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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:

Assistant Commissioner of Assessment, Accountability, and Data Governance

Position Description:

The Executive Director of the Office of Accountability will be responsible for state accountability systems, with the ultimate goal of increasing student academic achievement. The incumbent will lead all processes related to district and school accountability as outlined in TNSucceeds, including complying with all ESSA provisions.  The office will compile student assessment data and compute district determinations and school grades as prescribed in the state accountability framework approved through the U.S. Department of Education.  The office will support district and stakeholder understanding of the framework, as well as partner with other TDOE offices to provide actionable data related to performance goals and targets.  The office will also oversee the graduation cohort data collection, review, and tabulation.    

 

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and direct staff in the Office of Accountability to ensure compliance with the federal and state laws. Coordinate and manage school and district accountability systems and platforms.
  • Produce school grades and district accountability designations. Maintain all relevant documentation, including business rules, protocols, and data definitions.  Provide training and support to CORE offices and district personnel.
  • Provide effective written and verbal communication on all matters related to accountability, leveraging a variety of mediums and formats.
  • Continuously improve and innovate, to optimize accountability framework as a strategic policy lever.
  • Oversee maintenance of accountability application, graduation cohort application, and other necessary platforms in partnership with Technology division.
  • Collaborate with other divisions and offices to develop data tools and support research and evaluation.
  • Build communities of practice with state education agencies to identify best practices and cultivate strategic relationships.
  • Maintain professional and productive relationships with districts, federal agencies, other external stakeholders, internal stakeholders, and direct reports.
  • Serve on the Division leadership team and support cross division operations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and/or as necessary to achieve strategic objectives.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum of three years of progressive experience in data analysis and research and seven years of professional experience in education, policy, management or a related field.
  • Master’s degree in education, policy, statistics or related field required.
  • Strong planning, organization, and project management skills, with the ability to identify numerous dependencies and develop a comprehensive, technical plan of action.
  • Results-oriented, hands-on, team player with a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, high energy environment while meeting multiple deadlines and completing multiple tasks.
  • Strong critical thinking skills including exceptional analytic, strategic, and problem-solving skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of Excel and R and/or STATA statistical software
  • Experience with data modeling, database design, implementation and management.

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 the following to Mary Batiwalla (Mary.Batiwalla@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

Reports To: 

Alyson F. Lerma, Director of Monitoring 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 the state foster care point of contact.
  • 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.
  • 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 Alyson.Lerma@tn.gov. Please note that failure to include all documentation listed will remove a candidate from consideration. There is no closing date for applications to be accepted.

Reports To:

Robert Lewis

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 Robert.S.Lewis@tn.gov. Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2018. 

Reports to:

Assistant Director of Reading Coaching

Location:

East Region

Position Description:

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

Position Role and Responsibilities:

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

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

Qualifications:

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

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter to Becky.Cox@tn.gov. The closing date for the application is February 21.

Reports To:

Jonathon Attridge, Research Manager, Research and Strategy team

Location:

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

Position Description:     

The Research Analyst will serve as an internal researcher for the research and strategy team and support the work of the college, career, and technical education division. This person's work will center on the Tennessee Department of Education's (TDOE) multi-year partnership with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville to carry out a Career and Technical Education Lab. The goals of this partnership are to evaluate and improve the design of CTE programs and policies in Tennessee. In this role, this person will serve as the leading research analyst for the department on areas in career and technical education and as the liaison with Dr. Celeste Carruthers, Associate Professor of Economics, Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research at the Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee and her team.

The analyst will ensure that TDOE implementation of grant priorities follows appropriate protocols to ensure high quality research. In addition, the analyst will collaborate with external researchers on data integration, planning, and analysis; facilitate dissemination of results to internal and external stakeholders; and, ensure that the research directly informs the shared goals of the division of college, career, and technical education and the division of data and research to drive policy action on the part of TDOE.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Serve as communications hub between TDOE, CTE educators in Tennessee, 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 external research on grant innovations and interventions and present to the department, school districts and the public 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:

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D., ideally in Policy, Education, Economics, Quantitative Methods, 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 R and/or STATA; data collection information systems; conceptual and theoretical knowledge of statistical and mathematical techniques to infer causality
  • 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

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:

While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis. Please e-mail the following to Jonathon Attridge (Jonathon.Attridge@tn.gov):

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

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

The Tennessee Department of Education, Division of Special Populations is accepting applications for a regional Special Education Consultant. This individual will provide support to school districts within the southeast region of Tennessee relative to special education programs and services.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the point person for each district with regard to IDEA related issues and questions
  • Respond to all calls and emails in an expedient and timely manner, seeking support from other TDOE staff when necessary
  • Attend regional special education supervisors study council meetings
  • Participate IEP team meetings (as requested by parent or school district) serving as a neutral department representative
  • Gather/share evidence-based information from districts reflecting effective instructional and/or intervention strategies
  • Deliver IAIEP training and refresher trainings based on district need
  • Provide professional development opportunities to support districts, including IAIEP training, effective instructional and/or intervention strategies, compliance issues, and other identified needs.
  • Participate in team and division staff meetings
  • Review district discretionary grant applications and make funding recommendations
  • Support districts identified as “needs intervention” in improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities through the provision of training, technical assistance, and support focused on increasing access to core instruction, decreasing the dropout rate, increasing the graduation rate, secondary transition
  • Monitor and evaluate compliance and/or performance improvements relative to collaboratively developed Corrective Action Plans
  • Collaborate with other relevant department teams (e.g., CPM, legal counsel) to discuss specific compliance issues
  • Participate in Administrative Complaint investigations to help resolve IDEA related compliance issues as requested
  • Examine targeted data sets (i.e., behavior/discipline, suspension/expulsion, restraint/isolation) to inform proactive remedial support approaches
  • Develop cross-team technical assistance and/or compliance monitoring plans based on data trends and high needs areas across the state
  • Participate in onsite and desktop monitoring activities as requested
  • Monitor fiscal and program activities for discretionary contracts awarded to entities to evaluate accountability and maintain consistency across the state; monitoring may be conducted onsite or via desktop
  • Prepare a monitoring report of findings for each contract/grant that includes specific activities observed and document any areas of specific noncompliance found

Qualifications:

  • Special Education Certification with a minimum of 5 years of supervisory or district level leadership experience
  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Special Education preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of IDEA and Tennessee’s IDEA administrative complaint process
  • Experience with the district level, IDEA Local Determinations process is preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of the IDEA State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicators

Additional Qualifiers:

  • Travel throughout the grand division will be required with some overnight stay possible
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  •  Effective oral, written, and verbal communication skills

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position along with your resume to Crystal.McCarver@tn.gov. All applications must be submitted by February 21. Compensation will be commensurate with experience, and all travel related expenses will be reimbursed pursuant to Tennessee’s mileage and per diem rates. 

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.