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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

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

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.

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.

 

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, 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.

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.