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Full-Time Openings

Location:

Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike Nashville, TN 37214

Broad Scope of the Position:

The Tennessee School for the Blind provides educational services to students who are legally blind with and without additional disabilities. The on-campus program, located in Nashville (Donelson) educates students from across the state in a K-12 setting and grants regular high school diplomas to the students that meet the requirements set forth by the State of Tennessee. The outreach program provides services to students being educated in their local school district.

This position reports to the school principal and is responsible for providing standards-based instruction to students who are visually impaired, and who may have other disabilities, on an individual and group basis; instructs in grade level and modified content standards; utilizes Tennessee State Standards and benchmarks in establishing instructional goals; and provides assessments that measure whether students meet standards.

We will consider all appropriate content certified teachers for this position and will allow time for individuals to obtain a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) endorsement.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs work associated with standards-based student instruction: prepares lesson plans, adapts instructional materials, develops input for and presents daily instructional/learning activities based upon the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and under the direction of the Principal, maintains a positive classroom environment utilizing appropriate classroom management, keeps students on task and engaged in learning.
  • Demonstrates knowledge/skill in the areas of: data collection, task analysis, progress monitoring, daily living skills, assessment, behavior management, organization / planning, curriculum development, current technology practices relative to students who have vision loss, and parent relations and teamwork.
  • Coordinates data collection and reporting.
  • Works as part of an education / assessment team responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating individual objectives for assigned students.
  •  Coordinates effectively with other service staff in providing student instruction, strategic planning, and positively contributing to co-curricular activities.
  • Positively serves as a team member; and participates in regular team and departmental meetings, school and instructional meetings as required.
  •  Provides parent consultation; participates in selected parent-focused activities, etc.
  • Participates in activities related to professional development and training/workshops as appropriate.
  • Plans and/or chaperones on and off-campus activities, appointments, programs and field trips.
  • Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education from an accredited college or university.
  • Must hold or be eligible for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Tennessee.
  • Endorsement in elementary education/elementary grades/special education early childhood and willing to become certified as a TVI (endorsement code 462) within 3 school years.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Tennessee state standards, program development, classroom resource management, and student/personal scheduling for students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities.
  • Knowledge of and ability to assess and apply technology to perform the requirements of the position; ability to effectively utilize a variety of computer software applications, which may include but is not limited to e-mail, Internet, word processing, electronic calendar, presentation development, spreadsheet, database, etc.; willingness to stay current and develop skills as needed with or without direct support from TSB.
  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively adapt and apply teaching skills, classroom management and lesson preparation to a technology rich environment, which may include but is not limited to on-site classroom, telepresence, and multiple distance education technologies and delivery modes; ability to effectively implement technology necessary to model, teach, and assist students relative to classroom instruction and activities.
  • Ability to respond effectively and positively to feedback.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others and participate effectively in a team setting.
  • Strong, positive interpersonal skills.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Selected applicant must verify experience/highest degree held.
  • Direct deposit of paycheck on a 12-month schedule is required.
  • TSB is a non-smoking facility in its entirety.
  • Selected applicant must comply with the State of Tennessee Employee Drug-Free Workplace Policy, and other policies.
  • As required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), selected applicant must verify, within 72 hours of employment, his/her legal right to be employed in the United States.
  • Selected applicant(s) will be required to submit to and pass a TBI/FBI background check, to include Tennessee and Federal criminal history checks, child abuse records, employment verification, and professional/personal reference checks.

How To Apply:

Please send a fully completed State of Tennessee Employment Application packets should be submitted to:

Kim Stein, Director of Human Resources
Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

E-mail: Kim.Stein@tsbtigers.org

Application packet: In addition to application (to include salary history and references), please include the following items:

  • Letter of Interest Current Resume
  • Recent Letters of Recommendation, with signature
  • Copy of Educator Certification
  • Unofficial Copies of All Transcripts*

*An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report may result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this announcement.

Candidates with disabilities who require special accommodations or alternative communication formats should contact the Superintendent’s Office at (615) 231-7316 no later than five days prior to their scheduled interview to facilitate reasonable accommodations. The State of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer; Discrimination on the Basis of Age (Over 40), Race, Sex, Color, Religion, National Origin, Disabling Condition or any other Non-Merit Factor is Prohibited.

Location:

Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN   37214

The Tennessee School for the Blind provides educational services to students who are legally blind with and without additional disabilities. The on-campus program, located in Nashville (Donelson) educates students from across the state in a K-12 setting and grants regular high school diplomas to the students that meet the requirements set forth by the State of Tennessee.

General Job Description

To facilitate reduction, remediation, or elimination of speech and language impairments which interfere with the individual student’s ability to benefit from the school’s educational program.  This is a full-time, 11-month position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organize and conduct identification program of students with potential speech/language difficulties.
  • Evaluate speech and language skills - initial evaluations, re-certification evaluations, and screenings and evaluations in the Summer Preschool Evaluation Program conducted during the month of June.
  • Plan the clinical program for students who have been identified with speech/language deficits, and/or students with complex communication needs (i.e. intellectually disabled, autistic, etc.)
  • Familiarity with augmentative /alternative communication systems (i.e. object supports, tangibles, and/or voice output communication devices)
  • Comply with State Standards, District Policies, and ASHA Guidelines in the processes of referral, screening, and placement:
    • Follow district procedures for screening, pre-intervention and/or referring students needing a speech/language evaluation.
    • Complete comprehensive and appropriate evaluations according to State Standards, District Guidelines, and ASHA Guidelines.
    • Provide a complete diagnostic summary report including a summary of evaluation information and educational relevance.  Complete IEP paperwork in a timely manner.
    • Cooperate with the Individualized Education Plan Committee, recommending/planning for program services in compliance with State Standards.
    • When appropriate, make referral for further evaluation.
  • Obtain and use diagnostic information:
    • Administer appropriate assessments for each area of suspected speech/language impairment.
    • Demonstrate understanding and use of the principles of diagnostic evaluation and interpretation.
    • Maintain on-going assessment to verify progress toward established goals.
  • Demonstrate program management skills:
    • Maintain communication with the building faculty regarding the role of the SLP.
    • Maintain a physical environment conducive to learning.
    • Develop work schedule(s), which will fit the needs of the students, school, and faculty.
    • Report to building principal(s) and Executive Director of Student Support Services.
  • Implement Intervention Program.
    • Develop and maintain the instructional component of the IEP according to the results of the evaluation and on-going assessment of progress.
    • Develop long-range goals and specific objectives.
    • Complete daily notes for each student in a timely manner.
    • Include methods and materials in planning.
    • Document student progress, attendance, etc.
    • Use a variety of approaches and materials to address the IEP that are compatible with the student’s age and interest, and abilities.
    • Stay abreast of and implement new instructional strategies.
    • Attend workshops, in-service training, University programs to obtain up-to-date information in the area of speech and language and maintain required certifications and licensure.
    • Implement instructional activities in a logical sequence.
    • Provide individual therapy, group therapy, and/or language enrichment groups to enhance the student’s communication ability.
    • Collaboration with teachers, educational assistants, parents, cottage staff, and other related service providers for carryover of skills.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Complete Medicaid billing for services provided to students in an efficient, comprehensive, and timely manner.
  • Participate in state testing by becoming a test administrator for students with       modifications/accommodations when needed.
  •  Other tasks as may be deemed appropriate and necessary by the immediate supervisor and/or the Superintendent.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders/ Speech and Language Pathology.
  • Current ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competency/ ASHA certification.
  • Current TN license for the Speech-Language Pathology or the ability to obtain one.  TN Educator license with SLP endorsement preferred.
  • Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Superintendent may find appropriate and acceptable.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Selected applicant must verify experience/highest degree held.
  • Direct deposit of paycheck on a 12-month schedule is required.
  • TSB is a non-smoking facility in its entirety.
  • Selected applicant must comply with the State of Tennessee Employee Drug-Free Workplace Policy, and other policies.
  • As required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), selected applicant must verify, within 72 hours of employment, his/her legal right to be employed in the United States.
  • Selected applicant(s) will be required to submit to and pass a TBI/FBI background check, to include Tennessee and Federal criminal history checks, child abuse records, employment verification, and professional/personal reference checks.

How To Apply:

In addition to application (to include salary history and references), please include the following items:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Current Resume (including salary history)
  • Three professional references
  • Copy of Educator Certification (if applicable)
  • Unofficial Copies of All Transcripts*

Please send a fully completed State of Tennessee Employment Application packets should be submitted to:

Kim Stein, Director of Human Resources
Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

E-mail: Kim.Stein@tsbtigers.org

*An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report may result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this announcement.

Candidates with disabilities who require special accommodations or alternative communication formats should contact the Superintendent’s Office at (615) 231-7316 no later than five days prior to their scheduled interview to facilitate reasonable accommodations.   The State of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer; Discrimination on the Basis of Age (Over 40), Race, Sex, Color, Religion, National Origin, Disabling Condition or any other Non-Merit Factor is Prohibited.

Reports To:

Administrative Services Manager

Location:

West Tennessee School for the Deaf
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Position Description:     

This position works under the general supervision of the Administrative Services Manager and performs accounting and clerical work of average difficulty involving bookkeeping principles to a variety of financial records and documents and performs related work as required by the supervisor.  Employee will work in the Business Office at the West Tennessee School for the Deaf with major portion of job responsibilities being procurement.  Individual hired will be required to attend workshops in Nashville, as needed, for Edison Training used by the state for business processes, and other pertinent training as well.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Purchases all supplies, equipment, and services for the school by preparing requisitions, purchase orders, and receipts.  Screens all requisitions and purchase orders for accuracy and proper justification and approvals. 
  • Writes and maintains Agency Term Contracts when required by the Central Procurement Office, writes product specifications for use in bidding competitively with vendors for supplies, equipment, and services.  Serves as a liaison between the agency, Central Procurement Office, and vendors for procuring and/or amending contracts.
  • Tags property and maintains current and accurate asset inventory (State and Federal Funds) and a separate inventory of consumable supplies received and stored at WTSD.  Processes surplus property according to specific guidelines provided by the Property Division.
  • Maintains all travel regulations and policies and assists all employees with expense report processing and ensures all documentation is attached.
  • Assists the Business Manager to keep all safety policies and procedures updates as required.
  • Reconciles the checking account statements monthly, maintains all Accounts Receivable and Cashiering functions.
  • Performs a variety of general staff administrative duties.   Assists in benefits administration and recordkeeping.  Assists the Business Manager, which affects the budget and finance of the school, either in budget and fiscal monitoring or in staff work.
  • Provides backup for the Agency Timekeeper and School Secretary.
  • Participates in trainings that will educate the employee on any changes from the Purchasing Division/Central Procurement Office and in any training needed within the Edison system.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Participates in Sign Language classes.

Qualifications:

  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required when driving on campus whether in a personal car or state vehicle.
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted and required to have a TBI/FBI background check.  In addition, background checks will be conducted through the Tennessee of Registry of Sexual Offences, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and one (1) year experience of procurement related work.
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $2,393 - $3,827 monthly. 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 Vickie Rudder, rudderv@tennk12.net.

The Tennessee School for the Deaf (TSD) along with its sister school, West Tennessee School for the Deaf (WTSD), has a rich and extensive history of serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing students since 1844. They are the only state special schools in Tennessee specifically designed to offer specialized instruction to students who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing. TSD also has a residential program. TSD partners with local education agencies (LEA) across the state to provide transportation for its students. The campus of TSD also houses a Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing that offers services to public school systems, to eligible, private non-profit agencies, and to state special schools across the state.  Finally, TSD and WTSD offer an Outreach Program to districts across the state. These services include assessment in the areas of hearing, academics, psychology, and interpreting as well as direct service in these same areas. It is the role of the Superintendent to manage the daily functionality of the school to include the academic instruction, residential program, resource center, outreach program, maintenance department, food service, healthcare, and procurement.

In the current organizational structure, the Superintendent is supported by a Director of Academic Affairs, Director of Technology and Public Relations, Director of Human Services, Director of Comprehensive Education Resource Center, Director of Business and Support Services, and Director of Facilities Management.  The State Board of Education has delegated the governing authority of the Tennessee School for the Deaf to the Commissioner of Education, who is appointed by the Governor. The school is managed by a Superintendent who reports to the Commissioner of Education through the Deputy Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer.

To obtain more information, please see: www.tsdeaf.org.

Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee the daily operation of the instructional program, residential program, Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, LEA outreach services, maintenance, food services, health services, and security.
  2. Establish high expectations and ensure instruction is aligned to Tennessee State Standards.
  3. Ensure compliance with all federal and state statutes and regulations.
  4. Provide supervision and coordinate oversight for approximately 250 employees at both campuses.
    1. All certified staff must be evaluated through the state’s TEAM evaluation model while all classified staff, including Educational Assistants, must be evaluated via the state’s SMART goal system.
  5. Collaborate with Department of Education to develop a working budget and a five-year plan of operation. This includes:
    1. Management and reconciliation of each fiscal year’s budget(s).
    2. Forecasted improvement planning based on student-level achievement data, staff professional development needs, campus upgrades, and etc.
  6. Collaborate with Department of Education, Department of General Services Administration, architects, construction contractors and vendors during design and completion of capital projects (greater than $100,000) and major maintenance projects (less than $100,000). A new state of the art upper school and cafeteria are recently completed projects. Current projects include residential housing replacement.
  7. Collaborate with universities and teacher training programs to conduct research benefiting the educational needs of students challenged by hearing loss and to provide field experience for students pursuing careers in the field of deaf education.
  8. Maintain positive and productive relationships with TSD Alumni, community, advocacy groups, parents, faculty, staff, and students.

Strategic Priority:

The Tennessee Department of Education has placed an emphasis on improved achievement and post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities. Moreover, we expect to see faster growth for students who are the furthest behind. Thus, the Superintendent must be well-versed and competent in both the management of daily operations and the delivery of high-quality academic instruction.  

Qualifications:

All applicants must hold a Master’s Degree or higher, Tennessee teaching and administrative licenses and/or meet the teaching and administrative licensing requirements. Candidates must also have a minimum of five years of district- or school-level leadership experience, preferably in a Principal role or higher. Preference is given to applicants who hold a Deaf endorsement and/or have direct experience working with students with hearing loss.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience, and there is on-campus housing available for the Superintendent. However, it is due for renovation as indicated by our capital project section.

Knowledge & Abilities:

Candidates should be knowledgeable of:

  • Principles, practices, concerns, and trends of school administration, management, and educational issues in serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing students;
  •  Fiscal planning & oversight, personnel management, strategic planning, curriculum and instruction, facilities planning, community relations, and legislative relations;
  • Early intervention and early intervention strategies;
  • Transition services;
  • Local, state, and national programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; and
  • Deaf culture needs and issues.
  • Knowledgeable of the bilingual philosophy and has the ability to implement bilingual best practices in education.

Candidates must possess the abilities and interpersonal skills to:

  • Communicate fluently in American Sign Language;
  • Promote and ensure academic and instructional excellence in all educational programs according to rigorous content and performance standards for all students served;
  • Develop and implement procedures to ensure quality control of all programs and services;
  • Promote parent and community partnerships and involvement in school activities;
  • Maintain general oversight and monitor business functions of a state operated agency including all budgetary functions, and plant operation’s needs;
  • Promote and implement appropriate personnel practices and labor relations policies; and
  • Establish and maintain effective communications with all constituency groups to integrate the activities of diverse interests to attain common goals.

Recruitment and Selection Procedure:

Recruitment for this position is being conducted throughout the United States.  A screening committee will review and evaluate the qualifications and supplemental materials submitted by the applicants.  Candidates determined to be the most qualified will be invited to interview on campus.

Statement of Qualifications Items:

1.       Describe two (2) of your most significant professional accomplishments related to programs serving Deaf and Hard of hearing students in the K-12 education system.

2.       Describe your leadership or management style.  Cite examples in which you have directed the activities of a diverse group to meet specific goals.

3.       Identify the processes and methods you use to lead, manage, and evaluate the use of curriculum for educating Deaf and Hard of hearing students.

4.       Briefly describe your experience(s) in each of the following areas:

·         Working effectively with school personnel in a variety of capacities;

·         Managing and/or administering budgets and personnel;

·         Establishing and maintain effective communication with all constituency groups; and

·         Promoting parent and community partnerships and their involvement in school activities.

How to Apply:

Applicants should send these materials, letter of intent, resume, and list of three references to Andrea Wilkerson at Andrea.D.Wilkerson@tn.gov

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