Career Opportunities - State Special Schools

Full-Time Openings

Director of Academic Affairs at the Tennessee School for the Deaf (TSD) and the West Tennessee School for the Deaf (WTSD)

Reports To:

TSD/WTSD Superintendent

Location:

Tennessee School for the Deaf
2725 Island Home Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37920

Position Description:        

Under the direct supervision of the superintendent, the Director of Academic Affairs is responsible for supervision and administration of educational programs and instructional methodologies designed for deaf and hard of hearing children at TSD and WTSD. The Director of Academic Affairs must be on the cutting edge of current educational strategies on how to work with deaf and hard of hearing children.

Specific Position Responsibilities:
  • Develop long term academic achievement plan for all education levels
  • Directly supervise principals and support staff.
  • Manage instructional department budget
  • Oversee the curriculum, CTE, and athletic departments at TSD
  • Serve as an administrative team member under the superintendent of TSD.
  • Work with the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) to ensure adaptation of the educational framework at TSD and WTSD satisfies state regulations.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with LEAs across the state

Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree and 10 years of leadership experience or PHD with minimum of 5 years of leadership experience.

  • Background in Educational Reading Recovery
  • Must have TN endorsement 463 Special Education (Hearing) PreK-12 or equivalent
  • Must have TN endorsement 483 Professional Administrator License or equivalent
  • Knowledge and experience in the supervision and evaluation of professional and non-certified staff.
  • A minimum 5 years of teaching experience in a Deaf Education classroom.
  • Fluent in American Sign Language

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is established by the Commissioner of TDOE and is dependent on education and experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

The applicant selected for this position must complete full background checks including fingerprinting. Background checks will be completed through TBI, FBI, DCS, TN Registry of Sexual Offenders, and TN Registry of Abuse

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to N.Ward@tsd.k12.tn.us or applications can be mailed directly to Human Resources at 2725 Island Home Blvd. Knoxville, TN 37920. Applications are due by November 11, 2017.

Special Schools Teacher - Dual Certified TVI/O&M Outreach, TN School for the Blind

Reports to: 

Special Schools Principal

Location:             This is a full-time position which will divided between working on campus (TN School for the Blind, 115 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville, TN  37214) and working as an itinerant teacher throughout Tennessee

Qualifications

  • Requires minimum of a Bachelor's degree, including eligibility for a TN teacher license as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired.
  • Requires an O&M certification (Bachelor's or Master's program) and be ACVREP certifiable. (If no current O&M certification, must be willing to obtain one, beginning an approved program within the first two years of employment.)
  • Requires a comprehensive knowledge of vision and O&M techniques and teaching approaches and their application to the instruction of students, including those with multiple disabilities.
  • General knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the eye including eye diseases and conditions and their implications.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and skills of teaching: Braille, Nemeth, low technology and high technology devices, daily living skills and other areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum.
  • Ability to demonstrate competency in Braille and orientation and mobility skills.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and clean driving record.

Job Description

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in the following assessment areas: Functional Vision, Learning Media, Expanded Core Curriculum and orientation and mobility.
  • Knowledge of working with students with cognitive disabilities, behavior and/or other medical needs.
  • Prepare lesson plans, adapt materials, provide direct instruction to the students.
  • Work as part of an education/assessment team responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating individual objectives for the IEP.
  • Collaborate and model skills for others on the team in the school and with the families who work with the students.
  • Participate in required school and student meetings.
  • Conduct in-service trainings on and off campus to share vision and O&M information with others.

Other

  • State vehicle used for transportation to schools
  • Laptop work computer
  • Free overnight housing available as needed when coming in for an interview.

 

Salary:    Based on years of experience and certifications.

To Apply:    

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Kim.Stein@tsbtigers.org.  Also include a copy of your education certificate and *unofficial copies of all transcripts.

*An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application. Transcripts from colleges and 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 the 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.

Speech Language Pathologist, West Tennessee School for the Deaf

Reports To:

Director of Hearing and Speech Services

Location:

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

Position Description:    

This position works under the general supervision of the Director of Speech and Hearing Services and is responsible for performing duties in the following areas:  Instruction, Teaching Strategies, Evaluation, Classroom Management, Leadership, IEP Development, Communication, and other duties as assigned.

Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct pediatric speech and language diagnostic evaluations for infants, toddlers and school age children.
  2. Interpret the results of speech/language evaluation data and communicate this information clearly to the child's education team, including suggested goals and objectives.
  3. Together with the child's education team develop a rational treatment and monitoring plan, including speech and language therapy, the use of amplification, assistive listening devices, aural habilitation or rehabilitation, phonemic awareness and counseling as indicated.
  4. Implement a treatment and monitoring plan, including speech and language therapy, the use of amplification, assistive listening devices, aural habilitation, and phonemic awareness for students of West Tennessee School for the Deaf.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of current evaluation and therapy strategies/procedures and flexibility in applying this knowledge to deliver individualized care to the child as it applies to the home and educational environment.
  6. Work collaboratively with the audiologists and lead speech-language pathologist to deliver center based instruction to family members to facilitate the child's development, environmental management strategies and monitoring strategies to assess educational plan effectiveness.
  7. Work collaboratively with the audiologists and lead speech-language pathologist to deliver school based instruction to educational staff working with hearing impaired toddlers and school age children concerning specific explanation of hearing loss, delivery of aural habilitation curriculum, speech and language development, environmental management strategies and monitoring strategies to assess educational plan effectiveness.
  8. Conduct workshops and in-services at the local and state level upon request.
  9. Correspond effectively, clearly and in a timely manner with the child's education team members, to include parents, physicians, speech pathologists, audiologists, educators and administrators.
  10. Demonstrate initiative in identifying opportunities for self-development and enhancement of professional competency through self-study, on the job training and attending professional meetings.
  11. Demonstrate effective client relations skills, promote a positive work environment and contribute to the department's overall team effort.
  12. Demonstrate a work ethic that is exemplified by reporting to work on time, dressed appropriately and prepared to deliver services in a timely manner with efficient documentation.
  13. Demonstrate behavior that is consistent with the ASHA Code of Ethics.

Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Speech Pathology
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology  
  • Tennessee Teacher License endorsement in Speech language PreK-12
  • A valid State of Tennessee driver's license
  • 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. 
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.
  • Experience as a Speech Pathologist for infants and children with hearing impairment preferred

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $40,980 to $66,370 (depending on degree and years of service). 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 Kristi Lindsey, klindsey@wtsd.tn.org   Applications due immediately, position available October 16, 2017.

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 Tennessee's policy of non-discrimination, the Tennessee 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.