provides assistance and support to school districts on the implementation of the CDC’s school-based COVID-19 guidance, as well as coordinating with school districts to increase school-based supports for students. This includes coordination on improving physical education, physical activity, and healthy eating, along with providing statewide support on the management of students with chronic health conditions while practicing social distancing measures. The district regional consultant will provide support to school districts with high risk and vulnerable populations. The district regional consultant is responsible for carrying out the evaluation requirements specified in the evaluation plan.

Please note: we are hiring one consultant per CORE (Centers of Regional Excellence) region for a total of 8 consultants. You can reference CORE regions here.

Responsibilities:

 

  • Develop and support execution of partnership plans with districts aimed at improving systems and structures for school-based supports for the physical and mental health of students.
  • Partner with local health and educational stakeholders, both virtually and in person, by supporting decision- making to districts in developing, revising, coordinating, and implementing plans to maintain the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff aligned to the CDC’s school-based COVID-19 guidance.
  • Provide regional training and workshop opportunities to district leaders to support professional learning and networking.
  • Collaborate with other divisions in the department to ensure coherent support and engage in collaborative learning.
  • Coordinate, facilitate, and provide assistance through quarterly regional meetings and virtual communications on the implementation of the CDC’s school-based COVID-19 guidance.
  • Develop and conduct a landscape analysis on needs around PE/PA, healthy eating, and the management of chronic health conditions for districts across the state and those with significant vulnerable populations to inform supports.
  • Provide information for the management of chronic health conditions, physical education, physical activity, and health eating through monthly newsletters.
  • Collaborate and engage with local health departments and other local organizations to mitigate risks for vulnerable populations.
  • Collaborate with Centers of Regional Excellence and Coordinated School Health staff at the Tennessee Department of Education to report lessons learned from the ground and to provide additional context for state response.
  • Provide videos demonstrating proper social distancing during PE classes, physical activity in the classroom, and healthy eating.
  • Provide videos demonstrating the management of chronic health conditions in conjunction with the CDC 1801 grant evaluator, Focused Fitness.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders to provide support for districts and schools to increase the capacity to implement, sustain, and improve effective mental health services.

 

Qualifications:

 

·         Master’s degree (preferred)

·         A minimum of 3 years’ experience in related field, i.e. education, health

·         Strong oral and written communication skills

·         Experience leading and managing projects and/or teams at the school or district level

·         Demonstrated success in building strong internal and external relationships to coordinate partnership opportunities between district/school leaders and local stakeholders

·         Strong organizational skills, project management experience and a track record of achieving milestones

·         Grants management– tracking deliverables, assuring compliance, timely reporting

·         Experience in writing and delivering high-impact presentations and training modules—both in-person and over virtual platforms

·         Experience coaching others for improvement

·         Data collection and interpretation skills

Knowledge and Skills:

·         Deep working knowledge of Tennessee Department of Education’s Best for All Strategy

·         Deep working knowledge of trauma informed and ACES (preferred)

·         Ability to articulate the role health and mental health have in academic achievement

·         Ability to recognize and suggest appropriate strategies for engaging students and staff according to school-based CDC COVID-19 guidance and state/local health regulations

·         Ability to use coaching to assist district and school leaders in implementing school-based CDC COVID-19 guidance

·         Ability to generate research-based, action-oriented recommendations for school and district leaders

·         Ability to facilitate cross team collaborations within the department and with local stakeholders

Note: This position is funded through a combination of grant funds from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  The positions, tied to the grant funds, are currently slated for a two year period aligned to the grant period of availability.

To Apply:

Please email resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references to: education.jobs@tn.gov .

Department: Office of Strategy  

Classification (Payroll Title): Ed Con 3

Position Number: 1004781

Reports to: Assessment Specialist

Last Revised Date: 10.1.2020

Department of Education Vision: We will set all students on a path to success.

Priorities:  Academics: All Tennessee students will have access to a high quality education, no matter where they live.  · Whole Child: Tennessee public schools will be equipped to serve the academic and non-academic needs of all students. · Educators: Tennessee will set a new path for the education profession and be the top state to become and remain a teacher and leader.

Position Summary: The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Development Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the development of TCAP assessments and ensuring the creation of high-quality assessments. This person will be required to engage in all aspects of test design including the development of test and item specifications, item writing and review, and form building. This position will work closely with our assessment vendors, other state employees, and leading educators from across the state to provide high quality and rigorous assessments. This position contributes to the Best for All strategic plan by directly aligning to the academics priority.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s degree required

·         Advanced degree preferred

·         A minimum of three years classroom teaching experience, including at least one year in the state of Tennessee (ELA experience preferred)

 

Essential Functions

·         Lead the assessment design work including development of test and item specifications

·         Review items for alignment with item specifications and review tests for alignment to test specifications

·         Recruit, train, mentor, and manage teams of contracted Tennessee educators dedicated to providing quality assessments

·         Collaborate with content specialists in other divisions of the Department of Education with regards to providing rigorous assessments

·         Assist with various tasks such as alignment studies, cognitive labs, or standard setting, as needed.

·         Apply knowledge of item statistics to the evaluation of items and assembly of tests

·         Collaborate with the assessment vendor scoring services to ensure adherence to TDOE expectations.

·         Gather and resolve feedback from multiple sources on assessment items

·         Create and deliver high quality presentations to teachers across the state

·         Respond to district questions regarding TCAP assessments

·         Willing to be flexible in assuming diverse responsibilities in preparation for, and execution of, effective and efficient state assessment program

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·         Results Oriented: A focus and demonstrated evidence of dramatically improving student achievement

·         Communicator: Ability to communicate clearly and concisely to a variety of stakeholders

·         Learning Orientation: Strives to continuously improve and learn from their practice and those around them

·         Organizational Systems: Creates and maintains strong systems for managing multiple deadlines and projects

·         Customer Focus: A tendency to consistently consider the needs of internal and external customers, to provide service at a high level of quality, and to evaluate customer satisfaction

·         Developing Others: Ability to set and communicate high expectations, to delegate tasks effectively, and to motivate and develop others in a manner that maximizes productivity and morale

 

Supervisory Responsibility

None at this time

Work Environment

The duties will primarily be carried out indoors, in environmentally controlled conditions. The employee will be required to perform general physical abilities and handle and move objects.

 

Physical Demands

Physical demands include walking, standing, bending, lifting, climbing stairs, and moving during working hours.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full time position. Expected work hours are 37.5 hours per week, from 8-4:30pm with an hour lunch break.

 

Travel
None at this time

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to: Education.jobs@tn.gov

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

 

Tennessee Department of Education also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact the Human Capital team at 615-741-5158.  You can also direct your request for accommodation in writing to the Tennessee Department of Education, Attn: Human Capital Division, 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243.

Full Time Openings: Preferred Service

Please note that applicants for these openings must apply through the link to the Department of Human Resources site provided in the job description by the date noted. No exceptions will be made.

Career Pathways Program Manager (EDUCATION CONSULTANT 3-11252020-12977)

Applicants must apply through https://www.tn.gov/careers/apply-here.html and then search for EDUCATION CONSULTANT 3-11252020-12977
Applications will be accepted until 12/8/20 at 11:59pm CST.

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.