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We seek to build a team dedicated to the goal of dramatically improving student achievement, grounded in the belief that children from all backgrounds can succeed when given the opportunities they deserve, and committed to the core values of our department.

Full-Time Openings

Reports To:

Director, IEA Program

Location:

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

Position Description:         

This position will support the Individualized Education Account (IEA) Program in the Division of Policy and External Affairs and will work closely with the offices of Local Finance and Accounting to administer Individualized Education Accounts for students with disabilities.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide excellent customer service to parents who have questions about the IEA Program (e.g., how to enroll their child in the program, how to use IEA funds, how to report use of IEA funds, IEA Program requirements/ account holder responsibilities, and IEA payments).
  • Review expense report forms and receipts submitted by IEA account holders (parents) and determine whether IEA funds were spent on approved expenses.
  • Track all expense reports, receipts, and expense information.
  • Distribute IEA funding to the IEA debit card accounts of each IEA account holder, and track payment distribution. Responsible for handling all issues/problems regarding account payments.
  • Process and track account holder requests to make contributions to educational savings accounts using their IEA funds.
  • Process and track account holder expense pre-approval requests.
  • Work with the accounting team to reconcile the IEA payments, and complete any end of fiscal year reconciliation and reporting for the IEA payments.
  • Process applications (including renewal applications) and contracts submitted by prospective account holders/ current account holders to participate in the IEA Program.
  • Ensure that all account holders comply with the requirements to participate in the IEA Program.
  • Keep account holder information updated, and process account holder requests to update their account information.
  • Monitor and track student enrollment in the program, and process requests to withdraw students from the program.
  • Process assessment verification forms submitted by account holders, and track completion of this requirement.
  • Prepare reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing account holder data submitted through the various account holder forms.
  • Assist with reviewing and developing content for parent information sessions, training sessions, webpages, and materials.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with major in Business, Accounting, Education, Communications, or other related field.
  • Two or more years of relevant experience or a graduate degree in Business, Accounting, Education, Communications, or other related field.
  • Strong skills in written and verbal communications. Experience communicating with a wide variety of audiences and parents.
  • Strong organization skills and a track record of managing projects to meet deadlines and achieve milestones over time.
  • A commitment to the mission of the organization and dedication to effective implementation of the IEA Program.
  • A team player who is flexible and resilient, organized, a fast learner, and one who takes initiative in their work.
  • Integrity, a proactive approach, excellent judgment, a results-oriented and problem-solving mentality.

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 Rebecca.E.Wright@tn.gov.  Resumes will be accepted through Jan. 1, 2019.

Reports To:

Debby Thompson, Director of Planning

Location:

Chattanooga, Hamilton County

Position Description:     

This professional position requires the incumbent to provide technical assistance and support to LEAs on ESEA and IDEA within a specified region of the state. The regional consultant will conduct statewide monitoring of LEAs, review and approve consolidated funding applications (CFAs), and provide professional development.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

This position will be responsible for:

  • Providing technical assistance and support to assigned school districts regarding ESEA and IDEA programs.
  • Ensuring completion and submission of all required reports as required by ESEA and IDEA.
  • Providing training to school staff regarding appropriate and allowable use of ESEA and IDEA funds.
  • Reviewing and approving funding applications for ESEA and IDEA.
  • Technical assistance for the compliant and effective development of school improvement plans in Title I schools.
  • Conducting on-site and desktop monitoring of ESEA/IDEA programs and following-up on actions required as a result of monitoring findings.

Qualifications:

3 years of educational leadership and a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree

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 Deborah.Thompson@tn.gov. Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2018.

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:

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 to rapidly improve student achievement in the state’s Focus schools, which are schools that have one or more student groups (e.g., economically disadvantaged, English learners, students with disabilities, and Black, Hispanic, and Native American students) performing in the bottom 5% across the state’s accountability indicators. This position will work with district and other department staff to coordinate the department’s resources to support schools and their districts in implementing improvement plans as well as develop additional services. The Focus Schools Director will reside in the department’s Office of School Improvement (OSI). The OSI is positioned within the Office of the Commissioner and concentrates on coordinating supports for the state’s Priority (schools in the bottom 5% of performance) and Focus schools.

Position Responsibilities Include:

  • Coordinate internal resources and supports in collaboration with regional offices (CORE) and the division of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring (CPM) to assist districts and schools in implementing their annual improvement plans
  • Analyze regional, district and school performance data to identify trends and insights that inform new supports or refine current supports for Focus districts and schools
  • Communicate with districts, schools and other stakeholders about the Focus school designation and available supports
  • Monitor the implementation of a federal improvement grant including conducting visits to evaluate and monitor district supports and school instructional practices
  • Participate in school visits and monitoring at 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
  • Strong project management experience with managing complex projects and strategic plans that ensure project success
  • Experience with leading school improvement, 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

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
  • 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.

Reports To:

Executive Director of School Improvement

Location:

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

Position Description:

The Priority Schools Director will be charged with leading the implementation of a comprehensive support plan designed to support rapid improvement in the state’s lowest performing schools. This position will work with district and other department staff to manage, implement, and monitor federal and state improvement grants and coordinate the department’s resources to support districts and schools in implementing their improvement plans. The Priority School 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 and Focus schools.

Position Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop and manage federal and state improvement grants
  • Monitor the implementation of federal and state improvement grants including conducting visits to evaluate and monitor district practices and structures, and school instructional practices
  • Coordinate internal resources and supports to assist districts and schools in implementing their grants and improvement plans
  • Analyze district and school performance data to identify trends and insights leading to actionable strategies and/or tactics
  • Communicate with districts, schools and other stakeholders about the Priority school designation and available supports
  • Participate in school visits and monitoring at Focus and Priority schools to learn and share promising practices
  • Manage professional learning opportunities for Priority school principals designed to build their skills and knowledge to lead successful turnaround schools

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
  • Must have minimum of three years’ experience at the district level leading school turnaround in roles like an instructional supervisor, instructional coach, or principal
  • Strong project management experience with managing complex projects and strategic plans that ensure project success.
  • Experience managing or implementing grants
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and experience communicating complex information clearly, concisely and effectively
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

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
  • 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.

Reports To:

Director of Priority Schools

Location:

The position will be located in the Andrew Johnson Tower, 710 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee.

Position Description:

The School Improvement Support Coordinator is an integral role in the Department of Education positioned in the Office of School Improvement (OSI). This position works with the Director of Priority Schools in the support of the state’s lowest-performing schools and its corresponding districts across the state. The school improvement support coordinator will be responsible for supporting the fiscal management and oversight and monitoring of state and federal grants targeting school improvement.

Position Responsibilities Include:

School Improvement Grants

  • Assist Director of Priority Schools with development of grants sourced from Title I, School Improvement funds and/or state funds.
  • Provide fiscal training and support to districts in preparing and applying for School Improvement funding.
  • Support Director of Priority Schools with oversight and development of the School Improvement grant application process, including drafting of applications, rubrics, and budget documents.
  • Provide guidance, support, and fiscal training to districts and schools in the implementation of the grant and grant revisions/amendments.

Grant Monitoring

  • Assist Director of Priority Schools in the monitoring of districts for compliance with federal regulations, fidelity of implementation, and effectiveness of strategies. Monitoring is conducted via desktop and district and school site visits.

Technical Assistance

  • Assist Director of Priority School with ongoing oversight and support of districts in the implementation of the School Improvement grants and the use of funds via webinars, periodic check-in calls, and site visits.
  • Provide sub-grantees with assistance on fiscal issues as requested or as needed.

Awards and Reimbursements

  • Coordinate with the department’s fiscal team on district reimbursement requests to reflect the reviewed and allowable budgets as part of fiscal oversight of School Improvement grants.
  • Review monthly reimbursement requests from sub-grantees prior to payment for compliance with allowable budget as part of fiscal oversight of grant funds.
  • Track grant awards and expenditures to sub-grantees for Director of Priority Schools – preparing summative quarterly reports of grant status.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education, finance, accounting, or business.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in grant management, education, finance or accounting
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite – Excel proficiency required.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Other:

Successful candidates must be:

  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfortable with change.
  • Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Able to prioritize work, meet deadlines 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.

Interested Candidates: 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, Ginnae.Harley@tn.gov.

Reports To:

Brittany Debity-Barker, Director of Student Leadership, Division of College, Career and Technical Education

Location:

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

Position Description:        

The State Advisor for HOSA & FCCLA will provide leadership, daily oversight, and coordination of all HOSA and FCCLA activities and responsibilities, including planning and coordinating all regional/state events and educational programs. This position will provide statewide support and service to teachers while implementing specific organizational goals and developing a positive image for Tennessee HOSA and FCCLA, their aligned programs of study, and the Tennessee Department of Education.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  1. Provide leadership and support to career and technical education teachers, aligned programs, and affiliated chapters statewide, and conducting school visits as appropriate.
  2. Planning and coordinating career development events at the local, state, and national levels for middle school and high school students who are members of HOSA and FCCLA student professional organizations.
  3. Maintain accurate regional and statewide organizational records and data.
  4. Assist with data collection for all mandated annual reports and other surveys as needed.
  5. Collaborate with the Director of Student Leadership and aligned Program Managers to develop uniform planning and support for career and technical education and the organizations.
  6. Increase membership enrollment in existing chapters and promote the development of new high school and middle school chapters statewide.
  7. Provide up-to-date communications with teachers by promoting and maintaining a regional event calendar and a state event calendar, updating the organizations’ websites, and sending event update emails and reminders to advisors.
  8. Train state officers for each organization, providing premier leadership, personal growth and career development opportunities throughout their year of service.
  9. Collaborate with CTSO State Advisors within the Student Leadership Team to create consistent and high quality events, holistic teacher support materials, and projects which support the goals of the department.
  10. Build relationships with external stakeholders such as teachers associations, industry partners, postsecondary partners, and other affiliates to ensure organizational relevance, support, and access.

Qualifications:

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:

Visit http://agency.governmentjobs.com//tennessee/default.cfm  and search for position “EDUC Consultant 2 ____________ ” under “Current Openings”. Applications will be accepted through the State of Tennessee Job Opportunities portal until 11:59 p.m. on December 5, 2018.  

Reports To:

Brittany Debity-Barker, Director of Student Leadership, Division of College, Career and Technical Education

Location:

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

Position Description:        

The State Advisor for SkillsUSA & TSA will provide leadership, daily oversight, and coordination of all SkillsUSA and TSA activities and responsibilities, including planning and coordinating all regional/state events and educational programs. This position will provide statewide support and service to teachers while implementing specific organizational goals and developing a positive image for Tennessee SkillsUSA and TSA, their aligned programs of study, and the Tennessee Department of Education.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  1. Provide leadership and support to career and technical education teachers, aligned programs, and affiliated chapters statewide, and conducting school visits as appropriate.
  2. Planning and coordinating career development events at the local, state, and national levels for middle school and high school students who are members of SkillsUSA and TSA student professional organizations.
  3. Maintain accurate regional and statewide organizational records and data.
  4. Assist with data collection for all mandated annual reports and other surveys as needed.
  5. Collaborate with the Director of Student Leadership and aligned Program Managers to develop uniform planning and support for career and technical education and the organizations.
  6. Increase membership enrollment in existing chapters and promote the development of new high school and middle school chapters statewide.
  7. Provide up-to-date communications with teachers by promoting and maintaining a regional event calendar and a state event calendar, updating the organizations’ websites, and sending event update emails and reminders to advisors.
  8. Train state officers for each organization, providing premier leadership, personal growth and career development opportunities throughout their year of service.
  9. Collaborate with CTSO State Advisors within the Student Leadership Team to create consistent and high quality events, holistic teacher support materials, and projects which support the goals of the department.
  10. Build relationships with external stakeholders such as teachers’ associations, industry partners, postsecondary partners, and other affiliates to ensure organizational relevance, support, and access.

Qualifications:

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:

Visit http://agency.governmentjobs.com//tennessee/default.cfm  and search for position “EDUC Consultant 2 ____________ ” under “Current Openings”. Applications will be accepted through the State of Tennessee Job Opportunities portal until 11:59 p.m. on December 5,, 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.

The Tennessee Department of Education’s division of teachers and leaders is accepting applications for a TEAM Coordinator to support the educator effectiveness and talent strategy team. This team supports the state’s efforts to acquire, develop and sustain an exceptional educator workforce in Tennessee. The team also provides data and technical assistance to districts in order to improve recruitment, retention, compensation, and recognition of educators in Tennessee.

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 TEAM Coordinator will report to the Senior Director of Educator Evaluation and will provide additional capacity within and across teams. This person must be based in the Nashville office.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the implementation of the state’s approved educator evaluation models.
  • Draft communications for educators such as policy guidance, training materials and resources, training registration information, and feedback survey modules.
  • Develop and review process documentation to create efficient, streamlined operations and create and refine mechanisms to share knowledge and train internal team members.
  • Participate in team project planning and update tasks, milestones, and timelines throughout project cycles.
  • Manage logistics for Educator Effectiveness events such as teacher and administrator trainings, network meetings, and team meetings while maintaining a high bar for customer service and excellence:
    • Securing venues for events
    • Oversight of internal and external contracting and budget
    • Managing relationships with all venues & partners
    • Managing food and A/V when applicable
  • Work closely with the Director of Communications and Operations to implement the division’s communication strategy and style guides related to TEAM Update, the TEAM website, and the Teachers and Leaders communications review process.
  • Develop tracking system for the review and approval of alternate observation models and processes to ensure data quality with the vendor-managed data systems.
  • Review feedback surveys from educator stakeholders and synthesize data to inform policy and procedural recommendations for the educator evaluation team.
  • Ensure that TEAM resources are kept up-to-date, visible and accessible to internal and external stakeholders via the TEAM website, Sharepoint and other tools.
  • Manage and track the TEAM Questions email address and ensure timely, accurate responses to stakeholder questions.
  • Track expenditures of evaluation funds and develop any needed expenditure reports to share with senior team members.
  • Analyze relevant research to inform policy development related to educator evaluation.
  • 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:

  • Project management experience, including working with teams, setting benchmarks and performance metrics.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment balancing multiple ongoing projects, both large and small, at the same time.
  • Strong ability to collaborate with managers and peers.
  • Exceptional organization skills, writing skills and precise attention to detail.
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative and high standards for self and others; ability to manage towards ambitious timelines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to present information clearly and in an accessible manner to variety of audiences.
  • A self-starter mindset with ability to take initiative in moving projects forward both collaboratively and independently.
  • Education policy and program experience at the district, state and/or federal level, preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that demonstrates the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Successful candidates will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Contact

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

Reports To:

Darlene Estes-Del Re

Location:

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

Position Description:         

The Director of the Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) Programs is responsible for developing and administering a quality process for the allocation of VPK funds, based on rigorous program standards, to ensure VPK program improvements statewide. The Director of VPK Programs is responsible for supporting districts with VPK programs through technical assistance and professional training, focused on best practices in pre-K instruction and program administration. The Director monitors program improvements annually, and through site visits in collaboration with the office of school-based support services.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Develops and administers a district application process for Voluntary Pre-K funds that ensures continuous improvement of VPK programs statewide. Leads and manages allocation of VPK funds based on quality benchmarks as determined by the VPK application.
  • Supports district planning for high quality pre-K programs by offering technical assistance for grant application development, as well as program planning. Provides districts with current knowledge from research and benchmark programs nationwide to focus on improving TN programs. Responds to district questions regarding VPK program requirements, expectations, and allowances, as needed.
  • Provides high quality professional training for VPK programs, focused on instructional best practices and program improvement. District and regional trainings will be offered via multiple methods and multiple providers, as frequently as needed. Professional training will be developed and facilitated in collaboration with office of early learning leaders and other department of education leaders and trainers, as well as through contracts with early education experts.
  • Monitors program improvement efforts in districts through an annual review process, to be developed in alignment with the revised VPK application for funds. Works with the VPK data manager to ensure classes are full and VPK funds are ensuring the placement of high needs students in district classrooms, as defined by the VPK eligibility criteria. Works with the Head Start State Collaboration Director and 619 Coordinator to ensure alignment of enrollment priorities. Works closely with the Director for School-based Support Services to monitor VPK classrooms, clearly communicates expectations for quality, and provides support to district for improvement efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director, Office of Early Learning.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum five years’ experience as an educator, teacher leader, and/or administrator in early childhood settings.
  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Education preferred.
  • Special education background, knowledge, and experience preferred.
  • Belief that all children can learn and that expectations must remain high for all students.
  • Comfort with some out-of-state travel and willingness to attend state conferences.
  • The ability to engage key stakeholders, and communicate and collaborate effectively to improve outcomes for students. This includes strong written and verbal skills.
  • Familiarity with the challenges facing education reform efforts in Tennessee and the U.S.
  • A willingness to proactively take on leadership roles and possess a strong work ethic as well as problem solving skills.
  • The ability to write and deliver high-impact presentations and training modules.
  • The capacity to leverage internal and external networks and to engage in team problem solving.

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 Darlene.DelRe@tn.gov. Applications will be accepted through December 7, 2018.

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.