Career Opportunities - State Special Schools

Full-Time Openings

Chorus/General Music Teacher

Reports To:

Special Schools Principal

Location:

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

Position Description:

These positions report to the principal and are responsible for direct instruction in content specific curriculum for students in grades K-12 at the Tennessee School for the Blind.

Responsibilities:

  • Teaches content and skills in specified instructional area.
  • Adapts materials and methods to develop relevant sequential assignments that guide and challenge students.
  • Provides individual and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the vision and IEP needs of each student.
  • Evaluates each student's progress in specified course (listening speaking, reading, and writing) and prepares progress reports.
  • May plan and coordinate the work of teacher aides or student teachers.
  • Utilizes electronic student information systems for attendance, grading, etc.
  • Has knowledge of and ability to apply current standards-based educational practices associated with children who are visually impaired to a variety of settings.
  • Serves as a team member; and positively 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 faculty committees, student activity sponsorship, 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.
  • Subject area endorsement in Vocal/General Music K-12.
  • Hold Teacher of the Visually Impaired Certification or commits to obtain Teacher for the Visually Impaired Certification within 36 months of employment.
  • Experience teaching / working with children (in an educational environment) with visual impairments.
  • Ability to demonstrate competency in Braille.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge of age appropriate curriculum, lesson planning requirements and behavioral management strategies.
  • Knowledge of the Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) model and implementation of the model within the classroom setting.
  • Ability to read technical information, compose a variety of documents and/or facilitate group discussions.
  • Ability to tie in all areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum to support student learning.
  • Ability to provide professional development to other TSB staff, parents, and other teachers of the visually impaired.
  • Knowledge of special education principles, practices and procedures, including developing and writing IEPs 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.
  • 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.
  • Possess 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.

How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2017

Resume 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 the resume, please include the following items:

  • Letter of Interest
  • 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.

Custodial Worker 1

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 e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Kim.Stein@tsbtigers.org. Closing date is April 28.

SS Cook 1 (20699)

Reports To:

Director of Food Services

Location:

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

Position Description:

This is the entry working class in the Cook sub series. An employee in this class performs a variety of volume cooking duties on an assigned shift in an institution or restaurant. This class differs from that of Cook 2 in that an incumbent of the latter is responsible for leading Cooks and other kitchen staff.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:
  1. Prioritizes the food preparation tasks based on knowledge of how long foods take to cook or prepare.
Controlling Machines and Processes:
  1. Operates a variety of kitchen appliances such as food slicer, food chopper, mixers, deep fat fryer, pressure cooker, steamer, and microwave oven.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:
  1. Using a cooking thermometer, monitors the temperature for foods during preparation and while on the serving line to ensure foods are prepared safely and to ensure proper holding temperatures.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:
  1. Cleans and maintains equipment and work area.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:
  1. Reviews diet list each day to determine any changes that may be required in the preparation of meals based on special needs or preferences.
Coaching and Developing Others:
  1. May provide guidance and instructions to new or less experienced workers to assist them in learning to perform cooking related work.
Performing General Physical Activities:
  1. Cleans kitchen by wiping down counters, sweeping and mopping floors, and cleaning equipment.
Coaching and Developing Others:
  1. May provide guidance and instructions to new or less experienced workers to assist them in learning to perform cooking related work.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:
  1. Visually inspects kitchen tools and equipment, appliances, and kitchen area to check for sanitation, cleanliness, and functional operation.
  2. Visually inspects deliveries to ensure the items received are of acceptable quality.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:
  1. Prioritizes the food preparation tasks based on knowledge of how long foods take to cook or prepare.
Getting Information:
  1. Talks with supervisor or other staff to gather information about special dietary needs and quantities of food to prepare.
Processing Information:
  1. May take inventory of supplies.
  2. May verify accuracy of food orders received by counting quantities of items and comparing to the invoice.
  3. Assists in ordering supplies by reporting which food items need to be reordered.
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information: 
  1. Determines the appropriate quantity of food to prepare based on an estimate of the number of patrons expected or the current number of patients in an institution.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: 
  1. Talks with supervisor to provide information regarding food quantities needed, equipment repair needs, and/or problems/errors that need to be addressed.
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People: 
  1. Checks the foods during the preparation and cooking process to ensure the quality of foods being prepared.
  2. Checks prepared foods to ensure the quality, freshness, and presentation are appropriate.
Handling and Moving Objects:
  1. Cooks vegetables and other foodstuffs according to menus, special dietary or nutritional restrictions, and numbers of portions to be served.
  2. Cleans, cuts, and cooks (by roasting, broiling, baking or frying) meat, fish, and poultry.
  3. Cleans, peals, cuts, and performs other necessary tasks to prepare fruits and vegetables for cooking and/or serving.
  4. Combines appropriate ingredients to prepare salads, sauces, soups, or other food dishes.
  5. Bakes bread, rolls, cakes, pies, and pastries.
  6. Moves large pans of foods to warmers/steam tables.
  7. May help apportion and serve food to patients, facility residents, employees, or patrons.
  8. May wash pots, pans, dishes, utensils, and other cooking equipment.
Documenting/Recording Information:
  1. Logs temperature readings, quantities of food produced, food preparation tasks performed, food waste, and other cooking related information.
  2. May keep inventory records for foods and cooking related items.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:
  1. May attend in-service training with a registered dietitian to learn about food safety, health hygiene, special diets, or other food related information.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:
  1. Greets and talks with guests, patients, or residents in a friendly manner to get input about the food service.

Competencies (KSA’s)

  1. Self-Knowledge
  2. Functional/Technical Competency
  3. Patience
  4. Work/Life Balance
  5. Customer Focus
  6. Timely Decision Making
  7. Composure
  8. Peer Relationships
  9. Decision Quality
  10. Dealing with Ambiguity
Knowledge:
  1. Basic knowledge of food preparation techniques, tools, and equipment
  2. Basic knowledge of food storage and handling techniques
  3. Basic knowledge of arithmetic and its application
  4. Basic clerical knowledge of word processing, email, and record keeping
  5. Basic knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services
Skills:
  1. Time management skills
  2. Basic skills in preparing, cooking and baking foods
  3. Basic skills in talking to others to convey information effectively
  4. Basic skills in monitoring oneself, others, and work being performed
  5. Basic skills in adjusting actions in relation to others actions
  6. Basic skill in teaching others how to do something
  7. Basic learning strategies skills
Abilities:
  1. Ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information
  2. Manual dexterity
  3. Ability to exert muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects
  4. Arm-hand steadiness
  5. Ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust controls of a machine to exact position
  6. Ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with body, arms, and/or legs
  7. Basic written comprehension abilities
  8. Basic number facility abilities
  9. Finger dexterity
  10. Basic oral comprehension abilities
  11. Ability to see details at close range
  12. Basic information ordering abilities
Tools and Equipment Used
  1. Commercial Broilers
  2. Commercial Cutlery
  3. Commercial Food Slicers
  4. Commercial Ranges
  5. Food Thermometer
  6. Deep Fat Fryer
  7. Pressure Cooker
  8. Steamer
  9. Microwave Oven
  10. Mixers, strainers, colanders, and various other hand-held kitchen tools

Preferred Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Experience equivalent to one year of fulltime volume food service work which included preparation of food.

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.

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 thru April 28, 2017.

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.