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Career Opportunities

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:

Principal

Location:

Achievement School District (ASD)
Memphis, TN

Position Description:     

The Achievement Schools Network’s ESL Teacher will play a vital role in building relationship with newcomer English Learners (EL) students, and providing direct teaching service to returning EL in the five direct-run schools, as is required by state and federal regulations.  

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Create an educational environment that is conducive to learning and needs of students; prepare instructional materials for ESL classes following TN state content standards and WIDA standards; and provide written evidence of preparation to supervisor/administrator upon request.  
  •  Regularly check for newly enrolled Non-English Language Background (NELB) students in PowerSchool and by communicating with schools’ front office staff and classroom teachers. 
  • Inform parents of students’ ESL status and update cumulative folders with signed forms before beginning ESL services.  
  • Complete wida.us tests certification in a timely manner prior to administering assessments. 
  • Administer the W-APT, WIDA Screener, and WIDA ACCESS to all eligible students in a timely manner as required by state regulations.  
  • Establish a standard of classroom behavior and maintain classroom management.  
  • Confer with teachers and school administrators at each school to develop class schedules to meet service hour requirements according to state and federal service regulations. 
  • Regularly communicate with classroom teachers to provide scaffolding and differentiation; and to revise ELs accommodation in Language Support Plans (LSP). 
  • Create a LSP for all ELs and former ELs in transition (T1-T4) to monitor academic progress; and train regular education teacher in understanding the LSP and ELs’ WIDA Can Dos. 
  • Maintains accurate, complete and correct records in cumulative folders that include quarterly LSPs, signed forms, ESL assessment results, and all required documents according to state and federal regulations.  
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or directed. 

Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree and ESL endorsement in the grade taught with a valid Tennessee certificate. Must be highly qualified. Governed by the Rules and Regulations of the Tennessee Code Annotated and the collective bargaining agreement. Must be physically and mentally able to perform the responsibilities and duties of the position.  

Knowledge, skills, and self-motivated. High energy level; verbal and written communication skills; attention to detail; high work standards; problem solving; decision making; organizing and planning; critical thinking; flexibility; adaptability; initiative.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree 
  • Be eligible to work in the United States  
  • Meet ONE of the following requirements: 
    • Be licensed and Highly Qualified by NCLB guidelines OR  
    • Be eligible to work on a transitional license (i.e. hold a degree/24 credit hours in the subject area or pass the Praxis II exam in the subject area)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Believe that student failure is not an option 
  • Take responsibility for student growth 
  • Be masters of pedagogy and content knowledge 
  • Continuously develop their skills 
  • Lead and manage the classroom 
  • Engage all students 
  • Work collaboratively with peers 
  • Build strong relationships with students, parents, and colleagues

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $45,000 - $60,000. 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 humanresources@tnasd.org.  Closing date for applications is February 8.

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 CTE Administrative Support Specialist will support the CTSO State Advisors and their corresponding organizations (DECA, FBLA, FFA, HOSA, SkillsUSA, and TSA) with the conducting of year-round student activities. Travel around the state to support various events and conferences is required. 

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  1. Promoting the efficient operation of the Division of CCTE. Interacting on a daily basis with CCTE staff and perform a wide range of day-to-day administrative and office support tasks. Responding to director/state advisor job-related needs in an appropriate and timely manner.
  2. Interacting via oral and written communication with teachers, students, CTE directors, business and industry personnel, state employees at all levels, legislative personnel, and the general public to respond to inquiries that are moderate in nature and/or direct inquiry to appropriate staff member or office.
  3. Supporting Career and Technical initiatives by serving in a project support role.
  4. Supporting Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) meetings and/or conferences.
  5. Serving as information and communication center for division of CCTE. Screen and direct incoming telephone calls; receive visitors; apply signature for and distribute express mail deliveries; receive, review, answer and/or re-direct written and electronic mail.
  6. Interacting/communicating on a daily basis with CTE cluster consultants and CTSO state advisors to prioritize their support needs with regards to the performance of their job-related duties.
  7. Responding to verbal, written, and emailed correspondence within 48 hours.
  8. Returning all phone calls in a prompt and professional manner, within 24 hours.
  9. Ensuring efficient operation of standard office equipment.
  10. Performing general clerical duties including photocopying, fax, and mailing.
  11. Preparing and process documents including correspondence, reports, memos, and email.
  12.  Maintaining office work flow by managing assigned tasks in a timely manner and coordinating/adjusting actions.
  13. Assisting with updating yearly CTE teacher advisor databases for career clusters.
  14. Preparing/assembling CTSO competitive events materials for student organization conferences.

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 “ADMIN SECRETARY-011718-165045” under “Current Openings”. Applications will be accepted through the State of Tennessee Job Opportunities portal until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2018.

The Tennessee Department of Education operates with this vision: districts and schools in Tennessee will exemplify excellence and equity such that all students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to successfully embark upon their chosen path in life. Guided by the department’s five-year strategic plan, Tennessee Succeeds, the department has set four ambitious goals:

  • Tennessee will rank in the top half of states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), or the nation’s Report Card, by 2019.
  • 75 percent of Tennessee third graders will be proficient in reading by 2025.
  • The average ACT composite score in Tennessee will be a 21 by 2020.
  • The majority of high school graduates from the class of 2020 will earn a postsecondary certificate, diploma, or degree.

The Tennessee Department of Education’s division of teachers and leaders is accepting applications for Director of Data and Strategic Projects 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 using data from the educator evaluation system as a foundation. The team works with districts across to state to develop and implement differentiated pay plans and innovative compensation systems and manages the implementation of a federal competitive grant, Teacher Incentive Fund Round 4 (TIF 4). The team develops strategies and provides training around teacher recruitment, staffing and placement with a focus on increasing diversity and ensuing equitable access to effective teaching.

The Director of Data and Strategic Projects will support development and implementation of high priority policies and projects for the Teachers and Leaders Division. This position will work closely with other divisions, staff across Teachers and Leaders, and vendor partners to continuously improve the functionality of the statewide evaluation and licensure database (TNCompass). Additionally, the Director work with Teachers and Leaders and staff from other divisions to align strategic projects and initiatives that make use of, and build on, educator data.

Responsibilities

  • Analyze relevant research to inform policy development related to human capital management, program approval and licensure projects, and teacher and leader effectiveness strategic initiatives among key internal and external stakeholders
  • Work across divisions in the department to ensure that educator data is collected, analyzed, and aligned with other statewide information databases to meet the department’s strategic needs
  • Serve as the division’s point person for educator evaluation data-related projects and statewide data requests
  • Provide technical and analytical support for district planning and use of the comprehensive database (TNCompass) combining licensure and evaluation data
  • Design and facilitate training sessions and materials to improve database management policies and practices for both internal and external stakeholders
  • Identify and disseminate innovative human capital practices among participating and interested districts
  • Other duties related to key initiatives as assigned

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with data analysis, including establishment of systems to track and communicate about data metrics
  • Strong analytical skills with precise attention to detail; familiarity with STATA strongly preferred
  • Strong teamwork, with an ability to collaborate with managers, peers, and direct reports
  • Project management experience, including working with teams, setting benchmarks, performance metrics, and concrete implementation steps based on high level policy vision
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills (written and verbal), organization and problem-solving; strong customer service skills and ability to train others on data management
  • Innovative and strategic thinker; solutions-oriented
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative and high standards for self and others; ability to execute and manage towards ambitious organizational goals in a high pressure environment
  • 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; familiarity with Tennessee’s educator evaluation model (TEAM) preferred
  • Commitment to ambitious goals for student performance and equity
  • Willingness to travel (10-15%)

Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Contact

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

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 Executive FFA Secretary will manage a team of three regional FFA consultants to collectively plan and facilitate high quality TN FFA competitions and events across the state.  Additionally, this position will develop teacher resources and student leadership development opportunities reflective of postsecondary and industry demands and emerging trends.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for maintaining the integrity of the FFA brand and driving membership efforts to support the 100% affiliation goal, including providing support to FFA advisors to ensure the successful and timely submission of chapter rosters and related payments by state designated deadlines, and management of the collective state membership to be shared with National FFA to secure accurate delegate counts.
  2. Develop and implement a plan to increase enrollment in middle and high school chapters and increase engagement of agriculture educators to grow academic performance, employability skill development, and postsecondary and career readiness of agriculture students.
  3. Provide leadership development opportunities and facilitator training sessions to ensure leadership skills and employability skills are presented to the state FFA officer team, guiding them through their roles at each regional and state conference event, as well as participating in national conferences and leadership events throughout their year of service.
  4. Plan and coordinate state level career development events, leadership conferences, award programs, camps, and state convention in an effort to provide thousands of students with the opportunity to translate the knowledge and skills derived from classroom instruction into real-life applications, further demonstrating career and technical education competency attainment.
  5. Serve as a liaison between Tennessee FFA and national agriculture education organizations to stay apprised of postsecondary and industry demands and emerging trends.  
    1. Serve as a liaison between Tennessee FFA and stakeholders such as, but not limited to, the Tennessee FFA Foundation, Tennessee FFA Alumni, Tennessee agriculture business and industry representatives, and state/national agriculture education organizations.
    2. Participate and help coordinate meetings and events such as the Tennessee FFA Board of Directors meetings and the Tennessee FFA Goodwill Tour, and also participate on boards such as the Tennessee FFA Foundation Board of Directors and Sponsoring Committee, Tennessee FFA Alumni Council, and Team Ag Ed.
    3. Support the work of the Agriculture program manager (as requested) in annual review, improvement, and implementation of strong agriculture courses and programs of study, including providing input on the integration between classroom instruction, FFA activities, and supervised agricultural experiences (SAE) outlined in the three circle model of high quality agriculture education.
  6. Attend the National FFA Convention, National Association of Supervisors of Agriculture Education Convention, and engage with industry partners on an ongoing basis.
  7. Effectively communicate with Tennessee agriculture educators to promote successful FFA programs and student achievement through the development and implementation of a state calendar of events, management of the tnffa.org website, and dissemination of updates and resources to advisors via newsletters, Remind texts, etc.  
  8. Develop and manage budgets for Tennessee FFA events such as State Convention, State CDE/LDE, state officer travel and training, etc. Review student leadership financial activities, in collaboration with the CTSO accountant, to ensure accuracy.
  9. Collaborate with corresponding program managers to identify and promote rigorous CTSO competitions and activities which support CTE course standards, leading to a decrease in participation of low level activities and competitions and an increase in students participating in promoted competitions and activities.
  10. Support the successful implementation of statewide career and technical student organization activities driven by the department and share data to improve CTSO operations.
  11. Effectively manage a team of regional FFA consultants, supporting teachers, and regional activities for the organization, including collaborating at least weekly via conference call, and serving as a liaison for the FFA regional consultants to generate new, ongoing relationships with industry partners, and develop sponsorships as needed.

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:

Please email a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (no more than five pages) and contact information for three professional references to Karen.Thomas2@tn.gov using the subject line Executive FFA Secretary Application. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2018.

Reports To:

Tandra Martin, director of postsecondary coordination and alignment, division of college, career and technical education

Location:

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

Position Description:      

The Program Manager of Early Postsecondary is responsible for supporting the development, completion, implementation, and monitoring of the department’s early postsecondary opportunities, including statewide dual credit and the continued maintenance and development of the early postsecondary database. The program manager is responsible for working closely with the director of early postsecondary and in conjunction with the director of student readiness and the coordinator of school counseling in order to execute and monitor progress on ongoing initiatives to meet the department’s goals to grow the amount of students who have access to, are participating in, and are being successful in earning postsecondary credit while in high school.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  1. Manage project plans and deliverables of ongoing divisional, cross divisional, and cross agency strategies, projects, and grants for early postsecondary opportunities, including statewide dual credit implementation, partnerships with third party non-profit organizations, and the continues maintenance and development of the early postsecondary database
  2. Develop and manage coordinated communications for internal (division and department) and external (various stakeholders) audiences.
  3. Conduct and/or facilitate relevant research and data analyses to support identified deliverables and monitor the effectiveness of initiatives, including understanding and interpreting information from available databases and qualitative surveys
  4. Plan external stakeholder engagement, including identified visits to school districts and the execution of early postsecondary week
  5. Facilitate the development of new statewide dual credit courses by providing course recommendations and coordinating with postsecondary faculty members to ensure the completion of the development process
  6. Manage the Code.org partnership to increase the number of students who have access to local computer science pathways
  7. Oversee the implementation of statewide dual credit including collecting of required documentation, ongoing teacher communication, data tracking, and challenge exam administration
  8. Organize professional development logistics, meeting preparation, and follow-up reports

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 2-011718-165043” under “Current Openings”. Applications will be accepted through the State of Tennessee Job Opportunities portal until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2018.

Reports To:

Deputy Director, Office of Accountability

Position Description: 

The Office of Accountability develops, implements, evaluates, and communicates the state's framework for evaluating schools and districts in Tennessee. Through the management, analysis, and reporting of data, the School Improvement Data Analyst will support Department leadership and other stakeholders' decision-making and execution of strategic initiatives to ensure every Tennessee student receives a quality education. This analyst will shape district and state improvement efforts through technical leadership and management, as well as through reporting of key data points. The School Improvement Data Analyst will have a significant impact in defining business rules and metrics as the Department shifts to a new district accountability system. There will also be an opportunity to influence decisions regarding the school accountability process. Given the national importance of Tennessee's education reform and the high priority placed on data and analysis within the Department, it is expected that this work will influence actions at the district, state, and national level. Attention to detail, accuracy, and flexibility are key traits for the successful candidate. 

The School Improvement Data Analyst will report to the Deputy Director of Accountability. The incumbent's primary responsibility will be to provide specific data support for the Achievement School District (ASD) and support data analysis for the state's school improvement efforts in Priority and Focus schools. The analyst will develop, support, implement, and communicate the state's district and school accountability framework and will play a critical role in shaping district and state improvement efforts through technical leadership and management and reporting of important data points.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support to ASD schools related to their data systems and the graduation cohort process
  • Analyze survey, observation, and other data points collected from school improvement efforts
  • Clean, produce, and analyze performance data for Priority, Focus, and ASD schools
  • Advise department leadership on trends in Focus and Priority schools to inform department policy
  • Prepare and present findings from data analysis to department leadership and stakeholders
  • Develop differentiated support frameworks to target state resources appropriately to Focus and Priority schools
  • Design and implement systems to transfer data securely to schools in the ASD
  • Collaborate with the School Improvement office to support data collection efforts beyond the scope of the accountability framework
  • Anticipate and solve data and process problems effectively and efficiently
  • Perform other duties as needed

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor's Degree (Master's preferred) in the areas of economics, statistics, public policy or related fields
  • Proficiency using data management and analytical software such as STATA, R, and/or Excel
  • Ability to translate business rules into data management processes
  • Proven experience troubleshooting data management and analysis issues effectively and efficiently
  • Experience conducting data analysis and drawing conclusions from large data sets
  • 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
  • Excellent listening skills
  • The ability to influence and motivate others while displaying humility

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 Evan Kramer (Evan.Kramer@tn.gov). While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.

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

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.