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Full Time Openings: Executive Service

Position Title:   

Assistant Commissioner of District Operations

Reports To:

Chief Operating Officer

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education

710 James Robertson Parkway            

Nashville, TN 37243

 

Position Description:    

 

The Assistant Commissioner of District Operations will be charged with envisioning and implementing a new role for the state in supporting the holistic school experience for a student, focusing on the elevation of transportation, school safety, nutrition, and physical health as integral components to educational outcomes and family engagement.  This position will oversee three primary teams dedicated to each of these school services, working to ensure robust and quality supports from each team, as well as alignment and coherency across the teams for efficient district support. The Assistant Commissioner will a) develop and implement robust and integrated technical assistance supports to school districts, b) target the development and strengthening of compliance requirements and monitoring, and c) launch strategic initiatives dedicated to improving state-level supports to districts during emergency situations.  This role will collaborate with internal department staff, other state agencies, and external partners to identify proven best practices and to provide the highest quality supports to district teams.

The Assistant Commissioner of District Operations should be organized, detailed oriented, and have strong communications judgment.  The role will require the ability to navigate legal and regulatory requirements, to develop and document clear policies and procedures, and to ensure implementation fidelity.  This individual will also emphasize building rapport with district leads and partners to ensure meaningful supports are developed, delivered effectively, and integrated into district practices.  The Assistant Commissioner must have prior relevant experience in operations with demonstrated results, as well as expertise in performance management, project management, and stakeholder engagement.

 

 

Specific Position Responsibilities:

·         Oversee the development and implementation of programs essential for child wellbeing, including guidance, technical assistance, grants management, federal and state compliance, and partner/vendor management in the areas of nutrition, safety, transportation, and physical health

·         Ensuring high-quality, consistent services are provided to districts and are aligned to federal funding requirements

·         Develop and implement of robust monitoring and compliance review processes, including desktop monitoring and site visits to ensure fidelity of implementation

·         Develop and facilitate professional development and technical assistance, both via regional or statewide trainings and in tailored district supports

·         Make critical decisions—in consultation with the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Commissioner, Operations—to advance educational outcomes for students in Tennessee

·         Build office culture—both virtually and in-person—to innovate and develop collaborative solutions to critical problems

·         Manage the codification and continuous improvement of project and process plans to advance the organization’s strategic vision

·         Develop and manage strategic budgets aligned to strategic programmatic projects in collaboration with the Deputy Commissioner, Operations and Chief Financial Officer

·         Manage data collection necessary to meet all applicable reporting requirements and to develop analyses to drive program initiatives

·         Collaborate with partnering agencies at the local, state, and federal level to bolster quality service delivery and maintain good standing for compliance purposes

·         Develop robust communication strategies for stakeholder engagement, information dissemination, and training events

·         Supervise team of 25+ employees, including regional-based staff, through project and work plan development, implementation, and performance management of outcomes

·         Liaise with other state agencies to ensure opportunities for collaboration are surfaced and leveraged to improve services to Tennessee students

·         Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications:

·         Commitment to education equity of opportunity and an outcomes orientation

·         Ability to engage effectively with internal and external stakeholders

·         Ability to differentiate compliant from high quality implementations, while pushing and supporting both outcomes

·         High level of personal responsibility, optimism, and judgment

·         Commitment to excellence and problem-solving

·         Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing priorities

·         Experience creating and managing processes to streamline workflow

·         Supervisory experience and skills

·         Dedication to cultivating workplace culture within and across teams

·         Strong project management experience with managing complex projects and strategic plans that ensure project success.

·         At least 5 years of experience and a Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree or equivalent preferred)

·         School district leadership experienced preferred

 

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.

 

Travel:
This position does not require travel at this time.

Salary and Benefits:

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

 

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 James M. Paul at james.paul@tn.gov.  Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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: Chief Operating Officer

Reports To: Deputy Commissioner, Operations

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education

710 James Robertson Parkway            

Nashville, TN 37243

Last Revised Date: 10/13/2020

 

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

Position Summary:         

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) serves as a leader over three divisions—Finance, Information Technology, and District Operations— and reports to the Deputy Commissioner to ensure operational supports are delivered consistently, at high quality, and with focus on accuracy, timeliness, and completeness. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) also ensures that all Finance, Information Technology, and District Operations operations align robustly to the department’s strategic plan and both internal and external stakeholders are supported in their partnerships and implementations. This individual must be solutions-oriented, collaborative, strategic, and organized.

The Office of the Chief Operating Officer include the divisions of Finance, Information Technology, and District Operations.  While maintaining an unwaivering commitment to what is best for students, the Chief Operating Officer manages day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives across these divisions, establishing and maintaining coherence and collaboration, and ensuring divisional supports meet stakeholder needs, meet performance benchmarks, and align to strategic outcomes.  This work requires the navigation and management of state government contexts—both within the Tennessee Department of Education and to other aligned state agencies, governmental bodies and entities, and local education agencies—and programmatic goals of the department to continuously improve service delivery while following and bolstering internal controls.  The role requires dynamic leadership responsive to day-to-day issues while also continuing to build office culture and alignment to the strategic vision to meet long-term goals to advance educational outcomes for students in Tennessee.

Preferred Qualifications:

·         10+ Years of Operations and/or Strategic Management

·         High level of personal responsibility, optimism, and judgment

·         Commitment to excellence and problem-solving

·         Ability to prioritize critical tasks

·         Ability to collaborate effectively with others

·         Dedication to cultivating workplace culture

·         Strong communication and interpersonal skills

·         Graduate degree in relevant field preferred

·         Experience in education preferred

Stakeholders:

The position will work closely with the Deputy Commissioner, Operations and the assistant commissioners of Finance, Information Technology, and District Operations to deliver supports to the following key stakeholder groups among others:

·         Commissioner

·         Department Cabinet: Includes all chiefs across the department

·         Department Executive Leadership Team: Includes all assistant commissioners

·         Office of the Governor

·         General Assembly

·         Local Education Agency (LEAs) Leadership

·         External Organization: Includes partners, vendors, philanthropies/foundations, etc.

 

Strategic Initiatives:

·         Fiscal Strategy and Management: The Chief Operating Officer, in collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer, will develop and manage strategic budgeting and fiscal management and will:

o   Ensure strong state fiscal stewardship of funds by developing and managing organizational budgets;

o   Refine programmatic approaches to budget management through agency-wide training and culture-building on the use of budget dashboards to ensure appropriate spenddown against budgets;

o   Lead collaboration with divisions across the agency—including closely with the Performance Management Division—to ensure alignment between budgets and project and process plans;

o   Analyze grants management to ensure streamlined strategies are leveraged across the agency and out to districts to maximize flexibilities and alignment to strategic initiatives;

o   Manage the codification and continuous improvement of project and process plans to advance the organization’s strategic vision;

o   Provide high-quality supports to local education agencies; and

o   Develop strategies for  the reallocation of unspent funds throughout the fiscal year based on return on investment measures in collaboration with the Performance Management Division.

 

·         Information Technology Strategy and Management: The Chief Operating Officer, in collaboration with the Chief Information Officer, will develop and manage strategic technology initiatives including, but not limited to:

o   Strategic development—including managing interagency collaboration and coherence—and rollout of a rigorous online tool to support teachers, parents, and other stakeholders;

o   Update and provide strategic vision for a renewed education information and data platform, including technological capability and managing data privacy policy;

o   Provide strategic support and vision around technological capacity, training, and development needed for the organization to meet its strategic goals as it transitions to a largely work-from-home organization;

o   Manage the codification and continuous improvement of project and process plans to advance the organization’s strategic vision; and

o   Analyze information technology supports to districts to ensure alignment to overall strategic plan, adapting to new district needs based on context, and leveraging federal funds to meet district needs.

 

·         District Operations Strategy and Management: The Chief Operating Officer, in collaboration with the Assistant Commissioner, District Operations, will develop and manage strategic initiatives related to supporting districts including, but not limited to:

o   Ensuring high-quality, consistent services are provided to districts and are aligned to federal funding requirements;

o   Collaborating with other state agencies across the state of Tennessee to ensure the quality development and implementation of integrated projects;

o   Providing strategic support and vision around school safety, nutrition, transporation, and coordinated school health;

o   Manage the codification and continuous improvement of project and process plans to advance the organization’s strategic vision; and

o   Continuously analyze and improve supports to districts aligned to the strategic plan and ensure strong communication and partnership between the state department and local education agencies.

 

·         External Stakeholder Management: The Chief Operating Officer, in collaboration with the Deputy Commissioner, Operations, will partner with the Office of the Governor, the Tennessee State Legislature, other state agencies, philanthropic partners, and local education agencies to:

o   Co-develop and manage cross-cutting projects between multiple state agencies;

o   Provide the Office of the Governor and the Tennessee State Legislature answers to requests, policy and legislative proposal analyses, and other services as requested; and

o   Identify and leverage philanthropic opportunities to further the goals of the strategic plan.

 

·         Internal Management:  The Chief Operating Officer will serve on the Cabinet and play a key role in ensuring the department’s operations continue to work as efficiently as possible in the service of programmatic goals.  This will include leadership over high-profile initiatives or issues as they arise, the development of unique project plans aligned to strategic plans, and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to problem solve in a variety of contexts.

o   Customer Focus: A consistent consideration of the needs of internal and external customers, to provide service at a high level of quality, and to evaluate customer satisfaction

o   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

 

Essential Functions:

·         Serve as a member of Cabinet, setting and owning organization visioning, strategy, and outcomes

·         Make critical decisions—in consultation with the Deputy Commissioner, Operations, the Commissioner, and Cabinet—to advance educational outcomes for students in Tennessee

·         Build office culture—both virtually and in-person—to innovate and develop collaborative solutions to critical problems

·         Manage the codification and continuous improvement of project and process plans to advance the organization’s strategic vision

·         Continuously analyze and improve supports to districts aligned to the strategic plan and ensure strong communication and partnership between the state department and local education agencies

·         Manage three divisions—Finance, Information Technology, and District Operations—using performance management structures to meet organizational strategic performance and long-term outcomes and goals

·         Lead and manage the fiscal health of the agency, including with robust measures of return on investments aligned to performance management structures

·         Lead and manage the development of information technology systems and supports, both at the state and local levels, designed to efficiently meet requirements and robustly serve students’ academic needs

·         Support district operations essential for child wellbeing, including guidance, technical assistance, grants management, federal and state compliance, and partner/vendor management in the areas of nutrition, safety, transportation, and physical health

·         Provide key updates to Deputy Commissioner and Cabinet to ensure cross-divisional alignment within the department and to ensure agency leadership is well-informed at all times

·         Liaise with other state agencies to ensure opportunities for collaboration are surfaced and leveraged to improve services to Tennessee studentsDevelop and manage strategic budgets aligned to strategic programmatic projects in collaboration with the Deputy Commissioner, Operations and Chief Financial Officer

·         Perform other duties as assigned to address agency needs

 

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.

 

Travel:
This position does not require travel at this time.

Salary and Benefits:

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

 

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 James M. Paul at james.paul@tn.gov.  Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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.

Office: Districts & Schools

Division: Federal Programs & Oversight

Position: Connected Literacy Family and Vendor Liaison

Classification (Payroll Title): Education Consultant 2

Position Number: 116115

Reports To: Connected Literacy Grant Manager

 

Position Summary

The Tennessee Department of Education’s Connected Literacy Family Liaison is responsible for supporting the implementation of the Connected Literacy: Engaging Parents as Partners grant project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Rethinking K-12 Education Models grant. The primary goal of the Connected Literacy project is to remediate and accelerate literacy development through parent choice by providing vital early grades literacy support for our youngest students (grades 1-3) who were most impacted by the COVID-19 school closures. This initiative will offer microgrants to families to access instruction and tutoring grounded in Tennessee’s Foundational Skills Curriculum.

The Connected Literacy Family Liaison will be responsible for serving as the primary point of contact for Tennessee families participating in the Connected Literacy program by providing technical assistance to parents and managing a dedicated email account responding to all parent inquiries. The Connected Literacy Family Liaison will report to the Connected Literacy Grant Manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

·         Serve as primary point of contact for families of students participating in the program.

·         Manage family “matching” with providers, in collaboration with the Grant Manager.

·         Assist families with the enrollment and registration process.

·         Participate in observations of vendor/student literacy sessions.

·         Troubleshoot difficulties with the family survey.

·         Provide program and vendor support to Connected Literacy Grant Manager.

·         Support the Connected Literacy Advisory Committee (consisting of families and educators) in collecting input on services provided in the initial list of approved providers and throughout the project.

·         Connect families with the department’s literacy resources via the At-Home Reading series.

·         Provide virtual presentations to families - sharing suite of family resources and targeted supports.

·         Engage regularly with families to foster relationship building.

·         Provide high levels of customer service and technical assistance for families.

 

Qualifications

·         Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

·         General working knowledge of current literacy trends and practices (i.e., Science of Reading).

·         Familiarity with the department’s Online Literacy Tool and At-Home Reading Series.

·         Willingness to be certified in literacy via a department-developed protocol/program.

·         Preferred minimum of three years of experience in education or related field.

·         Travel is required; must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

·         Experience supporting families with educational needs and with family-centered communications

·         Required skills include:

o   strong verbal and written communication skills;

o   customer-focused orientation, including:

§  meeting the expectations and requirements of customers,

§  using customer feedback for improvements in products and services,

§  demonstrating active listening skills with customers,

§  establishing and maintaining effective relationships with customers— gains their trust and respect, and

§  responding to customer feedback, criticisms, and complaints with appropriate actions.

o   critical thinking and problem solving;

o   exercising good judgment that is justified with data and research;

o   results and achievement orientation, i.e., consistently produces high quality work; and

o   must be a good steward of time, talent, and resources.

 

Salary & Benefits

The salary range is $50,000-$60,000 and is commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. This position is available during the performance period of the grant, which ends July 30, 2023.

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to: Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Please list Connected Literacy Family Liaison in the subject of your email.

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: Senior Director of Professional Learning and Leadership

Last Revised Date: 1/23/21

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 Leadership is a member of the Professional Learning Team within the Office of Human Capital. The person in this role will drive key processes and design key content used to achieve our Human Capital vision for Tennessee to be the top state to become and remain a teacher and leader. Leadership development content creation and facilitation for groups of Principals, Assistant Principal, and Instructional Supervisors is the core work for this role.

Minimum Qualifications

-          School based leadership experience (assistant principal of instruction or instructional coach required; principal or district leadership preferred)

-          Experience coaching, managing, and developing school-based teammates including teachers, coaches, and leaders

-          Significant experience planning and facilitating professional development for educators

-          Proven school-based student growth and achievement outcomes that are the result of applicant’s leadership practices

-          Strong knowledge base that aligns with key department priorities including early literacy foundational skills, high quality instructional materials, whole child supports, and educator preparation and retention

Essential Functions

-          Professional learning content creation

o   Create leadership development focused professional learning content that is used in both live online sessions and asynchronous modules for various leadership cohorts across our state

o   Create online asynchronous teacher professional development resources

o   Collaborate with various teams across the department to support their content being accessed through professional development events

-          Endorsement pathway planning and coordination

o   Oversee department created endorsement pathways

o   Ensure course content is continually improving

o   Monitor participant effectiveness data to ensure programs are rigorous and successful

o   Manage scoring systems and ensure participant scoring is normed

-          Adult learning training and development

o   Facilitate department wide training on adult learning best practices

o   Review professional development and training materials being released by the department and provide feedback and coaching around content creation and execution

o   Analyze department adult learning impact and effectiveness data and run continuous improvement processes

-          Other leadership development and professional learning responsibilities as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·         Project planning and management:

o   plan and implement large scale, statewide projects through multiple layers of a delivery chain

o   independently balance multiple projects and workstreams while meeting deadlines across projects

·         Communication:

o   Capacity to clearly and effectively present to audiences of various sizes that include multiple stakeholders

·         Relationship building:

o   build and maintain positive and effective working relationships with teammates on Professional Leaning, within Human Capital, and across other teams withing the department

o   build and maintain positive and effective working relationships with districts, instructional staff, vendors, and external partners

·         Backwards planning:

o   set goals for various project and work streams and backwards plan to ensure timelines, milestones, formative, and summative metrics are achieved along the way

o   Capacity to breakdown large goals into key content that drives development work

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

 

Supervisory Responsibility

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
No travel is required for this role at this time.

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

To Apply

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

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

 

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

The District Regional Health & Wellbeing Consultant provides assistance and support to school districts on the implementation of the CDC’s school-based COVID-19 guidance, as well as coordinating with school districts to increase school-based supports for students. This includes coordination on improving physical education, physical activity, and healthy eating, along with providing statewide support on the management of students with chronic health conditions while practicing social distancing measures. The district regional consultant will provide support to school districts with high risk and vulnerable populations. The district regional consultant is responsible for carrying out the evaluation requirements specified in the evaluation plan.

Please note: we are hiring one consultant per CORE (Centers of Regional Excellence) region for a total of 8 consultants. We have the following regions still available: South Central and Southeast. You can reference CORE regions here.

Responsibilities:

 

  • Develop and support execution of partnership plans with districts aimed at improving systems and structures for school-based supports for the physical and mental health of students.
  • Partner with local health and educational stakeholders, both virtually and in person, by supporting decision- making to districts in developing, revising, coordinating, and implementing plans to maintain the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff aligned to the CDC’s school-based COVID-19 guidance.
  • Provide regional training and workshop opportunities to district leaders to support professional learning and networking.
  • Collaborate with other divisions in the department to ensure coherent support and engage in collaborative learning.
  • Coordinate, facilitate, and provide assistance through quarterly regional meetings and virtual communications on the implementation of the CDC’s school-based COVID-19 guidance.
  • Develop and conduct a landscape analysis on needs around PE/PA, healthy eating, and the management of chronic health conditions for districts across the state and those with significant vulnerable populations to inform supports.
  • Provide information for the management of chronic health conditions, physical education, physical activity, and health eating through monthly newsletters.
  • Collaborate and engage with local health departments and other local organizations to mitigate risks for vulnerable populations.
  • Collaborate with Centers of Regional Excellence and Coordinated School Health staff at the Tennessee Department of Education to report lessons learned from the ground and to provide additional context for state response.
  • Provide videos demonstrating proper social distancing during PE classes, physical activity in the classroom, and healthy eating.
  • Provide videos demonstrating the management of chronic health conditions in conjunction with the CDC 1801 grant evaluator, Focused Fitness.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders to provide support for districts and schools to increase the capacity to implement, sustain, and improve effective mental health services.

 

Qualifications:

 

·         Master’s degree (preferred)

·         A minimum of 3 years’ experience in related field, i.e. education, health

·         Strong oral and written communication skills

·         Experience leading and managing projects and/or teams at the school or district level

·         Demonstrated success in building strong internal and external relationships to coordinate partnership opportunities between district/school leaders and local stakeholders

·         Strong organizational skills, project management experience and a track record of achieving milestones

·         Grants management– tracking deliverables, assuring compliance, timely reporting

·         Experience in writing and delivering high-impact presentations and training modules—both in-person and over virtual platforms

·         Experience coaching others for improvement

·         Data collection and interpretation skills

Knowledge and Skills:

·         Deep working knowledge of Tennessee Department of Education’s Best for All Strategy

·         Deep working knowledge of trauma informed and ACES (preferred)

·         Ability to articulate the role health and mental health have in academic achievement

·         Ability to recognize and suggest appropriate strategies for engaging students and staff according to school-based CDC COVID-19 guidance and state/local health regulations

·         Ability to use coaching to assist district and school leaders in implementing school-based CDC COVID-19 guidance

·         Ability to generate research-based, action-oriented recommendations for school and district leaders

·         Ability to facilitate cross team collaborations within the department and with local stakeholders

Note: This position is funded through a combination of grant funds from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  The positions, tied to the grant funds, are currently slated for a two year period aligned to the grant period of availability.

To Apply:

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

Job Title: Early Literacy Coordinator

Department: Office of Academics, Standards and Materials Division

Classification (Payroll Title):  EDCON 4

Position Number:  New Position number (Literacy Bill)

Reports to:  Sr Director of Early Literacy Strategy

Last Revised Date:  January 25, 2021

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. 

Position Summary: The Early Literacy Coordinator will support the implementation of key structures in the 2021literacy bill and the Reading 360 programming to ensure that all Tennessee children learn to read. This role will support the early literacy team in ensuring that foundational skills literacy instruction models, materials, resources and supports are available through the online literacy tool and in a variety of formats for districts, families, and students.

Position Role and Responsibilities:

  • Support the development and maintain of district implementation models on the online literacy tool.
  • Coordinate the development of model district foundational skills literacy plans and ensure the collection structure for district foundational skills literacy plans is efficient for districts.
  • Review foundational skills literacy plans, provide feedback to districts, and identify districts as exemplars and needing assistance for CORE literacy teams.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for foundational skills literacy programming, project teams, and liaison to internal agency partners.
  • Provide coordinated support to vendor management of statewide foundational skills resources to support early literacy networks.
  • Support the roll out and effective implementation of the Foundational Skill IPG.
  • Collaborate with internal and external project teams to ensure foundational skills programming is consistent across the rollout of early childhood and standards and materials initiatives.
  • Participate in professional learning opportunities and other state, regional, and local meetings as assigned
  • Support special projects as requested

The ideal candidate is a self-motivated and detail-oriented leader with a strong background in foundational skills, high-quality materials, and project management.  Candidates should believe that all children can learn to read and that foundational skills instruction provides equitable opportunities for all students to learn to read.

Qualifications:

·         Exhibit personal characteristics enabling effective interaction with important constituencies and possess a genuine commitment to the advancement of improved literacy outcomes.

·         Illustrate a knowledge of current literacy practices, instructional strategy, and research to improve literacy rates.

·         Excellent organizational skills, oral and written communications skills, and the ability to articulate the needs, interests and accomplishments of the department to a wide range of audiences.

·         Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing priorities.

·         Dedication to cultivating a positive workplace culture within a virtual workplace.

·         Commitment to communicating regularly with parents and other community stakeholders, seeking their support and advice, to create a cooperative relationship for student support.

Knowledge of:

·         Deep knowledge and experience with foundational skills research.

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

·         Demonstrated understanding of the change process necessary at both a state and district level to impact student outcomes.

·         Ability to communicate the importance of high-quality instructional materials and clear connections between HQIM and early literacy instruction.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Master’s degree in education policy, literacy, curriculum development, or related field preferred.

·         5+ years of state-level literacy experience or equivalent.

·         Strong background in literacy research and current foundational skills theory, PreK-2 literacy required.

·         Strong background in large-scale project management, public policy strategy, and district change.

Salary and Benefits:

The annual salary is commensurate with qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume 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.

Job Title: Early Literacy Coordinator

Department: Office of Academics, Standards and Materials Division

Classification (Payroll Title):  EDCON 4

Position Number:  New Position number (Literacy Bill)

Reports to:  Sr Director of Early Literacy Strategy

Last Revised Date:  January 25, 2021

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. 

Position Summary: The Early Literacy Coordinator will support the implementation of key structures in the 2021literacy bill and the Reading 360 programming to ensure that all Tennessee children learn to read. This role will support the early literacy team in ensuring that foundational skills literacy instruction models, materials, resources and supports are available through the online literacy tool and in a variety of formats for districts, families, and students.

Position Role and Responsibilities:

  • Support the development and maintain of district implementation models on the online literacy tool.
  • Coordinate the development of model district foundational skills literacy plans and ensure the collection structure for district foundational skills literacy plans is efficient for districts.
  • Review foundational skills literacy plans, provide feedback to districts, and identify districts as exemplars and needing assistance for CORE literacy teams.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for foundational skills literacy programming, project teams, and liaison to internal agency partners.
  • Provide coordinated support to vendor management of statewide foundational skills resources to support early literacy networks.
  • Support the roll out and effective implementation of the Foundational Skill IPG.
  • Collaborate with internal and external project teams to ensure foundational skills programming is consistent across the rollout of early childhood and standards and materials initiatives.
  • Participate in professional learning opportunities and other state, regional, and local meetings as assigned
  • Support special projects as requested

The ideal candidate is a self-motivated and detail-oriented leader with a strong background in foundational skills, high-quality materials, and project management.  Candidates should believe that all children can learn to read and that foundational skills instruction provides equitable opportunities for all students to learn to read.

Qualifications:

·         Exhibit personal characteristics enabling effective interaction with important constituencies and possess a genuine commitment to the advancement of improved literacy outcomes.

·         Illustrate a knowledge of current literacy practices, instructional strategy, and research to improve literacy rates.

·         Excellent organizational skills, oral and written communications skills, and the ability to articulate the needs, interests and accomplishments of the department to a wide range of audiences.

·         Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing priorities.

·         Dedication to cultivating a positive workplace culture within a virtual workplace.

·         Commitment to communicating regularly with parents and other community stakeholders, seeking their support and advice, to create a cooperative relationship for student support.

Knowledge of:

·         Deep knowledge and experience with foundational skills research.

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

·         Demonstrated understanding of the change process necessary at both a state and district level to impact student outcomes.

·         Ability to communicate the importance of high-quality instructional materials and clear connections between HQIM and early literacy instruction.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Master’s degree in education policy, literacy, curriculum development, or related field preferred.

·         5+ years of state-level literacy experience or equivalent.

·         Strong background in literacy research and current foundational skills theory, PreK-2 literacy required.

·         Strong background in large-scale project management, public policy strategy, and district change.

Salary and Benefits:

The annual salary is commensurate with qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume 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.

Department: Finance

Classification (Payroll Title): EC3

Position Number: 00101540

Reports to: Senior Director, Local Finance

Last Revised Date: 12.16.20

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 local finance team is seeking a data manager role to support the foundational work within the local finance team. The team is responsible for student enrollment data used in determining both federal and state allocations to LEAs, as well as reporting financial and non-financial data to federal and state agencies, and internal stakeholders.

The finance data manager will support this fast-paced work throughout the entire team, including providing student enrollment data for allocations, report card and annual statistical report files, federal reporting and various other special requests.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Essential Functions

·         Prepare student data information for allocations of federal and state funds

·         Prepare and submit annual NCES and F33 reports

·         Oversee team contracts with outside vendors

·         Provide support to districts in the submission of district-level student data to the state

·         Providing other support to the division as requested.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

• Strong attention to detail and organizational skills

• 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

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

• Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

• Strong analytical and critical thinking skills

• Proactive in researching and proposing solutions to perceived problems

• Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel (Can readily use lookups, pivot tables, and compound formulas)

• Basic knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint preferred

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

• Strong oral communication skills

 

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
No travel is required for this role at this time.

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

To Apply

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

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

 

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

Department: Finance

Classification (Payroll Title): EC2

Position Number: 00017499

Reports to: Director, Grants Management

Last Revised Date: 1.4.21

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 grants management team is seeking a fiscal grants manager to support the foundational work within the grants management team. The team is responsible for allocations of federal special education funds, grants management and support, contract management and other fiscal support of districts in the area of federal grants, including equipment disposition and fiscal technical assistance. The fiscal grants manager will support this fast-paced work throughout the grants team, including providing fiscal support for all federal grants and contracts, as well as special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

Essential Functions

·         Providing support to districts in the area of federal grants, primarily IDEA grants (budget review and approval, revision review and approval, technical support fiscal areas of grants)

·         Running reports in primary financial system (Edison) and grants management system (ePlan)

·         Providing review of contract provisions and payment of invoices against the contracts

·         Providing review of surplus equipment disposition by LEAs

·         Providing other support to the division as requested.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

•         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

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

•         Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

•         Strong analytical and critical thinking skills

•         Proactive in researching and proposing solutions to perceived problems

•         Strong attention to detail and organizational skills 

 

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
No travel is required for this role at this time.

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

To Apply

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

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

 

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

Department: Finance

Classification (Payroll Title): Auditor 3

Position Number: 00068605

Reports to: Director, Internal Audit

Last Revised Date: 12.14.20

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:

Under general supervision, an internal auditor 3 will work independently or lead a small team to perform audits of the department of education, agencies, institutions, or schools. Will also lead or perform audits of entities receiving state or federal funds to determine statutory compliance. Auditor may be assigned to uniquely difficult audits, such as fraud investigations and special requests from department senior leadership.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required. Accounting or similar analytical focused business degree strongly preferred. Minimum three years of full-time increasingly responsible professional auditing experience required. Professional certification(s) such as CPA or CFE preferred.

Essential Functions

·         Audits in compliance with IIA Red Book, GAGAS Yellow Book, and COSO Green Book standards.

·         Examines documentation, managerial practices, policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.

·         Reviews the work of other auditors to ensure accuracy and completion.

·         Reviews departmental risk assessment documentation to ensure compliance with the Financial Integrity Act.

·         Analyzes internal controls for adequacy.

·         Analyzes extent and severity of discrepancies in order to make recommendations.

·         Researches and interprets federal, state, and department policies, procedures, rules, and regulations to develop an audit program for testing.

·         Interviews auditees to gain an understanding of their operations.

·         Prepares draft audit narrative reports to clearly audit results and recommendations for corrective actions.

·         Attends professional development and continuing education courses as required.

·         Serves as a subject matter expert for specific parts of internal audit work.

·         Establishes and maintains personal contacts with departmental officials, supervisory staff, employees, external auditors, and others to foster good will and enhance trust.

·         Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·         Exceptional critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

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

• Strong attention to detail.

• Excellent documentation skills and organization skills

• Strong written and verbal communication skills.

• Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision.

• Ability to work on multiple projects at once.

• Strong time management and task prioritization skills.

• Strong customer service and relationship building skills.

• Ability to remain focused and efficient in a remote working environment.

• Intermediate skills in Microsoft Excel (Can readily use lookups and pivot tables)

• Proficient in other Microsoft Office software packages (including Word, SharePoint, PowerPoint).

• Looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answers.

• Proactive in researching and proposing solutions to perceived problems.

• Gets more done in less time than others.

• Uncompromisingly ethical behavior.

 

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
No travel is required for this role at this time.

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

To Apply

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

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

 

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

Department: Office of Academics, Standards and Materials Division

Classification (Payroll Title):  EDCon 4

Position Number:  New Position number (Learning Loss Bill)

Reports to: Senior Director of Learning Acceleration

Last Revised Date:  January 25, 2021

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. 

Position Summary: The Learning Acceleration Coordinator will support the execution of the statewide summer and tutoring programs for the state of Tennessee. This role will ensure that all students have the opportunity to learning successfully and be able to meet their future goals and dreams. This role will be positioned within the Office of Academics and will support the Senior Director of Learning acceleration and her/his implementation of a coherent learning acceleration strategy across the state of Tennessee.

Essential Duties and Minimum Position Responsibilities:

·         Demonstrates a passion for and an unwavering commitment to ensure all students have equitable learning experiences and are on-track to be successful.

·         Serves as a subject matter expert in learning recovery and learning acceleration in the Tennessee Department of Education.

·         Reviews summer school content and tutoring content and develops guidance, supports, and overview tools for districts to implement as well as provide feedback to vendors in the development of high-quality content.

·         Ensure K-8 tutoring, tutoring training, and tutor competency testing resources are integrated into the LMS system and the BFAC tool.

·         Develop communication reports for tutor candidates and ensure LMS system provides appropriate documentation for successful course completion.

·         Tracks summer school programming district staffing, student enrollment, and pre- and post-benchmarking data.  

·         Provide integration of student support resources for students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students with Dyslexia.

·         Provide technical support for districts, tutors, and other stakeholders in use of summer school and tutoring materials.

·         Develop strong relationships within project teams for the student acceleration project.

 

Qualifications:

·         Strong background in tutoring, learning recovery, and/or summer school programming.

·         Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field, Master’s preferred

·         Experience as an administrator, instructional specialist or instructional coach, with a record of success achieving clearly-defined outcomes.

·         Excellent organization and ability to meet deadlines; strong detail orientation

·         Very strong oral and written communication skills

·         Ability to build positive relationships with diverse team members and stakeholders in a virtual setting

·         Ability to use sound judgment to identify and creatively solve problems with a solutions-oriented, “whatever it takes” mindset.

Knowledge of:

·         Deep knowledge and experience with high quality instructional materials and instructional practice.

·         High-dosage tutoring design and implementation

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

·         Ability to communicate the importance of learning acceleration for students to achieve their long-term learning goals.

Skills to:

·         Communication and presentations for multiple stakeholders.

·         Establish and maintain effective working relationships with districts, instructional staff, vendors, and external partners.

·         Execute towards outcomes and use project management tools to meet ambitious goals.

·         Implementation of large projects through multiple layers of a delivery chain.

·         Manage multiple vendor teams towards sustainable outcomes over time.

 

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume 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.

Department: Office of the Commissioner

Classification (Payroll Title): EDUC PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR 1

Position Number: 00077980

Reports to: Commissioner

Last Revised Date: 2.11.21

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 Tennessee Department of Education (“department”) received a significant amount of federal funding from the CARES Act (specifically allocations through ESSER and GEER). As a result, the department must manage the programmatic launch and implementation of a number of new and high-priority initiatives, totaling in excess of $250M. These initiatives are statewide and intended to positively impact student achievement in the state at a critical time. While the department is separately utilizing existing and new staff to monitor and report on spending and draw-downs related to ESSER and GEER funding in the CARES Act, the Commissioner also needs a senior project manager to specifically focus on efficient and quality implementation of the programmatic work being funded. The launch and implementation of a robust set of projects in the department requires strong programmatic project management to ensure on-time delivery, high-quality work product, cross-team collaboration, and effective communication. This position will be responsible for developing cohesive project plans and work plans geared towards bringing together different pieces of work into one plan at the agency level; managing the movement of that work to meet the stated timelines; reviewing the work products in collaboration with the commissioner; providing regular information and updates for commissioner review; managing and overseeing the feedback and implementation process; hosting and coordinating efficient work groups; and other deliverables as needed.  This work will cover strategic priority areas in Best for All, new CARES Act-funded programs, as well as prioritized projects from the Commissioner. This will also include the weekly review and management of regular trackers in the agency to flag areas of progress and concern, for discussion with the commissioner.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         5+ years of project management, or 5+ years of education management experience with a record of success

·         Strong background in large-scale project or initiative implementation

·         Experience managing teams, especially work that required managing other managers

                                                                  

Essential Functions:

1.       Develop coherent and comprehensive project plans and work plans related to the projects

2.       Develop and implement a project management structure with Cabinet members and the commissioner, inclusive of a reporting structure to the commissioner on a weekly basis

3.       Develops and implements a product review process for project-related deliverables

4.       Tracks movement of work to meet stated timelines and milestones

5.       Communicates clear, specific, and understandable expectations for various project deliverables

6.       Facilitates efficient meetings, as needed, to move project deliverables forward and in a way with clear, quantifiable outcomes noted

7.       Provides strong communication to the commissioner, deputy commissioner, chief of staff, cabinet members, and executive leadership team members on critical deliverables and their impact on stakeholders and outcomes for students

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

·         Project Management: Ability to create and manage against coherent project plans and work plans

·         Achievement Orientation: Ability to focus on end goal and adjust course as needed along the way

·         Communication Skills: Strong written and oral communication skills

·         Big Picture Orientation: Understands and navigates priorities of own role and department within larger context

·         Detail Orientation: Excellent organization and ability to meet deadlines

·         Relationship Builder: Ability to build positive relationships with diverse team members and stakeholders.

·         Service Orientation: Understands a students-first approach and our role as an agency of service to Tennesseans

·         Data and Outcomes Driven: Operates with an outcomes-orientation and data-driven mindset

Supervisory Responsibility:

This role is responsible for managing multiple teams within the Academics and Instructional Strategies Division.

Work Environment:

The duties of this role 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. Work from home within the state of Tennessee is an option for this position.

 

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 (~15-25%) across the state required. A driver’s license and reliable transportation is 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 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.

Full Time Openings: Preferred Service

Please note that applicants for these openings must apply through the link to the Department of Human Resources site provided in the job description by the date noted. No exceptions will be made.

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.