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.

Positions at State Special Schools

Full-Time Openings

Chief Assessment Officer

Reports to:

Assistant Commissioner, Data & Research

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-0375

The Chief Assessment Officer manages and leads all facets of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) such that results are compiled and delivered for use in state accountability systems, public reporting, and ongoing research studies.  The chief will ensure alignment between TCAP and the Tennessee Academic Standards, in collaboration with the Executive Director of Content & Assessment design, who oversees item development and test design. This position will ensure the technical quality of the assessments to produce valid and reliable results and will set policy related to test administration, processing, data files, scoring, reporting, and other technical matters. This senior leader will plan and coordinate all communications with stakeholders by providing technical assistance to schools, producing assessment publications, and working with other divisions within the Department of Education. The chief has primary responsibility for directing and overseeing contracts and other agreements with assessment vendors and multi-state consortia for the administration of statewide assessments to all students, including TCAP, alternate assessments, second-grade optional assessment, ACT/SAT, NAEP, and ACCESS for ELs. This position will lead contract management which includes budget oversight. The chief also oversees the creation of materials to support professional development to K-12 educators on a range of topics related to test administration including test security, selecting, accommodations, and reporting.  The Chief of Assessment will be knowledgeable of and comply with all assessment-related federal and local statutes, including the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Tennessee Code Annotated, and State Board of Education policy, rules, and regulations.

Education and Experience:

  • At least five years of experience working with large-scale assessment.
  • At least 12 years of professional work experience, including at least five years of supervisory experience.
  • Master’s degree in related field required.
  • Doctorate degree preferred, but not required.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred, but not required.

Required Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

  • Strong planning, organization, and project management skills, with the ability to identify numerous dependencies and develop a comprehensive, technical plan of action.
  • Proven leadership and management style embodied by exceptional judgment, courage, and initiative.
  • Results-oriented, hands-on, team player with a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, high energy environment while meeting deadlines and completing multiple tasks.
  • Strong critical thinking, analytic, strategic, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively in writing and orally.
  • Experience running a large-scale assessment program at the state or large district level.

Responsibilities:

Program Administration

  • Assume ultimate accountability and ownership of delivery of annual TCAP administration in grades 3-11.
  • Develop and manage schedule in coordination with project managers to monitor overall work plan deliverables and timelines, ensure critical operational deadlines are met, and achieve key milestones.
  • Serve as key operational integration manager across all assessment-related work streams to guarantee vendor's on-time and on-specification delivery of assessment contracts annually.
  • Manage all project and personnel activities. Troubleshoot problems and provide technical assistance and/or explicit direction to all test development, operations and psychometric staff.
  • Track risk management activities for the overall program by directing staff in implementing risk mitigation strategies and developing processes that improve and/or ensure quality.
  • Work with advisory committees to ensure TCAP delivery meets all state and district needs.
  • Prepare and deliver project status presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Communicate project status, issues, and risks to internal and external audiences clearly and concisely, identifying actions needed by district and state leaders.
  • Coordinate work via internal technology platforms through the IT team.

Vendor Management

  • Coordinate with all assessment vendors as necessary to manage risks and schedules.
  • Manage operational assessment change control process across all contracts.
  • Lead internal and external vendor management and operational project management meetings.
  • Use vendor work plan to track progress and forecast risks, and coordinate vendor project management team to create and manage risk mitigation strategies.
  • Work with appropriate staff to manage budgets, oversee contracts, and process invoices.

Team Development and Leadership

  • Mentor and develop assigned staff using a supportive and collaborative approach: assign accountabilities; set clear objectives; establish priorities; and monitor and evaluate team results.
  • Promote a positive team culture. Create, communicate, demonstrate, and instill commitment and meaningful contributions toward department goals.
  • Motivate staff to work together to accomplish department goals and ensure practices across unit are consistent with vision and mission.
  • 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. May also serve on Senior Leadership Team (SLT) for Department of Education.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and/or as necessary to achieve strategic objectives.

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 Nakia Towns (Nakia.Towns@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
Director of Literacy for Educator Preparation and Induction

Reports to:

Executive Director of Educator Preparation and Licensure

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education
Andrew Johnson Tower, 12th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description:

The Director of Literacy for Educator Preparation and Induction will lead and support the strategy and programming of the department’s initiatives to assist with the implementation of new literacy standards within Tennessee’s approved educator preparation programs. In addition, this position will work closely with the Read to be Ready team to support the induction of teachers entering Tennessee public schools for the first time, specifically related to literacy instruction.

Position Role and Responsibilities:

  • Develop a concrete plan to support the implementation of new literacy standards for preparation programs
  • Provide technical support for educator preparation providers (EPPs) as they develop proposals to address the new standards
  • Fully execute the process to train individuals to review proposals submitted by EPPs addressing the new literacy standards, including the development of guidance for EPPs as they prepare their proposals; selection of experts to participate in proposal review; developing and delivering training for selected reviewers; communication with EPPs related to proposal review and refinement
  • Support efforts to continue to improve expectations related to educator preparation related to literacy, including but not limited to the adoption of professional assessments related to literacy instruction.
  • Engage and support facilitation of the Literacy Network for Educator Preparation (literacy network), including the development of communication strategies and efforts to support consistency across EPPs.
  • Through the literacy network and within the department, support research efforts, both quantitative and qualitative, designed to inform the field
  • Support Read to be Ready coaching network as it relates to working with novice educators
  • Support collaborative partnership activities between and among EPPs and their partner districts
  • Gather and analyze data on induction practices related to literacy instruction and develop guiding documents identifying best practices
  • Plan and execute events, including the coordination of logistics
  • Partner with other divisions on relevant projects
  • Deliver and participate in professional learning opportunities and other state, regional, and local meetings as assigned
  • Support special projects as requested

The ideal candidate is a self-motivated and detail-oriented leader with a strong background in early/elementary literacy, instructional coaching, while also having experience working with educator preparation. Candidates should be passionate about the development of preservice and novice educators as it relates to literacy. Candidates must also believe in the potential of all students, teachers, and districts.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field, Master’s preferred
  • Experience as a reading specialist or instructional coach, with a record of success achieving clearly-defined outcomes, preferred
  • Experience working with educator preparation programs, preferred
  • Significant project management experience
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines; strong detail orientation
  • Very strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to build positive relationships with diverse team members and stakeholders
  • Some travel is required, must have a driver’s license
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to use sound judgment to identify and creatively solve problems with a solutions- oriented, “whatever it takes” mindset.
  • Experience working with a team to implement efficient, accurate, and consistent standards and practices
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative and high standards for self and employees; ability to manage towards ambitious organizational goals
  • Strong personal presence and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders
  • Innovative and strategic thinking skills; a solution-oriented disposition

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter to Shaye Olmstead (Shaye.Olmstead@tn.gov). Questions concerning this post may be also be directed to Shaye Olmstead. The closing date for applications is March 17, 2017.

Director of Literacy, Improvement Networks (Contract)

Location:

Nashville, Tennessee 

Contract Description:

The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) is working with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to form improvement networks led by the state’s regional CORE offices. Tennessee’s improvement networks bring districts together to collaborate in seeking practical solutions to a defined problem of practice – in this case, ensuring that all students in Tennessee read well by third grade – and engaging in continuous improvement cycles to learn what works in solving the problem in their specific context. In the near term, the aim of these improvement networks is to improve early reading outcomes (read more about Tennessee’s focus on early literacy here).  In the longer-term, these improvement networks are intended to shift how the TDOE empowers and builds capacity of regions and districts to problem solve, find better solutions, and improve student achievement in their own unique contexts – part of the effort to empower districts under the Commissioner’s Tennessee Succeeds strategic plan and tightly aligned to the Commissioner’s Early Foundations & Literacy strategy and Read To Be Ready initiative.

The contractor will collaborate closely with CORE offices and the Carnegie Foundation to build network capacity in early-elementary literacy and ensure that the work of the improvement network is tightly aligned to the statewide literacy efforts. The contractor will serve as a liaison between the TDOE central office, the regional CORE offices, Carnegie Foundation, and the network for all things literacy. This person will be responsible for teaching, coaching, and supporting TDOE and CORE staff and district leaders in literacy practices  as part of the network’s change ideas in elementary schools and Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycles.  The contractor will also surface key literacy learnings from the network and share them with TDOE leaders to spread effective practices and generate innovation in literacy across the state.

The contractor will be a critical member of a newly-established expertise group focused on the development of improvement networks in Tennessee as a means of solving complex challenges in student achievement.  This is a unique opportunity for an individual to learn and to build district capacity to problem solve in a way that will serve as a national model for states and districts across the country.  

Success in this contract is heavily dependent upon:

  • Literacy expertise:  a deep, multi-faceted understanding of teaching reading and early-elementary literacy
  • Relationships: the ability to build strong relationships centered on empathy for others, candor, and a strong sense of customer service (including being incredibly student-centered and practitioner-centered) and responsiveness in order to support the success of others, create successful collaboration, and develop strong partnerships 
  • Coaching adults:  the ability to coach and build the capacity of other adults, design adult learning experiences, and support their learning in a way that empowers them
  • Humility and curiosity:  genuine humility and an ongoing curiosity to learn and continuously improve – the ideal person for this role sees him/herself as a life-long improver

Scope of Contract:

  • Apply early-literacy expertise to inform the work of the improvement network
  • Learn and become proficient in network initiation, development and management through coaching from others
  • Learn and become proficient in the application of improvement science through coaching from others
  • Ensure the improvement network’s efforts are tightly aligned with the TDOE’s literacy priorities
  • Foster productive team dynamics and develop collective investment in a common aim
  • Design and facilitate adult learning experiences that support knowledge and skill development of strong literacy practice and pedagogy
  • Thought-partner with and coach adults to achieve the outcomes they are seeking
  • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders, including the Carnegie team, other TDOE central office staff, district-level leaders, our external research partners, and others in a way that achieves intended results
  • Manage relationships with a variety of constituents, including school leaders, external partners, and TDOE staff
  • Navigate complex school and district contexts
  • Manage communications with all parties
  • Thought-partner and collaborate with others in support of this work, including sharing effective practices and lessons learned about how best to do this work
  • Coach CORE offices in supporting districts as they engage in continuous improvement cycles to improve early literacy outcomes, including observing their work in schools and providing feedback
  • Support regional CORE offices with day-to-day execution of PDSAs intended to improve literacy achievement
  • Contribute to grant reporting as needed
  • Engage stakeholders in collective effort directed at a common purpose
  • See across sites/districts/schools and be able to surface and spread important learning across the network as well as find and eliminate barriers for those on the ground to do this work well
  • Travel expected approximately 20% (about 1 day per week on average, almost entirely within the state of Tennessee; much of which could possibly be day trips)

Qualifications Sought:

  • Extensive knowledge of high-quality early-elementary literacy instruction, including having coaching teachers of reading
  • Experience coaching adults
  • Experience designing and facilitating adult-learning sessions, including facilitating communities of practice or cohort learning
  • Strong strategic thinking and creative problem-solving skills
  • Strong networking and relationship-building skills
  • Outstanding project management skills
  • Organization and attention to detail
  • Ability to collaborate across multiple stakeholders who bring different perspectives and expertise to the work
  • Ability to manage multiple moving parts in a fast-paced environment
  • Exhibition of a growth mindset
  • Understanding of and experience with improvement science or cycles of continuous improvement
  • Excel at operating independently; solutions-oriented in solving challenges and overcoming obstacles
  • Extensive instructional experience in K-12 public education setting required
  • Aligned in thought and action with TDOE’s core values

For more information on the Carnegie Foundation and its work with improvement networks, please see their website: www.carnegiefoundation.org/our-ideas

Contract Compensation:

This opportunity is not as a TDOE employee, but is a contract for services through July 31, 2018. Compensation is highly competitive.  Additionally, this is a strong professional development opportunity as the improvement science mastered in this role is highly transferrable to future work across education and beyond.

To Apply:

Please send the following to Meghan Curran at Meghan.Curran@tn.gov:

  • A thoughtful cover letter that describes your interest in this particular role,
  • Current resume, and
  • Names, titles, and contact information for three professional references (references will not be contacted without the applicant’s knowledge and explicit permission)
Director of Response to Instruction and Intervention

Reports to:

Deputy Commissioner, Chief Academic Officer

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education Andrew Johnson Tower, 12th Floor 710 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description:

The Director of Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) will lead and support the strategy and programming of the department’s statewide RTI2 implementation and will work collaboratively with CORE Offices regionally and with the division of special populations and student support. This position will also work closely with other teams with related initiatives and purposes such as standards training, special education, and literacy initiatives.

Position Role and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the department’s long-term RTI2 strategy for improving RTI2 implementation that includes refining state guidance, ensuring clarity and consistency of messaging, creating a system of supports for districts, identifying and tracking metrics, surfacing statewide needs, and developing associated tools and supports to meet those needs
  • Lead the department’s RTI2 Oversight Committee to ensure coordination across divisions regarding RTI2 messaging and training content and to develop focus for training, support, and research
  • Work collaboratively with the Senior Executive Director of CORE and CORE Directors to support interventionists in their work to provide differentiated, regional support to districts on RTI2
  • Work closely with the division of special populations and student support to ensure clear, accurate communication and implementation of RTI2 as the process for identification of students with specific learning disabilities
  • Collaborate with the Read to be Ready team to coordinate messages and training content
  • Work with the division of data and research to gather and analyze data on RTI2 policies and practices in order to propose needed changes; implement identified changes when approved
  • Develop communications related to RTI2 for various audiences statewide
  • Support content development for training for administrators and teachers related to RTI2  implementation with a focus on strong Tier I practice and effective interventions
  • Plan and execute events, including the coordination of logistics
  • Participate in professional learning opportunities and other state, regional, and local meetings as assigned
  • Support special projects as requested

The ideal candidate is a self-motivated and detail-oriented leader with strong knowledge of effective RTI2 implementation. Candidates should be passionate about strong instruction and student support for success, believing in the potential of students, teachers, and districts.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field, Master’s preferred
  • Experience implementing RTI2 with a record of success achieving clearly-defined outcomes
  • Significant project management experience
  • Excellent organization and ability to meet deadlines; strong detail orientation
  • Very strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to build positive relationships with diverse team members and stakeholders
  • Some travel is required, must have a driver’s license
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to use sound judgment to identify and creatively solve problems with a solutions- oriented, “whatever it takes” mindset.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter to Grace Jones (Grace.Jones@tn.gov). Questions concerning this post may also be directed to Ms. Jones. The closing date for applications is February 28.

Pathways TN Communications & Branding Specialist

Reports To:

Melissa Canney, Executive Director, Pathways TN

Location:

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

Position Description:  

The communications & branding specialist is responsible for developing and promoting the Pathways Tennessee statewide initiative and the benefits of education-to-career learning pathways, in addition to the following duties:

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement robust communications strategies for the office of Pathways TN, in coordination with partner agencies and regional Pathways initiatives, to increase the awareness and engagement of students, parents, community members, industry, and other stakeholders in education-to-career learning pathways;
  • Lead and facilitate meetings of the inter-agency PTN communications team, comprising representatives from each partner organization and intended to develop shared messaging and alignment of priorities;
  • Develop and implement a Pathways TN communications strategy evaluation framework;
  • Manage social media accounts and campaigns to increase awareness of Pathways TN and the benefits of education-to-career learning pathways for students;
  • Develop resources and branding materials and provide technical assistance to Pathways TN regions to support their communications and messaging;
  • Create and disseminate reports to allow stakeholders to regularly review and monitor the progress and activities of Pathways TN;
  • Serve as the primary content developer for Pathways TN-related communications for stakeholder updates, popular media, websites, and other media outlets as assigned;
  • Support the Pathways TN program managers and director of industry engagement in cataloging and sharing promising practices and resources;
  • Support regional Pathways intermediary staff leads in building regional capacity for communications, branding, and promotions.
  • Support the division of college, career and technical education’s communications strategies, processes, and development, as assigned;
  • Develop graphic design and video content, as assigned.

The ideal communications & branding specialist is outgoing, detail-oriented, creative, self-directed, and wanting to take ownership for the continued support and growth of Pathways TN.

Education and Experience:

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

Qualifications:

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter describing your interest in the position, a writing sample, a resume or CV, and contact information for three professional references to Melissa.Canney@tn.gov. Applications are due by March 1, 2017.

Pathways TN Program Manager

Reports To:

Melissa Canney, Executive Director, Pathways TN

Location:

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

Position Description:

The program manager is responsible for daily oversight and support of the Pathways Tennessee statewide initiative and its corresponding statewide partners, in addition to the following duties:

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide daily staff support to the executive director toward the implementation of the Pathways TN statewide strategic plan;
  • Serve as the primary point of contact and provide ongoing support and professional development to build the capacity of identified Pathways TN intermediaries to implement and expand pathways initiatives in key industry sectors;
  • Provide technical assistance to all identified Pathways TN partners toward the development and implementation of the Pathways TN framework, including (but not limited to) general education and technical coursework, work-based learning programming, early postsecondary, and regional/local community-building across the state;
  • Conduct research, and collect and analyze data as requested and required for the development, implementation, and expansion of regional and local pathways initiatives;
  • Develop and implement ongoing evaluative assessments and targeted growth for identified deliverables to gauge overall success of promoted partnerships;
  • In coordination with the branding & communications consultant, develop marketing materials and templates to support regional/local pathways development, implementation, and initiative recognition across the state ; and
  • Implement, monitor, and evaluate discretionary/competitive grant programs which support the implementation of regional/local Pathways TN initiatives (as funds are made available by state agency and/or external partners).

The ideal program manager is outgoing, detail-oriented, creative, self-directed, and wanting to take ownership for the continued support and growth of Pathways TN.

Education and Experience:

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

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 describing your interest in the position, a writing sample, a resume or CV, and contact information for three professional references to Melissa.Canney@tn.gov. Applications are due by March 1, 2017.

Staff Attorney, Tennessee State Board of Education

The Tennessee State Board of Education is seeking a full-time staff attorney to manage the licensure case review process by investigating misconduct cases, making recommendations to the Board, and representing the Board in licensure hearings. The staff attorney will also oversee the State Board's contracts and contracting processes, including working with staff members to draft contracts, review and advise on contract language, and oversee the submission and approval process; act as the contract liaison with Central Procurement to determine appropriate contract methods.  In addition, the staff attorney is responsible for communicating with districts, educators, and other stakeholders regarding licensure actions. This position will report to the General Counsel of the State Board and will be responsible for providing support as needed with the Board’s legal work. The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to communicate effectively, multi-task, work with a variety of education stakeholders, and manage a diverse caseload. This position is an important opportunity to ensure the state continues to uphold a high bar for educator licensure and further the Board’s efforts to ensure that all students have access to great teachers and leaders.

Responsibilities:

The staff attorney is responsible for the following:

  • Managing teacher licensing misconduct cases, including opening new licensure cases, investigating case files, and interacting with a variety of stakeholders including school district representatives, teachers and their counsel, witnesses, and others
  • Initiating and overseeing the State Board case review committee, including preparation of licensure action recommendations, and presentation of cases before this committee
  • Docketing cases with the Administrative Procedures Division and representing the Board at administrative hearings
  • Drafting motions, orders, and other filings
  • Presenting and explaining licensure recommendations to the Board at quarterly meetings
  • Responding to requests from school districts and educators regarding licensure status
  • Conducting legal research and writing on a variety of topics, including recommending any changes to the case management process
  • Providing legal advice to the Board and Board staff as requested
  • Preparing presentations to school districts and other interested stakeholder organizations regarding the State Board’s process for handling licensure cases
  • Responding to inquiries regarding licensure decisions
  • Other special projects as may be assigned

Qualifications:

We are seeking candidates who have:

  • Strong legal research and writing skills as well as excellent oral and written advocacy skills
  • Litigation/case management experience, or other demonstrated project-management experience
  • A demonstrated commitment to meeting expectations at a high bar and history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles
  • Strong personal presence and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience managing multiple projects or cases and the ability to work efficiently and effectively with a high volume workload

A Juris Doctorate is required. Candidates must possess a current Tennessee law license.  Knowledge of education law/policy, communications/marketing skills, administrative procedure, or prior experience with Board relations are a plus but not required.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Elizabeth Taylor, General Counsel, at Elizabeth.Taylor@tn.gov

State Coordinator, Office of Coordinated School Health

Reports To:

Lori Paisley, Executive Director, Office of Coordinated School Health

Location:

Office of Coordinated School Health
Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway   
Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description:

The state coordinator coordinates and oversees the implementation of coordinated school health programs in LEAs, provides continuing support for coordinated school health programs and performs other duties assigned by executive director.          

Responsibilities:

Provide CSH grants administration and management for all LEAs; collaborates with LEAs in the development, interpretation, implementation, and enforcement of policies, procedures, and guidelines affecting the administration and operation of school health programs, activities, services, and initiatives; collaborate with coordinators on analyzing and assessing school health needs to develop immediate and long-range plans and assist in developing state plans and guidelines for the distribution of school health funds for school health; collaborate with school directors and coordinators for the promotion of student, staff and family health and link improved health status with academic outcomes; schedule and/or provide professional development opportunities statewide as needed in all eight areas of coordinated school health; planning successful annual institute; maintain up-to-date Office of Coordinated School Health website; other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

A minimum of a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in either the field of education, nursing, health services administration, social services, psychology/mental health services or nutrition and have documented experience in either supervising or implementing one or more of the coordinated school health components areas of health education, health services, nutrition, school counseling, psychological services or social services.

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 Lori.Paisley@tn.gov. Applications are due by February 28, 2017.

Temporary/Part-Time

Spring 2017 - Special Projects Assistant – Content Materials and Onsite Support, Office of Academic Strategy and Operations (Contract)

The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) will host statewide summer training programs designed to support the implementation of the revised ELA and math TN Academic Standards.

To support this work, the Office of Academic Strategy and Operations is seeking a Special Projects Assistant – Content Materials and Onsite Support who will support the delivery of the statewide summer training programs. These training programs are critical in preparing teachers for the demands of rigorous standards and assessment, and in supporting the TDOE’s goal of being the fastest improving state in the nation. The Special Projects Assistant – Content Materials and Onsite Support will support the work of the Training and Operations team in the creation, review, and publication of summer training content as well as in onsite support as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Copy edit training content for consistent formatting and ease of use for participants.
  • Review content and ensure alignment between training manuals and PowerPoints.
  • Coordinate with content developers and materials printer to meet deadlines and ensure final content is printed.
  • Coordinate with web designers to ensure all materials are posted in a timely manner and are easily accessible for training participants.
  • Collaborate with content developers to create and publish training follow-up materials.
  • Provide onsite support (various locations) as needed to ensure facilitator and participant satisfaction.
  • Additional tasks related to content and facilitator support, as requested.

Qualifications

  • Tennessee resident, Nashville area preferred
  • Previous experience with TDOE training preferred
  • Professional or graduate student with demonstrated achievement
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Record of success in achieving clearly defined outcomes
  • Excellent organization and ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong detail orientation
  • Ability to build positive, productive working relationships on diverse teams
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Self-starter with strong independent reasoning skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat

This contract position will be paid a competitive hourly rate and is expected to run from March 1 to June 30, 2017, with an estimated 30-40 hours of work per week. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Nicole.Jimenez@tn.gov no later than 8 a.m., Monday, February 27, 2017.

Spring/Summer 2017 - Data Analyst Office of Academic Strategy and Operations (Contract)

The Tennessee Department of Education will host a series of statewide training programs designed to orient educators to revised Math and English Language Arts (ELA) standards that will be implemented in the 2017-18 school year.

To support this work, the department is seeking a Data Analyst who will partner with its Office of Academic Strategy and Operations (ASO) to support the implementation of the statewide summer 2017 training programs. These training programs are critical in preparing teachers for the demands of rigorous standards and assessment, and in supporting the department’s goal of being the fastest improving state in the nation.

The Data Analyst will support the work of the Academic Strategy team in ASO. The individual in this role will report directly to the Deputy Director of Teacher Training and Support for ASO.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Contractor shall provide support for the timely and accurate processing and analysis of data for the 2017 ELA and math standards training for educators, and potentially other training events as assigned. This data is used to continuously improve the participant experience, training content, and evaluation. At minimum, support shall include the following:

  • The Contractor shall monitor, evaluate, and aggregate data and create reports to support facilitators, department staff, school, and district leaders.
  • The Contractor shall send daily and end of event surveys through email.
  • The Contractor shall create and edit internal memos, reports, external communications, and presentations to report trends in the data and make recommendations for improvements.
  • The Contractor shall provide additional data analysis services as requested by the State.
  • The Contractor shall, if requested by the State, assist with on-site operations for events which may involve travel to in-state event locations.
  • The Contractor shall provide additional event logistics services as requested by the State.

Qualifications

  • Tennessee resident, Nashville area preferred
  • Professional or graduate student with demonstrated achievement
  • Data reporting experience preferred
  • Record of success in achieving clearly defined outcomes
  • Excellent organization, project planning skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to identify and creatively solve problems
  • Ability to build positive, productive working relationships on diverse teams
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Proficiency in managing multiple work streams
  • Self-starter with strong independent reasoning skills
  • Strong desire to provide excellent customer service
  • Desire and ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel. Stata knowledge is a plus.

This contract position will be paid a competitive hourly rate and is expected to run from March 20 – June 30, 2017, with an estimated 30-40 hours of work per week. To apply, please submit a letter of intent and resume to Luisa.Wilsman@tn.gov no later than Feb. 27, 2017.

Summer 2017 - Logistics Coordinator, Office of Academic Strategy and Operations

This summer, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) will host a series of statewide training programs designed to orient educators to revised Math and ELA standards that will be implemented in the 2017-18 school year.

To support this work, the TDOE is seeking a Logistics Coordinator who will partner with its Office of Academic Strategy and Operations (ASO) to support the implementation of the statewide summer 2017 training programs. These training programs are critical in preparing teachers for the demands of rigorous standards and assessment, and in supporting the TDOE’s goal of being the fastest improving state in the nation.

The Logistics Coordinator will support the work of the Training and Operations team in ASO. The individual in this role will report directly to the Director of Finance and Operations for ASO.

Duties and Responsibilities

Site Coordination

Summer Teacher Training will take place in all 8 of Tennessee’s CORE Regions in June 2017, with the exact number of training sites still to be determined. Each training location will host an average of 12 classrooms, 8 unique courses, 24 trainers (“Facilitators”), and 300 attendees, each receiving a unique set of training materials. To facilitate this work on a large scale and at a high level of excellence, quality, and accuracy, the Logistics Coordinator will:

  • Assist with the overall management of summer training site logistics.
  • Assist in management of day-to-day relationships with training host sites, most of which will be Tennessee middle and high schools.
  • Procure meeting space and manage the venue contracting process in areas where we may have to utilize an outside venue.
  • Communicate with host site contacts at regular intervals by phone and email.
  • Organize site-specific logistical information, including classroom assignments, to be used in communications with site personnel, 200 Facilitators, and 10,000 attendees.
  • Prepare logistics packets containing both site-specific and general training information.
  • Prepare and distribute site-specific shipments containing attendance rosters, hard copy surveys, and logistics packets.
  • Assist with the receipt, verification, reporting, and filing of attendance rosters.
Hotel Coordination

Our Facilitators work all across Tennessee, and we want them to be able to focus on what’s most important: delivering high quality content to training participants. To support them in their work, we book and provide hotel rooms when their training assignments necessitate travel more than 50 miles from their home address. To that end, the Logistics Coordinator will:

  • Manage and improve the process of hotel reservations to match assignments of Facilitators and TDOE staff.
  • Establish direct billing and tax exempt status with prospective hotel properties.
  • Organize signed documents from hotels.
  • Communicate directly with our 200 Facilitators and TDOE staff to determine reservation needs and create rooming lists.
  • Make reservations at the state government per diem rate and receive confirmation numbers.
  • Maintain accurate records of hotel stays to match assignments.
  • Collect hotel invoices in a timely manner and ensure accuracy.
  • Submit verified invoices to the invoicing team for processing to reduce payment timeline.

Qualifications

  • Tennessee resident, Nashville area preferred
  • Professional or student with demonstrated achievement
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Record of success in achieving clearly defined outcomes
  • Excellent organization, project planning skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to identify and creatively solve problems
  • Ability to build positive, productive working relationships on diverse teams
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Proficiency in managing multiple work streams
  • Self-starter with strong independent reasoning skills
  • Strong desire to provide excellent customer service
  • Desire and ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel

This contract position will be paid a competitive hourly rate and is expected to run from April 1 – June 30, 2017, with an estimated 30-40 hours of work per week. To apply, please submit a letter of intent and resume to Luisa.Wilsman@tn.gov no later than March 3, 2017.

Summer 2017 - Project Coordinator, Office of Academic Strategy and Operations

This summer, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) will host a series of statewide training programs designed to orient educators to revised Math and ELA standards that will be implemented in the 2017-18 school year.

To support this work, the TDOE is seeking a Project Coordinator who will partner with its Office of Academic Strategy and Operations (ASO) to ensure that participant communications and the processing of all invoices related to the statewide summer 2017 training programs are handled consistently, in a timely manner, and with fidelity to established state contracts. The Project Coordinator will oversee participant communications; as well as process and track to completion all invoices related to the summer 2017 training programs. This includes, but is not limited to, the processing of invoices for up to 200 Facilitators, 19 content developers, hotels, and any other outside venues utilized during training.

The Project Coordinator will support the work of the Training and Operations team in ASO and will coordinate with TDOE staff and partners to ensure smooth and accurate processing for tracking a high volume of communications and invoices in a timely manner. The individual in this role will report directly to the Director of Finance and Operations for ASO.

Duties and Responsibilities

Communications Coordination

Highly effective and informative communications are critical to the success of this ambitious work. To facilitate this work on a large scale and at a high level of excellence, quality, and accuracy, the Project Coordinator will:

  • Manage the preparation and sending of large scale, complex, outgoing mail merge communications to 10,000 training participants.
    • Draft template communications to be used in mail merges.
    • Clean registrant data to match mail merge.
    • Manage the process of sending participant emails on schedule (between 8-10 major communications per week).
  • Monitor and respond to all incoming email inquiries regarding summer training (up to 200 per day).
  • Maintain accuracy of the TDOE’s summer training webpage to reflect most up to date training information.
  • Draft communications and information to other stakeholder groups.
  • Assist with the receipt, verification, reporting, and filing of attendance rosters.
Invoicing Coordination

Thorough tracking and processing of invoices related to these trainings will ensure timely payment of contractors and vendors. In order to ensure that contractors and vendors are paid in a timely manner, the Project Coordinator will:

  • Process invoices for up to 225 individuals throughout the course of the trainings, with multiple invoices per contractor.
  • Communicate with contractors to provide instructions to complete invoices accurately and to return completed forms to the TDOE in a timely manner.
  • Audit invoices internally before sending for review to ensure any errors are addressed prior to sending for external review.
  • Enter and/or upload invoices for payment via the appropriate process, including necessary backup documentation.
  • Enter invoices into an internal tracking system to monitor the payment status of each submitted invoice.
  • Communicate with contractors as needed to correct errors found in the processing of invoices.
  • Coordinate with TDOE accounting and the state Finance and Accounting office to ensure efficiency by communicating upcoming large volumes of invoices.
  • Ensure a high level of customer service throughout the invoicing process for contractors.
  • Track invoices against the total program budget as they are received.
  • The coordinator may also provide administrative support for summer training related contracts, budgeting, and documentation as needed.

Qualifications

  • Tennessee resident, Nashville area preferred
  • Professional or student with demonstrated achievement
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience in accounting preferred
  • Record of success in achieving clearly defined outcomes
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong quantitative and computer skills, particularly in Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to build positive, productive working relationships on diverse teams
  • Strong desire to provide excellent customer service
  • Desire and ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment

This contract position will be paid a competitive hourly rate and is expected to run from April 1 – June 30, 2017, with an estimated 30-40 hours of work per week. To apply, please submit a letter of intent and resume to Luisa.Wilsman@tn.gov no later than March 3, 2017.

Training Facilitator

Purpose:

The Tennessee Department of Education is seeking candidates to facilitate teacher training on the revised ELA and math standards in June 2017. The facilitators will deliver training in specific content areas and grade bands to support teachers’ instructional practices and improve student learning. The training facilitator will focus on content knowledge and pedagogy to support the effective implementation of the revised Tennessee Academic Standards for ELA and math.

We are seeking facilitators with a deep understanding of the revised TN Academic Standards for ELA and math as well as the continued instructional shifts.

The training facilitator will deliver training content aligned to the revised TN Academic Standards and the department’s strategic plan, Tennessee Succeeds. The goal is to facilitate an engaging learning experience for participating educators that builds content knowledge, improves instructional practice, and leads to increased achievement for students.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three years of effective teaching experience.
  • Experience in researched-based instructional practices.
  • Deep knowledge of and experience in:
    • Pedagogy
    • Conditions of learning
    • Data-driven instruction
  • Deep knowledge of reading, writing, literacy development, and/or math
    • Specific knowledge of and experience in chosen content area(s), including relevant state assessments
    • Specific knowledge of formative assessment and lesson design
  • General knowledge of serving special populations of learners
  • Experienced in adult training and education
  •  Strong communication and collaboration skills.
  • The ability to skillfully offer constructive feedback to facilitate change.
  • Outstanding presentation and facilitation skills.

Commitment Details:

Training facilitators will participate in two required in-person trainings to learn the content and prepare for facilitating the professional development sessions. Both trainings will be in the greater Nashville area.

  • The first training will be April 8-9.
  • The second training will be three consecutive days during the week of June 7, with final dates pending site selection.

Facilitators who do not attend and complete both training sessions may not be eligible to facilitate teacher training in June.

Facilitators will lead teacher trainings June 18-23. Training facilitators will receive reimbursement for travel expenses and a stipend for preparation and facilitation.

Application Process:

To apply for the position, please complete the online application by 8 a.m. CST Monday, Feb 13, 2017. Applicants must also submit a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for two references.  Only complete applications will be considered. There will be a written screening of all applicants, followed by a phone interview. All applicants will be notified about whether they have advanced to the phone interview round by Feb 24, 2017.

Please send questions to Nicole Jimenez, Deputy Director, Teacher Training and Support at Nicole.Jimenez@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.