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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:     

Adriana Harrington, Director of Project Management, Consolidated Planning and Monitoring

Location:        

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

Position Description:

This professional, executive service position requires the incumbent to provide administrative oversight and management of division-wide projects, assist with data and fiscal management, and serve as the contract liaison for the Division of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring (CPM).

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage division conferences, trainings, meetings and workshops to include:
    • Coordinate with event venue to ensure proper set up, meals, billing, and other event logistics
    • Communicate with event participants as necessary
    • Contract and communicate with guest speakers
    • Coordinate and collaborate with internal staff regarding event logistics, agendas, hotel accommodations, handouts, presentation documents, etc.
    • Develop and administer event evaluations
    • Analyze, summarize, and share event evaluations
  • Assist in the communication review process for CPM to include creation and maintenance of TDOE/CPM templates, editing of documents, creation of presentations, publishing of CPM Update, etc.
  • Assist with special projects as assigned by the Executive Director and the Director of Project Management
  • Create, manage, and revise CPM policies and procedures documents to ensure consistency among CPM staff and to keep LEAs informed
  • Assist the ePlan System Administrator in the uploading of data to ePlan and the day-to-day management of the system as needed
  • Serve as the CPM contract liaison within TDOE. Duties include:
    • Knowledge of CPO contract procedures
    • Knowledge of contract procedures in Edison
    • Attendance at all contract meetings
    • Creation, tracking, and managing CPM contracts
  • Support the Executive Director in the fiscal management of grants administered by CPM to include maintenance of fiscal spreadsheets, tracking of expenditures, attendance at budget and fiscal meetings as necessary, transferring funds as needed, collaboration with CFO regarding grant closeouts, etc.
  • Other related duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in relevant field
  • Three years of experience with contract management preferred
  • Three years of experience with education program administration preferred
  • Three years of experience with grant management preferred
  • Experience with, and/or working knowledge of ESEA
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Very strong planning, organizational, project management skills
  • Very strong oral and written communication skills

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 Adriana.Harrington@tn.gov. Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2018.

Reports to:

Principal

Salary:

$65,000 - $75,000.  In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Position Location:

Frayser/Corning Achievement Elementary School

About the Achievement School District

In January 2010, Tennessee passed the First to the Top Act, a sweeping reform of the state’s education policy that was the cornerstone of its successful Race to the Top application. The Act created the Achievement School District (ASD), a state-run education authority with the power to directly run eligible schools and to authorize charter management organizations to operate schools. The ASD was charged with enacting bold reforms to drive transformational results for students zoned to attend or attending Priority schools. In doing so, the ASD acts as an operator of schools (the directly managed “Achievement Schools” clustered in the Frayser neighborhood in Memphis), authorizes non-profit partners, and works as a catalyst for state-wide school improvement through increased focus on Priority schools and improved student outcomes. The vision of the ASD is for all students in Priority schools to be prepared for success in education, career, and citizenship after high school. In support of this vision, our mission is to fight for justice for Priority school students by committing to excellence, equity, and community in their schools and lives.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required and Master’s Degree in an education-related field from an accredited four-year educational institution strongly preferred

·         Tennessee Administrator’s license required

Work Experience

  • At least 4 years of teaching experience, ideally in schools serving high-poverty communities
  • Experience providing vision and direction for large teams, with or without formal authority
  • Experience setting and reaching ambitious goals

Skills and Mindsets

  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core values of Achievement Schools
  • Unwavering belief that all children can learn at high levels, regardless of background, experience, identity or zip code
  • Skills to establish and support strong, positive adult culture
  • Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback
  • Ability to work urgently in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Additional requirements:

May be required to travel locally and domestically periodically to attend meetings, trainings, seminars, etc.

Position Summary:      

An Achievement Schools Assistant Principal (AP) is responsible for supporting the in-school path towards the AS vision of what high-quality curriculum, instruction and assessment looks like, including special education, English Language learners and students placed at risk, who are struggling to learn standards. In addition, the AP is responsible for helping to ensure that the school maintains a strong culture for all students and staff.

Most AP’s in the Achievement Schools network will be split between two schools. Thus, they will spend part of their week at one school and part of their week at another. It will be important for the AP to build strong relationships with students and staff at both schools which they work.

Work Activities:

More specifically, the AP is responsible for:

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

  • Coordinating the storage and review of lesson plans aligned to network curriculum and the regular feedback needed to continuously improve them
  • Oversee the execution of curriculum, instruction, and assessment plans aligned to the multi-leveled academic needs of the school
  • Ensure that students in subgroups (students with disabilities, ELLs, homeless/migrant, RTI Tiers 2 and 3) receive academic services in alignment with prescribed plans that meet their needs
  • Serve as the school Assessment Coordinator, establishing and managing towards weekly expectations of data quality

School Culture

  • Create and implement plans to ensure a rigorous and joyful culture among students and staff
  • Oversee and implement school-wide behavior plans
  • Provide training and support to staff on restorative student discipline practices and socio-emotional learning
  • Implement initiatives that lead to a reduction in the rate of student suspensions and expulsions in favor of more restorative disciplinary practices

Overall School Leadership

  • Serve as the Principal designee when the Principal is out of the building
  • Provide leadership where needed based upon the needs of the specific school and students where the individual is placed.
  • Model leadership for other staff in the building
  • Work with the Principal as well as the network support team, as needed, to support the needs of staff and students in the building

Core Competencies for Success

  • Lead with Humility
  • Communicate Effectively
  • Solve Problems Effectively
  • Practice Persistence and Resilience
  • Deliver Results
  • Plan and Execute Effectively

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for three professional references, and two writing samples—preferably a sample of a memo and a presentation you have created to Emily.Banks@tn.gov.

Pursuant to the State of TN's policy of non-discrimination, the Achievement School District 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.

Reports to:

Chief of Staff in the Office of the Commissioner of Education

Location:

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

Position Overview:

Manage all aspects of human resource matters for the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE), state special schools and achievement schools.

Specific Position Responsibilities:                                                      

  • Advise the Commissioner and other senior management on a variety of human capital issues.
  • Advise special schools and achievement schools superintendents on employment and policy matters.
  • Serve on the department’s senior leadership team.
  • Receive employee complaints for TDOE and schools, direct investigations and recommend outcomes.
  • Manage employment actions to comply with three different and specific employee disciplinary procedures.
  • Work with attorneys on preparation for appeals of employment actions.
  • Provide training, direction and advice to managers on developing job performance plans, including smart goals, for employee evaluations and job descriptions.
  • Direct the work of the assistant director of talent management in delivering trainings required by the Tennessee Department of Human Resources.
  • Provide management and oversight to staff in administering benefits, FMLA, ADA and FLS.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year institution required
  • Law degree or master’s degree preferred
  • Five years minimum experience working in human resources or related field
  • Ability to lead and build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders

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 andrea.d.wilkerson@tn.gov.

Reports to:

General Counsel

Location:                              

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

Position Overview:          

This position will supervise, participate in, and make recommendations in the development, interpretation, implementation, and enforcement of policies, procedures, and guidelines affecting the administration and operations of the office of school approval within the office of general counsel.  The director for school approval is responsible for supervising and participating in the development, preparation, and maintenance of records and reports, including policy directives, instructional and training manuals, administrative procedural manuals, contracts, survey and statistical data, and financial and administrative records and reports related to school approval.

The position must establish and maintain a variety of important personal contacts including inter/intra departmental associates and higher level officials in order to promote, discuss, explain, and resolve problems concerning the administration and enforcement of educational policies, procedures, and regulations related to school approval.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  1. Design and Implement the procedure and necessary instruments for:
    1. the periodic inspections of LEAs (including ASD, SBE, & SSS)
    2. the annual tracking of all reports LEAs are required to submit to the Department
    3. the annual tracking of LEA compliance with laws and SBE rules.
  2. Use the data collected from the periodic inspections of LEAs to make school approval decisions and formally notify each LEA of their status as either approved, unapproved, or under a compliance action plan.
  3. Collect and process annual LEA, school, and program approval reports
  4. Assign LEA, school, and program numbers
  5. Supervise school approval staff
  6. Present at conferences regarding school approval expectations for LEAs (LEAD, TOSS, etc.)

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required for this position.  A  Juris Doctorate and Tennessee law license is preferred. Experience in compliance monitoring or equivalent experience may be substituted for the educational requirements.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • 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 Nikkie.Kiene@tn.gov. Applications are due by July 2nd, 2018.  

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:

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:

Principal

Location:

Memphis, TN

  • Frayser Achievement Elementary School
  • Corning Achievement Elementary School

Position Description:         

An Achievement Schools School Counselor is a licensed and experience practitioner to support the social, emotional, and academic development of our students to ensure their long-term personal success. Achievement Schools Counselors are well-versed in the Tennessee School Counseling Model and Standards and Practice and are able to execute on those with fidelity. Counselors also fill an important role in fulfilling student IEP requirements. In this way, they work closely with our network Academics team and Special Education team.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

Establish a strong counseling program

  • Identify and develop program beliefs, vision and mission statement aligned to school and district goals. Utilize school and student data to set specific and measurable goals for the counseling program
  • Use school counseling standards to assess student growth and development
  • Consult the school counselor competencies and ethical standards to guide decision making, professional growth, and ensure students have access to a high quality counseling program

Effectively manage the school counseling program

  • Conduct an annual counseling program assessment to ID strengths and opportunities for program growth
  • Utilized advisory councils, program management agreements, school data, and action plans to asses and deliver school needs
  • Deliver a strong school counseling program
  • Deliver large group, classroom, and school-wide curriculum to help students achieve mastery of counseling standards
  • Utilize individual student appraisal and advisement to help all students plan, monitor, and manage their own learning
  • Promote individual and group counseling to address students’ immediate needs and concerns to resolve academic, social and emotional, or college and career issues that are interrupting learning
  • Provide support and assistance to students and the school community to navigate critical and emergency situations
  • Make students and families aware of school and community resources that can provide additional information or assistance to help students be successful
  • Share strategies that support student achievement with parents, teachers, other educations, or community organizations through consultation
  • Collaborate with other educators, parents, and the community to support student achievement and advocate for student equity and access

Ensure that the comprehensive school counseling program is accountable and effective

  • Analyze school achievement, attendance, and discipline data to identify the impact of the counseling program on student development and growth
  • Examine program results data and stakeholder feedback to determine the extent of change in student learning and behavior and mastery of counseling standards
  • Evaluate school counseling program for areas of strength and opportunities for program improvement, including a yearly review of annual program goals
  • Communicate accountability results with stakeholders

Provide direct services to 100% of students as required by student IEPs and demonstrated need

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit and us hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is required to walk occasionally.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The noise level in the environment is usually moderate.
  • May be required to travel locally and domestically periodically to attend meetings, trainings, seminars, etc.

Qualifications:

Education/Certification

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year institution required
  • Tennessee educator license with an endorsement in School Counseling required

Work Experience

  • 1-3 years minimum experience working as a School Counselor in an urban community
  • Experience working with youth in an historically underserved community

Skills and Mindsets

  • Hard worker; willingness to do what it takes by and for the students we serve
  • Deep-seated belief in the potential of students in low-income communities to achieve on an absolute scale
  • Strong ability to build relationships across lines of differences

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 Emily.Banks@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is June 30.

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.

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.