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 .

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.

Deputy Director of Internal Communications, Communications Office

Position Description:    

The deputy director of internal communications will consult with teams across the department as they craft messages for our many external audiences, including policy makers, districts, supervisors, and teachers. Because the deputy director of internal communications will often coach teams around revising communications, experience delivering feedback to peers is preferred. This individual should also be able to break down complex issues into easily digestible chunks quickly. Building relationships within the department will be critical to success in this role, as this person will partner with various teams to amplify external messages coming from the department.

This individual will be an excellent writer and hold an extremely high bar for communication, modeling these standards in both their own oral and written communications. The deputy director of internal communications will draft most internal-facing communications to department staff and will serve as a critical resource for teams as they develop communications plans around upcoming initiatives. This individual should be organized, detailed oriented, and have strong communications judgment.

Responsibilities
  • Lead weekly internal review of department communications, coaching teams and individuals on crafting clear and concise communications
  • Manage weekly communications with director of schools
  • Consult with various department teams as they plan, brainstorm, draft, and revise communications for external audiences
  • Support department divisions in developing communications plans for upcoming initiatives
  • Manage the department’s newsletter software, Mail Chimp; support department teams in using analytics to make informed choices about content; train staff on best practices; and monitor department newsletters for trends
  • Manage the department’s intranet site, showcasing internal resources and creating additional resources as needed for staff
  • Create additional communications tools to support the department’s work and lead professional development on communications topics for department staff as needed
  • Plan quarterly staff functions for the department building staff culture
  • Manage constituent communications, mail from both the governor’s office and from the contact form on the department website
  • Work with director of communication and commissioner to craft strategic internal messages, letters, and responses that reflect the commissioner’s voice and purposes
  • Collaborate with director of communications to manage Open Records Request Process; responding immediately to constituents, working with department staff to fulfill requests, tracking progress, and monitoring deadlines
  • Maintain the Department Style Guide and market internally as a resource for staff
  • Use photography and videography to creatively support department staff as they develop external communications
Qualifications
  • High level of personal responsibility, optimism, and judgment
  • Commitment to excellence and problem-solving
  • Ability to prioritize critical tasks
  • Experience creating and managing processes to streamline workflow
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with others
  • Dedication to cultivating workplace culture
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in education a plus
  • Photography and videography skills a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years in education 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 (photos or video) to Ashley.M.Ball@tn.gov. This position is located in Nashville, TN.

Superintendent - Tennessee School for the Blind

The Tennessee School for the Blind (TSB) has a rich and extensive history of serving students with visual impairments since 1843. TSB is the only state special school in Tennessee specifically designed to offer specialized instruction to students with visual impairments. The school currently serves 145 students in its school and residential programs. TSB partners with local education agencies (LEA) across the state to provide transportation for its students. The campus of TSB also houses a Resource Center for the Visually Impaired (RCVI) that offers services to public school systems, to eligible, private non-profit agencies, and to state special schools across the state. An inventory of more than 22,000 Braille and large type textbooks and ancillaries, and non-book instructional materials is available on an annual loan basis. Finally, TSB offers an Outreach Program to districts across the state. These services include assessment in the areas of functional vision, orientation and mobility, daily living skills, and assistive technology as well as direct service in these same areas. It is the role of the Superintendent to manage the daily functionality of the school to include the academic instruction, residential program, resource center, outreach program, maintenance department, food service, healthcare, and procurement. 

In the current organizational structure, the Superintendent is supported by a Principal, Assistant Principal, Director of Curriculum, Director of Student Life, Director of Outreach, Director of Business and Support Services, Director of Facilities Management, and Director of Medical Services. The State Board of Education has delegated the governing authority of the Tennessee School for the Blind to the Commissioner of Education, who is appointed by the Governor. The school is managed by a Superintendent who reports to the Commissioner of Education through the Assistant Commissioner of Special Populations.

To obtain more information, please see: www.tsbtigers.org.

Responsibilities:
  1. Oversee the daily operation of the school, residential program, Resource Center for the Visually Impaired, Braille Production Center and LEA outreach services.
  2. Ensure compliance with all federal and state statutes and regulations relevant to IDEA, SESA, NCLB, ADA and the health, safety and confidentiality of students, staff and parents.
  3. Provide supervision and coordinate oversight for approximately 200 employees.
    1. All certified staff must be evaluated through the state’s TEAM evaluation model while all classified staff must be evaluated via the state’s SMART goal system.
    2. Educational Assistants also require annual evaluation.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. Centralized operations, and
    3. Administrative housing renovation.
  6. Collaborate with universities and teacher training programs to conduct research benefiting the educational needs of students challenged by vision loss and to provide field experience for students pursuing careers in the field of vision education.
  7. Maintain positive and productive relationships with TSB Alumni, Lions’ Clubs, Friends of TSB, Inc., 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.  

Qualifications:

All applicants must hold Tennessee teaching and administrative licenses. 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 Visual Impairment endorsement and/or have direct experience working with students with visual impairments.

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.

Applicants should send a letter of intent, resume, and list of three references to Nathan Travis, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Special Populations at Nathan.Travis@tn.gov.

Disclosures:

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

Summer/Temporary/Part-Time

Data Analyst, Continuous Improvement, Division of Curriculum & Instruction

The Data Analysts will provide critical support to the C&I division to ensure the processing and analysis of data related to summer training 2015 is leveraged to continuously improve the participant experience and the training content. The Data Analysts will monitor and support facilitators and high quality participant experience in trainings for school and district leaders. The candidate needs to be detail oriented, a strong communicator, data savvy, and have a passion for working to improve results for all students through teacher and leader professional development. This includes, but is not limited to, the processing of daily and weekly surveys, drafting internal memos and presentations to convey trends in the data and make recommendations for improvements.

Responsibilities
  • Facilitate data collection from multiple groups, including sending surveys to participants and observing training sessions
  • Data entry to support the goals of the courses/meetings and maintain complete and accurate records
  • Design surveys and other data collection tools or exercises
  • Produce presentations and reports to present collected data to multiple audiences, including internal and external stakeholders.
  • Attend data debriefs to report on trends in data and make recommendations for improvement
  • Provide data briefs to Curriculum and Instruction to inform improvements between redelivery of the course content
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Demonstrated organizational skill to independently track deadlines and achieve milestones.  
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation.
  • Strong communication skills and a demonstrated customer service orientation.
  • Record of success in achieving clearly defined outcomes
  • Strong data analysis, computer (particularly in Microsoft Excel), and presentation skills.
  • Ability to build positive, productive working relationships on diverse teams

Three Data Analyst positions are available. This contract position will be paid a competitive hourly rate and is expected to run from May 15 – July 30, 2015 with an estimated 30-40 hours per week. To apply, please submit a letter of intent and resume to Nicole.Roberts@tn.gov no later than April 22, 2015.

Invoice Coordinator, Finance and Operations, Division of Curriculum & Instruction

The Invoice Coordinator will provide critical support to the C&I division to ensure that the processing of all invoices related to summer training 2015 is handled consistently, in a timely manner and with fidelity to established state contracts. The Invoice Coordinator will process and track to completion all invoices related to summer training 2015. This includes, but is not limited to, the processing of invoices for up to 200 TNCore Coaches and hotels utilized during training.

The Invoice Coordinator will support the work of the Finance and Operations team in C&I and coordinate with TDOE staff to ensure smooth and accurate processing for tracking a high volume of invoices in a timely manner.

Responsibilities
  • Processing invoices for up to 250 individuals throughout the course of the trainings, with multiple invoices per contractor
  • Communicate with contractors to provide instructions to complete invoices accurately and to return completed forms to the TDOE in a timely manner
  • Audit invoices internally before sending for review to ensure any errors are addressed prior to sending for external review
  • Enter invoices into Edison and provide the necessary documentation to TDOE Accounting
  • Enter invoices into an internal tracking system to monitor the payment status of each submitted invoice
  • Communicate with contractors as needed to correct errors found in the processing of invoices
  • Coordinate with TDOE accounting and the state Finance and Accounting office to ensure efficiency by communicating upcoming large volumes of invoices
  • Ensure a high level of customer service throughout the invoicing process for contractors
  • Track invoices against the total Race to the Top budget as they are received
  • The coordinator may also provide administrative support for Race to the Top related contracts, budgeting and documentation as needed.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience in accounting preferred
  • Record of success in achieving clearly defined outcomes
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong quantitative and computer skills, particularly in Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to build positive, productive working relationships on diverse teams
  • Customer service oriented

This contract position will be paid a competitive hourly rate and is expected to run from May 1 – July 30, 2015 for an estimated 30-40 hours per week. To apply, please submit a letter of intent and resume to Nicole.Roberts@tn.gov no later than April 22, 2015.

Operations and Logistics Coordinator, Training and Support, Division of Curriculum and Instruction

The Division of Curriculum and Instruction is leading the state of Tennessee’s implementation of new standards and efforts to prepare students and educators for the TNReady assessment. This work is central to the state’s goal of being the fastest improving state in the nation. The Operations and Logistics Coordinator will support the work of the Training and Support team within the Division of Curriculum and Instruction in the implementation of statewide summer training programs. These training programs are critical in preparing teachers for the demands of rigorous standards and assessment.

The Training and Support team is seeking a group of three (3) Operations and Logistics Coordinators to support this work, each specializing in a more specific role as described below. The individuals in these roles will report directly to Josh Hailey, the Director of Operations and Logistics on the Training and Support team.

Responsibilities

Site Coordination – The 2015 summer trainings will take place at eight training locations per week across three weeks in June. Each training site will host an average of 15 classrooms, 13 unique courses, one Site Operations Manager (“SOM”), 30 trainers (i.e., Core Coaches), and 300 participants (i.e., Learning Leaders), each receiving a unique set of training materials. To facilitate this work on a large scale and at a high level of excellence, quality, and accuracy, the site coordinator will:

  • Assist with the overall management of summer training site logistics.
  • Manage day-to-day relationships with 24 training sites, all of which are Tennessee middle and high schools.
  • Communicate with 24 site contacts at regular intervals by phone and email.
  • Organize site-specific logistical information, including classroom assignments, to be used in communications with 24 SOMs, 200 Core Coaches, and 12,000 Learning Leaders.
  • Prepare logistics packets containing both site-specific and general training information.
  • Prepare and send site-specific shipments containing attendance rosters, hard copy surveys, and logistics packets.
  • Assist with the receipt, verification, reporting, and filing of attendance rosters.

Communications Coordination – Highly effective and informative communications are critical to the success of this ambitious work. To facilitate this work on a large scale and at a high level of excellence, quality, and accuracy, the communications coordinator will:

  • Manage the preparation and sending of large scale, complex, outgoing mail merge communications to 12,000 training participants.
    • Draft template communications to be used in mail merges.
    • Clean registrant data to match mail merge.
    • Manage the process of sending participant emails on schedule (between 8-10 major communications per week).
  • Monitor and respond to all incoming email inquiries regarding summer training (up to 200 per day).
  • Maintain accuracy of the website to reflect most up to date training information.
  • Draft communications and information to other stakeholder groups.
  • Assist with the receipt, verification, reporting, and filing of attendance rosters.

Hotel Coordination – Our Core Coaches work all across Tennessee, and we want them to be able to focus on what’s most important: delivering high quality content to training participants. To support them in their work, we book and provide hotel rooms when their training assignments necessitate travel more than 50 miles from their home address. To that end, the hotel coordinator will:

  • Manage and improve the process of hotel reservations to match assignments of Core Coaches, Site Operations Managers, and TDOE staff.
  • Establish direct billing and tax exempt status with prospective hotel properties.
  • Organize signed documents from hotels.
  • Communicate directly with our 200+ Core Coaches and Site Operations Managers to determine reservation needs and create rooming lists.
  • Make reservations at the state government per diem rate and receive confirmation numbers.
  • Maintain accurate records of hotel stays to match assignments.
  • Collect hotel invoices in a timely manner and ensure accuracy.
  • Submit verified invoices to the invoicing team for processing to reduce payment timeline.
Qualifications
  • Tennessee resident, Nashville area preferred
  • Professional or student with demonstrated achievement
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Record of success in achieving clearly defined outcomes
  • Excellent organization, project planning skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to identify and creatively solve problems
  • Ability to build positive, productive working relationships on diverse teams
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Proficiency in managing multiple work streams
  • Self-starter with strong independent reasoning skills
  • Strong desire to provide excellent customer service
  • Desire and ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel

This contract position will be paid a competitive hourly rate and is expected to run from May 1 – June 30, 2015, with an estimated 30-40 hours of work per week. To apply, please submit a letter of intent and resume to Nicole.Roberts@tn.gov no later than April 22, 2015.

Roster Coordinator, Continuous Improvement, Division of Curriculum and Instruction

The Roster Coordinator(s) will provide critical support to the C&I division to ensure the timely and accurate processing of attendance data from summer training 2015. The Roster Coordinator(s) will support creation, distribution, and reconciliation of attendance information from multiple training locations for multiple training courses. The candidate needs to be detail oriented and a strong communicator. The work includes, but is not limited to, the printing, sorting, and shipping of rosters and related documents to training locations.

Responsibilities:
  • Create electronic and printable versions of rosters based on registration information
  • Print and organize rosters for trainings
  • Organize shipments of materials to training locations
  • Coordinate and track receipt of rosters and other documentation from training locations following training sessions
Qualifications
  • Record of success in achieving clearly defined outcomes
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation.
  • Detail oriented
  • Strong communication skills and a demonstrated customer service orientation.
  • Ability to build positive, productive working relationships on diverse teams

Two Roster Coordinator positions are available. This contract position will be paid a competitive hourly rate and is expected to run from May 15 – July 30, 2015, with an estimated 30-40 hours of work per week. To apply, please submit a letter of intent and resume to Nicole.Roberts@tn.gov no later than April 22, 2015.

Special Projects Assistant – Content Development, Training and Support, Division of Curriculum and Instruction

The Division of Curriculum and Instruction is leading the state of Tennessee in implementing new standards and preparing students and educators for the TNReady assessment. This work is central to the state’s goal of being the fastest improving state in the nation. The Special Projects Assistant – Content Development will support the work of the Training and Support team within the Division of Curriculum and Instruction in the implementation of statewide TNCore training programs. These training programs are critical in preparing teachers for the demands of rigorous standards and assessment.

This role will report directly to Karen Babbs Hollett, the Director of Teacher Training and Support.

Responsibilities
  • Assist in outlining key deadlines in training content development and tracking the progress of multiple developers against goals
  • Assist in setting up feedback routines, including scheduling dress rehearsals and tracking content feedback
  • Edit training content for consistent formatting and ease of use for participants (e.g. inserting page numbers, improving graphics or text for readability, etc.)
  • Assist in developing communications and tools to support summer training content (i.e. FAQ documents, summaries of content for district audiences)
  • Assist in developing follow up resources for districts, schools and Core Coaches to use to support the content throughout next school year
  • Assist in coordinating between teacher and leader training content
Qualifications
  • Tennessee resident, Nashville area preferred
  • Previous experience with TNCore Training highly preferred
  • Professional or graduate student with demonstrated achievement
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Record of success in achieving clearly defined outcomes
  • Excellent organization and ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong detail orientation
  • Ability to build positive, productive working relationships on diverse teams
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Self-starter with strong independent reasoning skills

This contract position will be paid a competitive hourly rate and is expected to run from April 15 – June 30, 2015, with an estimated 20-30 hours of work per week in late April and 30-40 hours of work per week during May and June. To apply, please submit a letter of intent and resume to Nicole.Roberts@tn.gov no later than April 15, 2015.

Special Projects Assistant – Core Coaches, Training and Support, Division of Curriculum and Instruction

The Division of Curriculum and Instruction is leading the state of Tennessee’s implementation of new standards and efforts to prepare students and educators for the TNReady assessment. This work is central to the state’s goal of being the fastest improving state in the nation. The Special Projects Assistant – Core Coaches will support the work of the Training and Support team within the Division of Curriculum and Instruction in the implementation of statewide TNCore training programs. These training programs are critical in preparing teachers for the demands of rigorous standards and assessment.

This role will report directly to Karen Babbs Hollett, the Director of Teacher Training and Support.

Responsibilities
  • Manage the Core Coach database
    • Ensure information is accurate and up-to-date, including contact information and content area preferences
  • Coordinate Core Coach communications, including drafting content for weekly emails and responding to Coach inquiries and requests
  • Organize summer training assignments for Core Coaches (i.e. which Core Coaches are facilitating at which sites) and coordinating assignments with hotel stays and invoicing
  • Assist with Core Coach training events and sequence
    • Draft communications
    • Support the execution of training webinars, including editing scripts and slides
    • Assist with on-site support for Core Coach events (set up, sign in, etc.)
  • Support the overall effectiveness of Core Coaches through other projects and tasks as requested
Qualifications
  • Tennessee resident, Nashville area preferred
  • Previous experience with TNCore Training highly preferred
  • Professional or graduate student with demonstrated achievement
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Record of success in achieving clearly defined outcomes
  • Excellent organization and project planning skills
  • Ability to build positive, productive working relationships on diverse teams
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Proficiency in managing multiple work streams
  • Self-starter with strong independent reasoning skills

This contract position will be paid a competitive hourly rate and is expected to run from April 15 – June 30, 2015, with an estimated 20-30 hours of work per week in late April and 30-40 hours of work per week during May and June. To apply, please submit a letter of intent and resume to Nicole.Roberts@tn.gov no later than April 15, 2015.

Special Projects Assistant – Materials Coordination, Training and Support, Division of Curriculum and Instruction

The Division of Curriculum and Instruction is leading the state of Tennessee in implementing new standards and preparing students and educators for the TNReady assessment. This work is central to the state’s goal of being the fastest improving state in the nation. The Special Projects Assistant – Materials Coordination will support the work of the Training and Support team within the Division of Curriculum and Instruction in the implementation of statewide TNCore training programs. These training programs are critical in preparing teachers for the demands of rigorous standards and assessment.

This role will report directly to Karen Babbs Hollett, the Director of Teacher Training and Support.

Responsibilities
  • Assist in outlining key deadlines in training content development and materials procurement and production and tracking the progress of multiple vendors against goals
  • Edit and manage materials for training content development across subject areas to ensure consistency, including:
    • Formatting style guide
    • Common training components (e.g. title pages, agendas)
    • Digital warehouse to store drafts
    • Expectations for titling and saving drafts
    • Final copies for records keeping
  • Edit training content for consistent formatting and ease of use for participants (e.g. inserting page numbers, improving graphics or text for readability, etc.)
  • Copy edit training materials at draft and final stages, and communicate edits with content developers
  • Coordinate with content developers and materials printer to meet deadlines and ensure final content is printed. When needed, coordinate on procurement of non-print materials.
  • Coordinate with web designers to ensure all materials are posted in a timely manner and are easily accessible for training participants.
Qualifications
  • Tennessee resident, Nashville area preferred
  • Previous experience with TNCore Training highly preferred
  • Professional or graduate student with demonstrated achievement
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Record of success in achieving clearly defined outcomes
  • Excellent organization and ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong detail orientation
  • Ability to build positive, productive working relationships on diverse teams
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Self-starter with strong independent reasoning skills

This contract position will be paid a competitive hourly rate and is expected to run from April 15 – June 30, 2015, with an estimated 20-30 hours of work per week in late April and 30-40 hours of work per week during May and June. To apply, please submit a letter of intent and resume to Nicole.Roberts@tn.gov no later than April 15, 2015.

Last Update: April 13, 2015