Career Opportunities - State Special Schools

Full-Time Openings

Custodial Worker 1, Tennessee School for the Blind

Reports To:

SS Custodial Worker Supervisor

Location:

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

Position Description:

Under immediate supervision, performs custodial work of routine difficulty; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features:

This is the entry-working class in the Custodial Worker sub-series. An employee in this class may be assigned to work any shift in providing custodial services at facilities. This class differs from that of Custodial Worker 2 in that an incumbent of the latter is responsible for acting as lead custodian.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:

  1. Operates and/or utilizes a variety of custodial related tools and equipment, including floor washing machines, buffers, and vacuums.

Handling and Moving Objects:

  1. Moves furniture.

Performing General Physical Activities:

  1. Sweeps, mops, scrubs, strips, waxes and buffs floors by hand or by machine.
  2. Cleans restrooms by sanitizing showers, toilets, cleaning sinks, washing floors and walls, cleaning mirrors, and emptying trash.
  3. Cleans offices, hospital facilities, state park inns and cabins, or other facilities by dusting furniture, vacuuming and shampooing carpets, washing walls and windows, emptying trash, and straightening work areas.
  4. Polices grounds to pick up trash and check for any other needed maintenance.

Competencies:

  1. Time Management
  2. Positive Attitude
  3. Dealing with Ambiguity
  4. Composure

Tools and Equipment Used

  1. Floor Buffer
  2. Vacuum cleaner and vacuum cleaning caddy
  3. Riding floor scrubber
  4. Wet mops and Dust mops
  5. Window squeegee

Skills:

  1. Basic skill in managing one's own time
  2. Basic skill in monitoring/assessing one's own performance to make improvements or take corrective action
  3. Basic skill in troubleshooting to determine causes of operating errors in equipment such as vacuum cleaners, floor buffers, or other custodial equipment

Abilities:

  1. Ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with one's body, arms, and/or legs
  2. Ability to lift, push, pull, or carry objects
  3. Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences

Education and Experience:

None

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please go to https://www.tsbtigers.org/career-opportunities.html and complete a Tennessee School for the Blind Employment Application and send or email 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

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.

School Psychologist, Tennessee School for the Blind

Job Objectives:

The school psychologist performs many tasks to include serving as the qualified examiner, serving as the school official in meeting IDEA policies and meeting the district's obligation of Child Find. The school psychologist administers individualized comprehensive assessments and provides interpretation for all disability categories as determined by TSB and TDOE policies and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree.
  • Current Tennessee teaching certification or national certification in school psychology.
  • Valid driver's license and reliable transportation.

Responsibilities and Essential Functions:

The following duties are representative of performance expectations.

  • An LEA representative, has an obligation of "Child Find" in identifying children with disabilities in need of special education services.
  • Utilize district guidelines, when reviewing assessment data from an outside agency or school district.
  • Provide consultation to colleagues.
  • Assure that before the consent for assessment process is initiated, the special education team has implemented targeted interventions with a response to intervention.
  • Guide the IEP team through the individual evaluation process by providing input into what evaluations needs to be a part of the testing when the team determines testing is necessary.
  • Complete components of a comprehensive assessment as required by school and state policies in a professional manner and by established timelines.
  • Provide intervention strategies and consultation services in relation to IEP goals to ensure students reach their academic, social, emotional and physical potentials. Submits weekly calendar/schedule per established procedures.
  • Attend district, departmental and staff meetings when required.
  • Assist with in-service training of school personnel when requested.
  • Complete appropriate paperwork, reports including Medicaid billing if applicable.
  • Perform other tasks, duties, or services consistent with this position as assigned.

Skills and Abilities Required:

The following characteristics and physical skills are important for the successful performance of assigned duties.

  • Ability to engage successfully with children.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to multi-task and complete tasks within determined timelines.
  • Ability to translate established department and district goals into every day work activities.
  • Ability to consistently implement district special education policies and procedures.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information consistent with the state department of special education office norms.
  • Ability to utilize computers efficiently and learn varied assessment specific programs.
  • Ability to follow standardization requirements of individualized assessments.
  • Ability to follow directions and guidelines as presented by the lead school psychologist.
  • Ability to travel from site-to-site and carry professional materials.
  • Ability to lift and move a minimum of ten pounds from vehicle to specified work area at each site.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • None

Working Conditions:

Exposure to the following situations may range from rare to frequent based on circumstances and factors that may not be predictable.

  • Regular school environment

How to Apply:   

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

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

  • Letter of Interest
  • Current Resume
  • Three 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. Transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. This documentation is the responsibility of the applicant and must be included as part of your application materials. 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.

Security Guard/Campus Monitor, Tennessee School for the Blind

Reports To:

Security Chief

Location:

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

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Education equivalent to graduation from a standard high school. Valid motor vehicle operator's license.

Preferred Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Security, law enforcement, or related experience.

Job Overview

Summary:

Under general supervision, is responsible for security work of average difficulty in a residential state special school setting. Performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: 

This is the entry level class in the security guard subseries. An employee in this class may be assigned to work any shift in providing a full range of institutional and other security activities, such as protection of public buildings. This class differs from that of Security Chief in that an incumbent of the latter is responsible for directing security operations.

Work Activities
Performing General Physical Activities:
  1. Responds to calls and takes appropriate action to assist in emergency situations.
  2. Physically patrols campus at regular intervals to ensure all students, personnel, buildings, and assets are secure. 
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:
  1. Controls entrance and exit of individuals by checking for identity, purpose of visit and authorization.
  2. Escorts individuals as needed to ensure their safety.
Documenting/Recording Information:
  1. Prepares and maintains records such as incident reports, vehicle citations, logs of visitors and others, and property reports
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:
  1. Maintains professional written and verbal communication with coworkers and supervisors.
  2. Provides information to supervisor via phone, email, or in person to advise of any security concerns.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:
  1. Communicates with campus visitors and assists them in accessing what they need for the purpose of their visit.
  2. Communicates with law enforcement agencies to report incidents, provide information, and/or request assistance.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:
  1. Patrols facilities, monitors alarms, and utilizes audiovisual and security systems (e.g., TV monitors) to check for security, hazards, disturbances, and violations of pertinent laws, rules, or regulations.
  2. Visually monitors individuals to ensure safety and compliance with policies, rules and regulations.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:
  1. Operates patrol and transport vehicles to complete security patrols or to transport individuals.
Controlling Machines and Processes:
  1. Operates two way radios, campus wide communication system, and other communication devices to accomplish security tasks.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:
  1. Establishes meaningful working relationships with coworkers and supervisors.
  2. Maintains confidentiality of student, staff, and other secure information.
Interacting With Computers:
  1. Uses electronic office productivity software (Word, Excel) to perform daily tasks as needed.
  2. Enters time and leave requests in electronic databases as required
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:
  1. Attends staff trainings and mandatory in-services as required.
  2. Maintains first-aid CPR certification.

Competencies:

  1. Integrity and Trust
  2. Ethics and Values
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Organizing
  5. Time Management
  6. Conflict Management
  7. Written Communications
  8. Approachability
  9. Composure
  10. Action Oriented

Knowledge:

  1. Basic knowledge of accepted practices for providing security services.

Skills:

  1. Organizational skills
  2. Time management skills
  3. Basic keyboarding skills
  4. Social perceptiveness skills
  5. Judgment and decision making skills
  6. Active listening skills
  7. Active learning skills
  8. Service orientation skills
  9. Verbal and written communication skills

Abilities:

  1. Ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  2. Ability to keep or regain body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position
  3. Ability to see details at a distance
  4. Ability to see under low light conditions
  5. Ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead
  6. Ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated
  7. Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas in speaking so others will understand
  8. Ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
  9. Ability to communicate information in speaking so others will understand
  10. Ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand
  11. Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong
  12. Ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing
  13. Ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly

Tools and Equipment Used

  1. Motor Vehicle
  2. Golf Cart
  3. Surveillance/monitoring equipment
  4. Two Way Radio and other communication equipment
  5. Computer
  6. Phone
  7. Printer
  8. Other office related equipment as required

Salary and Benefits:

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

Please go to https://www.tsbtigers.org/career-opportunities.html and complete a Tennessee School for the Blind Employment Application and send or email 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

Please DO NOT submit a State of Tennessee on-line application.

Teacher of the Visually Impaired – Assistive Technology Specialist, Tennessee School for the Blind

Location:

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

Broad Scope Of The Position:

This position reports to the school principal, and is responsible for providing support to students and teachers of the visually impaired across the state in regard to assistive technology.  This position is based in Nashville.

Major Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Performs work associated with providing evaluations and trainings in assistive technology for students with visual impairments in the student's educational setting under the direction of the Principal.
  • Demonstrates knowledge/skill in the areas of: high and low tech assistive technology related to vision, data collection, task analysis, progress monitoring, daily living skills, assessment, behavior management, organization / planning, and parent relations and teamwork.
  • Serves as liaison with disability services at the university level to provide a smooth transition for students with visual disabilities. 
  • Coordinates data collection and reporting.
  • Works as part of an education/assessment team responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating assistive technology needs for 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 and teacher consultation; participates in selected parent-focused activities, etc.
  • Participates in activities related to professional development, webinars, trainings and workshops as appropriate.
  • Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree in Education from an accredited college or university
  • Hold or be eligible for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Tennessee.
  • Hold Teacher of the Visually Impaired Certification or be willing to earn within 3 years
  • Experience teaching / working with children (in an educational environment) with visual impairments and/or multiple disabilities including severe and profound disabilities.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of assistive technologies related to the education of students with visual impairments.
  • Knowledge of technology assessment protocols for students with visual impairments. 
  • Knowledge of special education principles, practices and procedures, including developing and writing IEP's and performing appropriate teaching techniques.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply current standards-based educational practices associated with children who are visually impaired to a variety of settings.
  • Knowledge of visual impairment, including causes, manifestations and adaptations.
  • Knowledge of core and expanded core curriculum, 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.
  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively adapt and apply teaching skills, classroom management and lesson preparation to a technology rich environment, ability to effectively implement technology necessary to model, teach, and assist students relative to classroom instruction and activities.
  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively implement current technologies utilized by children who are blind/visually impaired.
  • General knowledge of medical disorders such as seizures or restrictions; alternate modes of communication; feeding technique and orthopedic impairment/handling and positioning.
  • 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 applicants 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 submit the following:

  • 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.

To the attention of:
Kim Stein, Director of Human Resources
Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
E-mail: Kim.Stein@tsbtigers.org

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.

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.