Career Opportunities - State Special Schools

Full-Time Openings

Middle and High School Math/Science Teacher, Tennessee School for the Blind

Location:

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

Broad Scope Of The Position:

The Tennessee School for the Blind provides educational services to students who are legally blind with and without additional disabilities. The on-campus program, located in Nashville (Donelson) educates students from across the state in a K-12 setting and grants regular high school diplomas to the students that meet the requirements set forth by the State of Tennessee.  The outreach program provides services to students being educated in their local school district.  

This position reports to the school principal, and is responsible for providing standards based instruction to students who are visually impaired, and who may have other disabilities, on an individual and group basis; instructs in grade level and modified content standards; utilizes Tennessee State Standards and benchmarks in establishing instructional goals; and provides assessments that measure whether students meet standards.  

We will consider all appropriate content certified teachers for this position, and will allow time for individuals to obtain a Teacher of the Visually Impaired endorsement.

Major Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Performs work associated with standards-based student instruction: prepares lesson plans, adapts instructional materials, develops input for and presents daily instructional/learning activities based upon the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and under the direction of the Principal, maintains a positive classroom environment utilizing appropriate classroom management, keeps students on task and engaged in learning.
  • Demonstrates knowledge/skill in the areas of: data collection, task analysis, progress monitoring, daily living skills, assessment, behavior management, organization / planning, curriculum development, current technology practices relative to students who have vision loss, and parent relations and teamwork.
  • Coordinates data collection and reporting.
  • Works as part of an education / assessment team responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating individual objectives for assigned 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 consultation; participates in selected parent-focused activities, etc.
  • Participates in activities related to professional development and training/workshops as appropriate.
  • Plans and/or chaperones on and off-campus activities, appointments, programs and field trips.
  • Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree in Education from an accredited college or university.
  • Must hold or be eligible for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Tennessee.
  • Subject area endorsement in Mathematics, certified or willing to become certified as a TVI within 3 years.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Tennessee state standards, 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.; willingness to stay current and develop skills as needed with or without direct support from TSB.
  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively adapt and apply teaching skills, classroom management and lesson preparation to a technology rich environment, which may include but is not limited to on-site classroom, telepresence, and multiple distance education technologies and delivery modes; ability to effectively implement technology necessary to model, teach, and assist students relative to classroom instruction and activities.
  • 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 send a 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

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
  • 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.

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.   

Closing date for applications is July 31.

 
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:
  • 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:
  • Operates patrol and transport vehicles to complete security patrols or to transport individuals.
Controlling Machines and Processes:
  • 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 (KSA's)

  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:
  • 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. Closing date for applications is August 3.

SS Registered Nurse 2, Tennessee School for the Blind

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.

Teacher of the Visually Impaired- Life Skills, Tennessee School for the Blind

Reports To:

Director of Instruction

Location:

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

Position Description:

This position reports to the Director of Instruction and is responsible for providing standards-based instruction to students who are visually impaired and who have other disabilities on an individual and group basis; instructs in core curriculum areas including modified and grade level content standards; utilizes Tennessee State Standards and benchmarks in establishing instructional goals; and provides assessments that measure whether students meet standard.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Performs work associated with standards-based student instruction: prepares lesson plans, adapts instructional materials, develops input for and presents daily instructional/learning activities based upon the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and under the direction of the Director and Assistant Directors of Instruction and, maintains a positive classroom environment utilizing appropriate classroom management, keeps students on task and engaged in learning.
  • Demonstrates knowledge / skill in the areas of:  data collection, task analysis, progress monitoring, daily living skills, assessment, behavior management, organization / planning, curriculum development, current technology practices relative to students who have vision loss, parent relations and teamwork.
  • Coordinates data collection and reporting.
  • Works as part of an education / assessment team responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating individual objectives for assigned 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 consultation; participates in selected parent-focused activities, etc.
  • Participates in activities related to professional development and training/workshops as appropriate.
  • Plans and/or chaperones on and off-campus activities, appointments, programs and field trips.
  • Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree in Education from an accredited college or university. 
  • Must hold or be eligible for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Tennessee.
  • Subject area endorsement or specialization, certified or willing to become certified as a TVI within 3 years.
  • Experience teaching / working with children (in an educational environment) with visual impairments and/or multiple disabilities including severe and profound disabilities.
  • Ability to demonstrate competency in Braille.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive 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.
  • General knowledge of visual impairment, including causes, manifestations and adaptations.
  • General knowledge of core and expanded core curriculum, program development, classroom resource management, and student/personal scheduling for students with visual impairments, and 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.; willingness to stay current and develop skills as needed with or without direct support from TSB.
  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively adapt and apply teaching skills, classroom management and lesson preparation to a technology rich environment, which may include but is not limited to on-site classroom, telepresence, and multiple distance education technologies and delivery modes; 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.

Salary and Benefits:

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

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

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.

Closing date for applications is July 31.

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.