Career Opportunities

We seek to build a team dedicated to the goal of dramatically improving student achievement, grounded in the belief that children from all backgrounds can succeed when given the opportunities they deserve, and committed to the core values of our department.

To apply for any of our current executive service openings (listed below), please submit your resume and cover letter to Education.Careers@tn.gov. Your email subject line should list the name of the position you are applying for. Thank you for your interest!

Full-Time Openings

Accounting Manager, Office of Chief Financial Officer

Under the direct supervision of the Fiscal Director, the Accounting Manager will manage payroll accounting for the entire agency and will manage the general ledger.  The Accounting Manager will support the Department of Education’s mission by demonstrating leadership in our core values: excellence, optimism, judgment, courage, and teamwork. This position will be responsible for maximizing return on financial assets by following established financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems. This position will also manage staff and ensure adherence to the Cash Management Improvement Act as related to appropriate procedures and controls for the Department.

Responsibilities

  • Guides financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures.
  • Protects assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls.
  • Monitors and confirms financial condition by conducting audits; providing information to internal and external auditors.
  • Limits risk on cash management by minimizing errors related to daily draws from three payment systems.
  • Initiates corrective action as necessary to ensure books of record are completely and accurately reflected.
  • Provides status of financial condition by collecting, interpreting, and reporting financial data at state and federal level.
  • Prepares reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.
  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; filing financial reports; advising management on needed actions.
  • Completes operational requirements by scheduling and assigning employees; following up on work results.
  • Maintains staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees.
  • Maintains staff job results by coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  • Protects operations by keeping financial information and plans confidential.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

Qualifications

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Superior management skills; ability to coach and mentor a team with varied levels of experience
  • Exceptional oral, written, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively and concisely translate complex financial and non-financial concepts and results to individuals at all levels and backgrounds
  • Effective interpersonal skills dealing with people at various levels within the organization, as well as, external stakeholders
  • A comprehensive knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and working knowledge of Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) including fund accounting and financial reporting
  • Keen analytical skills which support tactical and strategic decision-making
  • Integrity, a proactive approach, excellent judgment, a results-oriented and problem-solving mentality
  • Skill in organizing accounting operations effectively and efficiently to meet business objectives
  • A commitment to the mission of the organization and dedication to fiscal operation results
  • Proven leadership skills – able to influence and motivate others to achieve quality results in an effective and efficient manner
Desired Education and Experience
  • Bachelors’ degree with major in Accounting
  • 5 or more years relevant accounting experience
  • 2 years supervisory experience
  • CPA license in Tennessee preferred
  • Substitution of Experience for Education: Five or more years serving as finance, business or accounting manager for other public agency or Local Education Authority (LEA) with supervisory duties

Salary Range:   $3,857 - $6,171/month

If interested, apply to Anna.Sparks@tn.gov .

Administrative Services Assistant, West Tennessee School for the Deaf

This position works under the general supervision of the Administrative Services Manager and performs accounting and clerical work of average difficulty involving bookkeeping principles to a variety of financial records and documents and performs related work as required by the supervisor.  Employee will work in the Business Office at the West Tennessee School for the Deaf with major portion of job responsibilities being procurement.  Individual hired will be required to attend workshops in Nashville, as needed, for Edison Training used by the state for business processes, and other pertinent training as well.

Location

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

Responsibilities

  • Purchases all supplies, equipment, and services for the school by preparing requisitions, purchase orders, and receipts.  Screens all requisitions and purchase orders for accuracy and proper justification and approvals. 
  • Writes and maintains Agency Term Contracts when required by the Central Procurement Office, writes product specifications for use in bidding competitively with vendors for supplies, equipment, and services.  Serves as a liaison between the agency, Central Procurement Office, and vendors for procuring and/or amending contracts.
  • Tags property and maintains current and accurate asset inventory (State and Federal Funds) and a separate inventory of consumable supplies received and stored at WTSD.  Processes surplus property according to specific guidelines provided by the Property Division.
  • Maintains all travel regulations and policies and assists all employees with expense report processing and ensures all documentation is attached.
  • Assists the Business Manager to keep all safety policies and procedures updates as required.
  • Reconciles the checking account statements monthly, maintains all Accounts Receivable and Cashiering functions.
  • Performs a variety of general staff administrative duties.   Assists in benefits administration and recordkeeping. Assists the Business Manager, which affects the budget and finance of the school, either in budget and fiscal monitoring or in staff work.
  • Provides backup for the Agency Timekeeper and School Secretary.
  • Participates in trainings that will educate the employee on any changes from the Purchasing Division/Central Procurement Office and in any training needed within the Edison system.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Participates in Sign Language classes.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree and one (1) year experience of procurement related work.  
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits

Salary range is $2,197 - $3,515 monthly. 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 Vickie Rudder, rudderv@tennk12.net.

Assistant Director for Learning and Talent Management, Office of Human Resources

Reports To:

Director of Human Resources

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway            
Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description:    

This individual will lead and manage talent management and employee engagement related functions for the TDOE.  Specifically this individual will:

  • Serve as liaison to the Strategic Learning Solutions (SLS)
  • Organize, coordinate and/or provide all required employee professional training
  • Develop, organize and implement an employee recognition program
  • Develop, organize and implement quarterly employee events
  • Serve as TDOE representative to Healthier Tennessee and serve as chair of TDOE Wellness committee
  • Develop and provide on-boarding for new employees
  • Creatively develop and implement employee engagement and retention initiatives

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Adult Education, Instructional Design, or other related field

OR

  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in Human Resources, Adult Education, Instructional Design, or other related experience.

Salary and Benefits:

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

Click here to apply. The posting closes Tuesday, June 30th.

Classroom Teacher, West Tennessee School for the Deaf

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

Location

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

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • INSTRUCTION: Establishes appropriate instruction goals and related objectives consistent with the curriculum of WTSD. Prepares instructional plans and materials incorporating principles of effective instruction. Creates, selects, or modifies plans and materials to accommodate learner differences.
  • TEACHING STRATEGIES: Provides a clear description of the learning task and its content. Monitors learner understanding and re-teaches as necessary. Provides learners appropriate practice. Reviews, establishes and maintains learner involvement in the learning task.
  • EVALUATION: Uses information about learner performance to improve the instructional process. Reports learner status and progress to learners and their parents.
  • CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT: Establishes and maintains appropriate learner behavior, establishes and maintains appropriate behavior, establishes and maintains a classroom climate conducive to learning, makes effective use of classroom resources, and follows WTSD Discipline Policy and Rules.
  • LEADERSHIP: Improves professional skills and knowledge takes a leadership role in improving education, and performs professional responsibilities.
  • COMMUNICATION: 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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  
  • Tennessee Teacher License with NCLB Qualified status (Elementary). Preference given to candidates who also have an endorsement in deafness K-12.
  • 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.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits

Salary range is $34,580 to $61,330 (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@tennk12.net   Applications due immediately, position available August 2015.

Coordinator of IDEA Monitoring, Office of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring

The Coordinator of IDEA Monitoring is charged with coordinating statewide IDEA monitoring.  IDEA monitoring encompasses many programmatic types of monitoring throughout the school year with a focus on improving student outcomes.   This position reports to the Director of Monitoring and works as a team member in the Office of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring (CPM).

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the review of I.E.P.s throughout the state
  • Work with existing contractor on the WBMS system
  • Create an RFP for a new contractor to provide an electronic, secure monitoring system
  • Coordinate training of CPM Regional Consultants on IDEA program issues
  • Stay abreast of best practices in the field of special education
  • Assist in coordinating monitoring with other divisions of the TN Department of Education
  • Conduct on-site monitoring visits for Results-based monitoring
  • Conduct IDEA focus monitoring
  • Coordinate statewide monitoring for IDEA discretionary grants
  • Solves complex problems creatively by researching new or innovative ways to develop solutions
  • Participate in CPM trainings for LEA and state staff
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelors in education or a related field
  • Experience in special education in the K-12 setting 
  • Program coordination at a district level or statewide level
  • Experience working collaboratively with educators on projects
  • Strong communication skills including the ability to provide professional development to diverse groups
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to meet project deadlines and work independently

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with previous experience. This position is based in Nashville.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Nina Murphy.   Applications due immediately, position currently available. Closing date for applications is July 10th.

Data Coordinator, Educator Talent, Division of Teachers & Leaders

The data coordinator is charged with developing and maintaining systems to ensure timely analysis and reporting of program data. This person will be responsible for tracking expenditures and monitoring grant funding. The contractor will provide delivery of services to the state from August 2015 through July 2016, at minimum, and must be based in our Nashville office. The position is anticipated to be 20 hours per week with the potential for flexible scheduling of hours.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring successful completion of the Annual Performance Reports (APRs) for Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants and other reporting needs, and creating a timeline and systems to manage the data collection process
  • Providing logistical and administrative support integral to efficient grant management
  • Developing both internal and external reports communicating strategic compensation implementation progress
  • Creating systems to ensure successful implementation of classroom level growth measures for TIF 4 districts
  • Tracking district expenditures of grant funds and managing that system to track and develop reports on expenditures
  • Providing research and data analysis as requested on best practices in human capital management as they relate to strategic compensation
  • Analyzing educator evaluation data, student achievement data and qualitative (perceptual) data across the TIF grantees to identify trends and opportunities to share best practices and/or improve implementation of the grant

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with data analysis, including establishing systems to track and communicate about data metrics
  • Strong analytical and writing skills with precise attention to detail
  • Excellent work ethic, high standards for work product, and the ability to manage towards ambitious timelines
  • A self-starter mindset with ability to take initiative in moving projects forward both collaboratively and independently
  • Experience in financial modeling, budgeting, and performance monitoring is preferred
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills in order to interact and develop relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your interest in this position and a resume to Jaime Grimsley at Jaime.Grimsley@tn.gov.  While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.

Data Quality Analyst, Division of Data and Research

The Data Quality Analyst will serve as a key part of the data quality team within the division of data and research. The Data Quality Analyst will support the work of the division to ensure accurate and actionable data through the development of processes and resources. We seek applicants with strong technical skills who also demonstrate sound judgment and produce consistently excellent work products.

Responsibilities

  • Works with the business and technical teams to define business and data policy rules to ensure data quality.
  • Develops reports, and or processes to support and enhance the department’s data quality and to provide actionable data to stakeholders throughout the department.
  • Make recommendations to operational support for enhancements to systems of record to improve accuracy of operational data.
  • Participates in cross-functional teams to increase the quality of education data.
  • Reviews data stored into the Education Information System and connected systems for accuracy.
  • Responsible for submitting cross divisional federal reports to the US Department of Education.
  • Researches data quality issues found by application users, software developers and testers.
  • Reviews project specifications with database administrators to ensure that programs are moved to appropriate production environments, established standards are met, and data integrity is maintained. 
  • Solves complex technical problems creatively by researching new or innovative ways to develop an application and/or data structure.
  • Communicates on a regular basis with coworkers/team to share knowledge.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Information Technology, Business, Education, or a related field
  • Five (5) years of progressively more responsible work where the primary aspects of employment were related to data analysis.
  • The ability to work with multiple large data sets.
  • Ability to understand and use computational theories and practical skills.
  • Ability and knowledge for effectively interacting with data users, managers, and other stakeholders.
  • Significant knowledge and experience writing SQL queries, developing reports and working with Microsoft SQL Server environment, including SSIS, SSAS and SSRS.
  • Significant knowledge and experience using TOAD for Oracle
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and maximum accountability.
  • Advanced knowledge of complex Oracle Pl/SQL to work in an Oracle environment
  • Experience with data dashboards (experience with Tableau preferred)
  • Organizational and project management skills, with ability to manage highly complex and/or critical data issues.
  • Ability to generate creative solutions and use feedback to modify report designs.
  • Verbal and written communications skills (good interpersonal skill, presentation skills, able to consult, liaise and negotiate).
  • Must be flexible to meet the needs of the department.

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to Education.Careers@tn.gov.

Deputy Director of Data Quality, Division of Data and Research

The Deputy Director of Data Quality will be part of a six member team, and will report to the Executive Director, serving as a trusted thought-partner on strategic matters regarding the Data Quality team, including current and future direction and management. In conjunction with the Executive Director of Data Quality, this individual will fulfill a key role in the development and implementation of a long-term data quality strategy.

The Deputy Director of Data Quality must have the technical skills necessary to understand database structures, business rules validation and processes from several different business areas. He / she must have strong written and verbal communication skills to present findings and recommendations, be able to work in teams and manage time and projects. He/she also should be detail-oriented, have good problem solving and research skills. Moreover, he/she should be able to work independently and possess strong customer service skills.

Responsibilities

  • In conjunction with the Executive Director of Data Quality, assists in the development, implementation, and maintenance of an organizational wide, data governance committee to ensure compliance with federal reporting, external regulatory, and accreditation requirements.
  • Assists in the development of data security procedures necessary to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, accessibility, availability, and quality of the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) data.
  • Resolves concerns and conflicts of the Data Stewards Committee and forwards issues that could not be resolved to the Executive Director of Data Quality for further action, particularly those issues that would entail changes or updates to agency policies.
  • Works with Federal Reports Coordinator, and identifies training needs for data stewards to decrease the number of data quality issues found with submitted EDFacts / CSPR files.
  • In conjunction with the Federal Reports Coordinator, develops a department wide business rules document and data dictionary to ensure common definitions are used across various systems, business units, and federal reports.
  • Communicates quality metrics, issues and resolution to LEAs and State level staff on data quality issues and concerns that arise during the collection of data used for federal reporting.
  • Develops a State handbook – including training materials – for implementing data quality processes for federal reporting.
  • Serves as a data expert on business rules and data sources used for federal reporting.
  • Understands business problems and proactively offer technical solutions, using traditional and emerging concepts and technologies.
  • Recommends methods to strengthen data integrity, quality and availability of information for data users, while tying back to department-wide expectations.
  • Communicate changes and progress on all data quality projects to the Executive Director of Data Quality.
  • Manages individual work load and work effectively on multiple assignments, activities, or projects in a fast pace changing environment.
  • In the absence of the Executive Director of Data Quality, functions as the supervisor for the Data Quality team.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Master’s degree in Information Technology, Business, Education, or a related field, and five (5) years of progressively more responsible work where the primary aspects of employment were related to leadership, project management and training.

The candidate must also have a high degree of proficiency in the following:

  • Ability to effectively convey ideas and positions to numerous audiences – externally to technical and non-technical audiences at various levels (e.g., partners, states, federal government), and internally in management situations – both orally and in writing.
  • A firm grasp of data security, including legal requirements and procedures necessary to comply with laws related to maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, accessibility, availability, and quality of TDOE data.
  • The use of correct English grammar, spelling and punctuation to create, edit and revise technical computer documentation for an academic or business audience
  • Organizational and project management skills, with the ability to manage highly complex and/or critical data issues.
  • Ability to establish and build close working relationships to regularly interact with a variety of staff positions.
  • Verbal communications skills (good interpersonal skill, presentation skills, able to consult, liaise and negotiate)
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and demonstrate attention to detail.
  • Willingness to learn new software applications and data quality processes.
  • Intermediate to strong SQL skills to support ad hoc business inquiries in Microsoft or an Oracle environment.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills using Microsoft Excel.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills using Microsoft Word.
  • Must be able to lead projects with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to learn how data systems fit into the larger education policy context.

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to  Education.Careers@tn.gov.

Deputy Director of External Communications, Communications Office

The deputy director of external communications is charged with communicating the department’s messages to external audiences, including the media, policy makers, school districts, teachers, parents and students. This position will work with the director of communications to serve as the front line for daily inquires, fielding incoming requests from media and education stakeholders, as well crafting strategic proactive communications on social media and our blog, Classroom Chronicles. We are looking for candidates that can strengthen the department’s voice in the public conversation, tailoring messages to specific audiences. This individual should also demonstrate an understanding of education policy and a deep respect and passion for education.

The deputy director of external communications will work closely with the director of communications and the commissioner and her leadership team to craft strategic messages, quotes, and responses that reflect the commissioner’s voice and purposes.  As a result, this person should be both engaged in and have a full understanding of the work of the commissioner, the leadership team, the department’s strategic plan, and related activities. 

The deputy director of external communications will also work closely with our policy and legislation team, drafting both proactive and clarifying communications based on feedback from legislators and the public. This individual must be able to break down complex education issues into easily digestible chunks quickly, organizing information in streamlined ways for each audience. Success in this role will largely depend on seeking and listening to feedback, both from external audiences and department leadership. The person in this role should be data-driven, establishing metrics for success on individual projects, measuring progress against those metrics, and adapting plans when necessary.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with director of communications to answer daily media inquiries and build relationships with reporters across the state
  • Develop social media strategy to support broader department communications strategy and expand the department’s reach online; manage department Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts
  • Drive content creation for our blog, Classroom Chronicles, and grow traffic to site by engaging with teachers across the state to feature innovative classrooms and programs; collaborating with department leadership to develop ideas, contacts, and content; and using site analytics to inform strategy and planning
  • Work with director of communication and commissioner to craft strategic messages, quotes, and responses that reflect the commissioner’s voice and purposes
  • Work with director of communications and department leadership to partner with education stakeholders, strengthening our key education messages
  • Collaborate with department’s policy and legislation team to proactively draft and deliver communications answering anticipated questions and time communications appropriately
  • Design communications campaigns on social media to share department messages, proactively engaging the department’s audiences and redirecting the public conversation
  • Ensure consistency of department’s messages to external audiences
  • Plan announcements and events across the state, often involving the governor, legislators, or other top officials
  • Draft external facing documents (press releases, one-pagers, presentations etc.) based on conversations with director of communications and department leadership
  • Use photography and videography to creatively support key messages and showcase Tennessee teachers and students

Qualifications

  • High level of personal responsibility, optimism, and judgment
  • Commitment to excellence and problem-solving
  • Ability to prioritize critical tasks
  • Experience in communications and education policy
  • Strong project management skills and organization
  • Photography and videography skills a plus
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years in education policy, journalism, or communications

Salary and Benefits

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

To apply, please email your resume, three-writing samples, and an example of your visual work if applicable to Ashley.M.Ball@tn.gov. This position is located in Nashville, TN.

Executive Director, Centers of Regional Excellence (CORE Offices)

The Executive Director of the state’s Centers of Regional Excellence (CORE Offices) will provide vision, direction, and oversight to the state’s eight regional offices designed to provide on-the-ground, targeted, and differentiated support for Tennessee’s 146 school districts. The Executive Director will report to the Deputy Commissioner/Chief Academic Officer.

Responsibilities

  • Setting overall vision & strategy for the state’s eight regional CORE offices, ensuring that services provided from regional offices are aligned to the state’s strategic priorities, and are building district capacity and empowering choice and innovation
  • Developing a service model for CORE offices and managing effective execution of this model
  • Providing management and support for the directors of the eight regional offices
  • Identifying best practices among districts and schools that can be shared and scaled based on clearly defined regional-specific initiatives
  • Ensuring successful implementation of department initiatives by building district capacity to implement effectively
  • Providing management and support for the director of strategy & operations to ensure alignment, coordination, and communication among divisions at the department, and consistent, efficient and effective operations in regional offices
  • Seeking and acting on continuous feedback from directors of schools about their needs and the services they receive from the CORE offices
  • Leading CORE strategy to track and measure changes in practice in districts as a result of the support they receive
  • Conducting regular check-ins with division leadership to ensure alignment of CORE work to division priorities
  • Working with other division leaders to ensure alignment around roles and responsibilities of CORE staff as it relates to each division’s priorities

Qualifications

  • School or district administrative experience preferred.
  • Thorough understanding of the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards and evaluation models.
  • Experience in evaluating in educational settings.
  • Experience leading professional learning and/or training.
  • Project management experience, including working with teams, setting benchmarks and performance metrics
  • Innovative and strategic thinker, solution oriented
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative and high standards for self and others; ability to manage towards ambitious organizational goals.
  • Ability to communicate with diverse groups of people, including educators at the highest appointed level.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Strong skills in written or verbal communications, organization and problem-solving
  • Flexibility and a willingness to be a team player.
  • Ability to identify concrete implementation steps based on high level policy vision.
  • Ability to execute with quality in a high pressure environment.
  • Commitment to ambitious goals for student performance and equity.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

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 Grace.Jones@tn.gov.

Operations Administrative Assistant (Admin Services Assistant 2*-NE), Tennessee School for the Blind

The operations department at the Tennessee School for the Blind is responsible for local fiscal duties, facilities, local HR duties, technology, food service, and security. This position  is mainly  responsible  for routine  office work in support  of the operations  department and direct  support  to the director  of operations  at the Tennessee School for the Blind. This positions may have additionally responsibilities added to fill the needs of the agency or department.

Responsibilities

  • Office support work including: petty cash, data base management, timekeeping, and document control
  • Provide administrative support to the superintendent
  • Capital project maintenance including: record control, participation in planning, safety walk through, and monitoring of project progress
  • Local HR duties related to the operations department
  • Access request and monitoring to campus
  • Facilities use management and communication with stakeholders
  • Digitally receipting goods into the payables system
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED [REQUIRED]
  • College degree in related field [preferred]
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Must be able to work in Windows XP, 7, & 8
  • Must be able to work in QuickBooks
  • Must know how to work Windows Excel, Word, Access, and PowerPoint
  • Must be comfortable with a computer
  • Good communication skills
  • Self-motivated/Challenge seeker

Conditions of Employment

  • Selected applicants must verify experience I 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.

Supplemental Information

Applications for the current operations vacancy will be received until July 30, 2015. Position may close sooner or later depending on applicant suitability.

Please contact Melissa Brown at:  Melissa.Brown@tsbtigers.org for an application.

Fully completed Tennessee School for the Blind Employment Application packets should be submitted to:

Nathan Travis, Interim Superintendent
Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN  37214
E-mail:   nathan.travis@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

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.

Principal, Tennessee School for the Blind

The Tennessee School for the Blind educates approximate 150 students of all abilities, ages 3 – 22 on its Nashville campus.  This position reports to the Superintendent, and is responsible for providing supervision, management, and leadership to the education department.  It is a key leadership role within the Tennessee School for the Blind and functions as a member of TSB’s Leadership Team.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible to ensure all students attain the highest level of responsibility and independence as appropriate to the individual student.
  • Instructional leader who develops and maintains programs that instruct students in all areas of the Core and Expanded Core Curriculum.
  • Ensures the department coordinates and communicates effectively with other departments within the school.
  • Serves as a team member on the Superintendent’s Leadership Team; participates in departmental meetings, school and instructional meetings as required.
  • Conducts teacher observations congruent with the TEAM evaluation process.
  • Responsible for the coordination of professional development for Educational Assistants and their evaluation through the SMART goal process.
  • 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.
  • Must have at least 3 years of experience as a School Administrator.
  • School Administration certification.
  • 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.
  • TEAM and Administrator certified evaluator.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilites
  • Comprehensive knowledge of special education principles (i.e., the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), 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.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skill in the areas of:
  • School leadership,
  • Task analysis,
  • Expanded Core Curriculum instruction and implementation appropriate to a residential setting,
  • Behavior management, and
  • Department level planning.
  • General knowledge of medical disorders such as seizures or restrictions; alternate modes of communication; feeding technique and orthopedic impairment/handling and positioning.
  • 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 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

Fully completed State of Tennessee Employment Application packets should be submitted to:

Nathan Travis, Interim Superintendent
Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
E-mail: Nathan.Travis@tsbtigers.org

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

Closing date for applications is July 11th.

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. 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.

School Improvement Grants Coordinator, Division of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring

The School Improvement (SI) Grants Coordinator will be positioned within the Division of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring and will carry out the responsibilities of multiple grants related to school improvement including the School Improvement and Focus school grants.  This position supports the School Improvement Grant (SIG) Director in the application and implementation of School Improvement and Focus School Grants. 

Responsibilities

  • Assist in development and review of grant applications
  • Conduct desk-top and on-site monitoring of selected LEAs including quarterly milestone visits of grant sub-recipients 
  • Provide assistance in reviewing annual LEA performance reports
  • Provide trainings and technical assistance to districts
  • Assist in the development of trainings to support grant sub-recipients, potentially partnering with educational non-profit
  • Assist in the review of LEA grant budgets and budget revisions in ePlan
  • Assist with other CPM projects as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree ( minimum) in relevant field
  • Five years fiscal experience, experience with grants preferred 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite – Excel proficiency required
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Successful candidate will exhibit the following

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Valerie.Starks@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is July 29th.

Special Schools Educational Assistant NE, West Tennessee School for the Deaf

This position reports to and works under the general supervision of the Principal and the Instructional Supervisor and will perform the responsibilities listed below.  Individual hired will be required to attend staff development workshops, Professional Development training, as required, and other pertinent training as well.

Location

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

Responsibilities

  • Maintain necessary records and prepare a variety of standard reports.
  • Assist teacher in supervising students during classroom activities and recreation.
  • Instruct small groups or individual students at the request of the teacher.
  • Substitute in classroom when teacher is absent.
  • Supervise students during breakfast and lunch.
  • Transport students to off campus activities.
  • Prepares instructional materials.
  • Assist with classroom behavior and help ensure the safety of the children.

Qualifications

  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required, including a clean driving record, 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 Offender, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check. 
  • Applicants must have completed two years of study at an institution of higher learning or obtained an Associate’s or higher degree, or passed Para Pro Assessment.  
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits

Salary range is $1,856 - $2,968 monthly. 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@tennk12.net.

Summer/Temporary/Part-Time

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