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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.

Full-Time Openings

Chief Assessment Officer, Data & Research

Reports to:

Assistant Commissioner, Data & Research

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-0375

The Chief Assessment Officer manages and leads all facets of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) such that results are compiled and delivered for use in state accountability systems, public reporting, and ongoing research studies.  The chief will ensure alignment between TCAP and the Tennessee Academic Standards, in collaboration with the Executive Director of Content & Assessment design, who oversees item development and test design. This position will ensure the technical quality of the assessments to produce valid and reliable results and will set policy related to test administration, processing, data files, scoring, reporting, and other technical matters. This senior leader will plan and coordinate all communications with stakeholders by providing technical assistance to schools, producing assessment publications, and working with other divisions within the Department of Education. The chief has primary responsibility for directing and overseeing contracts and other agreements with assessment vendors and multi-state consortia for the administration of statewide assessments to all students, including TCAP, alternate assessments, second-grade optional assessment, ACT/SAT, NAEP, and ACCESS for ELs. This position will lead contract management which includes budget oversight. The chief also oversees the creation of materials to support professional development to K-12 educators on a range of topics related to test administration including test security, selecting, accommodations, and reporting.  The Chief of Assessment will be knowledgeable of and comply with all assessment-related federal and local statutes, including the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Tennessee Code Annotated, and State Board of Education policy, rules, and regulations.

Education and Experience:

  • At least five years of experience working with large-scale assessment.
  • At least 12 years of professional work experience, including at least five years of supervisory experience.
  • Master’s degree in related field required.
  • Doctorate degree preferred, but not required.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred, but not required.

Required Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

  • Strong planning, organization, and project management skills, with the ability to identify numerous dependencies and develop a comprehensive, technical plan of action.
  • Proven leadership and management style embodied by exceptional judgment, courage, and initiative.
  • Results-oriented, hands-on, team player with a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, high energy environment while meeting deadlines and completing multiple tasks.
  • Strong critical thinking, analytic, strategic, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively in writing and orally.
  • Experience running a large-scale assessment program at the state or large district level.

Responsibilities:

Program Administration

  • Assume ultimate accountability and ownership of delivery of annual TCAP administration in grades 3-11.
  • Develop and manage schedule in coordination with project managers to monitor overall work plan deliverables and timelines, ensure critical operational deadlines are met, and achieve key milestones.
  • Serve as key operational integration manager across all assessment-related work streams to guarantee vendor's on-time and on-specification delivery of assessment contracts annually.
  • Manage all project and personnel activities. Troubleshoot problems and provide technical assistance and/or explicit direction to all test development, operations and psychometric staff.
  • Track risk management activities for the overall program by directing staff in implementing risk mitigation strategies and developing processes that improve and/or ensure quality.
  • Work with advisory committees to ensure TCAP delivery meets all state and district needs.
  • Prepare and deliver project status presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Communicate project status, issues, and risks to internal and external audiences clearly and concisely, identifying actions needed by district and state leaders.
  • Coordinate work via internal technology platforms through the IT team.

Vendor Management

  • Coordinate with all assessment vendors as necessary to manage risks and schedules.
  • Manage operational assessment change control process across all contracts.
  • Lead internal and external vendor management and operational project management meetings.
  • Use vendor work plan to track progress and forecast risks, and coordinate vendor project management team to create and manage risk mitigation strategies.
  • Work with appropriate staff to manage budgets, oversee contracts, and process invoices.

Team Development and Leadership

  • Mentor and develop assigned staff using a supportive and collaborative approach: assign accountabilities; set clear objectives; establish priorities; and monitor and evaluate team results.
  • Promote a positive team culture. Create, communicate, demonstrate, and instill commitment and meaningful contributions toward department goals.
  • Motivate staff to work together to accomplish department goals and ensure practices across unit are consistent with vision and mission.
  • Maintain professional and productive relationships with districts, federal agencies, other external stakeholders, internal stakeholders, and direct reports.
  • Serve on the Division leadership team and support cross division operations. May also serve on Senior Leadership Team (SLT) for Department of Education.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and/or as necessary to achieve strategic objectives.

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please e-mail the following to Nakia Towns (Nakia.Towns@tn.gov). While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.

  • A cover letter describing your interest in this position
  • A writing sample
  • A resume or CV
Executive Director, Office of Early Learning

Reports To: 

Assistant Commissioner, Division of Early Learning and Literacy

Location:

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

Position Description:     

The Office of Early Learning (OEL) works to offer high quality, developmentally appropriate early learning opportunities for Tennessee’s youngest learners to ensure that they enter kindergarten prepared to grow and thrive in school.  The Executive Director’s primary focus is to create, implement and monitor a high quality early learning system for Tennessee. 

Responsibilities:

The Executive Director performs the following duties:

  • Oversees the work of the OEL, which includes Voluntary Pre-K, School-Based Support Services,  and Head Start  State Collaborative
  • Directs operations and staff in assignments related to strategic planning and program implementation and evaluation
  • Provides effective leadership for the OEL through collaboration and consensus-building efforts, establishment of strategic priorities and coordination and monitoring of implementation activities
  • Increases the academic readiness of children served by early childhood programs through an emphasis on quality (structural, programmatic and instructional)
  • Ensures a continuum of learning for children from birth - grade 3 through alignment of standards and strong transitions
  • Strengthens and supports high quality instruction through the use of a student growth portfolios and professional development
  • Improves enrollment policies and practices to ensure maximum access and attendance for high need students
  • Implements a Kindergarten Entry Inventory to provide student information and data on standards aligned learning domains to better inform instruction and identify needed program improvements
  • Develops and strengthens program evaluation systems to ensure improved student outcomes
  • Increases the amount of inclusive classrooms across the state through collaboration between Voluntary Pre-K, Head Start, and IDEA Preschool
  • Establishes and oversees an annual department budget, in addition to overseeing federal and state budget expenditures related to early childhood
  • Explores innovative funding models to sustain and potentially expand pre-K programs and maximize investments.
  • Promotes cross-team collaboration and teamwork across early childhood programs
  • Collaborates with other state agencies with regard to early childhood student progress monitoring
  • Establishes strong working relationships with community-based organizations to advocate for and support high quality early childhood education
  • Serves on and/or participates in multiple national, state and local organizations that promote early childhood initiatives

Qualifications:

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Considerable knowledge of and experience in early childhood education
  • Strong record of successful leadership and demonstrated ability to administer large scale programs
  • Current knowledge of research and evidence-based practices in early childhood, as well as state, federal and community-based early childhood programs and services
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
  • Core values of 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 Elizabeth.Alves@tn.gov. Applications are due by May 25, 2017.

Operations and Logistics Project Manager

Reports To:

Matt Holt, Director of Finance and Operations for Academic Strategy & Operations

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway, 12th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description:

The Operations and Logistics Project Manager will play a critical role in advancing the strategic plan of the Department. The individual in this role will be charged with supporting multiple statewide professional development programs designed to support teachers, and school and district leaders. The Operations and Logistics Project Manager will be responsible for managing logistics and supporting implementation of such programs, focused on high-quality execution and continuous improvement. The immediate priorities for this role will be supporting the ongoing Integrated Leadership Course, designed to support school and district leaders, as well as this upcoming summer’s Revised ELA and Math Standards Training, designed to help educators learn about new academic standards that will be implemented in the 2017-18 academic year. This individual will also provide operational support to a number of other events and meetings.

The Operations and Logistics Project Manager will report directly to the Director of Finance and Operations for the Office of Academic Strategy and Operations (ASO) and will work with a variety of team members and contractors.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the development of and manage the overall operations and logistics of all events and projects led by ASO.
  • Create and implement logistics plans for all major events, including staffing plans. Maintain a high bar for excellence in the logistics of events and seek improvement between all events.
  • Support venue management, including communications with sites and documentation of event needs and requirements. Secure meeting locations to match events specifications and budget, and support relationships with venues across the state.
  • Provide overall event support, including advance coordination and on-site support.
  • Coordinate logistical needs with event managers and on-site staff to ensure high quality, customer service-focused execution of all events.
  • Support management of meeting materials, including tracking inventory, printing, and distribution or shipment of materials.
  • Support communications to personnel and participants of trainings and meetings.
  • Support registration system design and management for events and major conferences.
  • Provide reports on registration, including overall trends and records of attendance.
  • Support special projects for the ASO and cross divisionally as needs arise.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Must be located in or willing to relocate to the greater Nashville area.
  • Comfort and proficiency with a variety of technology skills, especially Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated excellence in organization and attention to detail.
  • A track record of success managing projects by tracking deadlines and achieving milestones overtime, with proficiency in managing multiple work streams.
  • Ability to use sound judgment to identify and creatively solve problems with a solutions- oriented, “whatever it takes” mindset. A self-starter with strong independent reasoning skills.
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation. Desire to work with educators from across the state to provide training and support.
  • Ability to successfully build positive, productive working relationships on diverse teams.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences.
  • Strong desire to provide excellent customer service.
  • Desire and ability to work and maintain optimism in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.

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 Luisa.Wilsman@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is Friday, April 28, 2017.

 

Pursuant to the State of TN's policy of non-discrimination, the Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military services in its policies, or in the admission of, access to, treatment, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.