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We seek to build a team dedicated to the goal of dramatically improving student achievement, grounded in the belief that children from all backgrounds can succeed when given the opportunities they deserve, and committed to the core values of our department.

Full-Time Openings

Reports to:

Principal

Salary:

$65,000 - $75,000.  In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Position Location:

Frayser/Corning Achievement Elementary School

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required and Master’s Degree in an education-related field from an accredited four-year educational institution strongly preferred

·         Tennessee Administrator’s license required

Work Experience

  • At least 4 years of teaching experience, ideally in schools serving high-poverty communities
  • Experience providing vision and direction for large teams, with or without formal authority
  • Experience setting and reaching ambitious goals

Skills and Mindsets

  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core values of Achievement Schools
  • Unwavering belief that all children can learn at high levels, regardless of background, experience, identity or zip code
  • Skills to establish and support strong, positive adult culture
  • Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback
  • Ability to work urgently in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Additional requirements:

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

Position Summary:      

An Achievement Schools Assistant Principal (AP) is responsible for supporting the in-school path towards the AS vision of what high-quality curriculum, instruction and assessment looks like, including special education, English Language learners and students placed at risk, who are struggling to learn standards. In addition, the AP is responsible for helping to ensure that the school maintains a strong culture for all students and staff.

Most AP’s in the Achievement Schools network will be split between two schools. Thus, they will spend part of their week at one school and part of their week at another. It will be important for the AP to build strong relationships with students and staff at both schools which they work.

Work Activities:

More specifically, the AP is responsible for:

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

  • Coordinating the storage and review of lesson plans aligned to network curriculum and the regular feedback needed to continuously improve them
  • Oversee the execution of curriculum, instruction, and assessment plans aligned to the multi-leveled academic needs of the school
  • Ensure that students in subgroups (students with disabilities, ELLs, homeless/migrant, RTI Tiers 2 and 3) receive academic services in alignment with prescribed plans that meet their needs
  • Serve as the school Assessment Coordinator, establishing and managing towards weekly expectations of data quality

School Culture

  • Create and implement plans to ensure a rigorous and joyful culture among students and staff
  • Oversee and implement school-wide behavior plans
  • Provide training and support to staff on restorative student discipline practices and socio-emotional learning
  • Implement initiatives that lead to a reduction in the rate of student suspensions and expulsions in favor of more restorative disciplinary practices

Overall School Leadership

  • Serve as the Principal designee when the Principal is out of the building
  • Provide leadership where needed based upon the needs of the specific school and students where the individual is placed.
  • Model leadership for other staff in the building
  • Work with the Principal as well as the network support team, as needed, to support the needs of staff and students in the building

Core Competencies for Success

  • Lead with Humility
  • Communicate Effectively
  • Solve Problems Effectively
  • Practice Persistence and Resilience
  • Deliver Results
  • Plan and Execute Effectively

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for three professional references, and two writing samples—preferably a sample of a memo and a presentation you have created to Emily.Banks@tn.gov.

Pursuant to the State of TN's policy of non-discrimination, the Achievement School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military services in its policies, or in the admission of, access to, treatment, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.

Reports To:

Executive Director, Office of Assessment Logistics

Job Summary

The Office of Assessment Logistics is searching for a technology-savvy Business Analyst who will take ownership of the User Acceptance Testing process for state assessment platforms.  We need someone who can take charge of a project and deliver results that will improve the TNReady online assessment program. Our ideal candidate is able work on multiple projects simultaneously and translate business data into digestible information that improves the statewide assessment program.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the TNREADY project vendor to effectively translate tracked and documented issues / defects and/or potential future roadmap features, items and improvements
  • Prioritize statewide testing (TNReady) initiatives based on the business needs and requirements
  • Serve as the lead for user acceptance testing (UAT) for state assessment platforms and track defects for resolution by vendor and TDOE development teams
    • Conduct quality checks for Nextera and Classroom Assessment Builder online features and functionality based on TDOE requirements
    • Monitor UAT process and track feedback in SharePoint
    • Ensure testing devices (laptops and tablets) are updated and ready for UAT sessions
    • Document UAT processes and protocols, including:
      • UAT processes, activities, steps and requirements
      • Alignment of testing requirements with business and technical rules and requirements
      • UAT process diagrams (i.e. workflows)
      • Coordinate UAT team roles and responsibilities, including identification of and participation management for stakeholders
      • Facilitation of UAT sessions
      • Identification of potential defects
      • Compilation of analysis reports
      • Approval and signoff
      • Follow up on all results
  • Assist Assessment Team with coordination of test readiness tasks such as: quality assurance reviews for TCAP tests (printer proof review), monitoring and tracking handoffs between the Content, IT and Assessment teams
  • Serve as project manager for the Classroom Assessment Builder (CAB) product
  • Serve as business owner for the Visibility Tool, including understanding user needs

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Instructional Technology, Education, technical field, or related area. Master’s degree is a plus.
  • 2+ years of associated work experience

Organization / Business Knowledge

  • Must be able to competently identify business needs
  • Knowledge of business structure
  • Organizational skills

Software Usage

  • Familiarity with MS Office Suite (required), Microsoft (MS) Visio (desirable), SharePoint (desirable), assessment/testing platforms (desirable)

Business Analysis & Soft Skills

  • Good communications skills (oral and written)
  • Good interpersonal and consultative skills
  • Detail oriented and meticulous

To Apply:

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

Reports To:

Andrea Thorsbakken, talent improvement program manager, division of college, career and technical education

Location:

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

Position Description:

Provide daily oversight and coordination of all Experienced Professionals In the Classroom (EPIC) TN grant activities and responsibilities by planning and implementing grant action steps, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting progress toward grant goals, developing and monitoring subgrant awards (competitive and noncompetitive), and developing partnerships with secondary, postsecondary, and industry stakeholders.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  1. Provide facilitated leadership for overseeing the successful implementation of the grant including day-to-day operations, financial administration, and reporting requirements.
  2. Monitor progress toward grant priorities and pilot programs to ensure the grant remains on target to meet its identified deliverables within the identified timeframe.
  3. Research and disseminate effective strategies for district-EPP partnerships, recruitment and retention strategies, and alternative staffing models.
  4. Develop resources and training materials and conduct trainings related to the grant priorities.
  5. Evaluate impact of various policies and approaches that are promoted and piloted by the department, recommending continued action or modifications.
  6. Ensure that grant partners, stakeholders, and sub-grantees meet program and reporting requirements.
  7. Oversee financial administration of the grant, working with the office of finance and the office of accounting, budget and grants management in TDOE to ensure that the department meets and expends the grant award fully and correctly.
  8. Assist in evaluating the fiscal administration and the program administration of the grant to ensure compliance.
  9. Submit all required federal reports on time, ensuring that they are of high quality and are fully compliant.

Qualifications:

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Andrea.Thorsbakken@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until a candidate is
selected, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Reports To:

Alyson Lerma, Director of Monitoring

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway   
Andrew Johnson Tower, 9th floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description

The ESEA and IDEA Monitoring Coordinator will be positioned within the Division of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring. This position will carry out the responsibilities of planning, communicating, and tracking various types of monitorings of IDEA and ESEA grant programs as conducted by CPM team members.                                  

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Management and administration of IDEA and ESEA results-based monitoring of all IDEA and ESEA programs statewide to include:
    • identifying and communicating with impacted LEAs
    • accessing multiple sources of data to inform monitoring and select schools to be visited
    • coordinating scheduling of visits among CPM team members
    • creating/updating monitoring protocols, documents, and manual
    • collaborating across divisions
    • reviewing, editing and approving final monitoring reports and compliance action plans
    • tracking and managing required follow-up actions by LEAs
    • communicating official monitoring status and documenting evidence
  • Development of monitoring instruments, materials and processes.
  • Communication and coordination with CPM Regional Consultants and other monitoring team members during all phases of the monitoring cycle to ensure that all deadlines are met and all required actions are properly closed out.
  • Design and review results from surveys and other mechanisms to solicit feedback from stakeholders on a regular basis.
  • Create official status letters, upload them to ePlan, and share updates via email with district personnel.
  • Provide technical assistance and present trainings/professional learning opportunities on topics related to workstreams (for LEAs and for TDOE staff).
  • Regularly track and review trends among monitoring findings, sharing results with other teams and producing a comprehensive report (annually)
  • Review self-assessment submissions from districts and create a comprehensive overview and share with CPM team members in order to inform technical assistance needs.
  • Participation in on-site monitoring visits as a member of the monitoring team.
  • Serve as the point of contact for monitorings housed within CPM (juvenile justice, Neglected and Delinquent, focus monitorings, and IDEA-related monitorings—CEIS, discretionary grants, and IEP self-monitoring).
  • Review documents submitted by LEAs to determine compliance with comparability requirements.
  • Collaborate with the IDEA Coordinator on the various IDEA monitorings.
  • Collaborate with other divisions throughout the department.
  • Engage in professional learning opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in relevant field
  • Experience and/or working knowledge of ESEA
  • Experience and/or working knowledge of IDEA
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite – proficiency with Excel and Word required
  • Very strong organizational and project management skills
  • Very strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with different teams

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

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

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for three professional references to Alyson.Lerma@tn.gov. Applications will be accepted through April 20.

Reports To:

Assistant Commissioner of Assessment, Accountability, and Data Governance

Position Description:

The Executive Director of the Office of Accountability will be responsible for state accountability systems, with the ultimate goal of increasing student academic achievement. The incumbent will lead all processes related to district and school accountability as outlined in TNSucceeds, including complying with all ESSA provisions.  The office will compile student assessment data and compute district determinations and school grades as prescribed in the state accountability framework approved through the U.S. Department of Education.  The office will support district and stakeholder understanding of the framework, as well as partner with other TDOE offices to provide actionable data related to performance goals and targets.  The office will also oversee the graduation cohort data collection, review, and tabulation.    

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and direct staff in the Office of Accountability to ensure compliance with the federal and state laws. Coordinate and manage school and district accountability systems and platforms.
  • Produce school grades and district accountability designations. Maintain all relevant documentation, including business rules, protocols, and data definitions.  Provide training and support to CORE offices and district personnel.
  • Provide effective written and verbal communication on all matters related to accountability, leveraging a variety of mediums and formats.
  • Continuously improve and innovate, to optimize accountability framework as a strategic policy lever.
  • Oversee maintenance of accountability application, graduation cohort application, and other necessary platforms in partnership with Technology division.
  • Collaborate with other divisions and offices to develop data tools and support research and evaluation.
  • Build communities of practice with state education agencies to identify best practices and cultivate strategic relationships.
  • Maintain professional and productive relationships with districts, federal agencies, other external stakeholders, internal stakeholders, and direct reports.
  • Serve on the Division leadership team and support cross division operations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and/or as necessary to achieve strategic objectives.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

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

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please e-mail the following to Mary Batiwalla (Mary.Batiwalla@tn.gov). While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.

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

The Research and Project Manager is a key member on the State Board of Education team. He/she is charged with executing responsibilities related to the Board’s research agenda and supporting additional work streams. The Research and Project Manager will be the lead program manager for the Teacher Preparation Report Card. In collaboration with the Director of Policy and Research, the Research Associate will also design and carry out research and policy projects relevant to other priority areas. The Research and Project Manager serves as liaison to other key state partners.

About the Tennessee State Board of Education

The Tennessee State Board of Education’s mission is to ensure sound governance and effective K-12 policy development in order to maintain the state’s position as the fastest improving state and to move into the top half of all states in student outcomes by 2020. We work closely with stakeholders across the state to ensure equity, oversight, and transparency in K-12 education policy. In order to achieve this ambitious vision, the State Board is committed to several key priorities:

  • High Standards and Quality Measures
  • Great Teachers and Leaders
  • Serve All Students
  • High Quality School Options
  • Transparency, Equity, Public Engagement, and Oversight

Job Responsibilities

Research and Project Manager responsibilities include the following:

  • Act as the lead program manager for the planning, production, and publication of the state’s redesigned Teacher Preparation Report Card. This project involves:
    • Setting a vision for improvements to the report card annually,
    • Organizing an advisory council of stakeholders to provide feedback,
    • Communicating frequently with educator preparation programs regarding data and other questions,
    • Ensuring data are collected, cleaned, and analyzed,
    • Managing the relationship with the vendor that produces the online report card, and
    • Presenting at annual state conferences regarding the report card.
  • Project coordination for the annual standards review cycle, which occurs for different academic content areas each year. This work includes:
    • Developing a feedback survey for educators and the public to use,
    • Monitoring and analyzing public feedback data,
    • Serving as the main point-of-contact for educator review team members,
    • Liaising with higher education faculty and the department of education to refine drafts of revised standards, and
    • Managing logistics for review meetings.
  • Coordinate across the Board staff and members to support the creation of the annual Master Plan.
  • Conduct research based on the board’s policy agenda and aligned with the Board’s Master Plan.
  • Assist in the development and management of research projects for contracted staff, such as interns and fellows.
  • Maintain broad knowledge of current research and best practices across Tennessee and nationally that relate to the priorities of the State Board of Education.
  • Liaise with other education research stakeholders in Tennessee, including the department of education, advocacy groups, and institutions of higher education, to carry out relevant research and engage stakeholders in the research findings of the board.
  • Other duties as assigned to support team and board functions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

We are seeking candidates who have:

  • At minimum, a Master’s degree in education, public policy, or a related field
  • At least three years of professional work experience
  • Strong planning, organization, and project management skills, with the ability to set clear goals and develop a comprehensive plan of action to achieve those goals
  • Advanced skills regarding data collection, analysis, processing, and reporting in Excel and/or Stata
  • Strong personal presence and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative, and high standards for self and colleagues
  • Innovative and strategic thinking skills; a solutions-oriented disposition

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

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (approximately 3-5 pages) to Vicki.Dany@tn.gov by April 23, 2018. This position would begin on approximately August 1, 2018.

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.