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Full-Time Openings

Assistant Commissioner of Data

Department: Office of Strategy
Classification (Payroll Title): Educ Senior Executive Director
Position Number: 122608
Reports to: Chief Strategy Officer
Last Revised Date: 1.22.2020

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 Assistant Commissioner of Data is held to a high standard of integrity and profession responsibility and will be responsible for state accountability systems, reporting, data use, and data governance, with the ultimate goal of increasing student academic achievement and improving the performance of our schools.

The Assistant Commissioner’s most important role is supporting, developing, coaching, and supervising internal leadership in the Division of Data towards a powerful state accountability system with student, educator, and district processes and sustainability in mind.  The successful candidate must: 1. Develop and articulate a theory of action for how strong data systems and support structures lead to school improvement by informing and driving school level educator actions 2. Operationalize how education metrics reflect and contribute to a holistic picture of student learning and how these measures will impact districts and classrooms.

The Assistant Commissioner will lead all processes related to reporting and use of mission-critical data, including accountability data. This includes computing school and district grades that improve education for all students in Tennessee. The office will support district and stakeholder understanding and use of accountability resources, frameworks, and mechanisms, as well as partner with other TDOE offices to provide actionable data related to performance goals and targets. The division will also oversee how all collected metrics are used and reported.

Minimum Qualifications:

·       Master’s degree in education, policy, statistics, data science, or related field or equivalent work experience required.

·       Minimum of three years of progressive experience applying educational data in direct practice, research, and/or policy and seven years of professional experience in education, policy, management or a related field.

·       Minimum of three years’ experience managing teams to results, especially leading comprehensive assessment and evaluation systems.

·       Unwavering belief that all students can learn and achieve success in school

Essential Functions

1.      Provides leadership for evaluation, and statistics related to the development of Tennessee’s accountability and data governance programs and manages the data collection, analysis, and reporting of local school system data

2.     Casts and executes a vision for streamlining TDOE data into a comprehensive enterprise data system that elevates the work of the entire department.

3.     Identify opportunity to increase impact through better data-driven decision making across all stakeholder groups

4.     Analyze state assessment data, performance, and policies to guide Department strategy and statewide use

5.     Provide training and support to CORE offices, other department staff, and district personnel.

6.     Establishes procedures and priorities for developing and coordinating research/evaluation strategies as they pertain to education data, assessment, and accountability

7.     Oversee maintenance of accountability application, graduation cohort application, school directory, and other necessary platforms in partnership with Technology division.

8.     Serve on the Office leadership team and support cross division operations

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·       Learning Orientation: Continuously improve, innovate, and optimize accountability framework as a strategic policy lever.

·       Data Analysis: Experience with data modeling, database structures, implementation, and management.

·       Results Orientation: Thrives in a fast-paced, high energy environment while meeting multiple deadlines and various tasks

·       Statistical Software: Demonstrated ability to utilize SQL, R, STATA, and/or Python preferred

·       Communication: Exhibits excellent written and verbal communication skills on matters related to accountability, leveraging a variety of mediums. Demonstrates political acumen with various stakeholders and constituent groups

·       Big Picture Orientation: Understands and navigates priorities of own role and department in relation to the larger department

·       Critical Thinking /Complex Problem Solving: Breaks down tasks and complex issues to inform decision-making; generates creative solutions to problems; effectively builds case to drive decision-making

·       Program Management: Oversee and establish structures to improve data quality and maintain data documentation across the agency

·       Supervise & Manage Staff: Manage the Accountability team to ensure Tennessee’s accountability systems prioritize students and comply with federal and state laws.

·       Collaborative: Increases collaboration with other divisions and offices to develop data tools and support research and evaluation

·       Relationship Builder: Build communities of practice with state education agencies to identify best practices and cultivate strategic relationships

Supervisory Responsibility

This individual will be responsible for managing members of the accountability division within the Office of Strategy.

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

Limited travel to meetings with stakeholders around the state 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 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.

 

Assistant Commissioner of Expanded Coordinated School Health

Department: Whole Child
Classification (Payroll Title): Senior Executive Program Director
Position Number: TBD
Reports to: Chief of Whole Child Supports
Last Revised Date: 1/21/20

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 Commissioner of Whole Child Initiatives will lead a team to drive new programs and initiatives focused on more efficiently providing access to non-academic resources and supports in the field, developing new resources, and collaborating closely across additional state agencies such as the Department of Health, and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.  

The ideal candidate has a strong foundation in programs that provide holistic supports and district level implementation expertise or has a strong management background to support both. They have demonstrated excellence in effective communication, project management, and vision setting,

Minimum Qualifications:

·       Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred

·       5+ years relevant experience; experience in both education and government a plus

Essential Functions

·       Establish the vision for, execution of, and strategy regarding implementation of the whole child strategic priority

·       Responsible for managing the outflow of information to media, districts, and legislators; the inflow and distribution of information from stakeholder groups to the appropriate parties

·       Collaborate with the research and strategy team to norm on data and information

·       Review and editing of all external documents to ensure consistent and engaging materials

·       Ensure coherence to which the initiatives within the Whole Child division are delivered across the state

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·       Legislative Relations: Ability to work closely with the Assistant Commissioner of Legislative Affairs and Policy to create effective and personalized collateral and communications with public officials, including proactively reaching out around critical issues in the department

·       District Engagement: Solicit regular and clear input and feedback from districts regarding ways the State can best support and provide updates and information. Develop a close relationship with representative district officials to ensure proactive and immediate communications. Develop strong relationships with district leaders

·       Project and Performance Management: Manage whole child team to meet established deadlines and milestones producing high quality materials. Effectively ensure metrics are monitored and progress is documented, communicated, and responded to

·       Team Leadership: Ensure effective team leadership and individual management systems, procedures, and tools are establish and utilized to ensure a strong team culture focused around solutions orientation, continuous improvement, optimism, teamwork, high-quality, and service. Promote professional development opportunities and ensure team growth goals are supported and achieved. Manage team leaders to effectively conduct individual and team meetings, as well as ensure consistent evaluation

·       Communication: Strong written and verbal communication skills; demonstrated ability to influence others with the story of what you’re seeing in the data to make programmatic recommendations and to communicate information in a way that supports informed decision-making

·       Cross Team Collaboration: Work collaboratively with project teams, end users/stakeholders to understand objectives & requirements

·       Budget Management: Keep and maintain a budget for the division and ensure project and team leads do the same

·       Data Management: Effectively collect, monitor, and use data to make-decisions. Ensure team is doing the same

·       Contract and Grant Management:  Ensure effective management of contracts and grants through team leaders and individual plan owners

·       Organizational Skills: Excellent time and project management skills, with the ability to manage detailed work across a team

Supervisory Responsibility

This role will be responsible for leading and managing the Whole Child division.

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

Limited travel around the state to attend meetings with stakeholders (approximately 20%)

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.

 

AWARE Project Manager

Department: Whole Child

Classification (Payroll Title): Ed Consultant 3

Position Number: 01002607

Reports to: Whole Child Mental Health and Wellness Director  

Last Revised Date: 2/11/20

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: This position provides federal grant administration functions, oversees AWARE State Management Team coordination, provides TDOE contract oversight, monitors grant evaluation and develops policies to support statewide expansion of school mental health resources and services. It is directly aligned with our second strategic priority: Whole Child as it seeks to meet the non-academic needs of our students across Tennessee.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree at a minimum in education, social work, psychology, or a related field.  Master's degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of full time professional educational work with a minimum of 2 years' experience in supervisory, administrative or advisory work.
  • Experience in the field of mental health, education, substance abuse or criminal/juvenile justice.

Essential Functions

  •  Oversee and manage all Project AWARE Tennessee grant activities including compliance to all terms of the Cooperative Agreement.
  • Support the convening of the AWARE State Management Team on a regular basis.
  • Conduct joint state and LEA community meetings on a regular basis to include a site visit to each pilot community at least bi-annually.
  • Implement proposed evaluation plan for outcome and performance measures.
  • Assimilate and submit all required forms, data, and reports, in a timely fashion.
  • Develop interagency coordination mechanisms at the state level.
  • Develop policies to support needed service system improvements.
  • Develop state policies to collect school-level and community disaggregated data (by race and ethnicity) on school climate, school discipline, mental health services, and effectiveness of evidence-based programs.
  • Develop an infrastructure that will increase the capacity to implement, sustain, and improve effective school mental health services when federal funding ends.
  • Identify how the Project AWARE Tennessee (TDOE, TDMHSAS, four LEAS and their respective local communities) will link with existing cross system activities to enhance state prevention infrastructure.
  • Participate in all required SAMHSA Project AWARE grantee meetings.
  • Advisory Council – cross-agency collaboration

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Written and Oral Communication Skills: A demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters with stakeholders in a clear and empowering manner.
  • Problem Solving: Strong ability to problem solve, work independently, lead collaborative efforts, and motivate others.
  • Grant Management: Exhibited experience with managing grants and has institutional knowledge of state government agencies connected with this
  • Policy Development: Has knowledge of the process and is able to navigate this
  • Building relationships: Proven skills in networking among a diverse group of agencies.
  • Self-Starter: Able to work independently and lead work after setting a vision with leadership

Supervisory Responsibility

This individual will be responsible for supervising the work however is not responsible for directly supervising other individuals 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
Minimal travel expected (see above regarding site visits)

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

 

Job Title: Programmer/Analyst 4       

Department: Information Systems

Classification (Payroll Title): Programmer/Analyst 4

Position Number: 106478

Reports to: CIO

Last Revised Date: 12.4.2019

 

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: As the TN DOE embarks on the implementation of the Strategic Plan, data processing and analysis will become ever more important in IT’s role in the implementation of those strategic initiatives.  The role of the Data Engineer will be critical in ensuring we build usable and scalable databases, datamarts, and reporting structures from which we can enable Quality Academic Programs, Whole Child Support, and create high-performing Teachers and Leaders.

Minimum Qualifications:

·       College degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent work experience

·       5 plus years’ work experience in database design, including 1 year as Data Modeler / Architect

Essential Functions

·        Design conceptual data models to support the TDOE, using best practices for standard naming conventions and coding practices.

·       Create and maintain the physical databases for the TDOE in a large scale, multi-tenet environment.

·       Utilize key design principles for data architecture to handle large data sets that support scalability, extensibility, MDM, and point-in-time reporting capability.

·       Work closely with product, data, and application development teams to support existing projects and implement agency data improvement strategies.

·       Design and build the infrastructure/tools required for optimal extraction, transformation, and loading of data from a wide variety of data sources using SQL and Azure ‘big data’ technologies

·       Ability to work in an agile software development environment. 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·       Thorough knowledge and understanding of data modeling in RDBMS platforms(i.e. SQLServer 2012), experience with Big Data required.

·       Experience with longitudinal data warehouses, data lake projects (data modeling, metadata, data quality), ‘big data’ data pipelines, architectures and data sets.

·       Working knowledge of message queuing, stream processing, and highly scalable ‘big data’ data stores.

·       Experience with ETL tools (SSIS, Talend, etc) and SQL necessary

·       Experience with Azure Databricks, DataFactory necessary.

·       Demonstrated expertise with Python preferred

·       Knowledge for C#, Entity Framework experience a plus

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 required 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.

 

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:

Data Analyst, Office of Strategy and Data


Reports To:

Director of Accountability and Data Governance


Location:

Tennessee Department of Education

710 James Robertson Parkway, 12th floor

Nashville, TN 37243
 

Position Description:    

The Data Analyst will report to the Director of Accountability and Data Governance. 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
  • Identify new avenues to extract insights from data and report on student achievement in Tennessee
  • 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
  • Prepare federal reports
  • Perform other duties as needed


Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in public policy, education, mathematics, statistics, economics, 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
  • Experience with relational databases and proficiency in SQL
  • 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 a cover letter, resume, coding sample or portfolio, and contact information for three professional references to Education.Jobs@tn.gov.


Pursuant to the State of TN's policy of non-discrimination, the 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.

Reports To:

Chief Schools Officer and Achievement School District, Superintendent

Location:

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

OR

Memphis – Site TBD

Position Description:     

The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) is looking for a talented, driven, student-focused individual to be our Director of Accountability for the achievement school district (ASD). The TDOE is committed to ensuring that families and students in the ASD have access to a high-quality education.

The Director of Accountability is charged with developing and implementing for all schools in the ASD a robust performance evaluation framework, intervention ladder, and exit plan. The performance framework must include metrics in the area of finances, management, organizational performance and compliance, and academics. The director will ensure there is, at minimum, a quarterly and annual evaluation and review of all performance data. The director will ensure annual and quarterly performance reports are generated and used to support the schools and school operators in understanding and acting on the data to improve school performance and meet performance objectives.

The intervention ladder and exit plan must be tiered, as appropriate, based on school performance and should include incentives for schools that are consistently meeting or exceeding performance expectations. The director will be responsible for developing a site visit and meeting schedule for all schools that ensures that, at a minimum, quarterly meetings and visits are conducted for all schools to evaluate performance and implementation of improvement plans, and to discuss successes and areas in need of improvement. The Director of Accountability will be charged with developing and implementing a process to evaluate compliance and ensure all schools in the ASD meet the standards of a high quality public school. The individual will collaborate across the department including with the office of school improvement and school models and programs.

This director must be an excellent writer and communicator, with strong data analysis skills, and be extremely organized. This individual must be able to develop and maintain strong and effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The ideal candidate should have three years in an office of accountability or a charter school authorizing office.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement an annual performance framework, intervention ladder, and exit plan for all schools within the ASD, including evaluations in the areas of finances, management, organizational performance and compliance, and academics
  • Create repots and trainings for the schools and school operators on how to analyze and act upon the data
  • Conduct monthly meetings with each charter school operator to review and track the performance metrics
  • Conduct site visits at the schools to measure and observe the implementation of academic improvement plans and to evaluate compliance
  • Evaluate school compliance with the standards of a high quality public school

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to education equity and an outcomes orientation
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Masters Preferred); preferred fields include mathematics, statistics, economics, public policy, computer science, education or related fields
  • A professional background in education
  • Ability to balance vision setting, content expertise, and systems-building in a realistic and authentic way
  • Strong data analysis and excel skills
  • Ability to use data to make decisions, with a performance management orientation
  • Team orientation and willingness to contribute at all levels to meet deadlines and complete successful implementation
  • 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
  • Ability to speak to and hold the line on the critical importance of high expectations through rigorous accountability
  • At least 3 years of relevant job experience in an office of accountability or charter school authorizing office

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 to Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

 

Director of Data & Strategic Projects

Department: Office of Human Capital

Position Title: Director of Data & Strategic Projects

Reports To: Senior Director of Educator Effectiveness

Location: 710 James Robertson Parkway, 9th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243

Charge

The Educator Effectiveness team is seeking a Director of Data & Strategic Projects who will support work related to educator effectiveness, the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS), portfolios, alternative student growth models, teacher-student claiming and educator data management systems in Tennessee.  In this position, the Director of Data & Strategic Projects would directly oversee the technical aspects of the evaluation system in Tennessee, including the existing educator management system. The educator effectiveness team supports the state’s efforts to acquire, develop and sustain an exceptional educator workforce in Tennessee. The team also provides data and technical assistance to districts in order to improve recruitment, retention, compensation, and recognition of educators in Tennessee. 

The Director of Data & Strategic Projects will report to the Senior Director of Educator Effectiveness and will coordinate efforts across the department to better manage, analyze, and leverage educator effectiveness and staffing data when making strategic decisions. 

Responsibilities

  • Management of the Tennessee educator evaluation system, including the evaluation cycle project plan, internal data tracking systems, business and technical rules, process documentation,  and all data systems related to educator evaluation  
  • Support the Educator Effectiveness team in various ongoing work streams related to educator evaluation, portfolios, strategic compensation, and strategic initiatives, leading the team’s efforts around process documentation, project planning, and cost/benefit analyses, with a focus on work streams such as TEAM 2.0, collection of educator vacancy data, alternative growth models, and portfolios 
  • Support the Educator Effectiveness team in producing policy and guidance documents related to the TEAM evaluation system, portfolios, alternative growth measures, and all other program areas as assigned, demonstrating flexibility and strong analytical skills when updating guidance based on changes to statute, rule, or policy at the state-level 
  • Leadership of teacher data governance improvement efforts, including leadership of cross-divisional data team focused on improving data governance systems at both the department and district level  
  • Management of the department’s implementation of Teacher Student Claiming. This work includes developing progress monitoring tools to track statewide, district, and school data, auditing existing data for accuracy, project planning, and some communications with districts and educators  
  • Management of vendor relationship, communications, and contracts related to the existing Educator Management System and Teacher Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS) in Tennessee.  
  • Supervision and mentorship of a data analyst who supports the work of the Educator Effectiveness team 
  • Provide meaningful, high-quality technical support that advances the work of the Office of Human Capital in the form of facilitating external partnerships, fulfilling data requests, and data collection for metrics as needed. 

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree(Master’s preferred) in public policy, education, mathematics, statistics, economics, computer science, or related fields
  • 3+ years’ experience working in education or a related field
  • Proficiency and experience with Microsoft Excel and Office Suite
  • Proficiency and experience using statistical software such as STATA or R, or demonstrated skills in data analysis with a willingness to learn STATA or R
  • A familiarity with educator evaluation policies, including the TEAM evaluation model in Tennessee
  • Project management experience, including working with teams, setting benchmarks and performance metrics.
  • Exemplary writing skills, particularly in 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 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment balancing multiple ongoing projects, both large and small, at the same time.
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative and high standards for self and others; ability to manage towards ambitious timelines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to present information clearly and in an accessible manner to variety of audiences.
  • Education policy and program experience at the district, state and/or federal level, preferred.

Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included

Equal Opportunity Employer

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

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to: Education.Jobs@tn.gov

 

 
 
 

Director of Engagement and Partnerships,
Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation
Human Capital Division
 

About the Tennessee Department of Education

The Tennessee Department of Education, under the leadership of Commissioner Penny Schwinn, is focused on an ambitious goal: ensuring that every student is on a path to success. With almost one million students, 146 districts, significant urban and rural populations and lagging national achievement results compounded by significant gaps by income and race, achieving this goal will dramatically impact thousands of children and the future of the state. We seek to build a team dedicated to the goal of dramatically improving student achievement, and committed to the belief that children from all backgrounds can succeed when given the opportunities they deserve.

We have outlined a strategic plan with ambitious goals and initiatives to advance student achievement. The “Best for All” plan sets priorities for the department in serving Tennessee’s students, teachers, administrators, and families, including:
• Quality Academic Programs: All Tennessee students will have access to a high-quality education, no matter where they live.
• Whole Child Support: Tennessee public schools will be equipped to serve the academic and non-academic needs of all kids.
• Teachers and Leaders: Tennessee will set a new path for the education profession and be the top state to become and remain a teacher and leader.

Educator Licensure and Preparation
The educator licensure and preparation team works to develop and implement policy regarding the preparation and licensure of Tennessee educators. Licensure and preparation are two keys strategies for ensuring that there is an effective teacher in every classroom and an effective leader in every school in Tennessee. Through the implementation of approval processes, the State is assured that educator preparation providers are producing educators who subsequently demonstrate effective performance in Tennessee classrooms and schools. Through the implementation of licensure policy, the State is assured that individuals allowed to work in classrooms and schools have met minimum standards.

Charge
The Director of Engagement and Partnerships for the Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation will report to the Senior Director of Educator Preparation. The individual holding this position must be solutions-oriented and able to effectively communicate with stakeholders across the state. The Director of Engagement and Partnerships will work closely with the Educator Licensure and Preparation (ELP) Team to ensure that the Tennessee Department of Education provides effective communication to all Tennessee-approved educator preparation providers regarding policies and procedures related to the approval process. In addition, this individual will facilitate and support aspects of the approval process, including comprehensive reviews. Finally, this individual will support the development and sustainment of partnerships among educator preparation providers (EPP), local education agencies and other key stakeholders. Building networks among these stakeholders will be a key component in our efforts to support the continuous improvement of educator preparation so that new educators are prepared to be effective when they enter the classroom.

Job Title: Director of Engagement and Partnerships, Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation

Summary of Position: The Director of Engagement and Partnerships will report to the Senior Director of Educator Preparation. In this position, the director will be charged with facilitating communications regarding educator licensure and preparation policy and operating procedures. In addition, the director will facilitate the development and sustainment of networks among key stakeholder groups related to educator licensure and preparation. The director will also support with provider and program level reviews.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Director of Engagement and Partnerships, Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation

• Develop, facilitate and support networks to create opportunities for effective partnership and collaboration among educator preparation providers and local education agencies
• Oversee the maintenance of website content related to the Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation
• Support the development of operating procedures related to the educator licensure and preparation rules and policies, including facilitation of a subgroup of the task force charged with this work
• Manage the development and publication of key stakeholder materials, including guidance documents and other materials used to communicate with key stakeholders
• Manage stakeholder training related to the implementation of key policies and procedures related to educator licensure and preparation rules and policies
• In collaboration with the OELP team, develop materials for presentations to key stakeholder groups, including presentation for workshops and meetings with the state board of education.
• Manage the review of out-of-state partnership agreements
• Support the educator preparation team with comprehensive reviews and program approvals
• Manage OELP communications strategy to deliver regular updates for key stakeholder groups, including an online newsletter for educator preparation providers, as well as managing articles for other publications, such as the Director’s Update and TEAM Update
• Manage customer service operations, including OELP email and phone communication

Requisite Experience

The ideal candidate will have:

 3+ years experience working with educator preparation providers
• Strong personal presence and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment balancing multiple ongoing projects
• Strong communication skills, including strong writing and speaking abilities
• Experience managing a team and developing processes to ensure efficient, accurate and consistent communication with stakeholders
• Effective project management skills
• Education policy and program experience at the district, state and/or federal level, preferred
• Excellent work ethic, initiative and high standards for self and employees; ability to manage towards ambitious organizational goals
• Strong personal presence and facilitation and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders
• Innovative and strategic thinking skills; a solution-oriented disposition

III. Salary: Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply: Please e-mail resume and a cover letter describing your interest in this position to education.jobs@tn.gov. Although there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened as applications are received.

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

 

 

Job Title: Performance Management Specialist

Division: Performance Management, Commissioner’s Office
Classification (Payroll Title): EDUC CONSULTANT 3
Position Number: 00017686
Reports to: Director, Performance Management Division
Last Revised Date:
December 2, 2019

Department of Education Vision: We will set all students on a path to success.
Strategic 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 Specialist and the full Performance Management division (PMD) are focused entirely on the success of the strategic plan. The PMD will achieve this by facilitating and supporting a system of rigorous planning and progress monitoring with a constant focus on data and outcomes. This includes assisting in the development and implementation of plans specific to each strategic plan pillar, but also in helping each division to understand their role in achieving TDOE’s goals.

This position is responsible for the performance management of priority initiatives that are most impactful toward the successful execution of the department’s strategic plan. This includes working with internal stakeholders to ensure that priority initiatives are focused on improving student outcomes and incorporate measurable short- and long-term goals. Key areas of responsibility include supporting the planning and initiation of projects at various levels of completion, supporting project owners to ensure agreed-upon milestones are met, analyzing and using data to formulate recommendations, communicating relevant progress and outcomes to stakeholders, and building capacity among internal stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in education, project management, or a relevant field. Advanced degree is preferred.
• At least five (5) years of experience working in project management. Experience working in an educational context or advanced degree related to education preferred.
• Experience in coaching team members and leading by influence to achieve results
• Highly skilled in Microsoft Office applications and managing the lifecycle of complex technical documents
• Project Management Professional (PMP) or Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) certification strongly preferred

Essential Functions
1. Planning: Develop planning templates and guidance materials and support the development of high-quality project planning documents. Create procedures to capture and address changes in the original plan.
2. Monitoring and Reporting: Monitor and manage project quality to ensure project deliverables are acceptable and fulfill the terms of the project contract or specifications. Provide stakeholders with timely assessments of project performance in writing, orally, and through the creation and maintenance of dashboards.
3. Evaluation and Follow-Up: Provide an analysis of various data points related to project planning and completion and formulate recommendations based on trends in the data. Analyze and monitor projects to identify issues, risks, and opportunities for improvement and design strategies to mitigate or avoid future risks.
4. Capacity Building: Identify needs, develop tailored coaching and targeted support plans for project owners, and facilitate professional learning opportunities.
5. Communication: Serve as a communication channel across the agency and among initiatives. Assess the needs of internal stakeholders and create communication structures to better serve performance management needs.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
• Active Learning – Understands the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
• Active Listening – Gives full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
• Critical Thinking/Complex Problem Solving – Breaks down tasks and complex issues to inform decision-making, generates creative solutions to problems, Effectively builds case to drive decision-making
• Facilitation – Understands and incorporates strong facilitation techniques
• Presenting and Writing – Communicates effectively as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
• Prioritization – Knows what is most important, sequences work activities appropriately, adjusts plans when appropriate and necessary
• Service Orientation – Actively looks for ways to help people.
• Results and Achievement Orientation – Consistently produces high-quality work, Follows through on commitments, meets deadlines
• Constant Learner – Actively seeks feedback and uses it to improve work
 Internal Stakeholder Management – Builds and manages effective working relationships with internal stakeholders
 Organization – Pays meticulous attention to detail, manages multiple projects at once

Work Environment
The duties of the specialist 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.

 

 

 

Sr. Director of Assessment Development & Psychometrics

Department: Office of Strategy & Data
Classification (Payroll Title):
Education Consultant 4
Position Number:
1004899/TBD
Reports to:
Assistant Commissioner, Assessment
Last Revised Date:
12/11/19

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:

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 innovative formative assessment tools. This individual will also be responsible for overseeing TCAP assessment psychometrics, score reporting, standard setting, and managing contracted assessment development vendors. This position plays a key role in the state’s strategic priorities by supporting the development of innovative formative assessment tools as well as the delivery of accurate, valid, and reliable summative assessment results that impact teacher evaluation and school and district accountability.

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 standardized assessments, preferably with experience in assessment development
• Understanding of, and experience with, educational statistics, measurement, psychometrics, or related field required. Understanding of item calibration, score equating, and item analysis, including experience using statistical software, strongly preferred.
• Understanding of, and experience with, curriculum and assessment in K-12 education

Essential Functions

1. Oversee development of Tennessee’s statewide standardized assessment program, including managing assessment development contracted vendor and ensuring all forms meet expectations for validity and reliability.
2. Manage Assessment Development team, including psychometricians responsible for statistical analysis on assessments and content coordinators responsible for item and form development and review.
3. Lead 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.
4. Manage the review and quality control of all assessment data reports and files produced by vendors.
5. Support development of innovative formative assessment tools, including identification of items for formative question bank and statistical modeling to support creation of question clusters for formative assessments.

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

Supervisory Responsibility

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

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

Minimal travel around the state and to limited national meetings and conferences required (~5-10%).
To Apply
Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to education.jobs@tn.gov.

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.

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.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Senior Director of District Human Capital Support

Department: Office of Human Capital

Position Title: Senior Director of District Human Capital Support

Reports To: Chief of Human Capital

Location: 710 James Robertson Parkway, 9th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243

Description

The District Human Capital Support team is seeking a Senior Director to lead a new work stream within the Division of Human Capital.  We know that Tennessee districts are seeking to recruit and retain the best talent possible in their classrooms, schools and central office. TDOE wants to allocate resources and support to collaborate with those responsible at the district level for talent initiatives.

In this position, the Senior Director will design, based on a needs assessment and feedback from local districts, a support strategy around human capital work. The right candidate will be a problem-solver who ideally has executive human resources and human capital experience in a school district. They must be a strong communicator with a growth mindset that understands the strengths each district’s brings to the table while also adapting strategies and supports to district’s local context around their human capital needs.  

The Senior Director will also work closely with other staff within the Human Capital Division and report directly to the Chief of Human Capital.

Responsibilities

  • Design and facilitate professional development opportunities for district human capital staff to opt into based on their needs
  • Create cohorts of districts to exchange best practices and discuss current opportunities and challenges
  • Support districts in their design and implementation of Strategic Compensation Plans, with a focus on designing plans that will help districts to recruit, hire, and better support highly effective educators
  • Manage the statewide collection of educator vacancy data, working with districts to ensure timely and accurate reporting of data
  • Leverage a variety of human capital data, including educator vacancy reports, educator preparation provider report cards, evaluation data reports, and strategic compensation plans, in order to support district leaders in making strategic and well-informed human capital decisions
  • Work with districts to improve desirable retention amongst teachers and principals
  • Oversee educator evaluation policy, support and implementation
  • Provide direct support to districts as they seek to troubleshoot immediate and impending human capital needs
  • Develop strong relationships with districts to develop effectiveness partnerships
  • Support districts in their relationships with Education Preparation Providers (EPPs)
  • Develop strong relationships with external sources of talent (i.e. universities, education professionals, etc.)
  • Propose new initiatives based on human capital data to improve workplace culture, performance and management
  • Design and facilitate sessions to improve human capital management policies and practices, including but not limited to recruitment, selection,  and strategic staffing
  • Analyze relevant research to inform policy development related to human capital management
  • All other duties as assigned

Requirements

Education and Experience: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and experience equivalent to seven years of full-time professional educational, instructional or supervisory/administrative work. Additionally, the candidate should have:

·       3+ years’ experience working on human capital initiatives at a district or state level in education

·       Experience with adult development, training and facilitation

·       Ability to perform a variety of high-level activities involved in the research, communication, project management, data and fiscal oversight associated with human capital management and strategic compensation

·       Project management experience, including the establishment of benchmarks and performance metrics to ensure project completion

·       Expertise in human capital management including recruitment, retention and compensation experience

·       Innovative and strategic thinker; solution oriented

·       Excellent work ethic, initiative and high standards for self; ability to manage towards ambitious organizational goals

·       Strong personal presence and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders

·       Strong teamwork, with an ability to collaborate with managers, peers, and direct reports

·       Education policy and program experience at the district, state and/or federal level, preferred

·       Ability to work in a fast paced environment balancing multiple ongoing projects

·       Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail

Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included

Equal Opportunity Employer

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

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to David.Donaldson@tn.gov

 

The Senior Director of IDEA Oversight position is located in the Division of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring (CPM) and will be charged with serving as a leading a team of IDEA content professionals. These professionals will ensure IDEA components are included in the federally required reporting and monitoring processes. This position is an integral part of the CPM team and will serve as a content areas expert, working closely with members of the CAO team, CORE, and other stakeholders to ensure a seamless delivery of supports and services to districts. The person in this role should be a clear communicator who is self-directed, organized, highly motivated, and collaborative. It is crucial for the Senior Director of IDEA Oversight to have experience in various career and leadership roles in the realm of special education and familiarity with IDEA compliance, reporting, and monitoring requirements.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Experience working in an educational setting and knowledge of basic education requirements
  • Knowledge of ESEA/ESSA and IDEA program and service requirements (including FAPE);
  • Serve as the IDEA content expert, advising teams on required components of IDEA, ESEA, and state laws impacting student with disabilities.
  • Inform and assist with developing monitoring instruments for IDEA and update them on a regular basis
  • Contribute to the creation of a risk analysis for special education indicators
  • Oversee the results-based monitoring process as well as the monitoring of: IDEA discretionary grants and Coordinated Early Intervening Services
  • Oversee the IEP self-monitoring process and successful implementation of a pilot monitoring in 2020-19.  
  • Management and administration of IDEA results-based monitoring of all IDEA programs statewide to ensure the following:
    • identifying and communicating with impacted LEAs
    • accessing multiple sources of data to inform monitoring and select schools to be visited
    • creating/updating monitoring protocols, documents, and the manual on a yearly basis
    • collaborating across divisions and partnering with other state agencies and outside organizations as appropriate
    • reviewing, editing and approving final monitoring reports and compliance action plans
    • tracking and managing required follow-up actions by LEAs
    • tracking official monitoring results 
    • communicating official monitoring status and documenting evidence
  • Develop protocols for various levels of special education monitoring (i.e. focus, on-site, desktop, and self-assessment)
  • Create reports and formal summaries of common monitoring trends
  • Provide updated requirements and questions for the annual district plans and needs assessment
  • Liaise with other content experts to determine, share, and provide training on effective practices
  • Communicate and coordinate with IDEA regional coordinators and other monitoring team members during all phases of the monitoring cycle
  • Design and review results from surveys and other tools that solicit feedback from stakeholders on a regular basis and use that information to inform the team’s work
  • Develop presentations and lead trainings/professional learning opportunities on related topics (for LEAs and for TDOE staff).
  • Participate in on-site monitoring visits
  • Review assigned sections of grant applications
  • Engage in professional learning opportunities
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Expectations:

  • Must have a minimum of three years of experience in education.
  • 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.
  • Minimum of three years of experience with IDEA programs.
  • Minimum of three years of experience working with students with IEPs.
  • Minimum of three years of experience working with students.

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 to Debby Thompson via Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Position Title: Senior Licensure Specialist

Reports To: Director of Licensure & Operations, Educator Licensure & Preparation

Location: 710 James Robertson Parkway, 9th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243

Charge

The Senior Licensure Specialist reports to the Director of Licensure and Operations.  The individual holding this position must be solutions oriented and be able to effectively communicate with a variety of education stakeholders across the state. The Senior Licensure Specialist works with the OELP team to ensure the effective and efficient processing of licensure applications as well as ensure timely and accurate responses to educators’ requests for assistance, serving as the first level of support for issue escalation and district requests prior to escalating exceptional issues to the director of licensure and operations. The person in this role will support the team in achieving licensure processing goals both directly, through processing licensure transactions, and indirectly through provision of targeted issue handling. This focus on edge cases which require extra policy and procedural analysis allows other specialists to focus on processing applications and providing routine customer service, for maximum efficiency.

Responsibilities

·       Develop and maintain an exceptional understanding of state board licensure policies, rules, and department operating procedures

·       Provide timely and effective communication to stakeholders across the state, regarding licensure policies and procedures, via TNCompass (online licensure application), phone, email, and in-person

·       Serve as the first reviewer for issue escalation, evaluating and responding to cases identified by licensure specialists, districts, educators, educator candidates, and educator preparation providers; engaging the director of licensure and operations when appropriate

·       Track issues received, referred to other appropriate personnel, and the resolution status to ensure that issues are resolved promptly and thoroughly and that status updates are provided to those reporting issues, as well as to the director of licensure and operations

·       Communicate with the licensure program manager regarding areas of need for communications development, guidance documentation, and stakeholder training

·       Use TNCompass, to review educator licensure transactions for both issue resolution and processing as assigned by the director of licensure and operations

·       Become an expert TNCompass user and assist the director of licensure and operations in troubleshooting possible issues in the system and in conducting user acceptance testing of newly developed features, enhancements, and bug fixes prior to the software vendor deploying changes

·       Collaborate with the licensure program manager on the development of TNCompass and licensure training materials and communications tools

Qualifications and Expectations

·       Highly developed sense of integrity and commitment to customer satisfaction

·       Ability to communicate clearly and professionally, both verbally and in writing

·       Strong organizational, time management, customer service and problem-solving skills

·       Ability to perform work functions with accuracy and meet deadlines despite frequent interruptions

·       Excellent work ethic, initiative, and high standards for self and team members

·       Strong personal presence and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders

·       Facility with technology, demonstrating independent motivation and learning/exploration of new software systems and workflows

·       Innovative and strategic thinking skills, a solution-oriented disposition

·       Pre-K—12 education experience (e.g.; education policy and/or education administration experience preferred)

Salary: Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to: Education.Jobs@tn.gov

Equal Opportunity Employer

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

 

 
 

Reports To:

Director of Assessment Logistics

Location:

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

Position Description:

The TCAP Logistics Manager oversees the logistics of the paper-based tests (PBT) for the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) including but not limited to grades 3-8, grade 2, high school end-of-course exams, and alternate assessments for grades 2-11. Ownership of this position includes, but is not limited to, all deliverables (e.g., tracking, reviewing, editing, shipment, documentation of procedures and processes, etc.) associated with the logistics of the state assessment to ensure efficient operation of the PBT. The role will have a variety of tasks and responsibilities related to communications, management, and oversight with the ability to multi-task, while maintaining complex schedules, deadlines, and support. The ideal candidate for this job is resourceful, a good problem solver, detailed oriented, and very organized. 

 Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage data and enrollment entries into various platforms
  • Manage the PBT review process (reviewing materials, scheduling, maintaining, and storage area)
  • Maintain paper-based materials in secure storage area
  • Assist with review of miscellaneous documents for consistency/spelling, layouts, style, etc.
  • PBT material ordering, management, and follow-up
  • Oversight of shipping process and procedures along with collaborative communications with both external and internal entities.
  • Submit project deliverables and ensure that they adhere to high quality standards
  • Prepare status reports by gathering, analyzing, and summarizing relevant information
  • Establish effective, clear, and concise project communication plans to execute with fidelity
  • Coordinate the development, edit, and review of user manuals, training materials, and other documents as needed to enable a successful implementation and turnover of the process or systems to districts/schools
  • Obtain, coordinate, and train team members in the User Acceptance Testing process of PBT and other project deliverables
  • Establish and collaborate with multiple internal and external vendor(s), departments, and teams, to ensure minimal disruptions to the state assessment program
  • Analyze program risks and summarize possible next steps
  • Produce accurate and timely detailed debriefs and reports of the program status throughout the life cycle of each project
  • Meet with clients to coordinate clarifying requirements and timelines on a weekly basis
  • Be flexible and agile to support the team across multiple areas in preparation for, and successful execution of, flawless assessment administration
  • Use and continually develop leadership skills

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree preferred
  • Proficiency in MS Suite with expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook with understanding of Google, Formstack, Webex and other software programs.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience as an educator or in a leadership position
  • Understanding of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program preferred
  • Background in copywriting, editing, and/or technical writing preferred

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 Education.Jobs@tn.gov.

Title II and Equitable Services Coordinator

The Title II and Equitable Services Coordinator position is located in the Division of Federal Programs and Oversight (FPO) and will be charged with ensuring that equitable services to non-public schools and Title II programming are implemented and monitored with fidelity. This position is an integral part of the FPO team and will serve as a content areas expert, working closely with members of the CAO team, CORE, and other stakeholders to ensure the seamless delivery of supports and services to districts. The person in this role should be a clear communicator who is self-directed, organized, highly motivated, and collaborative.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

·       Experience working in an educational setting and knowledge of basic education requirements

·       Knowledge of ESEA/ESSA and service requirements

·       Ensure programs are managed and monitored according to the established framework

·       Provide updated requirements and questions for the annual district plans and needs assessment in collaboration with CORE

·       Liaise with other content experts to determine, share, and provide training on effective practices

·       Communicate and coordinate with ESEA divisional coordinators and other monitoring team members during all phases of the monitoring cycle

·       Design and review results from surveys and other tools that solicit feedback from stakeholders on a regular basis and use that information to inform work

·       Develop presentations and lead trainings/professional learning opportunities on related topics (for LEAs and for TDOE staff).

·       Review and approve assigned sections of the Consolidated Funding Application (i.e. Title II and equitable services)

·       Provide technical assistance to LEAs and other stakeholder groups regarding equitable service requirements of Titles I, II, III, and IV

·       Participate in monitoring of LEAs with non-public and non-traditional schools

·       Serve as ESSA-required Ombudsman for TDOE to monitor equitable services and address

consultation and service issues of non-public schools

·       Serve as the program Coordinator for Title II, part A (Improving Teacher and Leader Quality)

·       Manage the process around National Blue Ribbon and ESEA Distinguished Schools

·       Fulfill educator and district requests focused on the Teacher Cancellation Low Income (TCLI) directory

Qualifications and Expectations:

·       Must have a minimum of three years of experience in education.

·       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.

·       Lead and engage in professional learning offerings and opportunities

·       Ability to build strong stakeholder relationships to ensure school leaders reach their fullest potential.

·       A good steward of time, talent, and resources to support student achievement.

·       Other duties as assigned

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Salary Range $60,000-$75,000.

Position Classification:

Education Consultant 3

 

Whole Child District Programs Coordinator

Department: Whole Child
Classification (Payroll Title): Ed Consultant 3
Position Number:
Reports to: Director, Whole Child Strategy
Last Revised Date:
2.12.20

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 Whole Child District Programs coordinator supports and oversees coordinated school health programs and Family Resource Centers in LEAs across the state.  They provide resources for coordinated school health programs and family resource centers while performing tasks assigned by the manager of Strategy and Coordination in the Whole Child Initiatives Division.  They collaborate with other whole child team members to achieve school health initiatives.   

Minimum Qualifications:

·       Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in education and/or a field related to one or more of the eight components of coordinated school health (physical activity/physical education, health education, nutrition, health services, school counseling/psychological/social services, staff wellness, healthy school environment, and student/family/community involvement)

·       Documented experience in either supervising or implementing one or more of the coordinated school health component areas.

Essential Functions

·        Provide coordinated school health administration and management for all LEAs.

·       Collaborate with LEAs in the development, interpretation, implementation, and enforcement of policies, procedures, and guidelines affecting the administration and operation of school health programs, activities, services, and initiatives.

·       Collaborate with coordinators on analyzing and assessing school health needs to develop immediate and long-range plans and assist in developing state plans and guidelines for the distribution of school health funds for school health.

·       Collaborate with school directors and coordinators for the promotion of student, staff and family health and link improved health status with academic outcomes.

·       Collaborate with other state agencies and community organization leaders to foster interagency collaboration.

·       Innovatively build a cohesive strategy for integrating across CSH and FRC.

·       Schedule and/or provide professional development opportunities statewide as needed in all eight components of coordinated school health.

·       Plan and organize a successful annual institute for coordinators.

·       Maintain up-to-date Coordinated School Health website.

·       Manage the procurement and execution of contracts related to Family Resource Center resources and content.

·       Facilitate the refinement and implementation of revised Family Resource Center Guidelines resulting in improved implementation statewide.

·       Design and execute a plan for expanding Family Resource Centers.

·       Coordinate the synthesis of FRC annual reports for consumption by the legislature. 

·       Research and vet evidence-based family engagement resources and practices.

·       Oversee and manage ongoing Family Resource Center engagement activities to include site visits, stakeholder focus groups, and surveys.

·       Collect and analyze family resource center data and guide the development of practical resources for implementation.

·       Provide technical assistance and support to Family Resource Centers.

·       Perform other duties assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·       Written and Oral Communication: Demonstrated excellence in communicating with various external stakeholders.

·       Technical: Ability to work with and provide assistance with technology programs and equipment

·       Program Management: Ability to manage setting a vision and outlining the work streams as well as monitoring progress necessary to achieve it

Supervisory Responsibility

This role does not directly supervise other roles 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.

 

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.