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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:

Chief Strategy Officer

Job Description:               

The Tennessee Department of Education (TNDOE) is looking for a talented, driven, student-focused individual to serve as the Assistant Commissioner of Accountability. 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 in schools that prepare them for post-secondary success.

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

The Assistant Commissioner’s most important role is supporting, developing, coaching, and supervising internal leadership in the Division of Accountability and Data Governance towards a powerful state accountability system with student, educator, and district processes and sustainability in mind. The successful candidate must:

  • Develop and articulate a theory of action for how accountability systems and support structures lead to school improvement by informing and driving school-level educator actions
  • Operationalize how education metrics reflect and contribute to a holistic picture of student learning and how these measures will impact districts and classrooms

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

This individual will have deep expertise in assessment and education data and will be an excellent writer and communicator and be extremely organized. The Assistant Commissioner 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, detail oriented, and exhibit sound judgment and communications skills. The ideal candidate should have prior LEA or SEA experience.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership for evaluation, and statistics related to the development of Tennessee’s accountability and data governance programs and manages the data collection, analysis, and reporting of local school system data
  • Supervise and direct staff in the Division of Accountability and Data Governance to ensure Tennessee’s accountability systems prioritize students and comply with the federal and state laws.
  • Direct and conduct analysis and anticipate challenges and unintended consequences to develop and communicate accountability policy.
  • Oversee the production of school grades and district accountability designations and maintenance of all relevant documentation, including business rules, protocols, and data definitions.
  • Provide training and support to CORE offices, other department staff, and district personnel.
  • Analyze state assessment data, performance, and policies to guide Department strategy and statewide data use.
  • Continuously improve, innovate, and optimize accountability framework as a strategic policy lever.
  • Provide effective written and verbal communication on all matters related to accountability, leveraging a variety of mediums and formats.
  • Oversee maintenance of accountability application, graduation cohort application, school directory, and other necessary platforms in partnership with Technology division.
  • Establish structures that improve data quality and maintain data documentation across the agency.
  • Build communities of practice with state education agencies to identify best practices and cultivate strategic relationships.
  • Collaborate with other divisions and offices to develop data tools and support research and evaluation.
  • Maintain professional and productive relationships with districts, federal agencies, other external stakeholders, internal stakeholders, and direct reports.
  • Establishes procedures and priorities for developing and coordinating research/evaluation strategies as they pertain to education data, assessment, and accountability; utilizes technology to enhance evaluation efforts, facilitate group processes and evaluate models to support/sustain high achievement.
  • Serve on the Division leadership team and support cross division operations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and/or as necessary to achieve strategic objectives.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum of three years of progressive experience applying educational data in direct practice, research, and/or policy and seven years of professional experience in education, policy, management or a related field.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience managing teams to results, especially leading comprehensive assessment and evaluation systems.
  • Master’s degree in education, policy, statistics, data science, or related field or equivalent work experience required.
  • Strong planning, organization, and project management skills, with the ability to identify dependencies and develop a comprehensive, technical plan of action.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and team-building skills.
  • Political acumen with various stakeholders and constituent groups
  • Results-oriented, hands-on, team player with a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, high energy environment while meeting multiple deadlines and completing multiple tasks.
  • Strong critical thinking skills including exceptional analytic, strategic, and problem-solving skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of data management and statistics.
  • Experience using data and statistical software/languages (SQL, R, STATA and/or python) preferred
  • Experience with data modeling, database structures, implementation and management.
  • Unwavering belief that all students can learn and achieve success in school

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:

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Valerie Starks via email at Education.Jobs@tn.gov.

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.

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.
 

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.

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:

Math, Science, and Fine Arts Director

Location:

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

Position Description:     

The K-8 mathematics coordinator is charged with the ambitious goals of improvement in student achievement on the NAEP assessment and on State level assessments in mathematics.  Additionally, this person will work with groups of leading educators from across the state and country to inform all aspects of their mathematics work (including standards support and instructional materials).  The K-8 Mathematics Coordinator is charged with having a deep understanding of the expectations of the Tennessee State Standards in grades K-8 mathematics coupled with the ability to clearly articulate and explain the standards to any audience.  This person will be charged with managing all grades K-8 mathematics related content and resource development department-wide and supporting all K-8 STEAM related content and resource development department-wide.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Support LEAs as they continue to implement the Tennessee State Standards in K-8 mathematics
  • Support the development and dissemination of high-quality resources and training content for mathematics
  • Provide cross-divisional support for K-8 mathematics within the Tennessee Department of Education
  • Work with CORE offices across the state to support a shared understanding of best practice
  • Support the high-quality instructional materials work for K-8 mathematics
  • Support the State Board of Education in the mathematics standards review and adoption process
  • Support department-wide and legislative grades K-8 mathematics and STEAM related initiatives
  • Support the internal assessment team in providing input on all K-8 assessment items

Qualifications:

The key characteristics we are seeking in this person include:

  • A track record of dramatically improving student achievement in mathematics;
  • Evidence of deep, conceptual understanding of K-8 mathematics content and pedagogy;
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation.  Desire to work with educators and colleagues from across the state to deepen their own perspective of effective mathematics instruction;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters with educators in a clear and empowering manner.  Experience working with diverse teams successfully; and
  • Strong organization skills and track record of managing projects to meet deadlines and achieve milestones over time.

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.

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.

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:

Data Use Analyst

Location:

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

Position Description:

The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Development Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the development of TCAP assessments and ensuring the creation of high-quality assessments. This person will be required to engage in all aspects of test design including the development of test and item specifications, item writing and review, and form building. This position will work closely with our assessment vendors, other state employees, and leading educators from across the state to provide high quality and rigorous assessments.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead the assessment design work including development of test and item specifications
  • Review items for alignment with item specifications and review tests for alignment to test specifications
  • Recruit, train, mentor, and manage teams of contracted Tennessee educators dedicated to providing quality assessments
  • Collaborate with content specialists in other divisions of the Department of Education with regards to providing rigorous assessments
  • Assist with various tasks such as alignment studies, cognitive labs, or standard setting, as needed.
  • Apply knowledge of item statistics to the evaluation of items and assembly of tests
  • Collaborate with the assessment vendor scoring services to ensure adherence to TDOE expectations.
  • Gather and resolve feedback from multiple sources on assessment items
  • Create and deliver high quality presentations to teachers across the state
  • Respond to district questions regarding TCAP assessments
  • Willing to be flexible in assuming diverse responsibilities in preparation for, and execution of, effective and efficient state assessment program

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Advanced degree preferred

Minimum Experience, Knowledge, Skill and Ability Requirements:

  • A minimum of three (3) years classroom teaching experience, including at least one year in the state of Tennessee
  • A track record of dramatically improving student achievement
  • Ability to lead remote team members
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation
  • Desire to work with educators from across the state and country to deepen perspective of effective instruction
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters with educators in a clear and empowering manner. Experience working with diverse teams successfully
  • Strong organizational skills and track record of managing projects to meet deadlines and achieve milestones over time
  • Experience teaching 3-8 science or biology in Tennessee, preferred
  • Experience developing high-stakes assessments, preferred
  • A degree in a biology or closely related area, preferred

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 Education.Jobs@tn.gov.

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.