Career Opportunities - State Special Schools

Full-Time Openings

Chorus/General Music Teacher

Reports To:

Dr. Tonja Dandy


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.

Specific Position 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.


  • 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 January 31, 2017

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

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

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.

Superintendent, Tennessee School for the Deaf

To obtain more information, please see:


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


  1. Oversee the daily operation of the instructional program, residential program, Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, LEA outreach services, maintenance, food services, health services, and security.
  2. Ensure that the Tennessee State Standards are maintained and followed.
  3. Ensure compliance with all federal and state statutes and regulations.
  4. Provide supervision and coordinate oversight for approximately 250 employees at both campuses.
    1. All certified staff must be evaluated through the state’s TEAM evaluation model while all classified staff, including Educational Assistants, must be evaluated via the state’s SMART goal system.
  5. Collaborate with Department of Education to develop a working budget and a five-year plan of operation. This includes:
    1. Management and reconciliation of each fiscal year’s budget(s).
    2. Forecasted improvement planning based on student-level achievement data, staff professional development needs, campus upgrades, and etc.
  6. Collaborate with Department of Education, Department of General Services Administration, architects, construction contractors and vendors during design and completion of capital projects (greater than $100,000) and major maintenance projects (less than $100,000). Current projects include:
    1. Cottage upgrades,
    2. New Central Dining Hall, High School, and Library at the TSD campus
    3. Administrative housing renovation
  7. Collaborate with universities and teacher training programs to conduct research benefiting the educational needs of students challenged by hearing loss and to provide field experience for students pursuing careers in the field of deaf education.
  8. Maintain positive and productive relationships with TSD Alumni, community, advocacy groups, parents, faculty, staff, and students.

Strategic Priority:

The Tennessee Department of Education has placed an emphasis on improved achievement and post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities. Moreover, we expect to see faster growth for students who are the furthest behind. Thus, the Superintendent must be well-versed and competent in both the management of daily operations and the delivery of high-quality academic instruction.  


All applicants must hold a Master’s Degree or higher, Tennessee teaching and administrative licenses and/or meet the teaching and administrative licensing requirements. Candidates must also have a minimum of five years of district- or school-level leadership experience, preferably in a Principal role or higher. Preference is given to applicants who hold a Deaf endorsement and/or have direct experience working with students with hearing loss.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience, and there is on-campus housing available for the Superintendent. However, it is due for renovation as indicated by our capital project section.

Knowledge & Abilities:

Candidates should be knowledgeable of:

  • Principles, practices, concerns, and trends of school administration, management, and educational issues in serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing students;
  • Fiscal planning & oversight, personnel management, strategic planning, curriculum and instruction, facilities planning, community relations, and legislative relations;
  • Early intervention and early intervention strategies;
  • Transition services;
  • Local, state, and national programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; and
  • Deaf culture needs and issues.
  • Knowledgeable of the bilingual philosophy and has the ability to implement bilingual best practices in education.

Candidates must possess the abilities and interpersonal skills to:

  • Communicate fluently in American Sign Language;
  • Promote and ensure academic and instructional excellence in all educational programs according to rigorous content and performance standards for all students served;
  • Develop and implement procedures to ensure quality control of all programs and services;
  • Promote parent and community partnerships and involvement in school activities;
  • Maintain general oversight and monitor business functions of a state operated agency including all budgetary functions, and plant operation’s needs;
  • Promote and implement appropriate personnel practices and labor relations policies; and
  • Establish and maintain effective communications with all constituency groups to integrate the activities of diverse interests to attain common goals.

Recruitment and Selection Procedure:

Recruitment for this position is being conducted throughout the United States.  A screening committee will review and evaluate the qualifications and supplemental materials submitted by the applicants.  Candidates determined to be the most qualified will be invited to interview on campus.

Statement of Qualifications Items:

  • Describe two (2) of your most significant professional accomplishments related to programs serving Deaf and Hard of hearing students in the K-12 education system.
  • Describe your leadership or management style.  Cite examples in which you have directed the activities of a diverse group to meet specific goals.
  • Identify the processes and methods you use to lead, manage, and evaluate the use of curriculum for educating Deaf and Hard of hearing students.
  • Briefly describe your experience(s) in each of the following areas:
  • Working effectively with school personnel in a variety of capacities;
  • Managing and/or administering budgets and personnel;
  • Establishing and maintain effective communication with all constituency groups; and
  • Promoting parent and community partnerships and their involvement in school activities.

How to Apply:

Applicants should send these materials, letter of intent, resume, and list of three references to Kristi Harris at Closing date for applications is February 10.


The selected applicant must be able to pass a series of background checks.