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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

Background

Too many of Tennessee’s children struggle to read.  In 2015, only 43 percent of third grade students scored proficient or advanced in English language arts on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP).  When looking at the same year’s Nation’s Report Card (NAEP) one-third of Tennessee students scored proficient on the fourth grade assessment.  With such low percentages, Tennessee must work diligently to increase the proficiency rate of the state’s population. Students who struggle to read are more likely to drop out of high school and have an increased propensity to experience incarceration and living a life in poverty.  In 2012, high school graduates that did not go on to post-secondary educational opportunities earned an average income of only $9,161.00. 

Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Education launched the Read to Be Ready initiative in February 2016 with the goal to increase the percentage of third grade student’s reading proficiently from 43 percent to 75 percent by 2025.  The initiative has five chapters:  Early Literacy Matters, But It’s Never Too Late, More Than “Sounding Out”, Teachers Are Critical, and It Takes A Community.                                                  

Early Literacy Matters

In a preschool policy brief by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) in 2006, the need for highly capable early childhood teachers was the focus of discussion.  Some programs in TN have already raised expectations because of government mandates such as those made to Head Start and TN Voluntary Pre-K. These mandates were a great start but there is still work to be done to raise expectations across all preschool programs.  In 2015, there were approximately 50,000 childcare providers in Tennessee, represented in group homes, child care centers, and schools. In addition to the variance in program types, there is a wide variance in the educational levels of providers. Providers’ educational backgrounds range from high school diplomas to graduate degrees in education. This variance in providers’ educational backgrounds pointed to a need to support those that hire teachers without secondary degrees in education. Early Literacy Matters is focused on the providers that hire non-institutionally trained individuals to work in center based and nonpublic school early childhood programs in Tennessee. 

The purpose of Early Literacy Matters is to provide foundational literacy training to all birth-five childcare providers by 2019, with a pilot beginning September 2017.  After a successful pilot, the State has decided to continue Early Literacy Matters for the 2018-19 school year.  In support of the State's Early Literacy Matters Program, the State is contracting for coaching and support for a new cohort of program participants. 

Solicitation Introduction

Two (2) contracts will be awarded to serve the State of Tennessee, one (1) based in the Clarksville-area and one (1) based in the Jackson-area.  These contracts will be awarded for one year beginning on approximately October 1, 2018 and ending September 30, 2019.

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

Responsibilities of the Contractor

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

  • The Contractor shall represent the State as requested at meetings.
  • The Contractor shall participate in Early Literacy Matters activities and committees.
  • The Contractor shall provide training and technical assistance to identified schools and child care centers, as they complete literacy modules.
  • The Contractor shall complete pre-assessments on classroom environment at the start of contract until completion.
  • The Contractor shall complete post-assessments on classroom environment between April 1, 2019 and May 15, 2019.
  • The Contractor 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 Contractor shall  administer a pre-test and post-test using the Early Literacy Skills Assessment (ELSA) to a subset of children at randomly selected schools and child care centers.
  • The Contractor shall visit all assigned schools at least once per month during the school year.
  • The Contractor shall provide 1:1 job embedded coaching to a subset of randomly selected schools and childcare centers.
  • The Contractor shall send a monthly report to Director of School-based Support Services and Early Literacy Matters, of all visits, activities, and trainings that were given.
  • The Contractor shall maintain accurate and updated files on all program participants.
  • The Contractor shall work in conjunction with the State to collect data and to complete all reports.
  • The Contractor 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 Contractor shall fill out mileage reports to submit to the State for reimbursement.

Payment Methodology

The awarded contracts will not to exceed $48,500 per contract, including travel.  Contractor’s compensation shall be contingent upon satisfactory provision of goods and services set forth as minimum requirements and responsibilities.  Contractor shall be compensated on the following payment methodology:

Goods or Services Description Amount (per compensable increment)
Early Literacy Matters Coaching support at 35 hours/week $30 per hour, not to exceed $42,000 per contract
Travel Reimbursement, subject to amounts and limitations specified in the current “State Comprehensive Travel Regulations” Not to exceed $6,500 per contract

Qualifications and Application Materials

Contractors must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Contractor has early childhood degree and/or other relevant educational background
  • Contractor has ability to travel within assigned region as required
  • Contractor has experience working in early childhood (teacher, coach, administrator)
  • Contractor has knowledge of the Rules of the State Board of Education, Chapter 0520-12-01: Standards for School-administered Child Care, Tennessee’s Read to be Ready program, and the Tennessee Early Childhood Education Early Learning Development Standards (TN-ELDS).
  • Contractor has ability to commit to a weekly schedule of up to 35 hours during standard business hours
  • Contractor has good interpersonal skills, is relational, and a strong collaborator
  • Contractor has experience leading trainings and/or professional development for adult learners
  • Contractor has experience in data collection and analysis
  • Contractor has demonstrated abilities to observe classroom instruction and provide appropriate feedback for continuous improvement
  • Contractor has strong organizational skills
  • Contractor has provided three (3) professional references 

Responses to this solicitation must be submitted electronically to Jessica Lord at Jessica.Lord@tn.gov no later than 4 p.m. CT, November 2, 2018.  For consideration, responses must include all of the following:

  1. Letter of intent highlighting technical qualifications and experiences,
  2. Current resume, and                     
  3. Three professional references. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Misty Moody, Director of School-based Support Services and Early Literacy Matters, at Misty.Moody@tn.gov

The State reserves the right to determine, at its sole discretion, the appropriateness and adequacy of responses related this solicitation.  Contracts are subject to funds availability and final approval by the state procurement offices.

Technical Qualifications,    Experiences, & Approach   Item Score    Evaluation Factor    Raw Weighted Score   
Respondent has early childhood degree and/or other relevant educational background   15  
Respondent has experience working in early childhood (teacher, coach, and/or administrator).   15  
Respondent has experience in data collection and analysis   15  
Respondent has demonstrated abilities to observe classroom instruction and provide appropriate feedback for continuous improvement   15  
Respondent has good interpersonal skills, is relational, and a strong collaborator.
(20 minute interview)
  15  
Respondent has strong organizational skills   10  
Respondent has knowledge of Preschool Development Grant, 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 for adult learners.   5  
Respondent has provided three (3) professional references that demonstrate good fit for this opportunity.   5  

 The Project Coordinator is a contracted position for the 2018-19 school year (until June 30, 2019) and will report to the Director of the Governor’s Academy for School Leadership (GASL). In this position, the Coordinator will manage the project plan and operations for the leader pipeline and rural principal areas of focus within the Transforming School Leadership and TTLA initiatives. The Coordinator will also work closely with other staff and divisions in the department as well as with external stakeholder groups.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Director of GASL and associated staff to integrate the content of these initiatives into a clear, comprehensive, and cohesive project plan with specific goals, timelines, deliverables, and owners
  • Create and implement logistics plans for all major trainings and events. Maintain a high bar for excellence related to logistics and seek feedback and improvement between all trainings and events
  • Provide operational and high-level logistical support for all elements of these initiatives, including:
    • Securing venues for all events
    • Oversight of contracting and budget
    • Managing relationships with all venues and partners
    • Managing food and A/V when applicable
    • Registration and travel reimbursement for all events
    • Participant communications for all events
  • Perform any other duties or responsibilities pertaining to successful operation of the Transforming School Leadership and TTLA initiatives.

Qualifications and Expectations:

  • Strong project management experience, including working with teams, setting benchmarks, and performance metrics
  • Strong personal presence and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative, and high standards for self and others; ability to manage towards ambitious organizational goals
  • Positive team attitude, with an ability to collaborate with managers and peers
  • Strong skills in written and verbal communications, organization and problem-solving
  • Ability to identify concrete implementation steps based on high level policy vision.
  • Ability to execute with quality in a high pressure environment
  • Commitment to ambitious goals for student performance and equity.
  • Preferred experience in education as an effective teacher or administrator

Salary:

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. Send cover letter and resume to Paul Fleming. Closing date for  applications is October 22, 2018.

Reports To:

Director of Data and Special Projects

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education, Nashville

Position Description:

The Data Analyst will report to the Director of Data and Strategic Projects and will provide additional analytical capacity at the cross-section of work across the team’s initiatives. This person must be based in the Nashville office.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Conduct analyses of educator evaluation data to assist team in determining policy direction and implementation fidelity.
  • Develop guidance documents to support effective implementation of the educator evalaution model.
  • Create tools, training, presentations, and resources on effective implementation of evaluation, measure selection, and teacher-student claiming.
  • Draft case studies that summarize promising practices across the state by selecting exemplars and possible comparison groups, interviewing key stakeholders, and synthesizing findings.
  • Ensure that data and analyses are presented internally and externally in an easily consumable and actionable format.
  • Prepare a variety of narratives, reports, and policy recommendations.
  • Research best practices in human capital management, specifically in the areas of educator evaluation, recruitment, selection, and staffing/assignment, with an emphasis on rural areas.
  • Proivde logistical support for trainings and district convenings.
  • Serve as a resource to internal teams on all related policy and research activities.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned to support the team.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with data analysis, including establishment of systems to track and communicate about data metrics.
  • Ability to perform a variety of activities involved in the research, collection, organization, analysis, processing, interpretation and reporting of educator effectiveness and academic data.
  • Knowledge of statistical software including Excel and STATA and data collection information systems,
  • Ability to present data clearly and in an accessible manner to variety of audiences.
  • 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.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to interact and develop relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Education policy and program experience at the district, state and/or federal level, 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 Sylvia.flowers@tn.gov.

Reports To:

Director of Assessment and Accountability Analytics

Position Description:

The Data Analyst will report to the Director of Assessment and Accountability Analytics. The incumbent’s primary responsibility will be to develop, support, and implement the state’s district and school accountability framework. This analyst plays a critical role in shaping district and state improvement efforts through technical leadership and management and reporting of important data points. Through the management, analysis, and reporting of data, this role will support Department leadership and other stakeholder decision-making and execution of strategic initiatives to ensure every Tennessee student receives a quality education. Attention to detail, accuracy, and flexibility are key traits for the successful candidate.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead analysis of the state’s testing data and other metrics used in the state’s accountability systems
  • Prepare and present findings from data analyses to department leadership and stakeholders
  • Develop and implement data management processes built on best practices
  • Serve as a data expert and resource to others within the department
  • Serve as a link between the state and LEAs on questions related to accountability data and process
  • Perform quality checks to ensure business rules align with state and federal regulations
  • Anticipate and solve data and process problems effectively and efficiently
  • Prepare federal reports
  • Perform other duties as needed

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in mathematics, statistics, economics, public policy, computer science, or related fields.
  • A professional background in education
  • Experience using R or Python for data wrangling, visualization, and computation, or deep proficiency with statistical software like Stata/SAS and willingness to learn R or Python
  • Familiarity with principles and tools for reproducible research
  • Ability to pursue self-directed learning
  • Ability to present data clearly and in an accessible manner to variety of audiences
  • Track record of delivering products and results under tight timelines
  • Exemplary writing skills, particularly translating data findings into actionable reports, memos, and presentations
  • Strong strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills
  • Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
  • Team orientation and willingness to contribute at all levels to meet deadlines and complete successful implementation

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please e-mail the following to Alexander Poon. While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.

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

Reports To:

Director of English Language Arts and Social Studies

Location:

Andrew Johnson Tower, Twelfth Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Position Description:

Collaborate with educators from across the state and country to ensure deep understanding of the expectations of the Tennessee state standards in K-12 English language arts and inform all aspects of content support.

Specific Position Responsibilities:                                                          

  • Support districts in the implementation of the ELA standards
  • Coordinate and support the development and dissemination of high-quality, resources and training content in English language arts
  • Help shape the agenda for state-wide and local trainings to support continuous improvement of English language arts instruction
  • Work with academic coordinator positions in CORE regions across the state to support the sharing of best practice
  • Support LEAs in the selection of English language arts textbooks and other curricular resources

Key Competencies:                       

  • Leadership
  • Sound Judgment
  • Relationship Builder
  • Drive for Excellence

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution required
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • 4 years minimum experience working in education
  • Deep knowledge of English language arts

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 go to this web page and follow the directions.

Reports To:

Executive Director of School Improvement

Location:

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

Position Description:

The Focus Schools Director will be charged with leading the implementation of a comprehensive support plan and service model for the state’s Focus schools and districts. Focus schools are those schools with student group (e.g., economically disadvantaged, English learners, students with disabilities, and Black, Hispanic, and Native American students) performance in the bottom 5% across all accountability indicators. The Focus Schools Director will reside in the department’s Office of School Improvement (OSI). The OSI will be positioned within the Office of the Commissioner and concentrate on coordinating supports for the state’s Priority (schools in the bottom 5% of performance) and Focus schools.

Position Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage the implementation of a differentiated service model to support all Focus schools and districts across the state
  • Analyze data from schools and districts to identify trends in student performance across districts, regions, and state and use that data to refine the Focus schools service model
  • Lead internal coordination amongst TDOE divisions to develop a clear set of deliverables for Focus school support that include revised school improvement plans and technical assistance
  • Operationalize the delivery of technical assistance to Focus Schools and districts in collaboration with the regional offices (CORE), the division of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring (CPM), and other teams from across the department
  • Communicate with stakeholders, including schools and districts, about the Focus school designation and available supports
  • Monitor the implementation of school improvement grants and the use of funds
  • Connect Focus schools with other districts and schools with successful outcomes in common areas
  • Participate in school visits and monitoring at Focus and Priority schools to learn and share promising practices

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of Science or Master of Arts in education or related field
  • Minimum of five years’ educational and/or administrative experience; district experience preferred
  • Experience at the school or district level managing or leading school turnaround in particular for students in historically underserved student groups
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and experience communicating complex information clearly, concisely and effectively
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Experience with managing complex projects and developing focused strategic plans that ensure project success

Other:

Successful candidates must be:

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

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

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

The Tennessee State Board of Education is seeking a General Counsel to advise the Board on all legal matters. The scope of work includes but is not limited to reviewing proposed rule and policy revisions, pending education legislation, charter school appeals and charter agreements, and educator licensure discipline actions, and responding to inquiries from the media and the public regarding Board actions and policy.

Collaboration, confidence, and communication are key to this position. The General Counsel works closely with the state Attorney General’s office and the Secretary of State to file and promulgate Board-approved rules. The General Counsel collaborates regularly with counsel from the Department of Education, the Tennessee School Boards Association, and counsel to local boards of education. The General Counsel also regularly trains school administrators on legal issues.

This position will report to the Executive Director of the State Board and will manage two staff attorneys, in addition to legal interns. The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to communicate effectively, manage multiple priorities, work with a variety of education stakeholders, and manage a diverse caseload.

About the Tennessee State Board of Education

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

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

These priorities are undergirded by a commitment to transparency and serving all students.

Job Responsibilities

The General Counsel is responsible for the following:

  1. Provide Legal Advice to the State Board of Education Members and Staff: The General Counsel will act as the attorney for the Board and its members in their official capacity and when not specifically represented by the Attorney General. The General Counsel will advise the Board and its staff on all legal matters.
  2. Managing Staff Attorneys: The State Board of Education has two staff attorneys who are responsible for all educator licensure discipline cases. The General Counsel is responsible for managing the staff attorneys and their work, as well as providing direction and assistance in case review practices, policies, and strategy.
  3. Rule Promulgation/Joint Government Operations: Work closely with representatives from the Office of the Attorney General and Secretary of State to file, revise, and promulgate rules. Join the Director of Legislative and External Affairs to present rules to the Joint Government Operations Committee of the General Assembly monthly.
  4. Board Meeting Item Review: Review all proposed rule and policy additions, revisions, or deletions prior to each quarterly or special called Board meeting. Ensure items are aligned with the law, within the Board’s statutory authority, and are correctly cited.
  5. Charter Schools: Draft charter school agreements and memorandums of understanding, provide legal advice to the Charter Team, assist in the annual charter appeal process, and review background checks of potential educators at Board-authorized charter schools.
  6. Litigation: Acting in accordance with the UAPA, manage all administrative proceedings, provide guidance on Board actions related to petitions, and represent the Board at contested case hearings. Liaise with Board members, staff, and the Attorney General’s office in the event of lawsuits in state or federal courts. Prepare a quarterly update for Board members on the status of all pending litigation.
  7. Respond to Inquiries: Respond to requests from Board members, Board staff, school districts, educators, parents, and other community members regarding policy and legal matters. This may involve conducting legal research, writing opinions, presenting or providing legal advice to the Board and Board staff.

Qualifications

We are seeking candidates who have:

  • Strong legal research and writing skills, including excellent oral and written advocacy skills
  • Litigation/case management experience, including experience managing multiple projects or cases
  • The ability to work efficiently and effectively with a high volume workload
  • Knowledge of state and federal education laws and administrative procedures
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence, meeting high expectations and a track record of getting things done even in the face of obstacles
  • Strong personal presence and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Organization, attention to detail, and an interest in crafting student-focused policies to achieve the Board’s vision

A Juris Doctorate and five (5) years of legal experience are required, with experience in education law preferred. Candidates must possess a current Tennessee law license. Prior experience with Board relations preferred but not required.

Salary for this position ranges from $70,000-$80,000 and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

How to Apply

Please send  a resume, cover letter, and writing sample of approximately three (3) to  five (5)  pages to Amy.Owen@tn.gov by Monday, October 22.

Reports To:

Robert Lewis, Director of Application Development

Location:

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

Position Description:     

As a Programmer/Analyst 4 you will build, test, and deploy innovative software. The team is small which means your contributions will have a big impact on any given project’s success. Your work will be mostly back end and middle tier development. May serve as a technical lead and mentor other developers.

Expected to attend daily stand-ups and working remote is not an option.

We are looking for an ambitious problem-solver who values learning, keeps current on technology trends, and enjoys the accountability that is expected from team members.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Participate in daily standups
  • Develop new software products from the ground up, while working closely with company stakeholders
  • Identify, research, and present new solutions to old problems as technology and opportunity arises
  • Provide ongoing maintenance, support and enhancements in existing systems and platforms.
  • Provide recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Work alongside other engineers on the team to elevate technology and consistently apply best practices.

Qualifications:

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Will learn whatever is necessary to get the job done
  • Will write clean, elegant, simple, testable code
  • Will commit often, perfect later, push once
  • Will take pride in their work
  • Will be passionate about software development
  • Will want to work with others who do the same
  • Will prefer an agile software development lifecycle
  • Will have a solid understanding of good software development principles, code quality, code smells, and design patterns
  • Has clear and concise communication skills and advanced level of English.

Experience with or willingness to learn the following:

  • .NET Core 1.0 & 2.0
  • ASP.NET core, LINQ, JavaScript, MVC
  • Entity Framework Core 2.0
  • Exposure to the Apache stack (Kafka, Spark, etc...) is ideal, but not required.
  • Extensive cloud experience preferably in Microsoft Azure.
  • Experience utilizing container based delivery strategies (Docker, Kubernetes).
  • Solid grasp of an APM tool such as New Relic, Application Insights etc.
  • Understanding of the SDLC and Agile development methodology
  • Experience with git, VSTS, Continuous Integration, and optionally continuous delivery mechanisms.
  • NoSQL experience Couchbase, Redis, Mongo, Dynamo
  • RDBMS experience (Postgres, MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle)
  • Demonstrable micro-service/SOA design and implementation experience.
  • Understanding of service topology, protocol, security and discovery (SOAP, REST)
  • Understanding of multi-threaded and concurrent programming techniques.
  • Understanding of enterprise level software design patterns.
  • 5-7 years as a .NET focused software engineer.
  • Bachelor's degree preferred or equivalent experience at an enterprise level.

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 Darnell.Billups@tn.gov. Applications will be accepted through November 1, 2018.

Reports To:

Arley Schrock

Location:

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

Position Description:     

As a Programmer/Analyst 4 you will build, test, and deploy innovative software. The team is small which means your contributions will have a big impact on any given project’s success. Your work will be mostly back end and middle tier development. May serve as a technical lead and mentor other developers.

The IT Division for the Department of Education is driving advance and innovative technological change each day that impacts every student and teacher in the state.  We are looking for an ambitious problem-solver who values learning, keeps current on technology trends, and enjoys the accountability that is expected from team members.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Participate in daily standups
  • Develop new software products from the ground up, while working closely with company stakeholders
  • Identify, research, and present new solutions to old problems as technology and opportunity arises
  • Provide ongoing maintenance, support and enhancements in existing systems and platforms.
  • Provide recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Work alongside other engineers on the team to elevate technology and consistently apply best practices.

Qualifications:

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Will learn whatever is necessary to get the job done
  • Will write clean, elegant, simple, testable code
  • Will commit often, perfect later, push once
  • Will take pride in their work
  • Will be passionate about software development
  • Will want to work with others who do the same
  • Will prefer an agile software development lifecycle
  • Will have a solid understanding of good software development principles, code quality, and design patterns
  • Has clear and concise communication skills.

Experience with or willingness to learn the following:

  • .NET Core 1.0 & 2.0
  • ASP.NET core, LINQ, JavaScript, MVC
  • Entity Framework Core 2.0
  • Exposure to the Apache stack (Kafka, Spark, etc...) is ideal, but not required.
  • Extensive cloud experience preferably in Microsoft Azure.
  • Experience utilizing container based delivery strategies (Docker, Kubernetes).
  • Solid grasp of an APM tool such as New Relic, Application Insights etc.
  • Understanding of the SDLC and Agile development methodology
  • Experience with git, VSTS, Continuous Integration, and optionally continuous delivery mechanisms.
  • NoSQL experience Couchbase, Redis, Mongo, Dynamo
  • RDBMS experience (Postgres, MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle)
  • Demonstrable micro-service/SOA design and implementation experience.
  • Understanding of service topology, protocol, security and discovery (SOAP, REST)
  • Understanding of multi-threaded and concurrent programming techniques.
  • Understanding of enterprise level software design patterns.
  • 5-7 years as a .NET focused software engineer.
  • Bachelor's degree preferred or equivalent experience at an enterprise level.

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 Darnell.Billups@tn.gov. Applications will be accepted through September 15, 2018.

Reports to:

Assistant Director of Reading Coaching

Location:

Mid-Cumberland Region (CORE Office-Nashville, TN)

Position Description:

Regional Reading Coach Consultants are responsible for training and supporting district reading coaches as part of the department’s statewide Read to be Ready Coaching Network. This includes participating in and redelivering professional development sessions, leading ongoing learning and reflection sessions, and providing differentiated support and feedback to district literacy coaches as needed.

Position Role and Responsibilities:

  • Attend professional development sessions as a Reading Coach Consultant cohort and redeliver the training regionally to district literacy coaches
  • Organize and execute coaching refinement cycles that increase district literacy coaches’ knowledge and strengthen their reflective practice
  • Train and support district reading coaches in their knowledge of instructional planning and their ability to lead instructional planning sessions with their teachers
  • Provide differentiated support and feedback to groups of district and individual coaches, administrators, and district contacts, as needed
  • Support district reading coaches in using data to set and monitor goals
  • Provide guidance in the selection of assessment tools, monitoring methods, materials, resources, and intervention strategies
  • Work collaboratively with other regional Reading Coach Consultants to improve team and individual performance
  • Coordinate meetings and communications with TDOE and district staff
  • Work collaboratively with other CORE staff members to reach shared goals
  • Participate in professional learning opportunities and other state, regional, and local meetings as assigned

The ideal candidate is a self-motivated relationship-builder with experience in coaching and literacy. Candidates should be organized, strategic, and passionate about literacy and the potential of teachers to learn and improve.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field, Masters preferred
  • Experience as an administrator, coach, content-area teacher, or reading teacher, with a record of success achieving clearly-defined outcomes
  • Demonstrated record of effectiveness leading adult learning
  • Ability to work collaboratively with various stakeholders; strong relationship builder
  • Strategic thinker who uses evidence to make decisions
  • Strong planning and organizational skill
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Enthusiastic about giving and receiving feedback and helping others to learn and grow
  • Travel is required, must have a driver’s license
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

The annual salary for this position is commensurate with qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter to Becky.Cox@tn.gov. The closing date for the application is October 17, 2018.

Reports To:

Director of School Safety Center, Brenna Morse

Location:

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

Position Description:     

The Safe Schools Coordinator provides program development, communications and grant management support to the Tennessee School Safety Center

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate grant administration process including application, review and disbursement.
  • Monitor district compliance with relevant federal and state policy.
  • Manage district and school-level continuous improvement processes surrounding school safety with an emphasis upon emergency operations planning.
  • Develop safety and preparedness training on a wide range of topics, utilizing a variety of delivery models.
  • Coordinate collection and management of relevant data.

Competency Qualifications:

  • Ability to assume responsibility, display initiative, and exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to demonstrate teamwork and a customer focus.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to handle and maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and written.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience equivalent to four years of full-time professional educational, instructional or supervisory/administrative work.
  • Working knowledge of basic computer technology.
  • Ability to travel as necessary.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is $65,000 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 Brenna.Morse@tn.gov Applications are due by November 2, 2018.

The Achievement School District is accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Pre-K Teacher
  • 1st Grade Teacher
  • 3rd-5th Grade Special Education Teacher
  • 5th Grade ELA Teacher
  • Music Teacher
  • P.E. Teacher
  • Art Teacher

Location:

Achievement Schools in Memphis, Tennessee:

  • Corning Achievement Elementary
  • Frayser Achievement Elementary
  • Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary
  • Whitney Achievement Elementary

Position Description:        

To plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in elementary or secondary learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential. Work is performed under the supervision of the Principal.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Foster a positive, productive classroom culture
  • Plan and deliver rigorous, standards-aligned lessons that cultivate students' knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Contribute to the school community
  • Use data to reflect regularly upon student learning and adjust course when necessary
  • Collaborate with colleagues in a productive and professional way

The Achievement Schools is actively seeking teachers who embody the following characteristics:      

  • Team Player - Values collaborating with and working alongside others; works productively to resolve conflict and assumes the best in others
  • Drive - Motivated to pursue actions and solutions that dramatically advance student achievement
  • Culturally Aware - Holds expectations for all students, works well across lines of difference, committed to the community
  • Data-driven - Consistently gathers and utilizes data to drive student achievement
  • Professional - ​Presents themselves in a professional manner in all interactions with students, families, and the community
  • Self-Aware - Operates with humility, recognizes one's strengths and limitations, acknowledges the critical role that teachers play in students' achievement, and proactively works to learn and improve their craft
  • Commitment to working with historically underserved students

Benefits of Working at the Achievement Schools:

  • Leading change in underserved students and communities
  • Ongoing professional development, coaching, and support
  • A centralized curriculum planning and coaching team which will support your planning efforts in the classroom
  • Proven, experienced Memphis leadership in schools and at the network leadership level
  • Generous compensation with opportunities for significant growth and leadership
  • Comprehensive and competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and retirement
  • Benefits and perks of employment with the State of Tennessee, including (but not limited to) state higher education fee discounts / waivers
  • Eligible for public service student loan forgiveness

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution required
  • Valid and active Tennessee teaching license required
  • Experience teaching in an urban community preferred

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $45,000 - $70,000. Pay will be commensurate with qualifications. The benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, life, disability, flexible spending accounts, and a retirement/pension plan through the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS).

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Emily.Banks@tn.gov.

Reports To:

Chief Assessment Officer

Location:

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

Position Description:     

The TNReady Customer Service Specialist is charged with delivering outstanding customer service related to the state assessment program.  This person will develop and implement an ambitious customer service program, including proactive outreach to stakeholders such as testing coordinators, parents, teachers, and the general public.  The TNReady Customer Service Specialist will need a willingness to travel (up to 50%), in order to provide outreach to stakeholder groups around the state.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

Customer Service Functions

  • In cooperation with vendor, train vendor helpdesk CSRs (training may be on-site at vendor location)
  • In cooperation with vendor, create and continually update scripts for CSRs
  • Train TDOE helpdesk CSRs
  • Create and continually update scripts for TDOE helpdesk CSRs
  • Establish and monitor ticketing system for tned.assessment
  • In cooperation with communications team, answer emails from tnready email address
  • Be readily available to district stakeholders as a primary contact for email and phone communications
  • Assess customer service needs of TDOE and vendor; report on those needs with proposed solutions
  • Use survey and focus groups to gain feedback from the field on customer service issues; report on those issues to leadership
  • During peak times, proactively intervene in difficult customer service situations in a timely manner

Assessment Literacy Functions

  • Develop assessment literacy materials for various audiences (teachers, parents, general public) in cooperation with communications team
  • Travel and present assessment literacy training in CORE regions and individual districts

Training and Review Functions

  • Participate fully in various assessment reviews
    • User Acceptance Testing for computer-based testing
    • Test books & answer document review for paper-based testing
  • In cooperation with Assistant Director, review TAM and TAPS for accuracy, completeness and user-friendliness
  • Play a key role in the development and publishing of the Guide to Test Interpretation
  • Play a key role in the development and publishing of the Parent Information Guide
  • Assist Director of State Assessments with item review, rangefinding, and standard setting as needed
  • Participate in test security audits as assigned by the Director of State Assessments
  • Provide training on testing policies and procedures to district and school stakeholders
  • Supervise team of TNReady Testing Coordinator Ambassadors

Non-Public School Functions

  • Establish and administer an assessment communication plan for non-public schools
    • Should include monthly contact with those schools via email
    • Should include bi-monthly webinars for non-public specific issues with assessment
  • Work with Director of School Choice to communicate ordering, provisioning, and other non-public specific information to those schools
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned by manager

Qualifications:

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Education, Communications, or a related field
  • Advanced degree preferred

Minimum Experience, Knowledge, Skill and Ability Requirements:

  • Must have 2 or more years of experience serving as a testing coordinator, preferably at the district level.
  • Experience in customer service as a customer service representative or customer service manager preferred
  • Must be a skilled user of PowerPoint (as well as other Microsoft Office products)
  • Experience in developing and delivering online trainings, including strong familiarity with learning management systems and software such as Camtasia preferred
  • Must have strong presentation skills
  • Willingness to travel
  • 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

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 Heather.Peltier@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.