Career Opportunities - Temporary/Part-Time

2017-2018 Subject Matter Expert in Science

The Tennessee Department of Education, Office of Academic Strategy and Operations is seeking subject matter experts to help develop training during the 2017-2018 school year to support the implementation of the Tennessee Academic Standards for Science.

Subject matter experts will work closely with members of the TDOE, as well as other stakeholders, to develop, review and refine training materials, with the end goal of providing an engaging learning experience for participants that builds content knowledge, improves instructional practice, and leads to increased achievement for students. To meet this goal, we are looking for subject matter experts who possess the following traits and skills:

  • strong content and pedagogical skills in elementary, middle and secondary Science
  • deep understanding of the Tennessee Academic Standards for Science
  • experience in developing and implementing activities suited to all scientific practices
  • A belief that all students can learn and that all educators can improve their craft
  • experience and expertise reviewing and developing training content
  • previous experience creating and delivering professional development for adults
  • strong organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • effective oral and written communication skills
  • collaborates well with teammates
  • seeks feedback proactively; ability to implement feedback quickly and accurately

Subject matter experts will work closely with the content development team to review and create training content that will be delivered to teachers and school leaders during the spring and summer of 2018. They are responsible for reviewing the training content for alignment to the Tennessee Academic Standards for Science. Drafts of content will be due at key benchmarks throughout the fall and winter. A majority of the work can be completed remotely outside of regular school and business hours. Subject matter experts will be expected to attend five face to face meetings. They will also be expected to participate in monthly check-in meetings, hosted via conference call or webinar, with the project lead.

Serving as a subject matter expert is a unique opportunity to collaborate with the department, shape expectations for classroom instruction, and make a difference for Tennessee students. To apply for the subject matter expert position, please submit a resume, cover letter, and science lesson plan to Nicole.Jimenez@tn.gov.  The deadline for submission is 8 a.m. CDT Monday, October 23. Only completed applications will be considered. All applicants will be notified if they have been selected for an interview by Monday, October 30.

Please send questions to Nicole Jimenez, deputy director of teacher training and support, at Nicole.Jimenez@tn.gov.

2018 Read to be Ready Summer Grant Facilitator

The Tennessee Department of Education is seeking candidates to facilitate training for the Read to be Ready Summer Grant program in summer 2018. The facilitators will work with the Read to be Ready Summer Grant team to deliver training that prepares educators to instruct students in the unique summer environment. During training, they will focus on topics including increasing student motivation, engaging reading and writing strategies, and assessment.

In order to meet this purpose, the facilitators will deliver training that is based on content aligned to the goals and instruction emphases of Read to be Ready and the Tennessee Department of Education's strategic plan, Tennessee Succeeds. The goal is to facilitate an engaging learning experience for participants that builds content knowledge, improves instructional practice, and leads to increased achievement for students. Before applying for a facilitator position, the applicant must talk with his/her school leadership regarding the days he/she will be away from school or daily duties.

Qualifications:

We are looking for facilitators who have the following traits and skills:

  1. Current Tennessee State Teaching License.
  2. Minimum of three years of successful early literacy teaching experience. (This refers to teaching kindergarten-third grade.)
  3. Experience in researched-based instructional practices.
  4. Deep knowledge of and experience in:
    1. Instructional strategies
    2. Conditions of Learning
    3. Assessment driven instruction (teaching/learning process)
  5. General knowledge of serving special populations of learners.
  6. Knowledge about the goals of Read to be Ready and the summer grant program.
  7. Experienced in adult training and education.
  8. Strong communication and collaboration skills.
  9. Outstanding presentation and facilitation skills.

Commitment Details:

Facilitators must participate in two mandatory in-person trainings to learn the content and prepare for leading the professional development sessions. The first training session will be held in Nashville on January 18-19. Facilitators will be in training all day on January 18 and will be in training half a day on January 19. The second in-person training will be held in Nashville on February 14, prior to facilitation of the first training session. Both training days must be completed in full to be eligible to lead a session during training.

There will be a total of five two-day training sessions. The training sessions will take place on the following days: (Please note: Facilitators will also be asked to attend meetings the evening before each training to assist with set-up, if available.)

Dates of Training

Location of Training

February 15-16, 2018

Nashville, TN

February 20-21, 2018

Knoxville, TN

March 1-2, 2018

Jackson, TN

May 8-9, 2018

Nashville, TN

May 10-11, 2018

Nashville, TN

Facilitators will not be required to facilitate all sessions but will be required to facilitate a minimum of two sessions. During the application and interview process, applicant preferences will be taken into consideration. Please consult with your school or district leadership before communicating your preferences to ensure you will be able to attend.

Application Process:

To apply for the position, please complete the online application by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Applicants must complete and submit the application questionnaire and a one-page resume to be considered. If desired, an applicant can apply to be both a facilitator and monitor; this is an option in the online application. To be considered for both roles, please only apply one time. There will be an application review, followed by a phone interview. All applicants will be notified about whether they have advanced to the phone interview round no later than Thursday, November 9, 2017 and final hiring decisions will be made by Monday, November 20, 2017.

Please send questions to Paige Atchley, Program Director, at ReadtobeReady.TN@tn.gov.

Data Coordinator, Educator Talent

The Tennessee Department of Education's division of teachers and leaders is accepting applications for a contracted data coordinator for the educator talent team. The educator talent team supports the state's efforts to improve recruitment, retention, compensation, and recognition of educators in Tennessee. The team manages the implementation of a federal competitive grant, Teacher Incentive Fund Round 4 (TIF 4), and works with districts across to state to develop and implement differentiated pay plans and innovative compensation systems.

The data coordinator is charged with developing and maintaining systems to ensure timely analysis and reporting of program data. This person will be responsible for tracking expenditures and monitoring grant funding. The contractor will fulfill responsibilities of the contract through the end of the grant and must be based in the Nashville office. The position is anticipated to be 20 hours per week with the potential for flexible scheduling of hours.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure successful completion of the Annual and Interim Performance Reports (APRs) for TIF 4 grant and other reporting needs, creating a timeline and systems to manage the data collection process
  • Provide logistical and administrative support integral to efficient grant management such as scheduling check-in calls, site visits, and follow-up support, reviewing documentation and reports, etc.
  • Develop both internal and external reports communicating strategic compensation implementation progress
  • Create systems to ensure successful implementation of classroom level growth measures for TIF 4 districts
  • Track district expenditures of grant funds and develop any needed reports on district expenditures of grant funds
  • Provide research and data analysis as requested on best practices in human capital management as they relate to strategic compensation
  • Analyze educator evaluation data, student achievement data, and qualitative (perceptual) data across the TIF 4 grantees to identify trends and opportunities to share best practices and/or improve implementation of the grant
  • Ensure data quality control through verification of data accuracy for state and federal reports

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with data analysis, including establishment of systems to track and communicate about data metrics
  • Strong analytical and writing skills with precise attention to detail
  • Excellent work ethic, high standards for work product, and the ability to manage towards ambitious timelines
  • A self-starter mindset with ability to take initiative in moving projects forward both collaboratively and independently
  • Experience in financial modeling, budgeting, and performance monitoring is preferred
  • Knowledge or experience with program evaluation and analyzing survey data
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to interact and develop relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders

Contact

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your interest in this position and a resume to Jaime.Grimsley@tn.gov. There is no application deadline; applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.

Early Literacy Matters Literacy Coach - Contract

Eight (8) contracts will be awarded to serve the State of Tennessee.  These contracts will be awarded for one year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018. 

The Grantee awarded this contract shall provide coaching and support to participants through visits, phone calls, emails, group trainings, and community groups. The Grantee must also cooperate with the state and schools during the planning, implementation, and evaluation of this program. 

Responsibilities Of The Grantee

To support Early Literacy Matters, the Grantee must work alongside schools and childcare centers to take knowledge learned in training modules and implement into every day practice. 

  • The Grantee shall have knowledge and experience in early childhood and/or early literacy. 
  • The Grantee shall represent the State as requested at meetings.
  • The Grantee shall participate in Early Literacy Matters activities and committees.
  • The Grantee shall provide training and technical assistance to identified schools and child care centers, as they complete literacy modules. 
  • The Grantee shall complete pre-assessments on classroom environment between July 15, 2017 and August 30, 2017. 
  • The Grantee shall complete post-assessments on classroom environment between April 15, 2018 and May 15, 2018. 
  • The Grantee shall collect awareness surveys from each director, teacher, and assistant teacher to show educational background, teaching history, and overall awareness of developmentally appropriate literacy instruction.
  • The Grantee shall  administer a pre-test and post-test using the ELSA: Early Literacy Skills Assessment to a subset of children at randomly selected schools and child care centers.
  • The Grantee shall visit all assigned schools (25 total) at least once per month during the pilot. 
  • The Grantee shall provide 1:1 job embedded coaching to a subset of randomly selected schools and childcare centers. 
  • The Grantee shall fill out mileage reports to submit to the State for reimbursement.
  • The Grantee shall send a monthly report to Director of School-based Support Services, of all visits, activities, and trainings that were given. 
  • The Grantee shall maintain accurate and updated files on all pilot participants.
  • The Grantee shall work in conjunction with the state to collect data and to complete all reports. 
  • The Grantee shall maintain detailed documentation logs on all activities, schedules, services provided and referred, travel, time, and communication logs. The logs shall be kept on file and provided to the State upon request. 

The awarded contracts funding will begin July 1, 2017 and is estimated at $21,600.00 plus travel. Responses to this solicitation must be submitted electronically to Misty.Moody@tn.gov no later than 4 p.m. CT, September 15, 2017.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Misty Moody at email address stated above. The State reserves the right to determine, at its sole discretion, the appropriateness and adequacy of responses related this solicitation.

Applicants must address all items (below) and provide, in sequence, the information and documentation as required.  Applicants must also detail the response page number for each in the appropriate space below.

A Proposal Evaluation Team, made up of three or more State employees, will independently evaluate and score the Respondent's resume' and cover letter.  Each evaluator will use the following whole number, raw point scale for scoring each item:

0=little value      1=poor                 2=fair                    3=satisfactory                    4=good                 5=excellent

The three evaluation scores will be averaged.  The contract will be awarded for provision of these services to the eight applicants with the top score. 

Technical Qualifications, Experiences, & Approach Item Score Evaluation Factor Raw Weighted Score
Respondent has early childhood degree and/or reading specialist degree.     15  
Respondent has experience working in related field (teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach).   15  
Respondent has knowledge of Chapter 0520-12-01, Standards for School-administered Child Care, Read to be Ready, and TN-ELDS.   5  
Respondent has experience leading trainings and/or professional development.   15  
Respondent has provided three (3) professional references.   5  
Respondent has experience in administering, scoring, and analysis of assessments.   15  
Respondent has good interpersonal skills, relational, and desire to be a part of a team. (20 minute interview)   30  
Intern, Educator Talent, Teachers & Leaders

The Tennessee Department of Education's division of teachers and leaders is accepting applications for an internship to support the educator talent team. The educator talent team supports the state's efforts to improve recruitment, retention, compensation, and recognition of educators in Tennessee. The team manages the implementation of a federal competitive grant, Teacher Incentive Fund Round 4 (TIF 4), and works with districts across to state to develop and implement differentiated pay plans and innovative compensation systems. In addition, the team manages the state's educator recognition programs, including Teacher, Principal, and Supervisor of the Year.

The teachers and leaders division seeks to ensure that all students have access to an effective teacher and leader in every classroom and school in Tennessee. Its mission is to promote policies, systems, and practices that support districts, schools, an educator preparation providers in developing and sustaining an exceptional educator workforce.
The intern will support the educator talent team by providing additional capacity at the cross section of work across educator talent initiatives. This person must be based in the Nashville office. The position is anticipated to be 20 hours per week with the potential for flexible scheduling of hours.

Potential Projects

  • Analyze district submissions of differentiated pay plans and evaluate the submission process
  • Research best practices in human capital management, specifically in the areas of recruitment, selection, and staffing/assignment, with an emphasis on rural areas and increasing diversity
  • Support the team in developing training tools, resources, webinars, and presentations on effective recruitment, hiring, and selection practices
  • Create template for and draft case studies from innovative differentiated pay plans which highlight promising models in districts across the state
  • Review and identify innovative best practices across district differentiated pay plans to be shared with teacher leader cohorts and relevant stakeholders
  • Work closely with teachers and leaders strategy team members to create visuals that shows the human capital connections across the teachers and leaders division
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned to support the educator talent team

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with data analysis, including establishment of systems to track and communicate about data metrics
  • Strong analytical and writing skills with precise attention to detail
  • Excellent work ethic, high standards for work product, and the ability to manage towards ambitious timelines
  • A self-starter mindset with ability to take initiative in moving projects forward both collaboratively and independently
  • Experience in financial modeling, budgeting and performance monitoring is preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to interact and develop relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders

Contact

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter describing your interest in this position to Jaime.Grimsley@tn.gov. While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.

Read to be Ready Summer Grant Logistics Coordinator

The Tennessee Department of Education is seeking one candidate to coordinate the logistics for the Read to be Ready Summer Grant program for summer 2018. The logistics coordinator will report to the Read to be Ready Program Director and will work to plan, organize, and execute all of the trainings that will take place during the spring 2018 semester. They will also help organize the application process, budget review process, and monitoring process.

In order to meet this purpose, the logistics coordinator will work directly with the Read to be Ready Summer Grant team. The goal is to provide Tennessee educators with top-rate experiences before and during training, as well as assist in the seamless administration of critical grant processes.

Qualifications:

We are looking for a logistics coordinator who has the following traits and skills:

  1. Completion of at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; candidates who are currently pursuing or who have completed a master's degree are preferred;
  2. Professional experience in the education field, either administratively or in the classroom;
  3. Familiarity with working within complex processes and organizations;
  4. Aptitude to serve with a focus on excellence in customer service;
  5. Strong organizational, communication, and collaboration skills;
  6. Ability to adapt to changing situations quickly.

Duties:

The following are some of the duties the logistics coordinator will be expected for perform:

  1. Acquire contracts from hotels and venues (convention centers, hotel meeting spaces, and/or college campuses) to secure space for training events;
  2. Manage contract negotiations;
  3. Manage registration for training events;
  4. Assign attendees to hotels and create rooming lists for hotels to secure rooms;
  5. Coordinate training events with venues, including, but not limited to, placing catering orders, reserving breakout rooms, and determining table and chair needs;
  6. Serve as point of contact for venue staff on the day of training;
  7. Manage invoices after events are held;
  8. Manage all communication with venues before, during, and after events;
  9. Assist with managing communication with summer reading sites;
  10. Review and approve budgets submitted by districts for summer reading sites;
  11. Assist with assigning summer sites to monitors across the state;
  12. Assist with managing monitors during the summer as they visit sites;
  13. Fulfilling additional duties as they arise.

Commitment Details:

This position will begin on November 28, 2017 and will end on August 31, 2018 and will require a commitment of approximately 20-25 hours a week. However, this commitment will vary based on the inherent ebb and flow of summer grant process. Contractors selected for this position must live in the Nashville area, as they will be expected to work in the office at some points Note: Because the contracts coordinator is independently contracted with the department, he or she determines the hours and days worked, with the exception of the requirements that are outlined in the contract.

Application Process:

To apply for the position, please complete the online application by 12:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, October 23, 2017.

Applicants must submit a one-page resume, a cover letter, and at least two references to be considered. The cover letter should addresses why you are interested in this position, how previous experience qualifies you to work in this role, and any other important information you believe the selection committee should know about you.

There will be an application review, followed by a phone interview.

Please send questions to Paige Atchley, Read to be Ready Program Director, at ReadtobeReady.TN@tn.gov.