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Career Opportunities

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

Full-Time Openings

Reports To:

Executive Director of Data Governance and Accountability Policy

Position Description:      

The Office of Data Governance establishes, aligns, communicates, and refines expectations for collecting, using, and sharing data across the agency. The Data Governance Consultant will inform departmental strategy and support the department’s efforts to make more accurate and impactful decisions by identifying, crafting, and executing processes that improve data availability, quality, utility, and security. This consultant will help ensure every Tennessee student receives a quality education by providing technical leadership and project management expertise, as well as building buy-in for agency-wide shifts in data strategy. The Data Governance Consultant will have a significant impact in defining business rules and processes as the department elevates the importance of accurate and actionable data agency-wide. This role will also influence decisions regarding school improvement analysis and efforts. 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, flexibility, and strong project management are key traits of the successful candidate.

The incumbent’s primary responsibility will be to develop, communicate, and execute data governance initiatives throughout the agency. This includes developing standards and best practices that allow divisions across the agency to make informed decisions that leverage consistent, accessible, and high-quality data. The Data Governance Consultant will provide tailored technical assistance to other agency teams and lead cross-functional efforts that improve data quality in shared areas of ownership.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Identify and regularly engage with key agency partners and data stewards to increase buy-in and collaboration
  • Identify and document agency-wide data flows, processes, and timelines
  • Identify data redundancies and inefficiencies; develop and execute project plans to target identified gaps
  • Develop and deploy standards and guidelines for data management and usage
  • Develop data definitions and establish agency-wide expectations and awareness of data quality criteria
  • Evaluate upstream and downstream impacts of agency-wide data initiatives
  • 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 education, public policy, business, information technology, or related fields
  • Proficiency using data management and analytical software and/or willingness and ability to learn quickly
  • Ability to translate business rules into data management processes
  • Proven experience troubleshooting data management and analysis issues effectively and efficiently
  • Experience documenting, managing, and optimizing complex projects and drawing conclusions from large data sets
  • Ability to present recommendations clearly and accessibly manner to variety of audiences
  • Track record of delivering products and results under tight timelines
  • Exemplary writing skills, particularly translating findings into actionable reports, memos, presentations, and process documentation
  • Strong strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills
  • Openness to giving and receiving feedback
  • 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 apply through the state applicant portal. Applications will be accepted through May 30th.

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:

Executive Director of Career and Technical Education
Division of College, Career and Technical Education

Location:

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

Position Description:

The director of student success ensures that Tennessee students have access to high-quality career pathways which truly prepare them for postsecondary and career success. This position leads the department’s team charged with creating relevant, high-quality and rigorously assessed programs of study. The director of student success facilitates relationships with leaders in industry, secondary, and postsecondary education to align our programs with the current needs and trends of Tennessee's business and industry.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  1. Manage a team of six career cluster program managers by effectively communicating expectations for behaviors and deliverables, and developing effective policies and procedures to support ongoing work streams.
  2. Manage the annual review, justification, and revision of CTE courses and programs of study to ensure that all CTE programs are rigorous, learner-focused, and aligned to Tennessee’s postsecondary and labor market needs and include valued credentials.
  3. Lead the department’s vision for measuring student mastery and growth of academic knowledge and technical skills in CTE courses and programs of study.
  4. Lead the department’s Tennessee-specific industry certification development and implementation process with district, postsecondary, and industry stakeholders.
  5. Develop and manage data sharing agreements with industry certification governing bodies to collect official records of student certification attempts and success, and integrate this data into the state’s accountability system and other relevant reports and resources
  6. Work with business and industry to identify labor market jobs that are high-skill, high wage and high-demand by region, and including oversight of the department’s career cluster advisory panels.
  7. Develop and oversee professional development for CTE directors and educators to support local implementation of programs of study and strong instruction of CTE standards
  8. Provide technical assistance to local education agencies and postsecondary institutions on course standards, programs of study, special programs of study, and special course approval.
  9. Serve as point of contact for CTE program standards and local implementation and advocate for students, programs, and teachers across the state.
  10. Work with divisional leadership to ensure coordinated, integrated development and implementation of college and career readiness policies and programs.

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 Kelsey.Beal@tn.gov. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on May 25, 2018.

About the Achievement Schools:

Our goal is ambitious: move the bottom 5% of Tennessee's Schools out of priority school status. We cannot do this without outstanding people leading our classrooms and schools.

The ASD is a people powered, student driven organization. We need people who are not only excited about the mission to transform the bottom 5% of schools, but who are also committed to it. The work is exciting, the work is challenging, and it may be for you.

Location:

Memphis, TN          

  • Frayser Achievement Elementary
  • Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary

Position Description:         

The In-school Suspension Monitor performs intermediate paraprofessional work monitoring the behavior of students assigned to in-school suspension, conducts in-school suspension programs, and enforces established rules and regulations.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Monitor students who have been assigned to in-school suspension.
  • Check attendance daily and reports to attendance clerk.
  • Explain expected conduct and achievement.
  • Assign and check student work during suspension periods; review student progress.
  • Discuss with students appropriate behavior.
  • Discuss behavior of students with administrators, teachers and parents.
  • Monitor and report inappropriate behavior by students to administration.
  • Monitor hallways before and after school.
  • Escort students during break periods and lunch periods.
  • Record and file records on students receiving after school detention.
  • Hold after school detention.
  • Maintain records on students receiving out-of-school suspensions.
  • Perform related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Some knowledge of practices concerning in-school suspension programs and appropriate methods of dealing with misconduct;
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions;
  • Ability to recognize and identify activities or situations which have or may become a problem or emergency requiring immediate attention;
  • Ability to think and act quickly, effectively and responsibly under emergency situations;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, other employees and officials.

Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Experience in working with children.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $30,000 - $35,000. 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 your resume and contact information for three professional references to Emily.Banks@tn.gov

Reports To:

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

Location:

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

Position Description:

Provide technical support and professional development for early childhood leaders and teachers to ensure implementation of high quality program and instructional practices through a continuous improvement model.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Develop strategy and plan to strengthen instructional leadership in early childhood programs and to sustainably support leaders to continuously improve teaching and learning in Early Childhood Education (ECE).
  • Establish and support high expectations for instructional leaders and teachers in ECE programs.
  • Collaborate in the development of a strategic plan to improve the quality of ECE programs in the state.
  • Develop systems to assess progress, meet user needs, and use data to inform improvement strategies.
  • Advocate for and ensure sufficient resources for effective instructional leadership in ECE programs.
  • Assist leaders to prioritize ECE as a strategic effort to improve teaching and learning in the early grades.
  • Develop, cultivate and/or adapt written guidance and tools for ECE instructional leaders to use in their work; ensure dissemination and support use of guidance and tools.
  • Leverage existing professional development opportunities for instructional leaders (including training, individual coaching or mentoring, and peer learning) in K-12 for pre-k; Cultivate, develop and align new professional development opportunities for leaders to build competencies in instructional leadership and early childhood development and pedagogy; Facilitate professional development opportunities.
  • Organize, structure, and facilitate/guide the facilitation of regional communities of practice for instructional leaders to improve the instructional guidance and the job-embedded professional learning they provide to early childhood teachers.
  • Support districts to increase instructional leadership capacity in ECE programs, to schedule routine, protected time for early childhood teacher collaboration; to provide coherent instructional guidance to ECE teachers; to continuously improve instructional leadership practices and organizational supports for early childhood teachers; to support data use for continuous improvement.
  • Ensure new initiatives to improve teaching and learning in early childhood attends to leadership and organizational drivers of implementation and improvement.
  • Support policies to strengthen university/organizational partnerships to align and refocus PK - 12 principal and ECE director preparation program requirements to include coursework, clinical, and reflective practice learning experiences to build competencies in instructional leadership and early childhood development and pedagogy;
  • Cultivate sitting superintendents/grantee directors, principals/directors, and teacher leaders who have been effective instructional leaders of early childhood programs to potentially teach coursework, conduct trainings, and provide mentorship and advising.
  • Perform other job-related duties as requested.

Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in early childhood education or a related field.
  • Minimum of 4-5 years of school leadership experience preferred.
  • Ability to lead and manage others.
  • Ability to organize, plan, engage stakeholders, and execute the development of a self­ assessment and strategic plan and priorities for improving the state's pre-K system over a multi-year period.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefts package is included.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Darlene.DelRe@tn.gov. Applications will be accepted through !une l, 2018.

Reports To:

Principal

Location:

Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary School
Memphis, TN

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:

  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • 1st Grade Teacher
  • 2nd Grade Teacher
  • 5th Grade Math Teacher
  • 5th Grade Reading Teacher
  • 5th Grade Science Teacher
  • 5th Grade Teacher (all endorsements – Corning only)
  • Music Teacher
  • PE Teacher
  • Special Education 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.