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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

Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year

The Achievement School District is accepting applications for the following teaching positions (please select one or more content area that you are qualified for):

 

Elementary

Special Education

Pre-Kindergarten

 

 

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 - $60,000. 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 resume to lindsey.osborne@tn.gov  Make the subject of the email the content areas that you are interested in applying for.

 

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.

Director of Safety and Security

 

Reports To: Chief of Operations

Location:

Achievement School District (ASD)

Memphis, TN

 

Position Description:

 

The essential function of the position with the organization is to provide coordination and leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a variety of services for the Achievement School District, with an emphasis on ensuring the safety and security of the students and staff of the District.  The position is responsible for coordinating assigned programs and services, ensuring District compliance with all applicable state and federal laws, and performing related work as assigned.  The position develops and implements programs within organizational policies, reports major activities to District administrators through conferences, meetings, and reports.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

This list represents the essential tasks performed by the position.  These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed.  Employees will be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Provides leadership and coordination in the development, implementation, and supervision of District programs pertaining to the promotion and maintenance of staff and student safety and health.

Plans and implements policies, procedures, training programs, drills, assessments, community partnerships and parent involvement.

Establishes and monitors progress toward program goals and objectives.

Coordinates School Resource Officers, facilities security, access control, security cameras, and communication systems.

Assists schools with the development of emergency operations plans and provides annual reviews of the documents.

Develops/prepares and submits reports in compliance with state and federal regulations.

Serves as a district liaison to the Tennessee School Safety Center.

Additional Requirements:

·         Ability to have difficult conversations with important stakeholders

·         Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines

·         Effective verbal, written, public speaking, and interpersonal skills

·         Self-starter who is comfortable with ambiguity and multi-tasking

·         Ability to manage multiple divergent streams of work across multiple levels of the organization and external parties

·         Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

·         May periodically be required to travel locally and domestically to attend meetings, trainings, seminars, etc.

 

Qualifications:

 

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

·         Excellence

·         Optimism

·         Sound Judgment

·         Courage

·         Teamwork

·         Strong Organizational Skills

·         Effective Communication Skills

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Education, Business Administration, Law Enforcement or a related field from an accredited university or equivalent work experience.

 

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 lindsey.osborne@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.

Turnaround Principal

Reports to:   

Chief of School Operations and Climate

Location:                   

Achievement Schools – Whitney Achievement Elementary School

Memphis, Tennessee

About the Achievement School District:

In January 2010, Tennessee passed the First to the Top Act, a sweeping reform of the state’s education policy that was the cornerstone of its successful Race to the Top application. The Act created the Achievement School District (ASD), a state-run education authority with the power to directly run eligible schools and to authorize charter management organizations to operate schools. The ASD was charged with enacting bold reforms to drive transformational results for students zoned to attend or attending Priority schools. In doing so, the ASD acts as an operator of schools (the directly managed “Achievement Schools” clustered in the Frayser neighborhood in Memphis), authorizes non-profit partners, and works as a catalyst for state-wide school improvement through increased focus on Priority schools and improved student outcomes. The vision of the ASD is for all students in Priority schools to be prepared for success in education, career, and citizenship after high school. In support of this vision, our mission is to fight for justice for Priority school students by committing to excellence, equity, and community in their schools and lives.

Position Overview:

The Turnaround Principal will be the key facilitator for ensuring that quality research-based instruction and standards-based curriculum are integrated at all grade levels and in all content areas. Dramatically improving student performance is the impetus of the Turnaround Principal’s job description. This principal will lead the process for developing the 19-20 staff; designing a data analysis system for comparative data review; and moving the ASD school out of the bottom 5 % of student academic achievement in the state of Tennessee.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

 

·         Raise TNREADY & EOC scores, attendance rate and graduation rates as indicators of moving school to excellence

·         Facilitate the development of the school administrative team

·         Identify, cultivate and facilitate the development of efficient, effective systems, such as leadership, curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, intervention data management and professional development

·         React proactively with regard to data analysis

·         Create positive relationships with administration, school community members, district/building staff, parents and students

·         Communicate effectively with all members of the school community

·          Lead change effectively and handle other tasks as assigned

General Responsibilities

·         Oversee, direct and evaluate the teaching and learning teams effectively

·         Direct the development, knowledge management, implementation and evaluation of all aspects of the Achievement School District Standards of Quality

·         Direct the creation and implementation of critical systems, such as leadership, curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, intervention, data management and professional development

·         Direct all staff in articulating a clear vision of the qualities necessary for effective differentiated instruction within a Professional Learning Community.

·         Establish and promote high standards and expectations for all students and staff for academic performance and responsibility for behavior

·         Recognize patterns and trends related to school performance, analyze complex information to formulate strategic vision consistent with the philosophy, mission, values and goals of the school including instructional programs, extracurricular activities, discipline systems to ensure a safe and orderly climate, building maintenance, program evaluation, personnel management, and emergency procedures.

·         Establish the annual master schedule for instructional programs, ensuring sequential learning experiences for students consistent with the District’s philosophy, mission statement and instructional goals.

·         Supervise the instructional programs of the school, evaluating lesson plans and observing classes on a regular basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and child growth and development.

·         Evaluate all teachers within the building based upon an approved evaluation instrument.

·         Establish procedures for evaluation and selection of instructional materials and equipment.

·         Ensure a safe, orderly environment that encourages students to take responsibility for behavior and creates high morale among staff and students.

·         Keep the staff informed and seek ideas for the improvement of the school.

·         Organize teaching and learning opportunities and regular collaboration meetings; facilitate regular staff meetings.

·         Assume responsibility for the health, safety, and welfare of students, employees and visitors.

·         Establish schedules and procedures for the supervision of students in non-classroom areas (including before and after school).

·         Communicate regularly with parents, seeking their support and advice, to create a cooperative relationship for student support.

·         Establish effective collaborative working relationships with ASD central office teams.

 

Knowledge and Skills Required:

Knowledge of

·         Tennessee Curriculum Standards  and State Standards

·         Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, policies, rules, and regulations regarding school administration

·         Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of school programs, policies, and operational needs

·         Principles, practices, rules and regulations pertaining to student discipline

·         Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation

·         Principles of management associated with maintaining the school’s financial records

 

Skill in

·         Use of computers and related software applications  and the integration of instructional technology

Ability to

·         Create a vision and articulate it to all members of the school community

·         Develop leadership among the teaching staff

·         Develop a strong client orientation in all school staff

·         Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals

·         Direct and supervise professional staff in performing the administrative functions

·         Manage the school's educational and extra-curricular programs, activities, and operations

·         Plan and implement an effective student discipline program

·         Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

·         Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, students, parents, and the public.

Qualifications:

 

·         Master’s degree in education, educational administration, curriculum/instruction or a related area from an accredited college or university is required with a strong emphasis on data-informed instruction that raises student achievement as measured by standardized test scores.

·         A minimum of 3-5 years of demonstrated administrative/supervisory experience in a school setting required including documented curriculum development and teacher development. 

·         Must have a minimum of three (3) years of successful teaching experience.

Salary and Benefits:

 

Salary: $95,000. Will receive a $15,000 signing bonus for the 2020-2021 school year. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

 

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to lindsey.osborne@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.

Position:             Assessment Support Coordinator

Reports to:        Senior Director of Assessment Logistics, Office of Strategy & Data Governance

The Assessment Support Coordinator supports administration 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. This position includes supporting administration of the exam in both paper-based and online formats, including reviewing and quality checking exam documents, user acceptance testing of the online platform, documentation of processes and procedures, and monitoring of milestones in vendor work plans.

The Assessment Support Coordinator is also 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 Coordinator will need a willingness to travel throughout Tennessee (up to 50% during certain parts of the year), in order to provide outreach to stakeholders across the state.

The ideal candidate will be highly organized, exhibit excellent project management skills, build strong relationships with stakeholders, and communicate clearly and effectively.

Logistics Coordination Responsibilities:

•         Support data and enrollment entries into various platforms

•         Support paper-based testing review process

•         Assist with review of miscellaneous documents for consistency/spelling, layouts, style, etc.

•         Oversight of shipping process and procedures along with collaborative communications with both external and internal stakeholders

•         Prepare status reports by gathering, analyzing, and summarizing relevant information

•         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 processes

•         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

 

 

Customer Service Responsibilities:

·         Be readily available to district stakeholders as a primary contact for email and phone communications

·         Train and continually update scripts for helpdesk customer service representatives

·         Use survey and focus groups to gain feedback from the field on customer service issues; report on those issues to leadership

·         Proactively intervene in difficult customer service situations in a timely manner

·         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

·         Assist in various assessment reviews, User Acceptance Testing for computer-based testing

·         Review test books & answer documents for paper-based testing

·         Establish processes and review TAM and TAPS for accuracy, completeness and user-friendliness

·         Play a key role in the development and publishing of the Parent Information Guide

·         Monitor and follow-up with contractual obligations of the TN Ambassadors   

·         Supervise team of TN District Testing Coordinator Ambassadors

·         Establish, collaborate, and communicate with the Assessment Logistic Advisory Council (ALAC)

·         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

·         Provide training on TCAP Assessments including but not limited Logistics, Test Security, Operational platforms, etc. twice per year to District Testing Coordinators

·         Provide training and updates for Student Information Systems (SIS) Coordinators/Supervisors and Attendance Supervisors on Assessment Course Codes and Scheduling at the Attendance Conference twice per year.

·         Fulfill other duties as assigned by manager

Education and Experience:

•         Bachelor’s degree required

•         Proficiency in MS Suite with expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook with understanding of Project, Planner, OneDrive, SharePoint and other software programs preferred.

•         Experience as a school and/or district testing coordinator strongly preferred

•         A minimum of three years’ experience as an educator or educational leader

•         Understanding of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program preferred

•         Background in copywriting, editing, and/or technical writing preferred

Required Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

•         Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively in writing and orally

•         Manage workflow daily, ensuring deadlines are met and work is completed correctly

•         Detailed oriented and comfortable, flexible working in a fast-paced office environment

•         Superior organization skills and dedication to completing projects in a timely manner

•         Ability to analyze and revise operating practices to improve efficiency

Department: Human Capital

Classification (Payroll Title): TBD

Position Number: TBD

Reports to: Senior Director of Digital Learning

Last Revised Date: 4.17.20

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 Design and Content Lead contributes to the Best for All strategic plan by leveraging technology to create high-quality educational resources aligned to the priorities of Academics, Whole Child, and Educators. The individual in this position will lead the work of developing content and tools for instruction; professional development; and school, district, student, and family support. They will track deliverables and deadlines, coordinate collaboration across the department to curate content, and develop content that supports blended or distance learning.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s degree in education related field required; master’s degree preferred

·         5 or more years in an education-related position preferred

·         Substantial experience in the areas of digital learning and common educational technologies

 

Essential Functions

1. Digital Learning

  • Serves as one of TDOE’s experts in instructional technology and digital curriculum design and implementation
  • Develops and/or curates a robust system of online educational resources, including student learning opportunities; educator support and professional development; and resources for schools, districts, and families across the state

·         Works with content experts within and outside of the TDOE to identify and capture learning content

·         Develops competencies and learning objectives for all instructional technology resources

  • Ensures alignment between learning objectives and technological modalities

·         Scripts and storyboards instructional videos

  • Curates or develops aligned content that responds to learner needs, including systems for managing the learning cycle (e.g., checks for understanding)
  • Assists the Senior Director for Digital Learning in casting a vision for the use of high-powered analytics (including reasonable understanding of strengths and weaknesses of machine learning technologies) to improve individualization of content

·         Assists the Senior Director of Professional Learning in developing online professional development resources for educators

2. Project Management and Coordination

·         In collaboration with a Project Manager, carries out project management functions for the digital learning work stream, including tracking deliverables, deadlines, and progress. Develops and maintains tracking systems to manage all phases of each learning project, including analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation.

·         Coordinates timely and streamlined collaboration between the Digital Learning team and other teams and divisions across the department to identify, develop, and curate content and to meet all project deliverables.

3. Implementation and Maintenance

·         Supports the maintenance of online learning platforms, including uploading new content, managing content revisions and visioning, ensuring resources are up-to-date, and identifying areas for improvement as needed

  • Facilitates use of technological collaboration for all levels of stakeholders, including implementing best practices for online group dynamics
  • Assists the Senior Director of Digital Learning in developing and executing a rollout plan for online resources
  • Assists in shaping policies and guidelines around using digital media effectively and responsibly
  • Develops user guides and quick-start guides to support the use of online tools
  • As needed, may develop and deliver trainings to help educators use the online platform

·         Other duties as assigned

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·         Content Knowledge: Strong understanding of how to vet digital resources and use them to support high quality instructional materials; also clearly understands how a teacher would utilize the digital learning resources being created and compiled

·         Project Management Skills: Demonstrated ability to manage all components of a project from vision setting to progress monitoring along the way

·         Organizational Skills: Excellent systems in place to manage own internal projects as well as various materials associated with said projects

·         Coaching Skills: Experience with coaching educators preferred

·         Evaluating Student Work: Strong understanding of what constitutes high quality student work

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

 

Supervisory Responsibility

This role is a part of the Digital Learning team and does not have direct supervisory responsibility 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
Some travel to attend trainings across the state may be 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.

Position Title: Director of Accountability Analytics

Reports To: Sr. Director of Accountability

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education

710 James Robertson Parkway         

Nashville, TN 37243

 

Position Description:   

This key leadership position in the Strategy and Data Division of the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) supports the Office in achieving the district and school vision of Accountability. This position provides leadership in accountability analytics including the rollout, maintenance, evaluation, and continual improvement of metrics which support districts, schools, and educators in ensuring every Tennessee student receives a quality education. The decisions made by this position have a profound impact on TDOE and stakeholders at every level of the education system. The successful candidate must:

-          Oversee how all accountability metrics are designed and calculated

-          Lead and coach a growing of talented analysts across the division

-          Develop and improve internal tools and systems to improve analytics

-          Be organized, detail oriented, and exhibit sound judgment and communications skills.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

•        Lead the rollout, maintenance, and continual improvement of accountability metrics, school grades, and data used in school, district, and state reporting.

•        Lead the team in code testing, continuous integration, and deployment strategies to ensure system reliability and data accuracy.

•        Collaborate with other staff across the department to design and conduct innovative analytics that support TDOE strategic priorities.

•        Explore and apply new cutting-edge analytic tools to drive innovation across a variety of projects.

•        Design and implement complex ETL pipelines to integrate data coming from a mix of flat files, APIs, or sources.

•        Act as the primary data steward for school and district data, establishing a deep understanding of the various metrics, the governance of the data, and implications of calculations made within the department.

•        Maintain professional and productive relationships with districts, federal agencies, other external stakeholders, internal stakeholders, and direct reports, and present findings from data analyses to department leadership and stakeholders.

•        Perform other duties as assigned and/or as necessary to achieve strategic objectives.

Minimum Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

•        Record of successful outcomes within three years of progressive experience applying educational data in direct practice, research, and/or policy and five years of professional experience in education, policy, management or a related field.

•        Master’s degree or higher in applied data science, data management, information technology, data governance, educational measurement, computer science, instructional technology, business analytics, data science, public policy, or related field, or equivalent work experience. School-level PK-16 education experience preferred.

•        Professional experience with R and SQL required; professional experience with Python preferred

•        Knowledge of software collaboration best practices, particularly experience with Git

•        Track record of being able to self-identify and learn new technical skills independently

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

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Supervisory Responsibility

This individual will manage analysts within the Accountability Team

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

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.

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, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to Peter.Witham@tn.gov

Job Title: Director of Data and Research

Department: Educator Licensure and Preparation

Classification (Payroll Title): Education Consultant 3

Position Number: 77073

Reports to: Senior Director of Educator Licensure and Preparation

Last Revised Date: 4.9.20

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

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

Position Summary: The Director of Data and Research is responsible for the development, management and coordination of all analytic and research projects conducted by the Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation. This individual will be responsible for ensuring all required federal and state data reports related to licensure and preparation are conducted in accordance with applicable laws, rules, policies and guidelines. In addition, this individual will engage with stakeholders (primarily educator preparation providers and school district representatives) to ensure both required and ad-hoc reports are valuable and support the continuous improvement of educator preparation in Tennessee. This individual will be supported by a data analyst and program manager in the development and implementation of analytic reports, internally- and externally-led research projects related to educator preparation, and coordination of obtaining stakeholder feedback throughout.  This position contributes directly to our strategic priorities surrounding educators and academics.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Master’s degree or Ph.D., ideally in Policy, Education, or, Measurement and Statistics 

 

Essential Functions

·          Lead the development of federal and state analytic reports related to educator licensure and preparation (including, but not limited to, EPP Annual Reports, Title II, EdFacts, and intra-agency licensure reporting)  

·         Develop and implement targeted research projects (quantitative and qualitative) in the area of educator preparation  

·         Develop stakeholder surveys, including surveys required for annual reports as well as for the purpose of general feedback and targeted research  

·         Serve as communications hub between TDOE and external researchers  

·         Monitor TDOE grant implementation with respect to research priorities  

·         Evaluate incoming data for the purposes of formative evaluation  

·         Work with external researchers on data analysis tasks  

·         Distill internal and external research and present to OELP and department leadership in an accessible manner   

·         Identify opportunities for more effective data use, best practices and knowledge-sharing to support grant activities   

·         Maintain a knowledge base of all project data and serve as a resource for internal groups and external researchers  

·         Organize events that bring together research and practitioner partners  

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·         Knowledge of current trends and issues in U.S. education policy  

·         Strong strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills  

·         Ability to perform a variety of activities involved in the research, collection, organization, analysis, processing, interpretation and reporting of academic and operational data  

·         Knowledge of statistical software including Excel and STATA and data collection information systems; conceptual and theoretical knowledge of statistical and mathematical techniques  

·         Ability to present data clearly and in an accessible manner to variety of audiences  

·         Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative; strong project management skills  

·         Experience working with educator preparation providers preferred  

·         Significant project management experience; and the ability to demonstrate essential project management competencies, organization skills, and ability to exercise sharp judgement in balancing priorities  

·         Strong professional and collaborative spirit, interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral), and personal presence, with the ability to build positive relationships with diverse team members, collaborators, and internal and external stakeholders  

·         Excellent work ethic, high standards for work product, and the ability to self-manage towards ambitious timelines with a record of success in meeting deadlines  

·         Knowledge of current trends and issues in U.S. education policy and educator preparation preferred  

·         Exemplary strategic and systems thinking skills, precise attention to detail, and ability to use judgement to identify and creatively solve problems with a solutions-oriented, “whatever it takes” mindset  

 

Supervisory Responsibility

This individual will not directly supervise anyone on the team 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
Some travel to meetings across the state will be required (approximately 15-20%).

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.

Job Title: Director of Strategy for the Office of Human Capital

Office: Human Capital

Classification (Payroll Title): TBD

Position Number: TBD

Reports to: Chief of Human Capital

Last Revised Date: 4/22/20

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

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

Position Summary: The Director of Strategy contributes to the TDOE’s strategic plan by supporting leadership across key initiatives that enables an office-wide focus on Best for All, and in particular, Priority 3: Educators. This individual will play a vital role as a thought partner to the leadership team, both with current work streams and those that are needed to ensure the vision of the strategic plan is met. The ideal candidate is innovative and strategic with excellent interpersonal and project management skills.

Minimum Qualifications

·         Education: Bachelor’s degree in human resource management, business administration, the social sciences, education, or a related field required. Master’s degree preferred.

·         Experience: At least 5 years of work experience in education, nonprofit, business, or consulting—including extensive experience managing projects—required.

 

Essential Functions

1.      Project Support

·         Support leadership across Human Capital team around program strategy and execution

·         As needed, serve as an internal consultant who provides thought leadership and capacity to help teams carry out Human Capital work streams. Work streams may include (subject to change): leadership, educator pipelines/grow your own, Governor’s Fellows, EPP/LPP innovation, district human capital support, or TDOE talent management.

2.      Operations Management

·         In collaboration with the Office of Human Capital’s Chief, Chief of Staff, Director of Talent, and Director of Operations, support operational functions across the office, which may include project management, procurement, budgeting, talent management, and process improvement

·         Manage grants aligned with key initiatives, including drafting guidelines, selecting and managing vendors, collaborating with the TDOE procurement team to meet all programmatic requirements and timelines and budgeting

3.      Innovation Development

Initiate and respond to requests from other offices and divisions, including but not limited to the following:

·         Chief of Staff: Lead new TDOE special projects as they arise in connection with strategic priorities; implement across the Office of Human Capital any department-wide deadlines set by the Chief of Staff

·         Commissioner’s Office: Serve as key collaborator with members of the Commissioner’s Office to assist with development and execution of projects aligned with the strategic plan

·         Office of Academics and Office of Whole Child: Facilitate collaboration and innovation with the Office of Human Capital as it relates to strategic plan priorities

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

 

·         Consistency and Follow Through: Impeccable organizational skills and the ability to follow through on all commitments in a timely fashion

·         Prioritization: Ability to process multiple, concurrent demands, to sequence work activities, and to manage one’s time in order to meet all deadlines and produce high-quality work

·         Collaboration: Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively within and across teams to achieve shared goals

·         Communication: Ability to convey ideas and information clearly through oral and written communication channels and to tailor messaging for various audiences

·         Content Knowledge:

o   Education: Knowledge of the education landscape across the state and nationally and a propensity to stay abreast of news, research, and trends in the field

o   Talent Management: Knowledge of best practices in human capital management, particularly in the education sector

o   Project Management: Knowledge of project management practices, including techniques for planning, monitoring, and evaluation using high-quality data

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

 

Supervisory Responsibility

There are no supervisory responsibilities for this role 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
This role may require occasional travel within the state.

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.

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.

 

The 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.

Director, Grants Management

Department: Finance
Classification (Payroll Title): Education Consultant 3
Position Number: 101540
Reports to: Assistant Commissioner, Finance
Last Revised Date: 3.16.20

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

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

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

Minimum Qualifications:

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

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

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

Essential Functions

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·       Strong attention to detail

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

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

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

·       Experienced in working with multiple data sources simultaneously

·       Experienced in the management of financial resources

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

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

·       Advanced problem solving skills

·       Proactive in researching and proposing solutions to perceived problems

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

·       Basic knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint preferred

·       Experienced in online survey tools

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

·       Strong oral communication skills

·       Strong analytical and critical thinking skills

·       Meticulous attention to detail and exceptional organization

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

Work Environment

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

Physical Demands

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

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

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

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

To Apply

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

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

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

 

Executive Administrative Assistant

Department: Finance
Classification (Payroll Title): Executive Admin Assistant 1
Position Number: 21235
Reports to: Assistant Commissioner, Finance
Last Revised Date: 3.16.20

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

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

Position Summary: The finance and internal operations team is seeking an executive administrative assistant role to support the foundational work within the Finance and Internal Operations. This division is responsible for agency wide budgets, grants management, local finance, internal operations, and procurement.

The executive administrative assistant will support this fast-paced work throughout the division, including performing general administrative tasks (scheduling meetings, answering phone calls, maintaining logs, etc.) as well as special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Essential Functions
    1.  General administrative responsibilities (tracking documents submitted for review and approval, providing general customer service, entering and reviewing travel claims, scheduling and coordinating meetings, performing data entry as requested, preparing and modifying a variety of documents)
    2. Running reports in primary financial system (Edison)
    3. Tracking various financial forms, including forms pertaining to the funding and placement of employees within the department
    4. Providing other support to the division as requested

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
    • Proactive in researching and proposing solutions to perceived problems
    • Adheres to an appropriate and effective set of core values and beliefs during both good and bad times
    • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
    • Meticulous attention to detail and exceptional organization
    • Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions
    • Experienced in working with multiple data sources simultaneously
    • Ability to work on multiple projects at once in a fast paced environment
    • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Power Point, Excel)—in particular, familiar with lookups and pivot tables
    • Basic familiarity with Microsoft SharePoint preferred
    • Experienced with online surveys
    • Advanced problem solving skills

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
No travel required of this position at this time

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

To Apply

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

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

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

 
 
 
 
 

Reports To: Assistant General Counsel for Civil Rights and Special Populations, Office of General Counsel

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education

710 James Robertson Parkway

Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description: The IDEA Complaints Investigator is charged with ensuring the Tennessee Department of Education’s (TDOE) compliance with the state administrative complaint investigation requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Investigator will primarily be responsible for investigating complaints and allegations of local education agency (LEA) non-compliance with IDEA and state special education law. The Investigator will draft and monitor, as needed, corrective action plans aimed at remedying student-specific and/or systemic LEA noncompliance and at preventing future reoccurrence of deficiencies found during investigations.

Additional responsibilities include:

·         Responding to inquiries, concerns, and requests for technical assistance from parents, advocacy groups, LEAs, and other key stakeholders.

·         Conducting on-site investigations as assigned by the Assistant General Counsel.

·         Arranging and making site visits to specific LEAs as needed, including participation in IEP meetings as assigned by the Assistant General Counsel.

·         Provide in-person trainings on the subject of special education to LEAs, as well as at special education related conferences.

·         Collaborate with the Assistant General Counsel in developing educational resources and written materials for parents, advocacy groups, LEAs, and other key stakeholders regarding compliance with special education law.

 

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

·         Excellence

·         Optimism

·         Sound Judgment

·         Courage

·         Teamwork

 

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to kim.miller@tn.gov. Applications are due by 5/25/2020.

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, 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.

Position Title: Special Education Litigation Attorney
Reports To: Assistant General Counsel for Civil Rights and Special Education
Location: Tennessee Department of Education, 710 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description:

State law, as well as the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), require local education agencies (LEAs) to ensure special education and related services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. These laws govern how LEAs provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. As a recipient of federal IDEA funds from the U.S. Department of Education, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) provides oversight to ensure LEA compliance with state and federal special education law.

The attorneys of the Office of General Counsel (OGC) provide legal advice and support to the Commissioner of Education, TDOE personnel, and the State Special Schools. In addition the OGC speaks at conferences, conventions, and workshops across the state for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and state education and child-focused organizations. While the staff attorney provides day to day support to TDOE, below are the specific key areas of responsibility for the position:

• Representing TDOE in IDEA due process complaints brought against TDOE regarding the provision of special education and related services by drafting and filing pleadings, conducting oral and written discovery, and engaging in oral argument at hearings.

• Representing TDOE in IDEA mediation requests to TDOE by attending mediation sessions with families and advocates, strategically advocating for TDOE’s interests, and drafting and negotiating settlement agreements on behalf of TDOE.

• Drafting responses to special education administrative complaints brought against TDOE.

• Following national litigation trends related to special education and providing TDOE and LEAs with relevant analysis and guidance.

• Serving as the department special education liaison for the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office.

• Interpreting applicable law and conducting legal research to ensure TDOE and LEA compliance with special education law.


Qualifications:

• J.D. with current State of TN law license.
• At least three years of previous litigation experience.

Salary and Benefits:

• 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 Kim.Miller@tn.gov. Applications are due by 5/25/2020.

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.
 

Department: Human Capital
Classification (Payroll Title):
Position Number:
Reports to: Assistant Commissioner, Leadership
Last Revised Date: 3.13.20

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 Leadership team is seeking a Senior Director within the Division of Human Capital. With Tennessee needing 270 principals a year, we are seeking to improve retention and support recruitment pipelines for our districts. This individual will be responsible for designing and implementing a coherent leadership strategy for the department. In addition, they will oversee all leader cohort programming, support districts on leader pipelines and advise on leadership preparation programs and evaluation.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree and experience equivalent to seven years of full-time professional educational, instructional, or supervisory/administrative work.
• Three years of successful experience as a school principal
• District instructional leadership experience preferred

Essential Functions
• Advise the Assistant Commissioner of Leadership on coherent leadership strategy for the department
• Support district human capital support team on development and implementation of leadership pipelines and programs
• Identify new opportunities and refine existing programs to better support aspiring and current leaders
• Diagnose retention issues within leadership and propose strategies to address
• Advise the EPP team on leadership preparation programming
• Oversee the Director of Leadership who will oversee TASL and teacher leadership work
• Partner with local and national practitioners to share and learn best practices within the school leadership space
• Analyze leadership data to be aware of current trends to inform policy and practice
• Facilitate professional development sessions across state on leadership
• Advise the evaluation team on leadership evaluations
• Continuously seek ways to support districts on their leadership needs
• Contribute positively to the culture of leadership team, Division of Human Capital and TDOE
• All other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
• Organizational and Project Management: Demonstrates excellence with organizational and project management tools.
• Adult Learning and Facilitation: Has experience with leading professional development with adults
• Verbal and Written Communication Skills: Individual exhibits strong skills in communicating key messages and objectives
• Data Driven: Is experienced with utilizing data to drive and inform practice—from setting vision to monitoring progress towards reaching goals
• Work Ethic: High standards and initiatives for team and self
• Teamwork: Is able to lead and collaborate with peers, managers, and direct reports
• Strategic Thinker: Can stay focused on the goal and be solutions oriented towards achieving outcomes

Supervisory Responsibility
This individual will be managing members of the Leadership team.

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
Some travel around the state to conduct trainings and meetings with districts is expected.
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.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Job Title: Senior Director, Digital Learning

Department: Human Capital

Classification (Payroll Title):

Position Number:

Reports to: Chief of Staff for the Office of Human Capital

Last Revised Date: 4.9.20

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 Senior Director of Digital Learning contributes to the Best for All strategic plan by developing and leading an innovative program of instructional technology for student learning, educator professional development, and school and district support that aligns with the priorities of Academics, Whole Child, and Educators. The ideal candidate is an organized, flexible leader and digital innovator. This individual brings experience and expertise in instructional planning, professional development, digital curriculum design, technology integration, and strategic planning to this role.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s degree plus at least 5 years of experience working in the field of education (teaching experience highly preferred)

·         Master’s degree preferred

·         Experience working with educational technology required

 

Essential Functions

  • Leads the development of an online hub for student learning opportunities; educator support and professional development; and resources for schools, districts, and families across the state
  • Develops and manages a work plan for rolling out the online tool, and reports on progress to TDOE leadership on a regular basis
  • Curates or develops aligned content that responds to learner needs, including systems for managing the learning cycle (e.g., checks for understanding)
  • Casts a vision for the use of high-powered analytics (including reasonable understanding of strengths and weaknesses of machine learning technologies) to improve individualization of learning opportunities and educator professional development
  • Collaborates with external stakeholders to identify and share best practices to support student learning, educator professional development, and access to resources for schools and families
  • Collaborates with colleagues across the TDOE—including the Academics, Whole Child, Human Capital, Information Technology, and Communications teams—to develop content, systems, and processes for the online tool
  • Supports communication, procurement processes, or other interactions with vendors who provide services related to digital learning
  • Manages direct reports on the Digital Learning team through administrative tasks (e.g., approving time and leave), facilitating ongoing professional growth through opportunities and feedback, conducting performance reviews, and identifying appropriate supports
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Project Management: Demonstrated experience with managing large-scale projects and success with setting a vision and systems to track progress towards the vision
  • Design Process: Learner-centered design processes and agile development methodologies for guiding both content and platforms
  • Content Knowledge:
    • Understands Tennessee standards or standards-based learning
    • Ideally has ELA or math teaching experience or can demonstrate competence in understanding the process of creating content for core standards
    • Deep understanding of how virtual resources can meet students’ and educators’ need for high-quality instructional materials
    • Understands and can access resources surrounding educational use and modification of content with applicable copyright and legalities of licensing
  • Knowledge Sharing: Ability to coach teachers; particularly with an emphasis on integrating digital tools
  • Customer Focus: A tendency to consistently consider the needs of internal and external customers, to provide service at a high level of quality, and to evaluate customer satisfaction
  • Developing Direct Reports and Others: Ability to set and communicate high expectations, to delegate tasks effectively, and to motivate and develop others in a manner that maximizes productivity and morale

Supervisory Responsibility

This individual will manage the Digital Learning team.

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
Some travel may be expected to attend district meetings around the state.

 

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

To Apply

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

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

 

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

Department: Office of Strategy & Data

Classification (Payroll Title): Education Consultant 4

Position Number: 1004899/TBD

Reports to: Assistant Commissioner, Assessment

Last Revised Date: 2/11/20

Position Summary: This key leadership position in the Assessment Division of the Office of Strategy & Data is responsible for the development, implementation, and outcomes of Tennessee’s innovative formative assessment initiatives.  This includes both leading towards a long-term vision for formative assessments with the primary aim of improved teaching and learning through high quality materials, developing assessment literacy and use among educators and key stakeholders, guiding the development and utilization of both the delivery mechanisms and reporting analytics for formative assessments, maintaining quality and validity of assessments across multiple contracted vendors, and leading the sequencing of learning objectives to align to high quality instructional materials.  Formative and interim assessments may take on a variety of forms, and the Senior Director of Formative Assessment serves as the liaison to other leaders and divisions within TDOE and Tennessee school districts in understanding assessment purposes and maximizing the benefits of through-year assessment tools and shifting to a healthier assessment culture statewide.

Essential Functions

1.       Oversee development, evaluation, and continual improvement of Tennessee’s statewide formative assessment program and tools, including managing assessment development contracted vendors and ensuring all assessment forms meet high expectations for validity, reliability, and quality. Establish/maintain program design and monitoring activities to ensure adherence to coherent and rigorous design parameters, universal accessibility for all students and accommodations for special needs students, assessment design features, test administration practices, formative assessment data integrity, quality assurance, technical assistance to schools, and clarity in reporting.

2.       Assemble, develop, and manage an Assessment Use team, who can both advance key formative initiatives, coordinate with the Division of Standards and Materials, and improve teaching and learning through assessment use.  Supervise the involvement of staff in departmental strategic and program planning activities, as a key liaison and a key contributor regarding the Department’s formative assessment initiatives, particularly those designed to advance teaching and learning in Tennessee.

3.       Lead in the development of a suite of professional development tools and resources, accessible to all educators, to develop assessment literacy, including professional development learning pathways beginning with foundational assessment development skills to professional development that can be used to train Tennessee teachers as expert item reviewers.

4.       Manage the development of processes, business rules, and documentation for formative score reporting and rollup, including the design of student, educator, and administrator reporting and analytics for all formative assessments that provide sufficient validity and reliability that meaningful analysis can be provided to stakeholders at every level.

5.       Support development of innovative assessment items for formative assessments, build state’s ability to administer including identification of items for formative question bank, craft intentional sequencing of interim assessments, and modeling and scaling to support creation of question clusters for formative assessments.

6.       Establish/maintain protocols that define content, format, & process for developing/maintaining a statewide system of formative assessments to high industry and instructional standards.

7.       Support the development, compilation, analysis, & dissemination of a body of formative student achievement data that provide valid, reliable, and actionable academic achievement reporting. A key function related to this responsibility is enhancing the usability of the assessment information for each of the targeted stakeholder groups, especially school leaders and teachers.

8.       Support the use of assessment data in the context of school improvement, program monitoring, & regional support of prioritized districts and schools.

9.       Maintain professional and productive relationships with districts, federal agencies, other external stakeholders, internal stakeholders, and direct reports.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

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

·         Track record of success in leading and developing educators to better teaching and learning through the use of assessments during the school year

·         At least 5 years of experience working closely with assessment development, preferably with experience in large-scale formative assessment development

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

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

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

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

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Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Supervisory Responsibility

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

 

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.

 

Travel
Minimal to moderate travel around the state and to limited national meetings and conferences required (~5-15%).

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.

Department: Office of Strategy & Data

Classification (Payroll Title): Education Consultant 4

Position Number: 1004899/TBD

Reports to: Assistant Commissioner, Data

Last Revised Date: 2/11/20

Position Summary: This key leadership position in the Data Division of the Office of Strategy & Data is responsible for the ensuring the actionability of Tennessee’s PK-12 educational data and for the development of tools and analytics that better utilize the data available to stakeholders. A key part of this data will be the development and integration of comprehensive educational data tool that provides timely and powerful analytics, combining diverse data sources meaningfully, ultimately resulting in improved outcomes for Tennessee students.

The Senior Director of Education Analytics position plays a key role in the state’s strategic priorities by supporting the development of innovative analytic tools that providing meaningful insights into student learning, educator supports, and school contextualization.   This position manages contracted vendors who provide analytics services, ensuring that the data are coherent and meaningful when received by the intended audiences. The Senior Director serves as the liaison to other leaders and divisions within TDOE and Tennessee school districts in using and acting upon the increased access to quality education data.

An ideal candidate is a 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. Additionally, an ideal candidate has strong Python, R and SQL skills, familiarity data warehousing concepts, a track record of using advanced statistical techniques to solve problems, experience with complex data integration and/or analysis, and an interest in improving K-12 education.

 

Essential Functions

1.       Leads for the creation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of the platforms, tools, and analytics offered to external and internal stakeholders, including powerful real-time reporting options for continuous data, statistical modeling to pinpoint student and educator needs, and predictive analytics to support alignment of resources to meet those needs.

2.       Establish and manage Data Use and Analytics team and contracted vendors responsible to complete various analysis projects and meet deadlines, providing analyses to researchers to drive discussions on analytic approaches, implementing a robust selection of both predictive and inferential analytical models, and meet ad-hoc requests for reports, research, and visualizations.

3.       Lead the development of user experiences, processes, business rules, and documentation for the design of a comprehensive suite of tools for student, family, educator, and administrator audiences that maximize and integrate diverse data sources for the benefit of children in Tennessee. A key function related to this responsibility is enhancing the usability of the education information for each of the targeted stakeholder groups invested in the success of Tennessee children. Work with internal teams as well as outside vendors to leverage solutions and dashboards for evidence-based decision making and enhanced self-service.

4.       Support the use of data in the context of school improvement, program monitoring, & regional support of prioritized districts and schools.

5.       Analyze state student, educator, school and district data, performance, and policies to guide Department strategy and statewide data use and establish structures that improve quality data use across the agency and collaborate with other divisions and offices to develop data tools and support research and evaluation

6.       Serve on the Office leadership team and support cross division operations and maintain professional and productive relationships with districts, federal agencies, other external stakeholders, internal stakeholders, and direct reports.

7.       Contribute to interdivisional needs within complex ETL pipelines to integrate data coming from a mix of flat files, APIs, or other database sources, to the design and implementation of data warehousing structures for research, analytics, and reporting/dashboarding, to implementation code testing, UAT, and deployment strategies, and to larger issues of data governance required to ensure successful delivery of analytics products to stakeholders.

8.       Provide effective written and verbal communication on all matters related to data use, leveraging a variety of mediums and formats.

9.       Ensure public report card and reporting mechanisms are compliant with federal and state law on timelines that empower stakeholders to act.

10.   Perform other duties as assigned and/or as necessary to achieve strategic objectives.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Master’s degree or higher in data science, computer science, statistics, econometrics, or related field, or equivalent progressive work experience leading teams of data scientists and analysts

·         Track record of success with using robust machine learning algorithms (based in Python and R) with intuitive visualizations with non-technical audiences to measurable improvements in outcomes.  Measurable improvements to student learning outcomes strongly preferred.

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

·         Demonstrated experience working with large-scale datasets

·         Training and experience in education research preferred

·         Experience in human-centered design strongly preferred

·         Experience leading and managing teams and larger analytic or data projects preferred.

·         Understanding of measurement, curriculum, instruction, and assessment in PK-12 education

 

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 Data Use and Analytics team within the Office of Strategy & Data.

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.

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

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

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

 

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

Department: Office of Whole Child Supports

Classification (Payroll Title): Ed Prog Admin 1

Position Number: TBD

Reports to: Assistant Commissioner, Whole Child

Last Revised Date: 4.7.20

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 Senior Director of Mental Health and Wellness is a key leader on the Whole Child team. This individual will be responsible for leading the mental health and wellness staff to develop innovative approaches to increasing access to mental health supports statewide. The ideal candidate is innovative, data driven, and an excellent communicator with building networks within this space in the education field.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Master’s Degree in related field (education, administration, etc.)

·         3-5 years of experience in related field with 2+ years program management experience

 

Essential Functions

·          Provide oversight to the Project AWARE Project Coordinator, Program Coordinator, and Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Project Co-Coordinator.

·         Manage a team tasked with guiding and developing resources and technical assistance to aid districts in meeting the mental health and wellness needs of all students.

·         Directly manage the procurement and pilot of Pre-K through 12 character education open education resources.

·         Manage the procurement and execution of tiered statewide professional learning opportunities related to school climate and culture, trauma-informed schools and discipline, and restorative practices.

·         Manage mental health and wellness staff

·         Manage mental health and wellness project plans

·         Manage budget associated with the mental health and wellness team

·         Develop innovative approaches to increasing accessing to mental health supports statewide

·         Develop district support plans ensuring high-quality implementation

·         Engage frequently with stakeholders such as superintendents, district staff, school-based staff, students and families.

·         Establish ambitious goals, leading team with an outcome orientation.

·         Report out to commissioner, AC, and chief regarding overall progress of the unit

·         Oversee the distribution of grant funds to Project AWARE grantees.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·         Communication: Excellent verbal and written skills

·         Data driven: Is a leader with demonstrated experience making decisions grounded in data; expertise in data collection and interpretation

·         Content Knowledge of social services and school and community-based mental health services

·         Content knowledge in social and personal skills as well as character education

·         Contract and vendor management

·         Knowledge of child development and age appropriateness

·         Knowledge of national, state, and local resources

·         Strong organizational and management skills with demonstrated experience in leadership and team building

·         Relationship Builder: Demonstrated success working with school districts and political leaders in a leadership and professional development capacity

 

Supervisory Responsibility

This individual will manage the mental health and wellness team.

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
Some travel expected to meetings with districts around the state (approximately 20[EH2] %).

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.

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.

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.