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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

Reports To:

Director, IEA Program

Location:

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

Position Description:         

This position will support the Individualized Education Account (IEA) Program in the Division of Policy and External Affairs and will work closely with the offices of Local Finance and Accounting to administer Individualized Education Accounts for students with disabilities.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide excellent customer service to parents who have questions about the IEA Program (e.g., how to enroll their child in the program, how to use IEA funds, how to report use of IEA funds, IEA Program requirements/ account holder responsibilities, and IEA payments).
  • Review expense report forms and receipts submitted by IEA account holders (parents) and determine whether IEA funds were spent on approved expenses.
  • Track all expense reports, receipts, and expense information.
  • Distribute IEA funding to the IEA debit card accounts of each IEA account holder, and track payment distribution. Responsible for handling all issues/problems regarding account payments.
  • Process and track account holder requests to make contributions to educational savings accounts using their IEA funds.
  • Process and track account holder expense pre-approval requests.
  • Work with the accounting team to reconcile the IEA payments, and complete any end of fiscal year reconciliation and reporting for the IEA payments.
  • Process applications (including renewal applications) and contracts submitted by prospective account holders/ current account holders to participate in the IEA Program.
  • Ensure that all account holders comply with the requirements to participate in the IEA Program.
  • Keep account holder information updated, and process account holder requests to update their account information.
  • Monitor and track student enrollment in the program, and process requests to withdraw students from the program.
  • Process assessment verification forms submitted by account holders, and track completion of this requirement.
  • Prepare reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing account holder data submitted through the various account holder forms.
  • Assist with reviewing and developing content for parent information sessions, training sessions, webpages, and materials.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with major in Business, Accounting, Education, Communications, or other related field.
  • Two or more years of relevant experience or a graduate degree in Business, Accounting, Education, Communications, or other related field.
  • Strong skills in written and verbal communications. Experience communicating with a wide variety of audiences and parents.
  • Strong organization skills and a track record of managing projects to meet deadlines and achieve milestones over time.
  • A commitment to the mission of the organization and dedication to effective implementation of the IEA Program.
  • A team player who is flexible and resilient, organized, a fast learner, and one who takes initiative in their work.
  • Integrity, a proactive approach, excellent judgment, a results-oriented and problem-solving mentality.

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.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Rebecca.E.Wright@tn.gov.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Reports To:

Director of Assessment and Accountability Analytics

Position Description:

The Data Analyst will report to the Director of Assessment and Accountability Analytics. The incumbent’s primary responsibility will be to develop, support, and implement the state’s district and school accountability framework. This analyst plays a critical role in shaping district and state improvement efforts through technical leadership and management and reporting of important data points. Through the management, analysis, and reporting of data, this role will support Department leadership and other stakeholder decision-making and execution of strategic initiatives to ensure every Tennessee student receives a quality education. Attention to detail, accuracy, and flexibility are key traits for the successful candidate.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead analysis of the state’s testing data and other metrics used in the state’s accountability systems
  • Prepare and present findings from data analyses to department leadership and stakeholders
  • Develop and implement data management processes built on best practices
  • Serve as a data expert and resource to others within the department
  • Serve as a link between the state and LEAs on questions related to accountability data and process
  • Perform quality checks to ensure business rules align with state and federal regulations
  • Anticipate and solve data and process problems effectively and efficiently
  • Prepare federal reports
  • Perform other duties as needed

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in mathematics, statistics, economics, public policy, computer science, or related fields.
  • A professional background in education
  • Experience using R or Python for data wrangling, visualization, and computation, or deep proficiency with statistical software like Stata/SAS and willingness to learn R or Python
  • Familiarity with principles and tools for reproducible research
  • Ability to pursue self-directed learning
  • Ability to present data clearly and in an accessible manner to variety of audiences
  • Track record of delivering products and results under tight timelines
  • Exemplary writing skills, particularly translating data findings into actionable reports, memos, and presentations
  • Strong strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills
  • Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
  • Team orientation and willingness to contribute at all levels to meet deadlines and complete successful implementation

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please e-mail the following to Alexander Poon. While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.

  • A resume or CV
  • A coding sample or portfolio
  • A writing sample
  • A cover letter describing your interest in this position

Reports To:

Patrice Watson, Executive Director, division of college, career and technical education

Location:

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

Position Description:

The Director of Postsecondary Coordination and Alignment oversees the statewide implementation and expansion of Tennessee’s early postsecondary opportunities including Advanced Placement, Cambridge, International Baccalaureate, College Level Examination Program, Dual Enrollment, Local Dual Credit, and Statewide Dual Credit. The director oversees external partnerships with higher education governing agencies, individual institutions, and community organizations. Additionally, the director is responsible for supervising the work of two program managers to monitor their progress toward meeting established goals.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  1. Facilitate quarterly meetings of the PC 967 Consortium which consists of representatives from Tennessee Board of Regents, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, the University of Tennessee system, and the State Board of Education.
  2. Present policy recommendations and/or proposals to the State Board of Education.
  3. Develop and facilitates workshops and training sessions on early postsecondary opportunities at appropriate conferences and events.
  4. Review and updates the correlation of course codes workbook to reflect any course updates or changes within early postsecondary opportunities
  5. Use strategic data points to assess progress toward achieving goals and to inform decision making
  6. Support the Executive Director in the development of seamless secondary to postsecondary pathways that include early postsecondary opportunities.
  7. Direct the work of the program managers of early postsecondary and virtual and innovative opportunities.
  8. Creates a comprehensive strategic communications plan that includes marketing resources for school counselors, teachers, principals, and district administrators for the engagement of students and families on postsecondary planning, preparation, and participation.

Qualifications:

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.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Early.Postsecondary@tn.gov. Applications will be accepted through the Tennessee Department of Education Career Opportunities webpage until 11:59 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 31, 2019.

Reports To:

Darlene Estes-Del Re, Executive Director, Office of Early Learning

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education
Andrew Johnson Tower, 10th Floor, 710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description:

The Director of the Voluntary Pre-K Programs will be responsible for developing and administering a quality process for the allocation of VPK funds, based on rigorous program standards, to ensure VPK program improvements statewide. The Director of VPK Programs will also be responsible for supporting districts with VPK programs through technical assistance and professional training, focused on best practices in Pre-K instruction and program administration.  The Director will monitor program improvements annually, and through site visits in collaboration with the office of school-based support services.   

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Develops and administers a district application process for VPK funds that ensures continuous improvement of VPK programs statewide. Leads and manages the allocation of VPK funds based on quality benchmarks as determined by the VPK application.
  • Supports district planning for high quality Pre-K programs by offering technical assistance for grant application development, as well as program planning. Provides districts with current knowledge from research and benchmark programs nationwide to focus on improving TN programs. Responds to district questions regarding VPK program requirements, expectations and allowances, as needed. 
  • Provides and/or informs high quality professional training for VPK programs, focused on instructional best practices and program improvement. District and regional trainings will be offered via multiple methods and by multiple providers, as frequently as needed. Professional training will be developed and facilitated in collaboration with office of early learning leaders and other department of education leaders and trainers, as well as through contracts with early education experts.
  • Monitors program improvement efforts in districts through field visits and an annual review process, to be developed in alignment with the revised VPK application for funds. Works with the VPK data manager to ensure classes are full and VPK funds are ensuring the placement of high needs students in district classrooms, as defined by the VPK eligibility criteria. Works with the Head Start State Collaborative Director and 619 Coordinator to ensure alignment of enrollment priorities. Works closely with the Director for School-Based Support Services to monitor VPK classrooms, clearly communicates expectations for quality, and provide support to districts for improvement efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director, Office of Early Learning.

Qualifications:

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Minimum 5 years' experience as an educator, teacher leader and/or administrator in early childhood settings.
  • Minimum of a Master's Degree in Education preferred.
  • Special education background, knowledge and experience preferred.
  • Strong grant management knowledge and experience preferred.
  • Belief that all children can learn and that expectations must remain high for all students.
  • Comfortable with, and willingness to, attend in-state and out-of-state conferences, as needed.
  • The ability to engage key stakeholders and communicate & collaborate effectively to improve outcomes for students. This includes strong written and verbal skills.
  • Familiarity with the challenges facing education reform efforts in TN and the U.S.
  • A willingness to proactively take on leadership roles and possess a strong work ethic as well as problem solving skills.
  • The ability to write and deliver high-impact presentations and training modules.
  • The capacity to leverage internal and external networks and to engage in team problem solving.

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Darlene.DelRe@tn.gov.

Reports To:

Assistant Commissioner, Assessment, Accountability, Data Governance

Position Description:      

The Director of the Office of Assessment and Accountability Analytics will be responsible for analysis and data processes related to state accountability systems and assessments, with the ultimate goal of increasing student academic achievement. The incumbent will lead all processes related to district and school accountability as outlined in TNSucceeds, including complying with all ESSA provisions.  The office will compile student assessment data and compute district determinations and school grades as prescribed in the state accountability framework approved through the U.S. Department of Education.  The office will support all data analysis and reporting related to all assessment data.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and direct staff of analysts and psychometricians to ensure compliance with the federal and state laws.
  • Supervise the production of all vendor reports on assessment performance.
  • Supervise the internal production of all assessment and accountability reports.
  • Produce school and district accountability designations.
  • Oversee all assessment data returns and analysis.
  • Support the Senior Psychometrician, as needed.
  • Collaborate internally with other teams in their use of assessment and accountability reporting.
  • Collaborate with peers in other states to ensure that best practices are in place.
  • Present and share Tennessee practices at National Conferences.
  • Maintain all relevant documentation, including business rules, protocols, and data definitions.
  • Provide effective written and verbal communication on all matters related to accountability and assessment data.
  • Collaborate with other divisions and offices to develop data tools and support research and evaluation.
  • Build communities of practice with state education agencies to identify best practices and cultivate strategic relationships.
  • Maintain professional and productive relationships with districts, federal agencies, other external stakeholders, internal stakeholders, and direct reports.
  • Serve on the Division leadership team and support cross division operations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and/or as necessary to achieve strategic objectives.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum of three years of progressive experience in data analysis and research and five years of professional experience in education, policy, management or a related field.
  • Experience managing others
  • Master’s degree or higher in measurement, policy, statistics or related field required.
  • Strong planning, organization, and project management skills, with the ability to identify numerous dependencies and develop a comprehensive, technical plan of action.
  • Results-oriented, hands-on, team player with a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, high energy environment while meeting multiple deadlines and completing multiple tasks.
  • Strong critical thinking skills including exceptional analytic, strategic, and problem-solving skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of Excel and R and/or STATA statistical software
  • Experience with data modeling, database design, implementation and management.

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.

To Apply:

Please e-mail the following to Mary Batiwalla (Mary.Batiwalla@tn.gov):

  • A cover letter describing your interest in this position
  • A writing sample
  • A resume or CV

Applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis. Closing date for applications is January 31, 2019.

Reports To:

Executive Director of School Improvement

Location:

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

Position Description:

The Priority Schools Director will be charged with leading the implementation of a comprehensive support plan designed to support rapid improvement in the state’s lowest performing schools. This position will work with district and other department staff to manage, implement, and monitor federal and state improvement grants and coordinate the department’s resources to support districts and schools in implementing their improvement plans. The Priority School Director will reside in the department’s Office of School Improvement (OSI). The OSI will be positioned within the Office of the Commissioner and concentrate on coordinating supports for the state’s Priority and Focus schools.

Position Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop and manage federal and state improvement grants
  • Monitor the implementation of federal and state improvement grants including conducting visits to evaluate and monitor district practices and structures, and school instructional practices
  • Coordinate internal resources and supports to assist districts and schools in implementing their grants and improvement plans
  • Analyze district and school performance data to identify trends and insights leading to actionable strategies and/or tactics
  • Communicate with districts, schools and other stakeholders about the Priority school designation and available supports
  • Participate in school visits and monitoring at Focus and Priority schools to learn and share promising practices
  • Manage professional learning opportunities for Priority school principals designed to build their skills and knowledge to lead successful turnaround schools

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of Science or Master of Arts in education or related field
  • Minimum of five years’ educational and/or administrative experience; district experience preferred
  • Must have minimum of three years’ experience at the district level leading school turnaround in roles like an instructional supervisor, instructional coach, or principal
  • Strong project management experience with managing complex projects and strategic plans that ensure project success.
  • Experience managing or implementing grants
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and experience communicating complex information clearly, concisely and effectively
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

Successful candidates must be:

  • Passionate about student equity and school turnaround work
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment in which the work can be ambiguous and complex
  • Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Able to prioritize work and produce quality results with attention to detail

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.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter describing your interest in the position, a resume or CV, and contact information for three professional references to Ginnae.Harley@tn.gov.

The Achievement School District is accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Pre-K Teacher
  • 1st Grade Teacher
  • 3rd-5th Grade Special Education Teacher
  • 5th Grade ELA Teacher
  • Music Teacher
  • P.E. Teacher
  • Art Teacher

Location:

Achievement Schools in Memphis, Tennessee:

  • Corning Achievement Elementary
  • Frayser Achievement Elementary
  • Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary
  • Whitney Achievement Elementary

Position Description:        

To plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in elementary or secondary learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential. Work is performed under the supervision of the Principal.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Foster a positive, productive classroom culture
  • Plan and deliver rigorous, standards-aligned lessons that cultivate students' knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Contribute to the school community
  • Use data to reflect regularly upon student learning and adjust course when necessary
  • Collaborate with colleagues in a productive and professional way

The Achievement Schools is actively seeking teachers who embody the following characteristics:      

  • Team Player - Values collaborating with and working alongside others; works productively to resolve conflict and assumes the best in others
  • Drive - Motivated to pursue actions and solutions that dramatically advance student achievement
  • Culturally Aware - Holds expectations for all students, works well across lines of difference, committed to the community
  • Data-driven - Consistently gathers and utilizes data to drive student achievement
  • Professional - ​Presents themselves in a professional manner in all interactions with students, families, and the community
  • Self-Aware - Operates with humility, recognizes one's strengths and limitations, acknowledges the critical role that teachers play in students' achievement, and proactively works to learn and improve their craft
  • Commitment to working with historically underserved students

Benefits of Working at the Achievement Schools:

  • Leading change in underserved students and communities
  • Ongoing professional development, coaching, and support
  • A centralized curriculum planning and coaching team which will support your planning efforts in the classroom
  • Proven, experienced Memphis leadership in schools and at the network leadership level
  • Generous compensation with opportunities for significant growth and leadership
  • Comprehensive and competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and retirement
  • Benefits and perks of employment with the State of Tennessee, including (but not limited to) state higher education fee discounts / waivers
  • Eligible for public service student loan forgiveness

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution required
  • Valid and active Tennessee teaching license required
  • Experience teaching in an urban community preferred

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $45,000 - $70,000. Pay will be commensurate with qualifications. The benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, life, disability, flexible spending accounts, and a retirement/pension plan through the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS).

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Emily.Banks@tn.gov.

Reports To:

Chief Assessment Officer

Location:

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

Position Description:     

The TNReady Customer Service Specialist is charged with delivering outstanding customer service related to the state assessment program.  This person will develop and implement an ambitious customer service program, including proactive outreach to stakeholders such as testing coordinators, parents, teachers, and the general public.  The TNReady Customer Service Specialist will need a willingness to travel (up to 50%), in order to provide outreach to stakeholder groups around the state.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

Customer Service Functions

  • In cooperation with vendor, train vendor helpdesk CSRs (training may be on-site at vendor location)
  • In cooperation with vendor, create and continually update scripts for CSRs
  • Train TDOE helpdesk CSRs
  • Create and continually update scripts for TDOE helpdesk CSRs
  • Establish and monitor ticketing system for tned.assessment
  • In cooperation with communications team, answer emails from tnready email address
  • Be readily available to district stakeholders as a primary contact for email and phone communications
  • Assess customer service needs of TDOE and vendor; report on those needs with proposed solutions
  • Use survey and focus groups to gain feedback from the field on customer service issues; report on those issues to leadership
  • During peak times, proactively intervene in difficult customer service situations in a timely manner

Assessment Literacy Functions

  • Develop assessment literacy materials for various audiences (teachers, parents, general public) in cooperation with communications team
  • Travel and present assessment literacy training in CORE regions and individual districts

Training and Review Functions

  • Participate fully in various assessment reviews
    • User Acceptance Testing for computer-based testing
    • Test books & answer document review for paper-based testing
  • In cooperation with Assistant Director, review TAM and TAPS for accuracy, completeness and user-friendliness
  • Play a key role in the development and publishing of the Guide to Test Interpretation
  • Play a key role in the development and publishing of the Parent Information Guide
  • Assist Director of State Assessments with item review, rangefinding, and standard setting as needed
  • Participate in test security audits as assigned by the Director of State Assessments
  • Provide training on testing policies and procedures to district and school stakeholders
  • Supervise team of TNReady Testing Coordinator Ambassadors

Non-Public School Functions

  • Establish and administer an assessment communication plan for non-public schools
    • Should include monthly contact with those schools via email
    • Should include bi-monthly webinars for non-public specific issues with assessment
  • Work with Director of School Choice to communicate ordering, provisioning, and other non-public specific information to those schools
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned by manager

Qualifications:

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Education, Communications, or a related field
  • Advanced degree preferred

Minimum Experience, Knowledge, Skill and Ability Requirements:

  • Must have 2 or more years of experience serving as a testing coordinator, preferably at the district level.
  • Experience in customer service as a customer service representative or customer service manager preferred
  • Must be a skilled user of PowerPoint (as well as other Microsoft Office products)
  • Experience in developing and delivering online trainings, including strong familiarity with learning management systems and software such as Camtasia preferred
  • Must have strong presentation skills
  • Willingness to travel
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters with educators in a clear and empowering manner.  Experience working with diverse teams successfully
  • Strong organizational skills and track record of managing projects to meet deadlines and achieve milestones over time

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.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references
to Denette.Kolbe@tn.gov. Job posting will remain open until filled.

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.