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

Full-Time Openings

Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS) provides early intervention services for infants and toddlers, birth through two years of age, with disabilities and their families according to the federal regulation requirements in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C – Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities [34 CFR Parts 300 and 303] and Rulemaking Hearing Rules of the State Board of Education, Chapter 0520-1-10, TEIS.

The Assistant Commissioner of TEIS will be positioned within the Office of the Chief District Officer and will focus on building a strong, regional support model for the implementation and oversight of a statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency system. The TEIS division is comprised of nine regional offices and a central staff located in Nashville.

The Assistant Commissioner will possess a growth mindset- with strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills. This position should have experience managing large teams comprised of both regional and local team members. This individual would preferably have experience in contracts, performance management, and federal education grants.

Responsibilities:

Vendor Management

  • Develop and oversee the TEIS contractual processes for early intervention resource agencies (EIRAs) and vendors
  • Manage the generation and implementation of the TEIS system of payment policies
  • Facilitate and ensure implementation and maintenance of state departments’ interagency agreement to facilitate the provision of early intervention services between all early childhood agencies

Program Implementation, Oversight and Grants Management

  • Promote the primary goal of early intervention by providing support and education to families of children with disabilities
  • Serve as liaison with U.S. Department of Education for the oversight of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C
  • Oversee TEIS budget obligations and expenditures (state, federal and interdepartmental funding) to ensure funds are appropriately obligated and liquidated within the period of performance
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive monitoring framework focused on compliant and effective programs
  • Oversee and review the submission of the annual performance report (APR) and the state systemic improvement plan (SSIP)
  • Review, facilitate, and update policies and procedures for early intervention services
  • Oversee and review all administrative complaints for Part C in collaboration with the part C monitoring coordinator according to IDEA procedural safeguards guidelines
  • Collect and utilize early childhood outcomes (ECO) and family survey data for children, birth through age two, with disabilities in order to inform decisions and analyze the effectiveness of early childhood services and programs
  • Pursue a strong evidence base in special education and early childhood practices to improve practices and program outcomes
  • Perform general administrative responsibilities and duties including, but not limited to, leading regularly-scheduled staff meetings and check-ins; holding teams accountable for project and work plans; providing actionable feedback as part of the HR evaluation process

Collaboration and Coordination with Other Programs and Initiatives

·          Collaborate and communicate with the division of special populations and student support assistant commissioner regarding department of education (DOE) and department of special populations and student support initiatives

·          Oversee the strategic coordination of the Part C (TEIS) system with initiatives and programs in other state and federal agencies

·          Participate in and provide support to the state interagency coordinating council (SICC) for the role of the council in supporting a Part C (TEIS) service delivery system where families are supported, empowered, and connected with other families, parent advocates, early intervention service providers in order to fully participate in the decisions made regarding their child’s special needs

Outreach and Communication to Stakeholder Groups

  • Cultivate strong relationships and open communication with TEIS district offices, LEAs, early intervention providers, families, early childhood advocacy groups and early childhood advisory councils
  • Clearly communicate early childhood IDEA programs mission, initiatives, directives, federal and state requirements to all stakeholders (i.e., TEIS staff, families, local education agencies (LEAs), early intervention providers, other state departments, and others in the early childhood community) via printed materials, website, conference calls, webex and in person
  • Increase public awareness efforts in identification of young children in need of TEIS services by targeting the fifteen most distressed counties in Tennessee
  • Oversee of the facilitation of communication between Part C and Part B, Section 619 at state and local level including TEIS POEs, LEAs, families, early intervention providers and the early childhood community
  • Ensure the timely collection and distribution of evidence-based information regarding early intervention services to the public

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (minimum) in relevant field
  • Three years’ experience with federal grants (IDEA preferred)
  • Three years’ experience with contract/vendor management
  • Supervisory experience/skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to use computer technology (Windows, Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Effective organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (oral and written) with the ability to differentiate to various audiences
  • Commitment to collaboration
  • Experience managing large-scale, long-term projects
  • High level of personal responsibility, optimism, and teamwork

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 Dr. Eve Carney via Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Job Title: Azure DevOps Engineer

Department: Information Systems

Classification (Payroll Title): Application Architect

Position Number: 70281

Reports to: Vijay Gollapudi

Last Revised Date: 12.11.2019

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 Azure DevOps Engineer will be responsible for configuring and monitoring the Azure environment to support the goals and objects of the Tennessee Department of Education. The position will ensure the data center platforms are secure, reliable, high performing, and adhering to the best practices and proven methodologies. The position will be responsible for the integration of new technical services and be the subject matter expert on all department infrastructure (IaaS and PaaS) items.

Minimum Qualifications:

·       Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or equivalent industry experience

·       Must have senior level experience in cloud infrastructure management, including IaaS, PaaS, and containerization

 

Essential Functions

1.      Maintenance and support of cloud data center operations, architecture, server and network services, software, and applications

2.     Work with the development teams to implement best practices for continuity of services for the IaaS and PaaS infrastructure on Azure and other cloud platforms

3.     Provide technical expertise and guidance, networking, and operating system expertise, and serve as an escalation resource for all infrastructure needs

4.     Participate in the formulation of polices and implementation of best practices for system security, data protection and privacy

5.     Ensure that the TDOE infrastructure is secure against malware by deploying and monitoring malware protection

6.     Monitor, assess, and report on server resource utilization and usage costs

7.     Coordinate and execute upon approved adjustments and changes that increase performance and availability

8.     Provide ongoing input of capacity requirements in order to align with budget planning

9.     When necessary, work in concert with districts, TDOE staff, and vendors for problem resolution

10. Ensure integrity and availability of data through continuous assessment of data backup and disaster recovery operations

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·       Software and Technical Expertise: Azure Cloud Environment, Azure Active Directory (AAD), Azure Site Recovery (ASR)/Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS)/Geo Redundancy, Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Containerization services, AD synchronization (AAD Connect), Microsoft Cloud App Security, Office 365 Administration, SharePoint Administration

o   Experience with mobile device management (MDM)

o   Strong knowledge of protocols including (but not limited to): NFS, TCP/IP, IPSEC, SSL, FTP, DNS, and authentication protocols

o   Experience with the HTTP/HTTPS at the packet/protocol level

·       Communication Skills: Strong written and verbal communication skills required

·       Customer Service Orientation: Actively seeks ways to help people

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reports To:

Commissioner of Education

Location:

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

Position Description:      

The Tennessee Department of Education (TNDOE) is looking for a talented, driven student-focused individual to be our new Chief of Academic Officer. The TNDOE is beginning a statewide strategic planning process to set ambitious goals to ensure that every student has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares them for post-secondary success.

The Chief of Academic Officer (CAO) is held to a high standard of integrity and professional responsibility and serves as the chief executive responsible for ensuring that the content developed at the department best serves and supports the work happening in our districts. The Chief’s most important role is supporting, developing, coaching, and supervising internal leadership towards a vision of developing resources and managing teams with students, educators, and district processes and sustainability in mind. The resources, services, and supports developed under this leader must be rooted in a clear vision for student achievement and district sustainability. The successful candidate must deeply understand what resources should be developed that will have the most impact in districts and classrooms and have thought through a theory of action to support that strategy.

The Chief Academic Officer will have a large portfolio of work which includes: Special Populations; Early Learning; Standards; Programs; College, Career, and Technical Education; and Teaching and Learning (which includes teacher and leader development as well as supporting our preparation programs).

This individual will be an excellent writer and communicator and be extremely organized. The CAO will serve as a critical resource for teams as they develop plans and deliver on initiatives connected to the upcoming strategic plan. This individual should be organized, detailed oriented, and have strong communications judgment. The ideal candidate should have prior LEA or SEA experience and will sit on the executive leadership team.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage a large team that supports students, standards and educators
  • Identify, refine, and articulate the core components of the academic program in the upcoming TNDOE strategic plan, bringing depth and coherence to the practices and supports of the department in alignment with that plan
  • Implement the department’s organizational and academic priorities and goals in close collaboration with the Chiefs of Districts and Schools
  • Provide leadership, support, and accountability on adopting research-proven, pedagogy and standards-based supports
  • Lead a newly designed special populations team that focuses on holistic supports to all students, and that considers the best way to support students with multiple exceptionalities and needs
  • Lead an early learning team that both continues the strong progress made, but also begins to think about the continuum of a highly effective PK program into a highly effective early elementary system
  • Develops a strong vision around effective middle school programs
  • Lead a standards and programs team that is focused as much on the way that the content can be incorporated into practice and thinks about implementation as a core tenet of the work
  • Lead a CCTE team that continues to push on developing clearly articulated pathways and academic advising opportunities that best matches the student with his or her career field of choice. A clear focus on achievement in all content areas is critical.
  • Lead a teaching and learning team that pushes on excellent preparation, effective transition and mentorship, and ongoing support.
  • Focuses on ensuring that the most effective instructional materials are those that are being adopted in classrooms across the state, in partnership with year-round, effective professional development.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to education equity and an outcomes orientation
  • Ability to balance vision setting, content expertise, and systems-building in a realistic and authentic way
  • Deep instructional and leadership experience or expertise
  • Ability to use data to make decisions, with a performance management orientation
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with others
  • Ability to speak to and hold the line on the critical importance of high expectations through rigorous standards, strong assessments, clear and accurate reporting, and excellent teaching and leadership as the four core tenets needed for growth and achievement
  • At least 5 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree required
  • Work in an LEA a significant plus
  • Teaching experience required
  • Must have strong experience with at least half of the departments overseen, with an overall framework related to high expectations for both content development and implementation

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.
 

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: Director, Charter Schools
Department: School Models & Programs
Classification (Payroll Title): Educational Consultant 4
Position Number: 1004273
Reports to: Assistant Commissioner, School Models & Programs
Last Revised Date:
11.26.2019

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 Director of Charter Schools is charged with implementing state-level programming and policies related to charter schools. This includes managing annual reporting cycles, providing technical assistance and support to Tennessee charter schools, and leading efforts to enhance authorizer capacity. The director should have a strong vision for supporting access to high-quality public school options while maintaining clear standards for accountability and protecting student interests. This position contributes to the strategic priorities by ensuring students and families have access to high quality public school options.
Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree in education, public policy, or a related field preferred
• A professional background in education, with at least five years of charter school experience, preferable in a role that required supervision and oversite

Essential Functions
• Support priority school choice initiatives as part of the Department’s strategic initiative to create choice options for all students, no matter where they live in the state
• Cultivate and maintain strong stakeholder relationships, including with charter school operators, authorizers, advocacy groups, and others
• Cultivate a climate of collaboration and the sharing of best practices between statewide charters, charters and traditional public schools and charters and private schools
• Oversee and continually improve annual reporting processes and cycles for charter school operators and authorizers
• Manage and work to continuously improve the authorization life cycle, including revisions to new charter application materials, renewal applications, annual reporting templates, and guidance documents.
• Develop charter amendment petitions application and rubric materials, and oversee implementation of policies and processes
• Ability to maintain high expectations and rigorous accountability
• Articulate and execute strategic implementation of initiatives aimed at recruiting and expanding high quality charter schools
• Oversee management of state and federal charter school grants, including any applicable contract support
• Support charter school policy development and implementation in coordination with the TDOE policy staff

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
• Outcomes Orientation: Deep commitment to education equity; Ability to maintain high expectations and rigorous accountability
• Strong communication skills: Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills
• Team Orientation: Willingness to contribute at all levels to meet deadlines and complete successful implementation
• Data Orientation: Strong data analysis and Excel skills; uses data regularly to make decisions
• Organizational Skills: Ability to organize and monitor delivering products and results under tight timelines

Supervisory Responsibility
Not at this time

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

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

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

Travel
Some travel around the state is required with this position (estimated 15-20%). 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 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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job Title: Director, Communications
Department: Communications
Classification (Payroll Title): Communications Director
Position Number: 00100254
Reports to: Chief of Staff
Last Revised Date: 11.22.19

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: The Tennessee Department of Education is seeking a Communications Director who can lead a team to drive new insights and actions through effective communication, significant engagement, and transparency. This role contributes to each of the strategic priorities by serving as a conduit of story-telling and key information between stakeholders and the department.

Minimum Qualifications:
• 5+ years relevant experience; experience in both private sector and government a plus
• Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing, public relations or related field
• Superior verbal and written communication skills to clearly articulate thoughts and ideas
• Demonstrated excellence working in a deadline-driven and delivery-focused environment
Essential Functions
• Office of the Governor: Effective, efficient, and responsive communications with the Governor’s Office. Regular updates and the ability to navigate close collaboration and messaging on education-related topics, or any other areas requested.
• Media Relations: The ability to build strong media relations and foster trust that the department is meeting its commitments to transparent and accurate reporting of department activities and decisions. Proactively and successfully generating media attention for the positive work happening in districts and schools. Effective and active social media presence.
• Legislative Relations: Ability to work closely with the Assistant Commissioner of Policy and Legislative Affairs to create effective and personalized collateral and communications with public officials, including proactively reaching out around critical issues in the department.
• District Communication: Solicit regular and clear feedback from districts around the most effective ways to both solicit information and provide updates and information. Develop a close relationship with representative district officials to ensure proactive and immediate communications. Develop strong relationships with district communications directors, through the Director of Communications.
• Web Site Communication: Produce a website that is user-friendly and meets all legal requirements around state regulations and accessibility. Review all vendor-created web materials for effective storytelling and communications practices.
• Internal Communications: Support the Chief of Staff in developing a comprehensive and consistent internal communications operation within the department, so that there is a broad understanding of: (1) department internal activities; (2) department external activities; (3) decision-making rationale and timelines; (4) external activities and potential important issues; (5) media activity; and (6) general understanding of messaging topics and expectations.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
• Time and Project Management: Excellent time and project management skills, with the ability to prioritize critical tasks, manage detail work, and communicate project status effectively to all stakeholders
• Critical Thinking: Demonstrated ability to influence others with the story within the data to make programmatic recommendations and to communicate information in a way that supports informed decision-making aligned to the strategic priorities
• Accountability: High level of personal responsibility, optimism, and judgment
• Service Orientation: A student achievement orientation required
• Management of Personnel Resources: Motivating, developing, and directing people around the work of the Communications team

Supervisory Responsibility
The Communications Director will be responsible for managing the communications team.

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

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

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

Travel
Some travel within the state is required (approximately 15-25%).
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.

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.
 

 

Reports to:        

Commissioner of Education

Location:                             

Andrew Johnson Tower
Nashville, TN 37243

Position Overview:

The director of internal audit manages all financial, compliance, programmatic, or operational internal audit activities with the department of education.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Plans, organizes and directs all auditing activities for the department; directs financial, compliance, program and/or operational audits for the department, including limited scope audits of local education agencies.
  • Develops the department’s internal audit plan for submission and review by the Executive Internal Auditor and the Commissioner of Education.
  • Provides routine updates to the Executive Internal Auditor and the Commissioner of Education.
  • Prepares, or directs the preparation and maintenance, of detailed and complex reports and supporting financial documentation in order to identify legal, financial and/or administrative problems or discrepancies, and recommends methods for improvements.
  • Directs the assignment, training, supervision and evaluation of a professional auditing staff and their work; makes decisions concerning employment, retention, demotion, dismissal and other human resources actions.
  • Directs the development, explanation, interpretation and enforcement of state and federal laws, rules and regulations, audit policies and procedures, and operational procedures; makes decisions on recommendations for change; resolves differences in legal interpretation and application.
  • Directs the coordination of departmental audit activities with the Comptroller of the Treasury and other state and federal agency audit personnel.
  • Establishes and maintains a variety of important personal contacts with division heads, high level managerial personnel, governmental and private agency officials, attorneys, accountants and associates in resolving and correcting major problems uncovered in audits and in dealing with complex and controversial audit findings.
  • Directs special studies and investigations as requested by the department head.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Understanding of the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing developed by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Government Auditing Standards published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
  • Familiarity with the Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government issued by the Comptroller General of the United States or the Internal Control Integrated Framework issued by the Commission of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO).
  • Operational knowledge of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook) products.
  • Working knowledge of accounting principles.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to provide technical guidance and training to end users.
  • Ability to motivate others and promote teamwork.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.

Competencies:

  • Planning
  • Directing Others
  • Functional / Technical Skills
  • Conflict Management
  • Written Communications
  • Comfort Around Higher Management
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Listening
  • Personal Learning
  • Perseverance

Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree in business administration (or related field) preferred.
  • CPA, CFE, CISA, CIA or other relevant professional certifications preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in audit, internal audit, public accounting, or related work.
  • Minimum 2 years experience supervising teams, including building teams, training, mentoring, or supervising professionals.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be based on experience. 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.

Position Title:

Director of Program Management

Reports To:

Chief Information Officer

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway, 12th floor
Nashville, TN 37243

 

Position Description:    

Within the Information Systems Division for the TN Dept of Education, there are several large programs and projects that must be delivered in order to meet the Strategic Goals set forth by the Commissioner and Governor. As such, the role of project management is a critical need in the strategic and tactical success of the division. 

The role of the Director will be to:

  1. Manage and direct large projects and programs within the TN Dept of Education Information Systems Division.
  2. Manage a staff of project managers and business analysts that will be responsible for project delivery. 

Success will be measured by:

  1. All projects within the portfolio are delivered on-time, on-budget, with a high-level of stakeholder satisfaction.
  2. Clear establishment of and demonstrated adherence to Project Management and Agile principles across projects by the Project Management. 

The Director of Program Management is responsible for ensuring that all projects that have an IT component are properly scoped, evaluated for resource needs, work plans/project schedules correctly constructed, and are driven to completion.

 

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement processes for requirements gathering, resource management, dependency management, and stakeholder reporting within an Agile project framework, adapted for the needs of the TDOE.
  • Working with the development teams, develop an Agile framework/process by which all TDOE teams will operate; establishing artifacts, ceremonies, and metrics all development and project teams will adopt.
  • Establishing, staffing and managing a Business Analyst (BA) discipline that will ensure program area requirements/user stories are well defined and effectively communicated.
  • Intake of new Information Systems related projects
  • Prioritization of Information Systems projects, maintaining the overall “roadmap” of delivery for IT as it relates to all program areas.
  • Develop estimates for and assist with the procurement of resource needs to complete projects on-time and on-budget.
  • Promote proper change control processes to ensure audit compliance and accountability.
  • Direct management of the delivery of projects and programs needed to support the Agency.
  • Ensure accurate reporting on project status’ for projects that are outsourced to vendor companies.

Qualifications:

  • The key characteristics we are seeking in this person include:
  • 7-10 years Project Management experience in both Agile and waterfall projects
  • 3-5 years experience leading Agile teams as a Scrum Master or Product Owner
  • Demonstrated experience leading multiple, simultaneous successful IT projects and multi-year program delivery
  • Strong customer service mindset
  • Good communication skills with the ability to simplify the complex
  • Experience with contractor and FTE resources in a matrixed environment
  • Experience managing project portfolio financials
  • Understanding of cloud technologies
  • Recent experience with Microsoft technologies, including; Azure and .NET desired, but not required. 
  • Experience with State Government processes beneficial but not essential

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

Position Title:

Family Engagement and McKinney-Vento Coordinator   

 

Reports To:

Senior Director of ESEA Oversight

 

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education

710 James Robertson Parkway, 12th floor

Nashville, TN 37243

 

Position Description:    

This position is in the Division of Federal Programs and Oversight (FPO) and supports the planning and monitoring functions of the FPO office. The Coordinator is responsible for the oversight of the Title I, Part a Parent and Family Engagement and Title IX McKinney-Vento programs, which includes: overseeing the McKinney-Vento program and Parent and Family Engagement programs, ensuring district compliance, submitting required data and related reports, coordinating and collaborating with a wide variety of stakeholders, and providing high-quality technical assistance and professional development to stakeholders. In addition, the state coordinator oversees the application and award processes for the competitive McKinney-Vento subgrants. This position will report to the Senior Director of ESEA Oversight.

 

Specific Position Responsibilities:

·         Provide support to districts on identifying and serving children and youth experiencing homelessness and on managing compliant programs.

·         Design forms, templates, and resources related to the Parent and Family Engagement and McKinney-Vento programs.

·         Create and deliver presentations at state and regional conferences on related topics.

·         Oversee application process for the Title IX McKinney-Vento program subgrants.

·         Collect subgroup data from districts as required by grants and for CSPR reporting.

·         Provide technical assistance to local education agencies (LEAs) on Parent and Family Engagement and McKinney-Vento programs.

·         Assist FPO with ePlan Consolidated Funding Application review process, including application and budget review for Parent and Family Engagement and Homeless programs and other areas as assigned.

·         Participate in LEA visits for FPO results-based monitoring of LEAs for compliance with federal regulations and effective implementation of federal grants.

·         Serve as liaison to USEd for Parent and Family Engagement and Homeless programs.

·         Serve as the TDOE point of contact for the Tennessee Interagency Council on                 Homelessness.

·         Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

The key characteristics we are seeking in this person include:

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters with stakeholders in a clear and empowering manner. 

·         Experience working with diverse teams successfully.

·         Strong organization skills and track record of managing projects to meet deadlines and achieve milestones over time.

·         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 working with students. 

 

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 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:

Assistant Commissioner, CORE

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway, 12th floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description:     

The manager of performance and operations is responsible for supporting high quality execution and operations across the Tennessee Department of Education’s (TDOE) district support team, and specifically the eight Centers of Regional Excellence (CORE) across the state. The manager will be responsible for developing and executing systems and processes for efficient and effective operations, organizing logistics, providing budget and procurement support, and overseeing data collection and reporting for the state’s performance management system.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Responding to regional office inquiries with accurate and timely answers, and providing technical assistance to regional staff as needed
  • Overseeing procurement processes and contracts for the division
  • Coordinating and managing monthly time and effort record completion for all CORE office staff
  • Tracking and managing division budgets both by region and in aggregate
  • Coordinating hiring and on-boarding logistics for new staff members
  • Collaborating with division leadership to ensure high quality systems and processes are in place across the division where needed
  • Ensuring consistent operational practices are in place across regions by providing training and support to administrative assistants in each regional office
  • Managing the use of SharePoint in the division for knowledge management and web-based collaboration
  • Coordinating with internal operations at the department to support oversight and management of the regional office facilities
  • Providing other operational support to the division of district support as requested.
  • Monitoring and managing project quality to ensure project deliverables are acceptable and fulfill the terms of the project specifications
  • Develop systems for tracking and collecting performance management data and developing reports to update on project status
  • Serve as a communication channel between CORE and the Performance Management office to explain needs in either direction
  • Manage the internal communications review process for the division, including creating guidance documents for use by the team, ensuring adherence to the department style guide, tracking and logging communication, and handling forms for signature.

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to take data in a variety of forms and compile it into a user-friendly display/visual
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once in a fast-paced environment
  • Resourcefulness in seeking out information and identifying solutions to challenges
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Power Point, SharePoint and online survey tools
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with project management, including establishment of goals, benchmarks and deadlines to ensure successful project completion
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Strong customer service orientation and ability to build relationships across a variety of stakeholders

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.

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.

 

The Division of Human Capital is seeking a Senior Director to lead a new work stream.  Building off of the strong, foundational work of the Educator Licensure and Preparation team, TDOE is allocating resources to innovate with programming for Educator Preparation Providers with a special focus on their leadership programming. As EPPs and districts continue to partner to address local needs, we want to ensure there is designated staff to support EPPs to build capacity, thought partner and support programmatic changes. This work will build off of the implementation of literacy standards within EPP programming.

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

Responsibilities

  • Support EPPs who are implementing changes based on findings from annual reports
  • Build capacity of EPP providers to implement any approved policies by the SBE
  • Identify resources to support EPPs as they implement changes to programming
  • Analyze Praxis pass rates to determine potential programming adjustments
  • Work with District Human Capital Support team to ensure full understanding of district needs from their EPP and LPP providers
  • Support District Human Capital Support team on Grow Your Own initiatives
  • Support SBE staff on their annual report card upon request
  • Research national best practices in the teacher and leader preparation space
  • Advise policy staff on EPP related issues in conjunction with the Educator Licensure and Preparation team
  • Hold joint EPP and District partnership meetings with Educator Licensure and Preparation team
  • All other duties as assigned

Requirements

Education and Experience: 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. Additionally, the candidate should have:

  • 3+ years’ experience working on educator preparation programming
  • Experience with adult development, training and facilitation
  • Ability to perform a variety of high-level activities involved in the research, communication, project management, performance metrics, data and fiscal oversight associated with human capital management and strategic compensation
  • Innovative and strategic thinker; solution oriented
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative and high standards for self; ability to manage towards ambitious organizational goals
  • Strong personal presence and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong teamwork, with an ability to collaborate with managers, peers, and direct reports
  • Education policy and program experience at the university, district, state and/or federal level, preferred
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment balancing multiple ongoing projects
  • Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail

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 via email at David.Donaldson@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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.

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.