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Academics

Department: Academics and Instructional Strategy

Classification (Payroll Title): Education Consultant 3

Position Number: 01003486

Reports to: Senior Director of Literacy, Humanities, and Instructional Support

Location: Staff members can reside anywhere in Tennessee.

Office: Tennessee Department of Education

710 James Robertson Parkway, 9th floor

Nashville, TN 37243

Proposed Salary- $5,834.00 Monlthy

Department of Education Vision: We will set all students on a path to success.

Priorities: Academics: All Tennessee students will have access to a high-quality education, no matter where they live.  · Student Readiness: Tennessee public schools will be equipped to serve the academic and non-academic needs of all students. · Educators: Tennessee will set a new path for the education profession and be the top state to become and remain a teacher and leader.

Last Revised Date: 7/19/21

Department of Education Vision: We will set all students on a path to success.

Department Priorities: Academics – All Tennessee students will have access to a high-quality education, no matter where they live. Whole Child – Tennessee public schools will be equipped to serve the academic and non-academic needs of all students. Educators – Tennessee will set a new path for the education profession and be the top state to become and remain a teacher and leader.

Position Summary: If teachers have access to high-quality instructional materials along with knowledge-building opportunities and ongoing implementation supports grounded in those materials, the result will be dramatic and sustained improvement in classroom practice and ultimately student outcomes. In spring 2020, Tennessee districts selected and implemented new, high-quality English language arts materials at all grade levels. In summer 2020, Tennessee won a five-year, $20-million Federal grant to facilitate regional networks designed to support districts’ implementation of their new materials. The Literacy Coordinator (3-8) will play a crucial role in this scope of work in addition to leading and supporting a variety of other projects.

Key Qualifications:

●        Ability to effectively execute a vision and theory of action into a project plan with clear deliverables.

●        Experience in a school district as a literacy coach, instructional supervisor, or school leader.

●        Deep understanding of components of high-quality instructional materials for secondary literacy and the ability to apply implementation strategy to various content areas and multiple curricula.

●        Strong background in literacy content and pedagogy; secondary grades experience preferred.

●        Experience developing and supporting professional learning materials through the vertical spine: district leadership, school leadership, and classroom.

●        Experience cultivating high-quality instructional materials into a digital framework that can easily be used through multiple learning platforms.

●        Master’s degree in literacy education, curriculum development, or related field preferred.

●        Familiarity with multiple high-quality instructional materials on Tennessee state adoption list preferred.

●        Ability to review district waivers for high-quality instructional materials in ELA, social studies and humanities and assess whether waiver meets state standards and can be implemented effectively by educators.

Essential Functions:

●        Serve as internal subject matter expert on state-level activities related to 3-8 ELA, social studies and humanities.

●        Lead and support literacy-related projects as needed, including contributing to TDOE’s comprehensive set of early literacy supports for educators, children, and families.

●        Effectively communicate program vision and progress to internal and external stakeholders.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

●        Content expertise: Deep understanding of high-quality ELA/literacy curriculum and instruction

●        Communication skills: Strong written and oral communication skills

●        Big-picture orientation: Ability to understand and navigate priorities of own role and department within larger context

●        Relationship skills: Ability to build positive relationships with diverse team members and stakeholders

●        Detail orientation: Excellent organization and ability to meet deadlines

●        Service orientation: Commitment to providing excellent customer service to districts

●        Achievement orientation: Ability to focus on end goal and adjust course as needed along the way

●        Learning leader: Knowledge of principles of professional learning that drive and sustain change

 

Supervisory Responsibility: This role is not responsible for supervising staff.

Work Environment: The duties of this role will primarily be carried out indoors, in environmentally controlled conditions. The employee will be required to perform general physical tasks and handle and move objects.

Physical Demands: Physical demands include walking, standing, bending, lifting, climbing stairs, and moving during working hours.

Position Type: This is a full-time position. Expected work hours are 37.5 hours per week, from 8am to 4:30pm with an hour-long lunch break each weekday.

Travel: Some travel (~15-25%) across the state is required. A driver’s license and reliable transportation are required.

Other Duties: Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time and/or without notice.

 

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to: Tess Yates at tess.yates@tn.gov.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

 

Tennessee Department of Education also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact the Tennessee Department of Education, Attn: Human Resources Division, 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243.

Department: Academics

Classification (Payroll Title): Education Program Director-2

Position Number: 00017258

Reports to: AC of Instructional Strategy

Anticipated Salary Range: The anticipated annual salary range for this position is $84,172.00 to $132,000.00 In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Department of Education Vision: We will set all students on a path to success.

Priorities:  Academics: All Tennessee students will have access to a high-quality education, no matter where they live.

Position Overview:

The Senior Director of Early Literacy Strategy will drive the strategy, process, and partnerships necessary to empower schools and districts to accelerate literacy opportunities for all Tennessee children. This role will be positioned within the Office of Standards and Materials and will coordinate a coherent literacy strategy across the Department of Education.

Essential Duties and Minimum Position Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates a passion for and an unwavering commitment to early literacy and the importance of high-quality literacy experiences.
  • Serves as an essential early literacy leader in the Tennessee Department of Education.
  • Directs and coordinates statewide early literacy strategy, including implementation of multiple comprehensive project components of Literacy 360, communicating status reports to Commissioner, Governor’s office, and legislature.
  • Oversees statewide early literacy networks including coordination of districts, vendor management, and program outcomes.
  • Develops communication strategy for Early Literacy and coordinates Early Literacy Council to include all communications with external stakeholders, districts, and partners.
  • Manage statewide team of vendors and holds participants accountable to outcomes as well as coordinate early literacy work with regional support teams.
  • Affect and sustain positive change in an exceedingly complex and challenging
  • educational environment.
  • Understanding of national data research, rhetoric of early literacy and how this meets Tennessee contextual landscape.
  • Maintain strong relationships with districts, TDOE staff, agency partners, and external stakeholders.
  • Serves on executive leadership team.

Qualifications:

  • Exhibit personal characteristics enabling effective interaction with important constituencies and possess a genuine commitment to the advancement of improved literacy outcomes.
  • Demonstrate track record of driving organizations towards transformational change that can be sustained over time.
  • Illustrate a knowledge of current literacy practices, instructional strategy, and research to improve literacy rates.
  • Proven skills, strong negotiating strategies, and the ability to work effectively with local and national leadership counterparts from all spheres of influence.
  • Excellent organizational skills, oral and written communications skills, and the ability to articulate the needs, interests, and accomplishments of the department to a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing priorities.
  • Dedication to cultivating a positive workplace culture.
  • Commitment to communicating regularly with parents and other community stakeholders, seeking their support and advice, to create a cooperative relationship for student support.

Knowledge of:

  • Deep knowledge and experience with foundational skills research.
  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of school programs, policies, and operational needs.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the change process necessary at both a state and district level to impact student outcomes.
  • Ability to communicate the importance of high-quality instructional materials and clear connections between HQIM and early literacy instruction.

Skills to:

  • Plan and implement large scale, statewide projects.
  • Communication and presentations for multiple stakeholders.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with districts, instructional staff, vendors, and external partners.
  • Manage teams towards outcomes.
  • Develop a team that increases impact and efficiencies of work streams.
  • Strategic planning at statewide scale.
  • Implementation of large projects through multiple layers of a delivery chain.
  • Manage multiple vendor teams towards sustainable outcomes over time.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education policy, literacy, curriculum development, or related field preferred.
  • 5+ years of state-level literacy experience or equivalent.
  • Strong background in literacy research and current foundational skills theory, PreK-2 literacy required.
  • Strong background in large-scale project management, public policy strategy, and district change.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Christy Wall Christy.Wall@tn.gov

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

Department: Office of Academics

Classification (Payroll Title): EdCon4

Position Number: 1005807

Reports to: Chief Academic Officer

Last Revised Date: November 28, 2022

Salary: Anticipated Salary: The anticipated annual salary for this position is $85,000.00 In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Department of Education Vision: We will set all students on a path to success.

Priorities: Academics: All Tennessee students will have access to a high-quality education, no matter where they live. Position Summary: The Director of Learning Acceleration Content will support the vision of Learning Acceleration at the Tennessee Department of Education by leading the development, refinement, and implementation of learning acceleration content. Learning acceleration content will include programming, guidance, and district support resources for both high-dosage, low-ratio tutoring and summer programming. This role will sit within the Office of Academics on the Learning Acceleration team and will collaborate closely with the Instructional Strategy, Special Populations, and CORE teams.

Essential Functions:

  • Collaborate with team members to implement the TN ALL Corps strategy, working to accelerate student learning through high-dosage, low-ratio tutoring in ELA and math for students in grades 1- 8.
  • Direct the learning acceleration content strategy for ELA and math for students in grades 1 - 8 in high­dosage, low-ratio tutoring.
  • Oversee the development of supplemental resources for districts and vendor creation and implementation of learning acceleration materials.
  • Support the development of training toolkits and resources to roll out learning acceleration materials aligned to district HQIM.
  • Support districts in using content for high-dosage, low-ratio tutoring and implementing high-dosage, low-ratio content to accelerate learning.

Summer Programming:

  • Direct content for the statewide summer school programming including the development of content, guidance on content usage, and support of content implementation
  • Oversee the communications around summer programming and execute summer programming oversight the teacher training options for teaching the summer school content yearly.
  • Support districts in selecting content for summer programs and implementing summer programming materials to accelerate learning.

Cross-Departmental Collaboration:

Collaborate with team members on the Instructional Strategy, Special Populations, and CORE teams to develop and co earning, and to support districts in the implementation of strategies that coherently connect core instruction to learning acceleration.

Minimum Qualifications:

•                Master's degree in literacy education, curriculum development, or related field preferred

•                3+ years of instructional and educational leadership with a record of success

•                Strong background in literacy and/or content, materials implementation, and pedagogy, particularly in grades 1 - 8

•                Strong understanding of measurement, curriculum, instruction and assessment (formative, innovative, and summative measures).

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

·                Content Expertise: Deep knowledge and experience with early literacy research

·                Communication Skills: Strong written and oral communication skills

·                Big Picture Orientation: Understands and navigates priorities of own role and department within larger context

·                Relationship Builder: Ability to build positive relationships with diverse team members and stakeholders.

·                Detail Orientation: Excellent organization and ability to meet deadlines

·                Service Orientation: Focused on providing excellent customer service to districts

·                Achievement Orientation: Ability to focus on end goal and adjust course as needed along the way. 

Work Environment:

The duties of this role will primarily be carried out indoors, in environmentally controlled conditions. The employee will be required to perform general physical abilities and handle and move objects.

Physical Demands:

Physical demands include walking, standing, bending, lifting, climbing stairs, and moving during working hours.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position. Expected work hours are 37.5 hours per week, from 8-4:30pm with an hour lunch break.

Travel:

Some travel (~15-25%) across the state required. A driver's license and reliable transportation is required.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Tess.Yates@tn.gov.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee's Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle offair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State's policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person's race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws