Career Opportunities - State Special Schools

Full-Time Openings

Administrative Services Assistant 2, Tennessee School for the Blind

Reports To:

Fiscal Director

Location:

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

Position Description:

Under general supervision, is responsible for staff administrative work of average difficulty in support of line operations; and performs related work as required. This position supports the Finance and Human Resource Directors and performs a variety of clerical, secretarial, and other administrative functions required for the operation of the school and performs other related duties as required.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Enter data into QuickBooks, maintain student accounts
  • Use both computer and manual filing systems which allow for efficient collection, retention, and retrieval of information; completes forms which include purchase orders, online supply orders, conference/travel claims, mileage claims, timesheets, and evaluation forms.
  • Main contact for travel and expense
  • Coordinate teachers signing their timesheets each month
  • Coordinate yearly Service Awards program
  • Using a computer, prepares, creates, and composes letters, reports, and other documents for the school as needed.
  • Cover reception desk and phones over lunch
  • Follow up on procurement orders in Edison
  • Enter tickets in SchoolDude
  • Make bank deposits
  • Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.

Knowledge

  • Advanced computer software knowledge, especially MS Excel (Quickbooks experience a plus)
  • Clerical skills: filing, typing, drafting correspondence, etc.
  • Customer and personal service
  • Knowledge of grammar
  • Knowledge of mathematics

Skills:

  • Active learning
  • Active listening
  • Reading comprehension
  • Service orientation
  • Time management
  • Writing

Abilities:

  • Adaptability
  • Respond effectively and positively to feedback.
  • Work cooperatively with others and participate effectively in a team setting.
  • Strong, positive interpersonal skills

Education and Experience:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate's degree AND experience equivalent to two years of increasingly responsible full-time secretarial or office clerical work.

OR

Qualifying full-time secretarial or office clerical experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis; additional qualifying education at an accredited college, business school or technical institute in secretarial science may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years

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 Kim.Stein@tsbtigers.org.

Applications are due by June 30, 2017.

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:

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

Handling and Moving Objects:

  • Moves furniture.

Performing General Physical Activities:

  • Sweeps, mops, scrubs, strips, waxes and buffs floors by hand or by machine.
  • Cleans restrooms by sanitizing showers, toilets, cleaning sinks, washing floors and walls, cleaning mirrors, and emptying trash.
  • 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.
  • Polices grounds to pick up trash and check for any other needed maintenance.

Competencies:

  • Time Management
  • Positive Attitude
  • Dealing with Ambiguity
  • Composure

Tools and Equipment Used

  • Floor Buffer
  • Vacuum cleaner and vacuum cleaning caddy
  • Riding floor scrubber
  • Wet mops and Dust mops
  • Window squeegee

Skills:

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

Abilities:

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

Education and Experience:

Preference given to candidates with one year or more of custodial or housekeeping experience.

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 Kim.Stein@tsbtigers.org.

Applications are due by June 30, 2017.

Physician (Part-time), Tennessee School for the Blind

Reports to:

Director of Clinical Services

Location:

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

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Makes weekly visits to TSB Clinic.  Time and date coordinated with Physician, Clinic and Administration.  Usually consists of 30 minutes to an hour per week.   Physician may call ahead to inquire of scheduled exams.  If no students are scheduled to be seen and no documents need to be signed, it is not necessary for the physician to visit TSB that day/week.
  • Works with Clinical Director (Nurse 4) and all nursing staff to provide quality medical care.
  • Directs student to outside medical care as needed.  This includes but is not limited to a Hospital Emergency Room or an urgent care type clinic. 
  • Writes orders for flu vaccine and hepatitis B vaccine once parents give written consent.
  • Prepares over-the-counter formulary for students.
  • Writes orders for PRN comfort medication.
  • Reviews and approves special dietary needs/changes
  • Reviews and approves PT and OT needs.
  • Writes consults, medication orders, medical orders, and examines students with immediate medical concerns on weekly clinical visits.

Qualifications:

The School Physician shall:

  • Hold a medical degree from a recognized medical school preferably with a specialty in pediatrics, internal medicine and/or family practice
  • Hold a current license for the practice of medicine and surgery in the State of Tennessee
  • Show evidence of successful health care experience working with children and adolescents
  • Hold a driver's license with no serious violations
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of child growth and development
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, using proper grammar and vocabulary
  • Have excellent integrity and demonstrate good moral character and initiative

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Kim.Stein@tsbtigers.org. Applications are due by June 23, 2017.

Special Schools Guidance Counselor, Tennessee School for the Blind

Reports To:

Special Schools Principal

Location:

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

Broad Scope of School Counselor position

This position is responsible for promoting student success, providing preventive services, and responding to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive program that addresses academic, career, and personal/social development for all students. Must be certified K-12 (prefer Pre- K-12) with extensive knowledge and experience working with students who have disabilities.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides direct services through Guidance Curriculum, Individual Student Planning, Preventive, and Responsive Services.
  • Schedules and facilitates IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meetings and monitors Easy IEP data system.
  • Monitors and maintains student schedules and course credits.
  • Provides Character Education classes/training for students and/or parents as needed.
  • Provides Career Education classes/training for students and/or parents as needed.
  • Supports and consults with instructional staff and parents.
  • Assists in coordinating and implementing transitional activities as needed.
  • Assists with assessments (ACT, TCAP, transition, etc.) as needed.
  • Positively serves as a team member; participates in regular team, departmental, school, and instructional meetings as required.
  • Provides parent consultation and participates in selected parent-focused activities.
  • Participates in activities related to professional development and training/workshops as appropriate.
  • Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Minimum requirement: Bachelor degree in Education, Psychology, Sociology, or Social Work from an accredited college or university with a Masters' degree in School Counseling from an accredited university.
  • Must hold appropriate educator licensure in the State of Tennessee.
  • Must supplement education with licensure as a teacher of the visually impaired within three years of employment.
  • Experience working with students who have visual impairments and/or multiple impairments.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of special education principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply current standards-based school counseling practices associated with students receiving special education services.
  • Knowledge of and experience in working with students experiencing loss.
  • Knowledge of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) programs and implementations.
  • Knowledge of and ability to access 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 email. Internet, word processing, electronic calendar, presentation development, spreadsheet, data base, etc.
  • Knowledge of and ability to work in the Easy IEP and Engrade student data information systems.
  • Ability to be flexible, to work independently, and to be creative as needed to function in a challenging environment.
  • 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.
  • Selected applicants may be asked to teach a demonstration lesson on a specific topic.
  • 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.

Salary and Benefits:

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

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

Applications are due by June 30, 2017.

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

In addition to Employment 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.

Special Schools Guidance Counselor, West Tennessee School for the Deaf

Reports To:

Principal

Location:

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

Position Description:     

This position works under the general supervision of the Principal is responsible for performing duties in the following areas: mainly therapeutic, assisting students when problems arise in the various phases of their development and adjustment to include-mental, physical, social, and emotional, and other duties as assigned.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide weekly grade level sessions to students to address age appropriate topics.
  • Observation and consultation are regular responsibilities of the counselor, who also provides professional development to staff. Complete and confidential records are kept on each student containing incidences, sessions, approaches taken, results, etc.
  • An additional responsibility of the Guidance Counselor is the role of Primary Testing Coordinator.  The Guidance Counselor shall work collaboratively with the Assistant Principal to coordinate the administration and logistics of the various State and District wide testing programs. He/She shall organize and supervise the performance of tasks related to test administration, materials processing, test data entry activities, and handle inquiries regarding these test administrations.
  • Uses correct grammar. Written and oral communication is organized and clearly stated. Applicant must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree
  • Tennessee Certification in guidance, school psychology, school social work or MSW.
  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required when driving on campus whether in a personal car or state vehicle. 
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted and required to have a TBI/FBI background check.  In addition, background checks will be conducted through the Tennessee of Registry of Sexual Offences, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check. 
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

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 klindsey@wtsd.tn.org. Applications are due by June 30, 2017.

SS Registered Nurse 2

Reports To:

Director of Clinical Services

Location:

Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewart's Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN   37214

Job Overview

Summary:

Under general supervision, is responsible for registered nursing duties of average difficulty based on a wide range of circumstances and performs related work as required.  This is a 12 month position.   The schedule is 11:00 pm to 6:30 am Sunday through Thursday during the school year (August through June) and 7:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday during the month of July, based on the needs of the school.

Distinguishing Features:

*This is the working level class in the Registered Nurse sub series. An employee in this class may be assigned to work days, evenings, nights, and/or weekends in an institution, clinic, hospital, home care, or other health care setting. The RN 2 provides registered nursing care which involves nursing assessment and diagnosis, nursing care planning, nursing care implementation/intervention, and nursing care evaluation. This class differs from that of Registered Nurse 1 in that an incumbent of the latter functions at the entry level. This class differs from Registered Nurse 3 in that an incumbent of the latter is responsible for supervision of staff.

Minimum Qualifications

Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Tennessee or holds a privilege to practice in the State of Tennessee under the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). A valid motor vehicle operator license may be required.

Work Activities

Assisting and Caring for Others:
  1. Provides nursing care and procedures according to physicians' orders and nursing protocol.
  2. Administers medication according to the physician's orders and protocol.
  3. Evaluates possible side effects and the overall effectiveness of medication.
  4. Performs BLS (Basic Life Support), CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and other emergency responses.
  5. Participates in emergency response setting.
Getting Information:
  1. Performs initial and ongoing assessments according to protocol.
  2. Collects patient and family health history data.
  3. Performs diagnostic tests on collected specimens to determine patient's health status.
Documenting/Recording Information:
  1. Documents patient information according to standards of care.
  2. Completes patient health records (electronic and paper).
  3. Completes medication record/sheet.
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:
  1. Makes adjustments to the health care plan of care including changing the patient's goals and nursing interventions.
  2. Directs patient in building positive relationships and increasing self-esteem.
  3. Teaches patients or the patient's family the skills needed to maintain physical and mental health.
  4. Compares patient's level of goal attainment to previously defined goals.
  5. Determines if patient goals and interventions are effective.
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:
  1. Explains tests, procedures, and results to appropriate individuals according to protocol.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:
  1. Communicates with internal and external entities.
Analyzing Data or Information:
  1. Compares assessment data to established acceptable ranges to determine abnormalities.
Performing Administrative Activities:
  1. Follows appropriate health care plan.
  2. Maintains patient health files and legal record of service.
Training and Teaching Others:
  1. Educates the health care plan to patient, family, individuals, groups and others as appropriate.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:
  1. Discusses the patient's comprehensive health plan with other staff to identify the patient's needs.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:
  1. Assigns job duties and activities to subordinates.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:
  1. Counts and tracks drugs, instruments, and other accountable items.
  2. Maintains health care equipment, supplies, and inventory.

Competencies (KSA's)

Competencies:
  1. Learning on the Fly
  2. Creativity
  3. Time Management
  4. Priority Setting
  5. Standing Alone
  6. Drive for Results
  7. Perseverance
  8. Written Communications
  9. Approachability
  10. Boss Relationships
  11. Ethics and Values
  12. Integrity and Trust
Knowledge:
  1. Knowledge of principles of nursing, nursing practices, techniques, and applicable laws
  2. Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, and medical terminology
Skills:
  1. The skill in the application of professional nursing techniques
  2. The skill to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
  3. The skill to demonstrate critical thinking techniques to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  4. The skill to select and use training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things
  5. The skill to monitor/ access performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  6. The skill to use scientific rules and methods to solve problems
  7. The skill to adjust actions in relation to others' actions
  8. The skill to being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
  9. The skill to identify complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  10. The skill to consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
Abilities:
  1. The ability to assess and monitor healthcare outcomes
  2. The ability to manage change
  3. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events)
  4. The ability to communicate (verbal and written) information and ideas
  5. The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas
  6. The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem or conflict
  7. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong
  8. The ability to multitask between two or more activities or sources of information
  9. The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects
  10. The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing
  11. The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer)
  12. The ability to see under low light conditions
  13. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you
  14. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person
  15. The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness
Tools and Equipment Used
  1. Electronic devices
  2. Various medical equipment and devices

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to 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.