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Full Time Openings: Executive Service

Department: CCTE

Classification (Payroll Title): Ed Con 3

Position Number: 00017748

Reports to: Director of Student Leadership

Last Revised Date: 7.31.20

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

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

Position Summary: The Executive FFA Secretary will manage a team of three regional FFA consultants to collectively plan and facilitate high quality TN FFA programs and events across the state.  Additionally, this position will develop teacher resources and student leadership development opportunities reflective of postsecondary and industry demands and emerging trends. This position contributes to the Best for All strategic plan by aligning with the work of our Academics and Whole Child priorities.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s degree in a related field required, Master’s degree preferred

·         At least 3-5 years of related work experience

 

Essential Functions

  1.  Responsible for maintaining the integrity of the FFA brand and driving membership efforts to support the 100% affiliation goal, including providing support to FFA advisors to ensure the successful and timely submission of chapter rosters and related payments by state designated deadlines, and management of the collective state membership to be shared with National FFA to secure accurate delegate counts.
  2. Develop and implement a plan to increase enrollment in middle and high school chapters and increase engagement of agriculture educators to grow academic performance, employability skill development, and postsecondary and career readiness of agriculture students.
  3. Provide leadership development opportunities and facilitator training sessions to ensure leadership skills and employability skills are presented to the state FFA officer team, guiding them through their roles at each regional and state conference event, as well as participating in national conferences and leadership events throughout their year of service.
  4. Plan and coordinate state level career development events, leadership conferences, award programs, camps, and state convention in an effort to provide thousands of students with the opportunity to translate the knowledge and skills derived from classroom instruction into real-life applications, further demonstrating career and technical education competency attainment.
  5. Serve as a liaison between Tennessee FFA and national agriculture education organizations to stay apprised of postsecondary and industry demands and emerging trends.  
    1. Serve as a liaison between Tennessee FFA and stakeholders such as, but not limited to, the Tennessee FFA Foundation, Tennessee FFA Alumni, Tennessee agriculture business and industry representatives, and state/national agriculture education organizations.
    2. Participate and help coordinate meetings and events such as the Tennessee FFA Board of Directors meetings and the Tennessee FFA Goodwill Tour, and also participate on boards such as the Tennessee FFA Foundation Board of Directors and Sponsoring Committee, Tennessee FFA Alumni Council, and Team Ag Ed.
    3. Support the work of the Agriculture program manager (as requested) in annual review, improvement, and implementation of strong agriculture courses and programs of study, including providing input on the integration between classroom instruction, FFA activities, and supervised agricultural experiences (SAE) outlined in the three circle model of high quality agriculture education.
  6. Attend the National FFA Convention, National Association of Supervisors of Agriculture Education Convention, and engage with industry partners on an ongoing basis.
  7. Effectively communicate with Tennessee agriculture educators to promote successful FFA programs and student achievement through the development and implementation of a state calendar of events, management of the tnffa.org website, and dissemination of updates and resources to advisors via newsletters, Remind texts, etc. 
  8. Develop and manage budgets for Tennessee FFA events such as State Convention, State CDE/LDE, state officer travel and training, etc. Review student leadership financial activities, in collaboration with the CTSO accountant, to ensure accuracy.
  9. Provide leadership and management to all aspects of non-profit management as related to the TN FFA Association.
  10. Collaborate with corresponding program managers to identify and promote rigorous CTSO competitions and activities which support CTE course standards, leading to a decrease in participation of low level activities and competitions and an increase in students participating in promoted competitions and activities.
  11. Support the successful implementation of statewide career and technical student organization activities driven by the department and share data to improve CTSO operations.
  12. Effectively manage a team of regional FFA consultants, supporting teachers, and regional activities for the organization, including collaborating at least weekly via conference call, and serving as a liaison for the FFA regional consultants to generate new, ongoing relationships with industry partners, and develop sponsorships as needed.
  13. Provide leadership and management to the staff and facilities at Camp Clements including annual planning and contracting needs.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

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

·         Communication: Is able to communicate in a clear, compelling manner both in writing and orally

·         Organization: Creates and maintains project management systems to ensure that all pieces of projects are accounted for including goals, benchmarks, and metrics

·         Detail Oriented: Is able to manage both the larger and smaller details of coordinating events—particularly with internal and external stakeholders

·         Relationship Builder: Prioritizes connecting with stakeholders to create high performing relationships build on trust and clear communication

·         Developing Direct Reports and Others: Ability to set and communicate high expectations, to delegate tasks effectively, and to motivate and develop others in a manner that maximizes productivity and morale

 

Supervisory Responsibility

This individual will be responsible for managing a team of three FFA consultants regionally.

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 is expected and is outlined in the “Essential Functions” section above.

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, brief writing sample (no more than 5 pages) and contact information for three professional references to: Education.jobs@tn.gov .  Please list: TN FFA Executive Secretary Application in the title of your email.

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

 

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

Department: Office of Strategy & Data

Classification (Payroll Title): Education Consultant 4

Position Number: 1004899/TBD

Reports to: Assistant Commissioner, Assessment

Last Revised Date: 7.24.20

Position Summary: This key leadership position in the Assessment Division of the Office of Strategy & Data is responsible for the development of Tennessee’s standardized assessment portfolio, including summative assessments (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program – TCAP) and the development of question banks made available to districts and for use within innovative assessment initiatives. This leader casts the vision for how to best assess learning on statewide summative assessments and ensures that the items we develop are the level of quality that will support student learning and educator development through developing an assessment team and managing contracted assessment development vendors. The Senior Director of Assessment Development serves as the liaison to other leaders and divisions within TDOE and Tennessee school districts in shifting to improved systems of statewide assessment.

Essential Functions

1.      Oversee development, evaluation, and continual improvement of Tennessee’s statewide standardized assessment program, including managing assessment development contracted vendor and ensuring all forms meet expectations for validity, reliability, and quality.

2.      Establish/maintain program design and monitoring activities to ensure adherence to coherent and rigorous design parameters, universal accessibility for all students and accommodations for special needs students, test and item design features, test administration practices, quality assurance, achievement level setting descriptors, validity and fidelity of implementation studies, technical assistance to schools, and clarity in reporting.

3.      Assemble, develop, and manage the Assessment Development team and the Assessment Psychometrics team, including content coordinators responsible who can both advance key innovative initiatives, coordinate with the Division of Standards and Materials, and improve test item and test form quality.

4.      Supervise the involvement of staff in departmental strategic and program planning activities, as a key liaison and a key contributor regarding the Department’s assessment initiatives, particularly those designed to advance teaching and learning in Tennessee.

5.      Lead in the development of a suite of professional development tools and resources, accessible to all Assessment Division and other TDOE or external partners, to develop assessment literacy, including professional learning pathways beginning with fundamentals of assessment development to content-specific item specification creation and instructionally-focused item annotations to provide teachers content support for each item that we offer to them.

6.      Support the development, compilation, analysis, & dissemination of a coherent body of student achievement data that provide valid & reliable academic achievement reports for students, schools, districts, and the state, applicable to school improvement, program monitoring, & public accountability reporting.

7.      Lead in the development of processes, business rules, and documentation for score reporting, including the re-design of student, educator, and administrator reports for all TCAP assessments. A key function related to this responsibility is enhancing the usability of the assessment information for each of the targeted stakeholder groups, especially school leaders and teachers.

8.      Support development of innovative and/or balanced components of assessments, including identification of items for formative question bank, sequencing/modularity of interim assessments, and modeling to support creation of question clusters for formative assessments.

9.      Establish/maintain protocols that define content, format, & process for developing/maintaining a statewide system of academic assessments, adhering to state & federal requirements, and industry and peer review standards.

10. Maintain professional and productive relationships with districts, federal agencies, other external stakeholders, internal stakeholders, a high quality technical advisory committee (TAC) and direct reports, and supervise the provision of technical assistance to educators, schools, school districts, external associations, and the public, related to assessment measurement (e.g., assessment validity, scoring, reporting, and analysis of results).

11. Maintain and regularly meet with a high quality technical advisory committee (TAC) that can provide independent and defensible advice relative to the state summative assessment system and also for innovative and balanced systems of assessment the state may choose to pursue.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Master’s degree or higher in education, curriculum, psychometrics, educational measurement, or related field

·         At least 5 years of experience working closely with assessment development, preferably with experience in standardized assessment development

·         Experience with assessment development across multiple grades and contents required, across all grades and contents preferred.

·         Understanding of, and experience with, curriculum and assessment in K-12 education

·         Understanding of the use of educational statistics, measurement, psychometrics, item analyses, or related field required.

·         Strong planning, organization, and project management skills, with the ability to identify dependencies and develop a comprehensive, technical plan of action.

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·         Critical Thinking & Complex Problem Solving: Including but not limited to: breaking down tasks and complex issues to inform decision making; focuses on the right priorities, exercises good judgment that are justified with data and research

·         Results and Achievement Orientation: Consistently produces high quality work, sets and meets ambitious goals, focused on big picture goal and how to achieve it

·         Team Management: Is able to motivate, develop, and direct a team of people around achieving team goals

·         Monitoring: Assessment of self, other individuals, and the development of the work to make improvements and take corrective action

 

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

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

 

Supervisory Responsibility

This individual will manage the Assessment Development team within the Office of Strategy & Data.

 

Travel
Minimal travel around the state and to limited national meetings and conferences required (~5-10%).

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

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

 

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

Full Time Openings: Preferred Service

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

This position is housed in the Division of Federal Programs and Oversight (FPO) and supports the monitoring and oversight of the Title III program within the FPO office.  The ESL Compliance Coordinator is responsible for technical assistance and oversight related to district compliance with Title III to support English Learners (ELs). This position is an integral part of the FPO team and will serve as a content area expert, working closely with members of the CAO team, CORE, and other stakeholders to ensure the 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.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

·         Monitor districts for Title III compliance and ensure ESL and Immigrant programs are managed and monitored according to the established framework

·         Communicate and coordinate with ESEA divisional coordinators and other monitoring team members during all phases of the monitoring cycle

·         Provide support to districts in the identification of English Learners, provision of services to English Learners, exit of English Learners from ESL services, district operating procedures, and data collection

·         Work with the Director of English Learner and Migrant Programs to create and deliver needed oversight and compliance materials

·         Develop presentations and lead trainings/professional learning opportunities on related topics (for LEAs and for TDOE staff)

·         Liaise with other content experts to determine, share, and provide training on effective practices

·         Review and approve assigned sections of the Consolidated Funding Application and other funding applications as assigned

·         Assist FPO’s ePlan Systems Administrator and others with the consolidated funding application process for Title III consortium members, including initial application and budget review

·         Assist in the timely and accurate collection and submission of EdFacts and CSPR data

·         Provide updated requirements and questions for the annual district plan and needs assessment in collaboration with CORE

·         Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Expectations:

·         Must have a minimum of three years of experience in education

·         Experience working specifically with ESL/Title III programming is preferred

·         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

·         Must have the ability to lead and engage stakeholders in professional learning offerings and opportunities

·         Must have the ability to develop strong relationships with various stakeholders

·         Must be a good steward of time, talent, and resources to support student achievement

 

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Salary Range $60,000-$75,000.

Position Classification:

Education Consultant 3

To Apply:

You must apply through the Department of Human Resources for this position. Go here and enter 10588 in the search field. Filter for “Education” and then click on the Education Consultant 3 position that is listed. To apply, click the green “Apply for job” button at the top right corner of the page and follow the instructions.

PLEASE NOTE: The application window will only be open through 11:59pm CST on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020.

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.