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

Full-Time Openings

Reports To:

Director, IEA Program

Location:

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

Position Description:         

This position will support the Individualized Education Account (IEA) Program in the Division of Policy and External Affairs and will work closely with the offices of Local Finance and Accounting to administer Individualized Education Accounts for students with disabilities.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide excellent customer service to parents who have questions about the IEA Program (e.g., how to enroll their child in the program, how to use IEA funds, how to report use of IEA funds, IEA Program requirements/ account holder responsibilities, and IEA payments).
  • Review expense report forms and receipts submitted by IEA account holders (parents) and determine whether IEA funds were spent on approved expenses.
  • Track all expense reports, receipts, and expense information.
  • Distribute IEA funding to the IEA debit card accounts of each IEA account holder, and track payment distribution. Responsible for handling all issues/problems regarding account payments.
  • Process and track account holder requests to make contributions to educational savings accounts using their IEA funds.
  • Process and track account holder expense pre-approval requests.
  • Work with the accounting team to reconcile the IEA payments, and complete any end of fiscal year reconciliation and reporting for the IEA payments.
  • Process applications (including renewal applications) and contracts submitted by prospective account holders/ current account holders to participate in the IEA Program.
  • Ensure that all account holders comply with the requirements to participate in the IEA Program.
  • Keep account holder information updated, and process account holder requests to update their account information.
  • Monitor and track student enrollment in the program, and process requests to withdraw students from the program.
  • Process assessment verification forms submitted by account holders, and track completion of this requirement.
  • Prepare reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing account holder data submitted through the various account holder forms.
  • Assist with reviewing and developing content for parent information sessions, training sessions, webpages, and materials.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with major in Business, Accounting, Education, Communications, or other related field.
  • Two or more years of relevant experience or a graduate degree in Business, Accounting, Education, Communications, or other related field.
  • Strong skills in written and verbal communications. Experience communicating with a wide variety of audiences and parents.
  • Strong organization skills and a track record of managing projects to meet deadlines and achieve milestones over time.
  • A commitment to the mission of the organization and dedication to effective implementation of the IEA Program.
  • A team player who is flexible and resilient, organized, a fast learner, and one who takes initiative in their work.
  • Integrity, a proactive approach, excellent judgment, a results-oriented and problem-solving mentality.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Rebecca.E.Wright@tn.gov.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Reports To:

Director of Assessment and Accountability Analytics

Position Description:

The Data Analyst will report to the Director of Assessment and Accountability Analytics. 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
  • 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
  • Anticipate and solve data and process problems effectively and efficiently
  • Prepare federal reports
  • Perform other duties as needed

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in mathematics, statistics, economics, public policy, 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
  • 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 the following to Alexander Poon. While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.

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

Reports To:

Darlene Estes-Del Re, Executive Director, Office of Early Learning

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education
Andrew Johnson Tower, 10th Floor, 710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description:

The Director of the Voluntary Pre-K Programs will be responsible for developing and administering a quality process for the allocation of VPK funds, based on rigorous program standards, to ensure VPK program improvements statewide. The Director of VPK Programs will also be responsible for supporting districts with VPK programs through technical assistance and professional training, focused on best practices in Pre-K instruction and program administration.  The Director will monitor program improvements annually, and through site visits in collaboration with the office of school-based support services.   

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Develops and administers a district application process for VPK funds that ensures continuous improvement of VPK programs statewide. Leads and manages the allocation of VPK funds based on quality benchmarks as determined by the VPK application.
  • Supports district planning for high quality Pre-K programs by offering technical assistance for grant application development, as well as program planning. Provides districts with current knowledge from research and benchmark programs nationwide to focus on improving TN programs. Responds to district questions regarding VPK program requirements, expectations and allowances, as needed. 
  • Provides and/or informs high quality professional training for VPK programs, focused on instructional best practices and program improvement. District and regional trainings will be offered via multiple methods and by multiple providers, as frequently as needed. Professional training will be developed and facilitated in collaboration with office of early learning leaders and other department of education leaders and trainers, as well as through contracts with early education experts.
  • Monitors program improvement efforts in districts through field visits and an annual review process, to be developed in alignment with the revised VPK application for funds. Works with the VPK data manager to ensure classes are full and VPK funds are ensuring the placement of high needs students in district classrooms, as defined by the VPK eligibility criteria. Works with the Head Start State Collaborative Director and 619 Coordinator to ensure alignment of enrollment priorities. Works closely with the Director for School-Based Support Services to monitor VPK classrooms, clearly communicates expectations for quality, and provide support to districts for improvement efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director, Office of Early Learning.

Qualifications:

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Minimum 5 years' experience as an educator, teacher leader and/or administrator in early childhood settings.
  • Minimum of a Master's Degree in Education preferred.
  • Special education background, knowledge and experience preferred.
  • Strong grant management knowledge and experience preferred.
  • Belief that all children can learn and that expectations must remain high for all students.
  • Comfortable with, and willingness to, attend in-state and out-of-state conferences, as needed.
  • The ability to engage key stakeholders and communicate & collaborate effectively to improve outcomes for students. This includes strong written and verbal skills.
  • Familiarity with the challenges facing education reform efforts in TN and the U.S.
  • A willingness to proactively take on leadership roles and possess a strong work ethic as well as problem solving skills.
  • The ability to write and deliver high-impact presentations and training modules.
  • The capacity to leverage internal and external networks and to engage in team problem solving.

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 Darlene.DelRe@tn.gov.

The Tennessee State Board of Education is seeking a full-time federal programs and special populations coordinator.

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to work with a variety of education stakeholders, manage multiple projects with ambitious deadlines, and write and communicate effectively. This position is an excellent opportunity to further the work of the State Board of Education as a Local Education Agency (LEA) and to ensure that state board authorized charter schools operate in compliance with their federal awards and serve all students. This position will have a direct impact on the state board’s work to ensure high quality school options for all students. This position sits on the charter team at the State Board (currently two full-time employees) as well as interacts with the larger State Board team and State Board members.

About the Tennessee State Board of Education

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

  • High Expectations and Positive Learning Environments
  • Great Teachers and Leaders
  • High Quality School Options
  • Public Engagement, and Oversight

The State Board of Education is the authorizer of three charter schools: one high school in Memphis, and an elementary school and a middle school in Nashville. In the 2019-2020 school year, the total district enrollment of the State Board of Education school district will be approximately 950 students.

Responsibilities

The Federal Programs and Special Populations Coordinator is responsible for the following:

Federal Programs

  • Lead the process to draft the District Plan by coordinating with authorized charter school stakeholders and State Board staff to develop a plan that reflects the district’s vision and meets state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Coordinate with the authorized charter schools to draft the School Plan for each school, including providing training to school principals on the school planning and budgeting process, providing feedback and answering questions from school stakeholders, and reviewing and approving school plans.
  • Lead the process to draft the district’s Consolidated Funding Application including coordinating with district schools on individual school budgets used to build the district’s budget as a whole and ensuring that the funding application is aligned to the District Plan. Lead the process to draft and submit budget revisions throughout the year.
  • In consultation with the Tennessee Department of Education, process and approve federal reimbursement packets submitted by schools on a monthly basis and track expenditures made by schools to ensure that funds are being properly spent in accordance with federal regulations.
  • Lead the process to annually monitor each school’s school compliance with federal education laws and regulations.
  • Complete and submit all required federal reports throughout the year, including the district’s annual monitoring instrument.
  • Research and advertise applicable competitive grants to schools and provide assistance in the development and submission of applications.
  • Assist with the annual revision of policies and procedures specific to federal programs and reimbursements.
  • Serve as the primary lead and contact for the state board’s federal programs work.
  • Serve as a member of the charter school team, and, when requested, review charter school applications as a part of the charter school appeal process.

Special Populations

  • Implement the State Board’s procedures for monitoring special populations, including students with disabilities, Section 504, English Learners, homeless, migrant, foster care, incarcerated, and gifted students.
  • Monitor authorized charter schools via quarterly web-based monitoring and annual on-site monitoring to ensure authorized charter schools are in compliance and properly serving special education students, Section 504, and English Learners.
  • Monitor authorized charter schools through the EasyIEP online system for required documentation and data quality.
  • Conduct monthly phone check-ins with the directors of special education and English Learners, as well as 504, homeless, migrant, incarcerated, and foster care coordinators at each authorized charter school.
    Participate in on-site monitoring visits of authorized charter schools in Memphis and Nashville.
  • Assist with the annual revision of policies and procedures specific to special populations.
  • Work with authorized schools to submit and collect required state reports throughout the year.
  • Oversee authorized charter schools screening of Non-English Language Background students and annual assessment of English Learners.
  • Monitor authorized charter school implementation of Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) for English Learners.
  • Answer questions and advising authorized charter schools on special populations responsibilities.
  • Serve as the main contact for the State Board’s special populations work with authorized charter schools.

Qualifications

We are seeking candidates who have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to meeting expectations at a high bar and history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles.
  • Experience managing multiple projects and deadlines and the ability to efficiently and effectively get things done with a high volume workload.
  • Experience with federal programs work at the district level, including development of the District Plan and district Consolidated Funding Application.
  • Knowledge of federal programs and grant budgets including Title I, Title II, Title III, and IDEA.
  • Experience and knowledge of special education at the district level, including requirements for the IEP process.
  • Experience and knowledge of English Learners at the district level, including requirements for the WIDA suite of assessments.
  • Strong personal presence and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

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

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Tess Stovall at Tess.Stovall@tn.gov by May 1, 2019. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Reports To:

Executive Director of School Improvement

Location:

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

Position Description:

The Priority Schools Director will be charged with leading the implementation of a comprehensive support plan designed to support rapid improvement in the state’s lowest performing schools. This position will work with district and other department staff to manage, implement, and monitor federal and state improvement grants and coordinate the department’s resources to support districts and schools in implementing their improvement plans. The Priority School Director will reside in the department’s Office of School Improvement (OSI). The OSI will be positioned within the Office of the Commissioner and concentrate on coordinating supports for the state’s Priority and Focus schools.

Position Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop and manage federal and state improvement grants
  • Monitor the implementation of federal and state improvement grants including conducting visits to evaluate and monitor district practices and structures, and school instructional practices
  • Coordinate internal resources and supports to assist districts and schools in implementing their grants and improvement plans
  • Analyze district and school performance data to identify trends and insights leading to actionable strategies and/or tactics
  • Communicate with districts, schools and other stakeholders about the Priority school designation and available supports
  • Participate in school visits and monitoring at Focus and Priority schools to learn and share promising practices
  • Manage professional learning opportunities for Priority school principals designed to build their skills and knowledge to lead successful turnaround schools

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of Science or Master of Arts in education or related field
  • Minimum of five years’ educational and/or administrative experience; district experience preferred
  • Must have minimum of three years’ experience at the district level leading school turnaround in roles like an instructional supervisor, instructional coach, or principal
  • Strong project management experience with managing complex projects and strategic plans that ensure project success.
  • Experience managing or implementing grants
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and experience communicating complex information clearly, concisely and effectively
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

Successful candidates must be:

  • Passionate about student equity and school turnaround work
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment in which the work can be ambiguous and complex
  • Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Able to prioritize work and produce quality results with attention to detail

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter describing your interest in the position, a resume or CV, and contact information for three professional references to Ginnae.Harley@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.