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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.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Reports To:

Cheryl Hyland, Executive Director of Divisional Operations & Communications, division of college, career and technical education

Location:

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

Position Description:

The communications coordinator is responsible for developing and promoting the division of college, career and technical education's (the division's) initiatives through the collaborative development of messaging strategies that engage stakeholders across the state in increasing college and career readiness for all Tennessee students. The communications coordinator will create strategies to align messages internally among the division staff and externally among the division's partners to implement a consistent marketing plan.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

Duties include:

  1. Develop and implement robust communications strategies for the division to increase the awareness and engagement of target audiences in education-to-career learning pathways, in coordination with partner agencies and regional initiatives;
  2. Ensure that the division's web presence is current, accessible, and appropriate for identified target audiences;
  3. Develop relationships and partnerships with communication leads from partner divisions, agencies, and organizations a to align shared messages, media, and priorities;
  4. Manage divisional social media accounts and campaigns to increase awareness of the division's priorities and the benefits of education-to-career learning pathways for students;
  5. Develop communications resources, branding materials, and professional development for division team members to empower colleagues to implement stronger, aligned, coordinated messaging in their daily work;
  6. Develop and ensure consistent internal buy-in of a division-wide messaging strategy and implementation plan;
  7. Maintain and update a division-wide communication calendar;
  8. Serve as the primary content developer and editor for division-related communications in stakeholder updates, popular media, websites, and other media outlets as assigned;
  9. Support the Pathways TN program managers and regional leads in empowering regional and local stakeholders to create and implement their own messaging and branding strategies;
  10. Develop a framework to evaluate divisional marketing strategies with collaboration from content leads, and create and disseminate communications reports to allow stakeholders to regularly review and monitor the progress and activities of the division;
  11. Manage the division's weekly communication review process to ensure high quality, consistent messaging;
  12. Coordinate the development of graphic design and video content, as assigned.

The ideal communications coordinator is outgoing, detail-oriented, creative, self-directed, and wanting to take ownership for the continued support and growth of the division. This person will be able to make clear connections between various work streams, and help build the capacity of each member of the CCTE division to develop and release strong communications to support our work.

Education and Experience:

  •  Bachelor's degree or higher in relevant field
  • Three years of experience in one of the following fields preferred, but not required:
    • Project management
    • Workforce development
    • Education program administration
    • Communications and/or marketing
  • Experience leading projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Very strong planning, organizational, and project management skills
  • Very strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Graphic design and/or video development

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 e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to CheryI Hyland. Applications are due by February 15, 2019.

 

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 Educator Licensure and Preparation

Location:

Nashville, TN

Position Description:

The director of data and research is responsible for the development, management and coordination of all analytic and research projects conducted by the office of educator licensure and preparation. This individual will be responsible for ensuring all required federal and state data reports related to licensure and preparation are conducted in accordance with applicable laws, rules, policies and guidelines. In addition, this individual will engage with stakeholders (primarily educator preparation providers and school district representatives) to ensure both required and ad-hoc reports are valuable and support the continuous improvement of educator preparation in Tennessee. This individual will be supported by a data analyst and program manager in the development and implementation of analytic reports, internally- and externally-led research projects related to educator preparation, and coordination of obtaining stakeholder feedback throughout.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of federal and state analytic reports related to educator licensure and preparation (including, but not limited to, EPP Annual Reports, Title II, EdFacts, and intra-agency licensure reporting)
  • Develop and implement targeted research projects (quantitative and qualitative) in the area of educator preparation
  • Develop stakeholder surveys, including surveys required for annual reports as well as for the purpose of general feedback and targeted research
  • Serve as communications hub between TDOE and external researchers
  • Monitor TDOE grant implementation with respect to research priorities
  • Evaluate incoming data for the purposes of formative evaluation
  • Work with external researchers on data analysis tasks
  • Distill internal and external research and present to OELP and department leadership in an accessible manner
  • Identify opportunities for more effective data use, best practices and knowledge-sharing to support grant activities
  • Maintain a knowledge base of all project data and serve as a resource for internal groups and external researchers
  • Organize events that bring together research and practitioner partners

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D., ideally in Policy, Education, or, Measurement and Statistics
  • Knowledge of current trends and issues in U.S. education policy
  • Strong strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills
  • Ability to perform a variety of activities involved in the research, collection, organization, analysis, processing, interpretation and reporting of academic and operational data
  • Knowledge of statistical software including Excel and STATA and data collection information systems; conceptual and theoretical knowledge of statistical and mathematical techniques
  • Ability to present data clearly and in an accessible manner to variety of audiences
  • Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative; strong project management skills
  • Experience working with educator preparation providers preferred
  • Significant project management experience; and the ability to demonstrate essential project management competencies, organization skills, and ability to exercise sharp judgement in balancing priorities
  • Strong professional and collaborative spirit, interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral), and personal presence, with the ability to build positive relationships with diverse team members, collaborators, and internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent work ethic, high standards for work product, and the ability to self-manage towards ambitious timelines with a record of success in meeting deadlines
  • Knowledge of current trends and issues in U.S. education policy and educator preparation preferred
  • Exemplary strategic and systems thinking skills, precise attention to detail, and ability to use judgement to identify and creatively solve problems with a solutions-oriented, “whatever it takes” mindset

Successful candidates 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 Michael.Deurlein@tn.gov. While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened as applications are received.

Reports To:

Darlene Estes-Del Re, Executive Director, Office of Early Learning

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education
Andrew Johnson Tower, 10th Floor, 710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description:

The Director of the Voluntary Pre-K Programs will be 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 will also be 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 will monitor 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 VPK funds that ensures continuous improvement of VPK programs statewide. Leads and manages the 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 and/or informs 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 by 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 field visits and 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 Collaborative 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 provide support to districts for improvement efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director, Office of Early Learning.

Qualifications:

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Minimum 5 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.
  • Strong grant management knowledge and experience preferred.
  • Belief that all children can learn and that expectations must remain high for all students.
  • Comfortable with, and willingness to, attend in-state and out-of-state conferences, as needed.
  • The ability to engage key stakeholders and communicate & collaborate effectively to improve outcomes for students. This includes strong written and verbal skills.
  • Familiarity with the challenges facing education reform efforts in TN 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.

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.

Reports To:  

Chief of Staff

Location:                  

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

Position Description:        

The Tennessee Department of Education is seeking an individual to serve as the executive assistant to the Commissioner of Education. The executive assistant works closely with and reports to the chief of staff to ensure effective support for leading the department in achieving its ambitious goals and strategic priorities. The executive assistant will support the Commissioner and the department as a whole through both direct action and coordination with others. The executive assistant will take on day-to-day logistics and support for the Commissioner and will also work closely with department leaders to ensure department-wide coordination, culture-building, and operational efficiency and effectiveness.

About the Department

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 three 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.
  • 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.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

Below is a list of responsibilities that—while not comprehensive—provides an overview of the duties of the executive assistant:

  • Scheduling and attending meetings and ensuring the Commissioner has all necessary information and materials for upcoming meetings, travel, or speaking engagements
  • Coordinating and managing the Commissioner’s calendar, answering calls and organizing prompt responses, and facilitating all other communication requests or activities
  • Managing the organization of materials and information coming into the Commissioner’s Office
  • Supporting logistics, planning, and communications as needed, specifically around special initiatives and partnerships
  • Supporting the Commissioner and Chief of Staff with administrative responsibilities, including supporting travel planning and need

Qualifications:

The candidate should have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience with preference toward individuals with at least two to three years of relevant work experience. Experience in K-12 education is preferred.

The following are preferred qualifications for the executive assistant to the chief operations officer:

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment balancing multiple ongoing projects, both large and small, at the same time
  • Willingness to be flexible given competing priorities and tight deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative and be proactive in solving problems
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders, including district personnel
  • Exceptional organization and attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Ownership of results, with a standard for excellence
  • Excellent customer service and an ability to communicate with clarity and empathy

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 three professional references to Sam Pearcy, Interim Chief of Staff, at Sam.Pearcy@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Reports To:

Jerre Maynor, director, Tennessee Pathways, division of college, career and technical education

Location:

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

Position Description:

The grant manager is a key role in the division of college, career, and technical education and will manage planning, compliance, contracts, and budgets for the College & Career Readiness IES grant. This position will support strategic work to increase the number of students seamlessly enrolling and completing postsecondary credentials by ensuring that grant-funded deliverables are executed on-time and with fidelity to program goals in collaboration with the division of college, career & technical education and its stakeholders. The grant manager must be equally comfortable and adept managing projects, sensitive data, and professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Our team focuses on achieving the department’s strategic goals for student success after high school graduation by ensuring that: 1) the average composite ACT (or SAT equivalent) score in Tennessee will be 21 by 2020; 2) the majority of high school graduates from the class of 2020 will earn some type of postsecondary certificate, diploma, or degree. In order to achieve our ambitious goals, in July 2018 the department of education launched Tennessee Pathways, a comprehensive K-12 approach to build the capacity of school and district leaders to ensure that all students have clear and guided pathways from pre-kindergarten to career. Tennessee Pathways directly supports Tennessee’s Drive to 55 by ensuring structural alignment and coordination between K-12, higher education, and employers. The project manager will work across the division of college, career, and technical education as a member of the college and career pathways team.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the primary SLDS College and Career Readiness grant point of contact for the federal government.  Oversee annual and final performance reports, maintenance of budget, project plan, and execution of all other grant-related deliverables.
  • Collaborate with the IES grant partners (and other internal and external partners as appropriate) to ensure clear communication, effective collaboration, and successful implementation of grant projects related to the department’s federal and private grants for college and career readiness.
  • Develop broad familiarity and expertise with the data that the department collects and uses related to college and career readiness. These include: career and technical education, early postsecondary opportunities, ACT/SAT, work-based learning, course enrollments and grades, graduation cohorts, postsecondary enrollment, persistence, completion.
  • Work across divisions within the department—especially the divisions of research and strategy, accountability and data governance, and information technology—to ensure strategic alignment of data systems, data sharing, and internal data use related to project goals.
  • Support the Tennessee Pathways team by identifying and implementing key leading and lagging implementation and outcome indicators related to the implementation and growth of pathways and the impact on seamless postsecondary enrollment and credential attainment.
  • In collaboration with the division of research & strategy, develop training materials and protocols to maximize the division’s use of the InformTN data tool in its programmatic efforts.
  • In collaboration with TN Pathways team, develop and deliver training and workshops for directors of schools and principals on how to use InformTN to drive decision-making related to college and career readiness initiatives (e.g. EPSOs, work-based learning, ACT/SAT, postsecondary and industry partnerships, etc.).

Minimum Education & Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of professional experience in education, grant management, project management, or a related field
  • Master’s degree in education, administration, policy, business, or related field is preferred

Necessary Skills

  • Strong technical and writing in order to provide excellent documentation of grant projects, data processes, business rules and requirements, etc.
  • Strong project planning skills in order to ensure clear roles, responsibilities, and accountability for interdependent and complex project deliverables
  • Ability to manage stakeholders at the organizational and individual level in order to influence alignment of goals and actions and implement solutions that improve systems, practices, and collaboration
  • Strong interpersonal and professional communication skills so that individual and organizational relationships are maintained through transparency, consistency, and shared responsibility for the goals and intended outcomes of the work.
  • Excellent public speaking and facilitation skills—this position will require regular presentations to internal and external stakeholders, participation in state and national conferences related to college and career readiness data and research, and engagement with a wide range of stakeholders including students, teachers, school and district administrators, and higher education leaders.
  • Data literacy—familiarity and experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods and tools. This person must be able to interpret, analyze, and synthesize data and be able to effectively translate from “data speak” to the language of practitioners (educators and school leaders).
  • Flexibility, agility, and competence in working simultaneously across multiple projects, partnerships, and teams. Project management experience or training is preferred.

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 Jerre.Maynor@tn.gov. Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2019.

Reports To:

Daniel Froemel, Director of Non-traditional Education Programs in the Division of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring

Location:

Regionally-based (middle Tennessee)

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

Organizational Structure:

The Non-traditional Educational Program Consultant for Middle Tennessee is positioned within the Division of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring (CPM). This position will join a team of two other regionally-based consultants (formerly known as juvenile justice consultants), one in each grand division. The positions support the planning and monitoring functions of the CPM office and one position is housed in each grand division (East, Middle, and West). The consultant is responsible for monitoring and for providing technical assistance to LEAs and other stakeholders regarding education and related services provided to incarcerated youth (including IDEA and ESSA, where applicable) and to Neglected and Delinquent programming. This position will also provide support to LEAs and other stakeholders on issues related to incarcerated students under the age of 18 or students with disabilities (SWDs) with IEPs in county jails, youth detention centers, or correctional facilities. In addition, this position will serve as the state foster care point of contact.

Specific duties and knowledge required include:

 

  • Experience working in an educational setting and knowledge of basic education requirements
  • Knowledge of ESEA/ESSA and IDEA program and service requirements (including FAPE);
  • Participate in on-site monitoring of LEAs with incarcerated students under the age of 18 or SWDs with IEPs in county jails and youth detention centers;
  • Produce and submit a comprehensive and accurate written report after each on-site monitoring visit;
  • Ability to provide on-site assistance to LEAs and other stakeholders as needed to carry out responsibilities and to remain compliant with all federal requirements;
  • Knowledge and experience necessary to collaborate with multiple stakeholders regarding program and grant requirements and expectations, as well as communicate with federal level staff regarding state-level activities;
  • Assist with developing protocols, procedures and resources for LEAs and other stakeholders for incarcerated youth oversight;
  • Serve as TDOE monitor for teachers providing IEP services to incarcerated students with disabilities in county jails and youth detention centers;
  • Assist with designing protocols and resources for LEAs with incarcerated students under the age of 18 or SWDs with IEPs in county jails and youth detention centers;
  • Respond to communications (via email or phone) in a timely and professional manner;
  • Attend monthly in-person meetings with the TDOE in Nashville;
  • Provide technical assistance to LEAs, TDOE staff, and other stakeholders to include:
    • Email, telephone and on-site assistance with questions related to incarcerated students under the age of 18 or SWDs with IEPs in county jails;
    • Assistance to LEAs and CPM regional consultants regarding the development of programs and services that are compliant regarding incarcerated students under the age of 18 or SWDs with IEPs in county jails and youth detention centers as well as issues related to incarcerated youth;
    • Provide presentations and trainings at local and state level conferences regarding educational requirements for LEAs with incarcerated students under the age of 18 or SWDs with IEPs in county jails and youth detention centers and other related topics.
    • Provide presentations and trainings at local and state level conferences regarding educational requirements for LEAs with incarcerated students under the age of 18 or SWDs with IEPs in county jails and youth detention centers and other related topics.
    • Serve as a liaison to LEAs as well as points of contact and stakeholders working with juvenile offenders.
  • Other duties related to assessing the general education requirements as well as the service requirements related to IDEA and ESSA programs.
  •  Collaborate with CPM team members in conducting on-site visits.
  • Collaborate with divisions in TDOE, including Special Populations, Office of Local  Finance, Legal Division, and Safe and Supportive Schools.
  • Serve as a foster point of contact and provide related technical assistance.
  • Provide technical assistance and trainings related to Neglected and Delinquent (N and D) facilities.
  • Conduct site visits of N and D facilities.
  • Ensure the submission of required data (such as annual child count and CSPR data).
  • Participate in monitorings of LEAs with N and D facilities.
  • Participate in and conduct monitorings of districts with juvenile detention centers.
  • Collaborate with DCS and other child welfare agencies on a regular basis.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have a minimum of three years of experience in education.
  • Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Travel is required; must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three years of experience with ESEA/ESSA and IDEA programs.
  • Minimum of three years of experience working with students with IEPs.
  • Experience with the juvenile justice system or another related field.
  • Hold a Master’s degree in a related field.

Additional Qualifications and Expectations:

  • Be based in an at-home office.
  • Submit weekly reports and contact logs.
  • Meet in person each month in the Nashville office.
  • Must be willing to travel extensively.
  • Conduct on-site monitoring of general education, IEP services, programs, services provided to K-12 aged students in Neglected and Delinquent facilities, youth development centers, correctional facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • Submit a thorough and accurate report for each on-site monitoring visit within 7 business days of the visit.

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 (outlining related experience and interest in this specific position), updated resume, and contact information for three professional references to Daniel.Froemel@tn.gov. Please note that failure to include all documentation listed will remove a candidate from consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

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.

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.