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The TLC Teacher will provide support and empowerment to families of young deaf and hard of hearing children by educating them and teaching them how to communicate and interact with their child with meaningful play. Children are given opportunities to learn and use American Sign Language (ASL), while following curricular concepts from the TN Early Learning Development Standards (TN ELDS).

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, preferred Early Childhood
  • Tennessee Teaching Endorsements: 463 Deaf Education & Early Childhood
  • Trained in Shared Reading Project preferred
  • American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) Certificate preferred
  • SLPI Advanced or higher or equivalent proficiency interviews
  • Tennessee Driver’s License

Terms of Employment:

Full-Time 10-month teacher contract

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

These are not exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  •  Develops and teaches meaningful language rich interactive play sessions
  • Develops unbiased relationships with families.
  • Shares resources and trains parents on research-based practices.
  • Facilitates interactions with children and families.
  • Collaborates with Speech Language Pathologist and other team members to develop lessons.
  • Designs learning activities that will connect ASL/English concepts to the student’s physical world related to Early Childhood Development.
  • Demonstrate and teach American Sign Language concepts in the classroom
  • Design learning activities that will connect ASL concepts to the student’s physical world, to other content areas, and to prior work-related concepts
  • Establishes clearly defined objectives for all lessons, units, projects, and reports and communication objectives to students according to ASL standards and the student’s individual needs and abilities
  • Maintains knowledge of best practices as it relates to ASL standards.
  • Provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student, to the extent feasible
  • Implement and teach American Sign Language in the classroom
  • Follow K-12 ASL Content Standards as developed and distributed by National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University
  • Works closely with TSD teachers and staff in the areas of instruction and other relevant programs to develop student’s American Sign Language skills

KSA’s:

  • Designs learning activities that will connect ASL/English concepts to the student’s physical world related to Early Childhood Development.
  • Applicant must have the capability to develop and implement long-term goals and knows how to keep abreast of any changes in statues, policy, procedures and methods as they pertain to public education.
  • Applicant is able to assemble information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear, and effective manner.
  • Has good organizational, management, interpersonal, and technical skills.
  • Applicant is able to use independent judgment and discretion in supervising students, including the handling of emergency situations, determining and deciding upon procedures to be implemented, setting priorities, maintaining standards, and resolving problems.

Benefits:

Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement pension, 401(k) match, employee assistance program, personal and sick leave (PTO) and more. A full listing of employee benefits can be found here.

Salary:

ASL/Toddler Learning Class Teacher salary is based on Teacher Salary contract.

The applicant selected for this position must complete full background checks including fingerprinting. Background checks will be completed through TBI, FBI, DCS, TN Registry of Sexual Offenders, and TN Registry of Abuse.

Assistant Principal will support an academic program that exemplifies excellence and equity such that all students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to successfully make decisions and determine their own life path.

Qualifications:

  •  Valid Tennessee professional educator license with an administrative endorsement or demonstrated progress toward this endorsement
  • Master’s Degree or beyond in educational leadership/administration/supervision
  • Degree in Deaf Education and/or working knowledge in the area of the deafness, hard of hearing, and special populations
  • Sign Language SLPI level of Advanced or higher
  • Demonstrates a deep understanding of the unique challenges associated with educating students who are deaf/hard of hearing.
  • Previous administrative and/or supervisory experience preferred
  • Demonstrated record of performance that exceeds expectations
  • Technology acumen and proficiency including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, internet-based applications, typing and word processing skills.

Terms of Employment:

Full-Time 11-month teacher contract.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

These are not exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Works with the Lead Principal to develop, articulate, and implement a vision of learning that includes high goals for student achievement that are shared and supported by the school community. Values, supports, and believes in high standards for all students across the spectrum of socio-economic demographics and academic potential
  • Articulates the vision and strategic mission the Tennessee School for the Deaf and works collaboratively with the Lead Principal to support teachers, parents, community leaders, higher education partners, and others to continuously improve instructional excellence.
  • Listens effectively to families, students, and the school community. Considers and responds to the input of stakeholders in a timely fashion
  • Strategically aligns leadership behaviors with stated values and goals to drive required change. Develops strategic plan with effective solutions.
  • Supports a culture of integrity, fairness, and high ethical standards. Builds strong relationships with teachers that is based on mutual respect, trust, and empathy.
  • Supports systems and programs that promote learning, collaboration, and communication throughout the school.
  • Conducts and manages IEPs, insuring communications with parents are timely and accurate and that goals, objectives and benchmarks are appropriate and effectively addressed.
  • Manages student behavior and student scheduling.
  • Supports classroom teaching by working with the Lead Principal by setting clear expectations and observing, coaching, and evaluating teachers and staff in accordance with the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM). Obtains and maintains TEAM Observer certification through completing training and passing certification exam.
  • Understands and upholds all personnel policies as outlined by the State Department of Education, as well as state and federal EEO provisions.
  • Completes reports and plans for the CTE department.
  • Supports the safety, maintenance and administration of the school. Helps manage safety drills and emergency programs in coordination with security and facilities staff.
  • Manages and oversees student conduct, discipline, attendance, records and reports with staff assistance.
  • Participates in and supports the supervision and administration of extracurricular programs and school athletic programs with staff assistance, as applicable.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

KSA’s: 

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills, adapting appropriately to audience and message
  • Knowledge of best practices in the areas of responsibilities  
  • Knowledge of statutory and regulatory requirements in areas of responsibility  
  • Manage and organize multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to make student centered decisions  
  • Ability to establish collaborative relationships with all stakeholders  
  • Holds self and others accountable for student learning
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to continuous learning
  • Seeks out and acts upon performance feedback

Benefits:

Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement pension, 401(k) match, employee assistance program, personal and sick leave (PTO) and more. A full listing of employee benefits can be found here.

Salary:

Assistant Principal salary is based on Teacher Salary contract. Additional Assistant Principal supplemental will also be included in accordance with the 2019-2020 SSS Salary Policy.

Apply Online

The applicant selected for this position must complete full background checks including fingerprinting. Background checks will be completed through TBI, FBI, DCS, TN Registry of Sexual Offenders, and TN Registry of Abuse.

Reports To:

Administrative Services Manager

Location:

West Tennessee School for the Deaf
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Position Description:

Under general supervision, is responsible for a variety of tasks including painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, and general mechanical repair work; also serves as additional custodian for the school.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Performs general repair and maintenance on mechanical equipment such as washers, dryers, kitchen equipment, exhaust fans, refrigerators, ice machines, HVAC, window units, ptacs, and mechanical gates. 
  • Performs routine plumbing tasks such as unstopping commodes, replacing bathroom fixtures and drains and repairing minor leaks.
  • Repairs windows, doors, floors, woodwork, drywall or other parts of building structures.
  • Performs routine electrical tasks such as replacing light bulbs and wall switches.
  • Performs basic carpentry tasks such as repairing doors, broken windows, and installing bulletin boards, installing drywall, building walls and shelving, minor roofing repair, and caulking.
  • Paints the interior and exterior of buildings.
  • Performs grounds maintenance projects, mowing, trimming, weeding, etc.
  • Removes trash and construction waste and cleans receptacles.
  • Performs janitorial tasks such as floor buffing, mopping, power washing, wall cleaning, vent cleaning, sink and mirror cleaning, supply restocking, and shampooing carpet. 
  • Polices grounds. 
  • Reviews preventative maintenance plans in order to perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that equipment continues to run smoothly, building systems operate efficiently, and/or the physical condition of building does not deteriorate.
  • Observes and monitors environment to determine maintenance needs.
  • Monitors inventory and requests supplies as needed.
  • Performs repair work using drawings, blueprints, maintenance manuals, or diagrams.
  • Completes work order request forms to log repair work, time expended and materials used.
  • Fleet Maintenance such as washing vehicles, weekly safety inspections, maintaining fuel levels and all fluids, and scheduling all services.
  • Moves objects such as large furniture, file cabinets, cubicles, chairs, desks, and bookshelves.
  • Sets up cubicle spaces, conference rooms, and special events.
  • Unloads truck shipments.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants are required to have a high school diploma or GED certificate.  Experience equivalent to three years of full-time increasingly skilled labor and trade work including, at least, two years in building maintenance work.     
  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required when driving on campus whether in a personal car or state vehicle.
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted and required to have a TBI/FBI background check.  In addition, background checks will be conducted through the Tennessee of Registry of Sexual Offences, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check.
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Proven maintenance experience.
  • Skilled in the use of hand and power tools.
  • Ability to take apart machines, equipment, or devices to remove and replace defective parts.
  • Ability to check blueprints, repair manuals, or parts catalogs as necessary.
  • Ability to use common tools such as hammers, hoists, saws, drills, and wrenches.
  • Experience with precision measuring instruments or electronic testing devices.
  • Experience performing routine maintenance.
  • Basic working knowledge of HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems
  • Strong organizational and follow up skills.
  • Eye for detail.
  • Professional presentation and attitude.
  • Ability to maintain focus while working individually.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability for creative problem-solving.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $2,169.00 - $3,471.00 monthly.  In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please e-mail an application and contact information for three professional references to Vickie Rudder, rudderv@wtsd.tn.org or mail to 100 Berryhill Drive, Jackson, TN  38301.

Reports To:

Administrative Services Manager

Location:

West Tennessee School for the Deaf
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Position Description:

Under general supervision, is responsible for semi-skilled and skilled building maintenance work of considerable difficulty which includes supervision of others in work; and performs related work as required. This is the lead level class in the Building Maintenance Worker sub-series. An employee in this class leads and participates in a variety of tasks including carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical, masonry, and general mechanical repair work.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Performs general repair and maintenance on mechanical equipment such as washers, dryers, kitchen equipment, exhaust fans, refrigerators, ice machines, HVAC, window units, ptacs, and mechanical gates. 
  • Performs routine plumbing tasks such as unstopping commodes, replacing bathroom fixtures and drains and repairing minor leaks.
  • Leads in restorative maintenance projects.
  • Repairs windows, doors, floors, woodwork, drywall or other parts of building structures.
  • Performs routine electrical tasks such as replacing light bulbs and wall switches.
  • Performs basic carpentry tasks such as repairing doors, broken windows, and installing bulletin boards, installing drywall, building walls and shelving, minor roofing repair, and caulking.
  • Paints the interior and exterior of buildings.
  • Leads in grounds maintenance projects, mowing, trimming, weeding, etc.
  • Removes trash and construction waste and cleans receptacles.
  • Polices grounds. 
  • Reviews preventative maintenance plans in order to perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that equipment continues to run smoothly, building systems operate efficiently, and/or the physical condition of building does not deteriorate.
  • Observes and monitors environment to determine maintenance needs.
  • Monitors inventory and requests supplies as needed.
  • Performs repair work using drawings, blueprints, maintenance manuals, or diagrams.
  • Completes work order request forms to log repair work, time expended and materials used. 
  • Fleet Maintenance such as washing vehicles, weekly safety inspections, maintaining fuel levels and all fluids, and scheduling all services.
  • Moves objects such as large furniture, file cabinets, cubicles, chairs, desks, and bookshelves.
  • Sets up cubicle spaces, conference rooms, and special events.
  • Unloads truck shipments.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants are required to have a high school diploma or GED certificate.  Experience equivalent to four years of full-time increasingly responsible and skilled full-time labor and trades work including, at least, three years in building maintenance work, including at least one year of supervisory experience preferred.
  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required when driving on campus whether in a personal car or state vehicle.
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted and required to have a TBI/FBI background check.  In addition, background checks will be conducted through the Tennessee of Registry of Sexual Offences, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check.
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Proven maintenance experience.
  • Skilled in the use of hand and power tools.
  • Ability to take apart machines, equipment, or devices to remove and replace defective parts.
  • Ability to check blueprints, repair manuals, or parts catalogs as necessary.
  • Ability to use common tools such as hammers, hoists, saws, drills, and wrenches.
  • Experience with precision measuring instruments or electronic testing devices.
  • Experience performing routine maintenance.
  • Basic working knowledge of HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems
  • Strong organizational and follow up skills.
  • Eye for detail.
  • Professional presentation and attitude.
  • Ability to maintain focus while working individually.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability for creative problem-solving.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $2,393.00 - $3827.00 monthly.  In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please e-mail an application and contact information for three professional references to Vickie Rudder, rudderv@wtsd.tn.org or mail to 100 Berryhill Drive, Jackson, TN  38301.

The Educational Assistant’s (EA) at TSD assist teachers in the classroom with the daily operation of instruction and classroom management. EA’s provide academic support to students in all grades as assigned PreK-6th grade.

Qualifications:

  • Completed two years (48 semester hours) of study at an institution of higher learning or obtained an associate degree or higher
  • Passed the Para Pro Assessment
  • Strongly preferred ASL (American Sign Language) skills
  • Computer skills required to assist students on educational devices
  • Possess current Tennessee Driver’s license and clean driving record

Terms of Employment:

Full-Time 10-month employment (August – May)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

These are not exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Assist teachers in the classroom
  • Provides tutoring help to students
  • Assist with student self-help skills
  • Substitutes in classroom when teachers are absent
  • Supervises students at lunch
  • Transports students to various off campus activities
  • Prepares instructional materials
  • Abides by all state regulations and school procedures
  • Prepares a variety of standard records and reports

KSA’s:

  • Preferred applicant will be able to communicate fluently through sign language
  • Ability to utilize computers and other educational technologies in the classroom
  • Knowledge of classroom structure
  • Experience working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students in educational settings
  • Ability to multi-task and change tasks rapidly

Benefits:

Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement pension, 401(k) match, employee assistance program, personal and sick leave (PTO) and more.  A full listing of employee benefits can be found here.

Salary:

Starting salary $2,372 per month.

 

The applicant selected for this position must complete full background checks including fingerprinting.

Background checks will be completed through TBI, FBI, DCS, TN Registry of Sexual Offenders, and TN Registry of Abuse.

This position is under the general supervision of the Principal and the Assistant Principal. The candidate will be expected to perform the responsibilities listed below. The individual that is hired will be required to attend staff development workshops and professional development training.

Location:

West Tennessee School for the Deaf
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Maintain necessary records and prepare a variety of standard reports.
  • Assist teacher in supervising students during classroom activities and recreation.
  • Instruct small groups or individual students at the request of the teacher.
  • Substitute in the absence of a teacher.
  • Supervise students during breakfast and lunch.
  • Transport students to off campus activities.
  • Prepare instructional materials.
  • Assist with classroom behavior and help ensure the safety of the children.

Qualifications:

  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required, including a clean driving record, when driving on campus whether in a personal car or state vehicle. 
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted and required to have a TBI/FBI background check.  In addition, background checks will be conducted through the Tennessee of Registry of Sexual Offender, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check. 
  • Applicants must have completed two years of study at an institution of higher learning or obtained an Associate’s or higher degree, or passed Para Pro Assessment.  
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $1,875 - $2,999 monthly.

Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement pension, 401(k) match, employee assistance program, personal and sick leave (PTO) and more. A full listing of employee benefits can be found here.

The applicant selected for this position must complete full background checks including fingerprinting.

Background checks will be completed through TBI, FBI, DCS, TN Registry of Sexual Offenders, and TN Registry of Abuse.

 

Location:

Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN   37214

Broad Scope of the Position:

The Tennessee School for the Blind provides educational services to students who are legally blind with and without additional disabilities. The on-campus program, located in Nashville (Donelson) educates students from across the state in a K-12 setting and grants regular high school diplomas to the students that meet the requirements set forth by the State of Tennessee.  The outreach program provides services to students being educated in their local school district.   

This position reports to the school principal and is responsible for providing standards-based instruction to students who are visually impaired, and who may have other disabilities, on an individual and group basis; instructs in grade level and modified content standards; utilizes Tennessee State Standards and benchmarks in establishing instructional goals; and provides assessments that measure whether students meet standards.   

We will consider all appropriate content certified teachers for this position and will allow time for individuals to obtain a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) endorsement.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs work associated with standards-based student instruction: prepares lesson plans, adapts instructional materials, develops input for and presents daily instructional/learning activities based upon the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and under the direction of the Principal, maintains a positive classroom environment utilizing appropriate classroom management, keeps students on task and engaged in learning.
  • Demonstrates knowledge/skill in the areas of: data collection, task analysis, progress monitoring, daily living skills, assessment, behavior management, organization / planning, curriculum development, current technology practices relative to students who have vision loss, and parent relations and teamwork.
  • Coordinates data collection and reporting.
  • Works as part of an education / assessment team responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating individual objectives for assigned students.
  • Coordinates effectively with other service staff in providing student instruction, strategic planning, and positively contributing to co-curricular activities.
  • Positively serves as a team member; and participates in regular team and departmental meetings, school and instructional meetings as required.
  • Provides parent consultation; participates in selected parent-focused activities, etc.
  • Participates in activities related to professional development and training/workshops as appropriate.
  • Plans and/or chaperones on and off-campus activities, appointments, programs and field trips.
  • Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education from an accredited college or university.
  • Must hold or be eligible for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Tennessee.
  • Endorsement in elementary education/elementary grades/special education early childhood and willing to become certified as a TVI (endorsement code 462) within 3 school years.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Tennessee state standards, program development, classroom resource management, and student/personal scheduling for students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities.
  • Knowledge of and ability to assess and apply technology to perform the requirements of the position; ability to effectively utilize a variety of computer software applications, which may include but is not limited to e-mail, Internet, word processing, electronic calendar, presentation development, spreadsheet, database, etc.; willingness to stay current and develop skills as needed with or without direct support from TSB.
  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively adapt and apply teaching skills, classroom management and lesson preparation to a technology rich environment, which may include but is not limited to on-site classroom, telepresence, and multiple distance education technologies and delivery modes; ability to effectively implement technology necessary to model, teach, and assist students relative to classroom instruction and activities.
  • Ability to respond effectively and positively to feedback.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others and participate effectively in a team setting.
  • Strong, positive interpersonal skills.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Selected applicant must verify experience/highest degree held.
  • Direct deposit of paycheck on a 12-month schedule is required.
  • TSB is a non-smoking facility in its entirety.
  • Selected applicant must comply with the State of Tennessee Employee Drug-Free Workplace Policy, and other policies.
  • As required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), selected applicant must verify, within 72 hours of employment, his/her legal right to be employed in the United States.
  • Selected applicant(s) will be required to submit to and pass a TBI/FBI background check, to include Tennessee and Federal criminal history checks, child abuse records, employment verification, and professional/personal reference checks.

How to Apply:

Please send a fully completed State of Tennessee Employment Application packets should be submitted to:

Kim Stein, Director of Human Resources
Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

E-mail: Kim.Stein@tsbtigers.org

Application packet:   In addition to application (to include salary history and references), please include the following items:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Current Resume
  • Recent Letters of Recommendation, with signature
  • Copy of Educator Certification
  • Unofficial Copies of All Transcripts*

*An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report may result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this announcement.

Candidates with disabilities who require special accommodations or alternative communication formats should contact the Superintendent’s Office at (615) 231-7316 no later than five days prior to their scheduled interview to facilitate reasonable accommodations.   The State of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer; Discrimination on the Basis of Age (Over 40), Race, Sex, Color, Religion, National Origin, Disabling Condition or any other Non-Merit Factor is Prohibited.

TSD-Knoxville is searching for a School Psychologist to assist in providing a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation program to deaf/hard of hearing students, to assist in the implementation of IDEA initial and re-evaluation processes, and to provide consultation and direct student intervention.

Qualifications:                 

  • Hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university; complete an advanced program approved by the State Board of Education for the preparation of school psychologists; meet all professional assessment requirements as specified by the State Board of Education; and meet all the requirements for endorsement as a school psychologist.
  • Receive a minimal rating of Survival or above on the Sign Language Program Interview. This position requires to meet a rating of Advanced or above within 3 years of hire.
  • Hold or be eligible to obtain a valid Tennessee Driver’s License.

Terms of Employment:

Pay range $5,222 - $8,354 per month. Full-Time 12-month position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

These are not exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Conduct intake evaluations for prospective students and present level of functioning evaluation for deaf/hard of hearing students at TSD-Knoxville, TSD-Nashville, and WTSD.
  • Evaluate students through the initial evaluation process, complete written evaluation reports, and make recommendations to the eligibility / IEP team.
  • Provide direct counseling service to students and direct student intervention as determined by the IEP team or school administration.
  • Consult with clinical psychologists for interpretation of assessment reports and recommendations.
  • Contact Local Educational Agencies representatives for individual psychotherapy for students with critical needs.
  • Participate in team conferences related to student admission, programming, placement, treatment, behavior, and other individualized needs.
  • Conduct in-service training programs for staff and other professionals.

Benefits:                            

Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement pension, 401(k) match, employee assistance program, personal and sick leave (PTO) and more. A full listing of employee benefits can be found here.

Apply Online

The applicant selected for this position must complete full background checks including fingerprinting.Background checks will be completed through TBI, FBI, DCS, TN Registry of Sexual Offenders, and TN Registry of Abuse.

 

Location:

Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN   37214

Broad Scope of the Position:

The Tennessee School for the Blind provides educational services to students who are legally blind with and without additional disabilities. The on-campus program, located in Nashville (Donelson) educates students from across the state in a K-12 setting and grants regular high school diplomas to the students that meet the requirements set forth by the State of Tennessee.  The outreach program provides services to students being educated in their local school district.   

This position reports to the school principal, and is responsible for providing standards based instruction to students who are visually impaired, and who may have other disabilities, on an individual and group basis; instructs in grade level and modified content standards; utilizes Tennessee State Standards and benchmarks in establishing instructional goals; and provides assessments that measure whether students meet standards.   

We will consider all appropriate certified teachers for this position, and will allow time for individuals to obtain a Teacher of the Visually Impaired endorsement.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs work associated with standards-based student instruction: prepares lesson plans, adapts instructional materials, develops input for and presents daily instructional/learning activities based upon the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and under the direction of the Principal, maintains a positive classroom environment utilizing appropriate classroom management, keeps students on task and engaged in learning.
  • Demonstrates knowledge/skill in the areas of: data collection, task analysis, progress monitoring, daily living skills, assessment, behavior management, organization / planning, curriculum development, current technology practices relative to students who have vision loss, and parent relations and teamwork.
  • Coordinates data collection and reporting.
  • Works as part of an education / assessment team responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating individual objectives for assigned students.
  • Coordinates effectively with other service staff in providing student instruction, strategic planning, and positively contributing to co-curricular activities.
  • Positively serves as a team member; and participates in regular team and departmental meetings, school and instructional meetings as required.
  • Provides parent consultation; participates in selected parent-focused activities, etc.
  • Participates in activities related to professional development and training/workshops as appropriate, including Work Based Learning.
  • Plans and/or chaperones on and off-campus activities, appointments, programs and field trips.
  • Plans, implements and supervises work program with select students.
  • Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Education from an accredited college or university.
  • Must hold or be eligible for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Tennessee.
  • Must hold a special education teaching endorsement
  • Must hold or be willing to become certified as a TVI within 3 years

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Tennessee state standards, program development, classroom resource management, and student/personal scheduling for students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities.
  • Knowledge of and ability to assess and apply technology to perform the requirements of the position; ability to effectively utilize a variety of computer software applications, which may include but is not limited to e-mail, Internet, word processing, electronic calendar, presentation development, spreadsheet, database, etc.; willingness to stay current and develop skills as needed with or without direct support from TSB.
  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively adapt and apply teaching skills, classroom management and lesson preparation to a technology rich environment, which may include but is not limited to on-site classroom, telepresence, and multiple distance education technologies and delivery modes; ability to effectively implement technology necessary to model, teach, and assist students relative to classroom instruction and activities.
  • Ability to respond effectively and positively to feedback.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others and participate effectively in a team setting.
  • Strong, positive interpersonal skills.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Selected applicants must verify experience/highest degree held.
  • Direct deposit of paycheck on a 12-month schedule is required.
  • TSB is a non-smoking facility in its entirety.
  • Selected applicant must comply with the State of Tennessee Employee Drug-Free Workplace Policy, and other policies.
  • Selected applicant(s) will be required to submit to and pass a TBI/FBI background check, to include Tennessee and Federal criminal history checks, child abuse records, employment verification, and professional/personal reference checks.

How to Apply:

A fully completed State of Tennessee Employment Application (which can be found at https://www.tsbtigers.org/career-opportunities.html) should be submitted to:

Kim Stein, Director of Human Resources
Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

E-mail: Kim.Stein@tsbtigers.org

In addition to application (to include salary history and references), please include the following items:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Current Resume
  • Recent Letters of Recommendation, with signature
  • Copy of Educator Certification
  • Unofficial Copies of All Transcripts*

*An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report may result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this announcement.

Candidates with disabilities who require special accommodations or alternative communication formats should contact the Superintendent’s Office at (615) 231-7316 no later than five days prior to their scheduled interview to facilitate reasonable accommodations.   The State of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer; Discrimination on the Basis of Age (Over 40), Race, Sex, Color, Religion, National Origin, Disabling Condition or any other Non-Merit Factor is Prohibited.

Reports To:

Principal

Location:

West Tennessee School for the Deaf
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Position Description:

Under general supervision, is responsible for evaluating and treating the pediatric population with hearing disorders, including infants, toddlers and school age children in accordance with professional and Tennessee State Department of Education quality standards.  The appointed shall provide services as assigned by the immediate supervisor and Principal of the West Tennessee School for the Deaf in furtherance, of the school’s mission and goals of child and family care, education, outreach, and public service.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Conducts pediatric audiological diagnostic evaluations specifically for WTSD students, and also for infants, toddlers, and school age children in the West Tennessee Region.  Test protocol includes, as appropriate, visual reinforcement audiometry, conditioned play audiometry, pure tone and speech audiometry, auditory brainstem response studies, optoacoustic emission testing and middle ear studies.
  • Audiologically manages the students who attend WTSD, and hearing impaired infants, toddlers, and school age children in the West Tennessee region, by providing scheduled and requested hearing evaluations, personal amplification programming and follow up to include hearing aids and cochlear implants, school amplification system fitting and management.
  • Interprets the hearing test data and amplification outcomes and communicates this information clearly to the child’s guardian and, if appropriate, the child.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of current amplification technologies, fitting practices and validation procedures and is flexible in applying this knowledge to deliver individualized care to the child as it applies to the home and educational environment.
  • Under the direction of the immediate supervisor and school Principal, delivers school based instruction to educational staff working with hearing impaired toddlers and school age children concerning specific explanation of hearing loss, amplification management and maintenance, and delivery of aural habilitation.
  • Communicates effectively and clearly and in a timely manner with the child’s hearing health and education team members, to include parents, physicians, speech pathologists, audiologists, educators, and administrators.
  • Demonstrate initiative in identifying opportunities for self-development and enhancement of professional competency through self-study, on the job training, and attending professional meetings.
  • Demonstrate effective client relations skills, promote a positive work environment and contribute to the department’s overall team effort.
  • Demonstrate a work ethic that is exemplified by reporting to work on time, dressed appropriately and prepared to deliver services in a timely manner with efficient documentation.
  • Demonstrate behavior that is consistent with the ASHA and AAA Code of Ethics.

Qualifications:

  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required when driving on campus whether in a personal car or state vehicle.
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted and required to have a TBI/FBI background check.  In addition, background checks will be conducted through the Tennessee of Registry of Sexual Offences, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check.
  • Applicants are required to have a Doctoral Level degree in Audiology (AuD), Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology CCC-A, and a license to practice Audiology in the State of Tennessee, issued by the Tennessee Health related board.  Prior experience as a pediatric/educational audiologist is preferred but not required.
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $48,280 - $66,370 annually.  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 Jeannie Luckey, luckeyj@wtsd.tn.org

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.