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Full-Time Openings

Assistant Commissioner of Data

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

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

Priorities:

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

Position Summary:

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

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

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

Minimum Qualifications:

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

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

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

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

Essential Functions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Supervisory Responsibility

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

Work Environment

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

Physical Demands

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

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

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

Travel

Limited travel to meetings with stakeholders around the state required.

Other Duties

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

To Apply

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

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

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

 

Assistant Commissioner of Expanded Coordinated School Health

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

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

Priorities:  

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

Position Summary:

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

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

Minimum Qualifications:

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

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

Essential Functions

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

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

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

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

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

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Supervisory Responsibility

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

Work Environment

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

Physical Demands

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

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

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

Travel

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

Other Duties

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

To Apply

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

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

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

 

 

Assistant Commissioner of School District Human Capital Support

Department: Human Capital
Classification (Payroll Title): Educ Senior Executive Director
Position Number: 00068636
Reports to: Human Capital
Last Revised Date: 12.16.2019

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

Priorities:

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

Position Summary:

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

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

The Assistant Commissioner will also work closely with other staff within the Human Capital Division and report directly to the head of Human Capital.

This position contributes to each of the strategic priorities by ensuring school districts have the support they need to hire teachers and leaders that will establish high quality learning and support for all students across the state of Tennessee.

Minimum Qualifications:

·       Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and

·       Experience equivalent to seven years of full-time professional educational, instructional or supervisory/administrative work.

 

Essential Functions

  • Build positive and supportive relationships with superintendents and HR directors across the great state of Tennessee
  • Lead policy design that makes Tennessee the best state to become and remain a teacher and leader.
  • Create professional development opportunities for district human capital staff to opt into based on their needs
  • Create cohorts of districts to exchange best practices and discuss current opportunities and challenges
  • Support leadership pathways and the team responsible for implementing our Principal Supervisor Network, Rural Principal Network, Aspiring Assistant Principal Network, etc.
  • Leverage human capital data for informed decision-making around human capital decisions
  • Work with districts to improve desirable retention amongst teachers and principals
  • Oversee evaluation policy, support and implementation
  • Support districts in their relationships with Education Preparation Providers (EPPs)
  • Develop strong relationships with external sources of talent (i.e. universities, education professionals, etc.)
  • Propose new initiatives based on human capital data to improve workplace culture, performance and management
  • Design and facilitate sessions to improve human capital management policies and practices, including but not limited to recruitment, selection,  and strategic staffing
  • Analyze relevant research to inform policy development related to human capital management

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·       Relationship Builder—Actively works to positively build networks with internal and external stakeholders.

·       Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

·       Achievement Orientation—Sets and meets ambitious goals; takes personal responsibility for meeting goals; focused on big picture and is flexible in how to achieve it

·       Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and employee retention strategies.

·       Critical Thinking & Problem Solving –Strong project management experience, including the establishment of benchmarks and performance metrics to ensure project completion

·       Solutions Oriented—Consistently stays focused on the end goal and how to advance the work to achieve it

·       Management—Able to manage individuals towards achieving team goals; coaches and motivates team members to successfully accomplish their identified vision

·       Collaborative—Proactively works to identify collaboration points between and among teams

Supervisory Responsibility

This individual will manage a small team within the Human Capital division.

Work Environment

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

Physical Demands

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

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

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

Travel

Limited travel (~10-15%) to meetings with districts 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: David.donaldson@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: Communications and Customer Service Specialist

Department: Office of School Models and Programs/Education Savings Account
Classification (Payroll Title): Executive Administrative Assistant 3
Position Number:

Reports to:

Assistant Commissioner, Office of School Models & Programs

Last Revised Date: 12.13.2019

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

Priorities:  

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

Position Summary:

The Communications and Customer Service Specialist will assist with all external and internal communications including newsletters, press releases, social media, publications, and online content. This position contributes to the strategic priorities by ensuring the Department of Education has strong and consistent communications and relationships with stakeholders in order to address our three priority areas.

Minimum Qualifications:

·       Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, public administration, or related field

·       Minimum of five (5) years of successful experience in PR, marketing, and communications in education, large private sector, non-profit, or in a governmental agency

Essential Functions

1.      Develop effective communication and customer service strategies for a wide variety of stakeholder groups utilizing key metrics

2.     Copy editing and content development for policies, programs, achievements, decisions, and critical issues to the public and key stakeholders, e.g. letters, key messages, FAQs, brochures, etc.

3.     Draft press releases and content for the TDOE website and ensure all parties are well-informed in a timely manner regarding objectives, events, and decisions around matters

4.     Assist with planning events, engagement events and press conferences

5.     Being alert to any potential legal problems in text and collaborate with the legal team

6.     Stays informed and apprised of current issues relevant to internal and external stakeholders

7.     Works to capitalize on recognition opportunities

8.     Develops methods for evaluating the effectiveness of communications and customer service to inform changes for improvement

9.     Adds skill capacity to ensure a diverse skill set and cross-training capacity

10. Assist with the internal communications review process as needed to ensure that all outgoing communications are professional and effective

11. Support the choice team in other areas as needed

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·       Customer Service Orientation: Actively seeks ways to help people and assist them with solving problems

·       Collaborator: Seeks out ways to increase collaboration and communication among internal and external stakeholders as well as across teams at the department

·       Communication Skills: Must have extremely strong written and oral communication skills, including excellent presentation skills

·       Organizational Skills: Outstanding organization and time-management skills

·       Technical Skills: Experience in graphic design and PowerPoint is a plus

Supervisory Responsibility

None at this time.

Work Environment

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

Physical Demands

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

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

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

Travel

Limited travel 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.

 

Job Title: Programmer/Analyst 4       

Department: Information Systems

Classification (Payroll Title): Programmer/Analyst 4

Position Number: 106478

Reports to: CIO

Last Revised Date: 12.4.2019

 

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

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

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

Minimum Qualifications:

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

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

Essential Functions

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

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

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

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

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

·       Ability to work in an agile software development environment. 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

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

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

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

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

·       Experience with Azure Databricks, DataFactory necessary.

·       Demonstrated expertise with Python preferred

·       Knowledge for C#, Entity Framework experience a plus

Supervisory Responsibility

None at this time.

Work Environment

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

Physical Demands

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

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

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

Travel
None required at this time.

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Position Title:

Data Analyst, Office of Strategy and Data


Reports To:

Director of Accountability and Data Governance


Location:

Tennessee Department of Education

710 James Robertson Parkway, 12th floor

Nashville, TN 37243
 

Position Description:    

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


Specific Position Responsibilities:

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


Qualifications:

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


Salary and Benefits:

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


To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, coding sample or portfolio, and contact information for three professional references to Education.Jobs@tn.gov.


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

Reports To:

Chief Schools Officer and Achievement School District, Superintendent

Location:

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

OR

Memphis – Site TBD

Position Description:     

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

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

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

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

Specific Position Responsibilities:

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

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to education equity and an outcomes orientation
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Masters Preferred); preferred fields include mathematics, statistics, economics, public policy, computer science, education or related fields
  • A professional background in education
  • Ability to balance vision setting, content expertise, and systems-building in a realistic and authentic way
  • Strong data analysis and excel skills
  • Ability to use data to make decisions, with a performance management orientation
  • Team orientation and willingness to contribute at all levels to meet deadlines and complete successful implementation
  • Ability to present data clearly and in an accessible manner to variety of audiences
  • Track record of delivering products and results under tight timelines
  • Exemplary writing skills, particularly translating data findings into actionable reports, memos, and presentations
  • Ability to speak to and hold the line on the critical importance of high expectations through rigorous accountability
  • At least 3 years of relevant job experience in an office of accountability or charter school authorizing office

Salary and Benefits:

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

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Job Title: Performance Management Specialist

Division: Performance Management, Commissioner’s Office

Classification (Payroll Title): EDUC CONSULTANT 3

Position Number: 00017686

Reports to: Director, Performance Management Division

Last Revised Date: December 2, 2019

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

Strategic Priorities:  

·       Academics: All Tennessee students will have access to a high quality education, no matter where they live.  

·       Whole Child: Tennessee public schools will be equipped to serve the academic and non-academic needs of all students.

·       Educators: Tennessee will set a new path for the education profession and be the top state to become and remain a teacher and leader.

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

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

Minimum Qualifications:

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

Essential Functions

1.     Planning: Develop planning templates and guidance materials and support the development of high-quality project planning documents. Create procedures to capture and address changes in the original plan.

2.     Monitoring and Reporting: Monitor and manage project quality to ensure project deliverables are acceptable and fulfill the terms of the project contract or specifications. Provide stakeholders with timely assessments of project performance in writing, orally, and through the creation and maintenance of dashboards.

3.     Evaluation and Follow-Up: Provide an analysis of various data points related to project planning and completion and formulate recommendations based on trends in the data. Analyze and monitor projects to identify issues, risks, and opportunities for improvement and design strategies to mitigate or avoid future risks.

4.     Capacity Building: Identify needs, develop tailored coaching and targeted support plans for project owners, and facilitate professional learning opportunities.

5.     Communication: Serve as a communication channel across the agency and among initiatives. Assess the needs of internal stakeholders and create communication structures to better serve performance management needs.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·       Active Learning – Understands the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

·       Active Listening – Gives full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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

·       Facilitation – Understands and incorporates strong facilitation techniques

·       Presenting and Writing – Communicates effectively as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

·       Prioritization – Knows what is most important, sequences work activities appropriately, adjusts plans when appropriate and necessary

·       Service Orientation – Actively looks for ways to help people.

·       Results and Achievement Orientation – Consistently produces high-quality work, Follows through on commitments, meets deadlines

·       Constant Learner – Actively seeks feedback and uses it to improve work

·       Internal Stakeholder Management – Builds and manages effective working relationships with internal stakeholders

·       Organization – Pays meticulous attention to detail, manages multiple projects at once

Work Environment

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

Physical Demands

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

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

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

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

To Apply:

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

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee's 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.

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.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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

Specific Position Responsibilities:

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

Qualifications and Expectations:

  • Must have a minimum of three years of experience in education.
  • Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Travel is required; must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • Minimum of three years of experience with IDEA programs.
  • Minimum of three years of experience working with students with IEPs.
  • Minimum of three years of experience working with students.

Salary and Benefits:

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

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Debby Thompson via Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Staff Attorney

Department: Office of General Counsel
Classification (Payroll Title): Staff Attorney
Position Number: 74207
Reports to: Assistant General Counsel for Civil Rights and Special Populations
Last Revised Date: 12.26.2019

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

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

Position Summary: The staff attorney provides day to day support to the department, specifically within the key areas of responsibility outlined below. 

Minimum Qualifications:

·       J.D. with current State of TN law license 

Essential Functions

1.      Ensuring the department’s activities conform to all federal and state civil rights law, rules, and regulations by:

a.     Providing technical assistance and training to department of education staff, local education agencies (LEAs), and other education stakeholders on civil rights compliance;

b.    Investigating civil rights complaints filed by students and parents against LEAs and ensuring they are conducted and resolved in compliance with state and federal law; and 

c.     Assisting English as a Second Language (ESL) coordinator in working with LEAs on civil rights compliance in regards to limited English proficient (LEP) students and parents

2.     Ensuring the department’s activities conform to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state laws regarding the education of students with disabilities by providing training and technical assistance to LEAs.

3.     Providing support to the department school safety office by conducting bullying training for LEAs and providing technical assistance to LEAs regarding compliance with state bullying law. 

4.     Serving as the constituent services coordinator for the office of general counsel by responding to parent telephone calls, emails, and letters.

5.     Investigating workplace harassment complaints and creating and updating department policies as assigned. 

Supervisory Responsibility

None at this time. 

Work Environment

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

Physical Demands

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

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

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

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: kim.miller@tn.gov by February 15, 2020. 

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.