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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.

Full Time Openings: Executive Service

Department: Standards & Materials

Classification (Payroll Title): Educ Program Admin 2

Position Number:

Reports to: Chief,  Standards & Materials

Last Revised Date: 8.15.20

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: Tennessee districts must provide all PreK-3 children with access to a high quality literacy instruction daily.  To accomplish this, the department will create a comprehensive literacy program that will ensure schools and teachers have access to all the components necessary to ensure effective daily literacy instruction. This position is vital in leading this work and directly contributes to each of the strategic priorities with a heavy emphasis on leading the academic literacy work needed so that teachers can lead our students to success.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Master’s degree in literacy, elementary education, curriculum development, or related field preferred

·         5+ years of instructional leadership or literacy coaching with a record of success

·         Strong background in literacy content and pedagogy, PreK-2 literacy required

·         Strong background in project management, large scale coaching, and/or family literacy supports

 

Essential Functions:

1.      Develop the online literacy tool funded by ESSER project.

2.      Manage the cultivation and development of literacy resources to support families and teachers in early literacy.

3.      Track the data and progress of districts engaged in the TDOE Comprehensive Literacy Program

4.       Support the communication plans to engage teachers, families, and district leaders in the comprehensive early literacy framework

5.      Coordinate the literacy initiatives funded by GEERs and ESSER including content vendors, tools, and resources.

6.      Effectively communicate program expectations and outcomes to all stakeholders

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

·         Content Expertise: Deep knowledge and experience with early literacy research

·         Communication Skills: Strong written and oral communication skills

·         Big Picture Orientation: Understands and navigates priorities of own role and department within larger context

·         Relationship Builder: Ability to build positive relationships with diverse team members and stakeholders.

·         Detail Orientation: Excellent organization and ability to meet deadlines

·         Service Orientation: Focused on providing excellent customer service to districts

·         Achievement Orientation: Ability to focus on end goal and adjust course as needed along the way

Supervisory Responsibility:

This role is responsible for managing contractors within this project.

Work Environment:

The duties of this role 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:
Some travel (~15-25%) across the state required. A driver’s license and reliable transportation is required.

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 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.

 

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: Office of Strategy & Data

Classification (Payroll Title): Education Consultant 4

Position Number: 1004899/TBD

Reports to: Assistant Commissioner, Assessment

Last Revised Date: 9.14.20

Position Summary: This key leadership position in the Assessment Division of the Office of Strategy & Data is responsible for the development of Tennessee’s standardized assessment portfolio, including summative assessments (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program – TCAP) and the development of question banks made available to districts and for use within innovative assessment initiatives. This leader casts the vision for how to best assess learning on statewide summative assessments and ensures that the items we develop are the level of quality that will support student learning and educator development through developing an assessment team and managing contracted assessment development vendors. The Senior Director of Assessment Development serves as the liaison to other leaders and divisions within TDOE and Tennessee school districts in shifting to improved systems of statewide assessment.

Essential Functions

1.      Oversee development, evaluation, and continual improvement of Tennessee’s statewide standardized assessment program, including managing assessment development contracted vendor and ensuring all forms meet expectations for validity, reliability, and quality.

2.      Establish/maintain program design and monitoring activities to ensure adherence to coherent and rigorous design parameters, universal accessibility for all students and accommodations for special needs students, test and item design features, test administration practices, quality assurance, achievement level setting descriptors, validity and fidelity of implementation studies, technical assistance to schools, and clarity in reporting.

3.      Assemble, develop, and manage the Assessment Development team and the Assessment Psychometrics team, including content coordinators responsible who can both advance key innovative initiatives, coordinate with the Division of Standards and Materials, and improve test item and test form quality.

4.      Supervise the involvement of staff in departmental strategic and program planning activities, as a key liaison and a key contributor regarding the Department’s assessment initiatives, particularly those designed to advance teaching and learning in Tennessee.

5.      Lead in the development of a suite of professional development tools and resources, accessible to all Assessment Division and other TDOE or external partners, to develop assessment literacy, including professional learning pathways beginning with fundamentals of assessment development to content-specific item specification creation and instructionally-focused item annotations to provide teachers content support for each item that we offer to them.

6.      Support the development, compilation, analysis, & dissemination of a coherent body of student achievement data that provide valid & reliable academic achievement reports for students, schools, districts, and the state, applicable to school improvement, program monitoring, & public accountability reporting.

7.      Lead in the development of processes, business rules, and documentation for score reporting, including the re-design of student, educator, and administrator reports for all TCAP assessments. A key function related to this responsibility is enhancing the usability of the assessment information for each of the targeted stakeholder groups, especially school leaders and teachers.

8.      Support development of innovative and/or balanced components of assessments, including identification of items for formative question bank, sequencing/modularity of interim assessments, and modeling to support creation of question clusters for formative assessments.

9.      Establish/maintain protocols that define content, format, & process for developing/maintaining a statewide system of academic assessments, adhering to state & federal requirements, and industry and peer review standards.

10. Maintain professional and productive relationships with districts, federal agencies, other external stakeholders, internal stakeholders, a high quality technical advisory committee (TAC) and direct reports, and supervise the provision of technical assistance to educators, schools, school districts, external associations, and the public, related to assessment measurement (e.g., assessment validity, scoring, reporting, and analysis of results).

11. Maintain and regularly meet with a high quality technical advisory committee (TAC) that can provide independent and defensible advice relative to the state summative assessment system and also for innovative and balanced systems of assessment the state may choose to pursue.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Master’s degree or higher in education, curriculum, psychometrics, educational measurement, or related field

·         At least 5 years of experience working closely with assessment development, preferably with experience in standardized assessment development

·         Experience with assessment development across multiple grades and contents required, across all grades and contents preferred.

·         Understanding of, and experience with, curriculum and assessment in K-12 education

·         Understanding of the use of educational statistics, measurement, psychometrics, item analyses, or related field required.

·         Strong planning, organization, and project management skills, with the ability to identify dependencies and develop a comprehensive, technical plan of action.

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·         Critical Thinking & Complex Problem Solving: Including but not limited to: breaking down tasks and complex issues to inform decision making; focuses on the right priorities, exercises good judgment that are justified with data and research

·         Results and Achievement Orientation: Consistently produces high quality work, sets and meets ambitious goals, focused on big picture goal and how to achieve it

·         Team Management: Is able to motivate, develop, and direct a team of people around achieving team goals

·         Monitoring: Assessment of self, other individuals, and the development of the work to make improvements and take corrective action

 

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.

 

Supervisory Responsibility

This individual will manage the Assessment Development team within the Office of Strategy & Data.

 

Travel
Minimal travel around the state and to limited national meetings and conferences required (~5-10%).

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.

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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.