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

Accountability Policy Analyst, Division of Data and Research

The Accountability Policy Analyst will report to the Director of Research and Policy and serve as the primary analyst for the department’s implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver. The Accountability Policy Analyst will analyze state, school district, and school performance to determine success under the waiver.  In addition, the Analyst will spearhead the transition to and development of a new school and district accountability model to use across the state test transition in 2015-16. The Analyst will also work on a variety of other research projects with the Research and Policy team. Given the national importance of Tennessee’s education reform and the high priority placed on data and accountability within the department, this position is of extreme importance not just to the division of Data and Communications but also to education reform more broadly.

Responsibilities:
  • Analyze student achievement, school and district data to assist department leadership in determining success under the waiver
  • Ensure that statistical analyses and data are presented internally and externally in an easily consumable and actionable format
  • Prepare a variety of narratives, statistical reports and policy recommendations related to the implementation of the waiver
  • Work with information technology and assessment staff to ensure data collection, storage and usage that supports program needs and emphasizes accuracy, cleanliness, and efficiency
  • Maintain a knowledge base of the various data sources available within the department and specific supported divisions necessary to answer broad research questions on the core functions
  • Work with the Director of Research and Policy and Assistant Commissioner of Data and Communications to manage all projects related to waiver implementation including setting of district targets, determinations of school and district success, and data collection for the state Report Card
  • Conduct other analysis with the Research and Policy team as appropriate
  • Participate in strategy sessions, planning, and overall projects with the Research and Policy team
Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Master’s degree preferred, ideally in Policy, Education, Measurement and Statistics, Mathematics, or a related field
  • Ability to perform a variety of activities involved in the research, collection, organization, analysis, processing, interpretation and reporting of academic and operational data
  • Knowledge of statistical software including Excel and STATA and data collection information systems; conceptual and theoretical knowledge of statistical and mathematical techniques
  • Strong strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills
  • Ability to present data clearly and in an accessible manner to variety of audiences
  • Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative; strong project management skills
  • Previous experience with accountability or assessment data, while not required, will be very useful

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter describing your interest in this position and resume to Nate Schwartz (Nate.Schwartz@tn.gov). While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.

Chief of Staff, Division of Information Services

The Chief of Staff for the Information Services Division (also referred to as the Office of the Chief Information Officer) is responsible for leading high-level projects/initiatives across a busy division and with other teams within the department and ensuring the successful delivery of foundational requirements for all team initiatives (contracts, budget/expense management, HR coordination, etc.). This role will also be responsible for managing necessary compliance and planning processes and coordinating with appropriate state agencies. The work of this role is extremely fast paced, detail-oriented, and sometimes behind-the-scenes, making everything we do possible and executing the work of our division in a seamless, smooth manner.

Responsibilities:
  • Supporting the successful implementation of a portfolio of projects and products by working with project managers across different teams to ensure project execution is on-time and high-quality, providing support, guidance, and feedback as needed.
  • Assisting the Deputy CIO with developing a Project Management Office that defines and maintains standards for project management within the organization and analyzing data related to key performance indicators for divisional initiatives.
  • Facilitating and supporting internal coordination to align the division with other work across the agency.
  • Developing materials and tools to communicate implementation progress and process transparency to a variety of audiences and in a variety of ways (website updates, power points, narrative updates); working with the CIO and Deputy CIO to communicate implementation progress, challenges, and adjustments to key stakeholders.
  • Leveraging public events as communications opportunities by ensuring the CIO is fully prepared with materials and remarks tailored for the particular audience
  • Periodically traveling with the CIO across the state and ensuring smooth logistics and operations
  • Identifying key operational needs of the department and proactively developing/proposing solutions to the Information Services Leadership Team.
  • Direct operational support for the Chief Information Officer. This includes:
    • Figuring out all the steps required to get key priorities accomplished at a high level of quality, on time
    • Supporting the recruitment, selection and onboarding of team members
    • Manage process and content to ensure well structured, smooth internal and external meetings
    • Responding to complex constituent communications
    • Coordinating team communications and review process to produce consistently accurate, high quality communication
    • Coordination of the Information Services leadership team to support planning for priorities and synergy across teams
    • Coordinating team meetings and activities that will support a strong culture focused on core values across our team
    • Special projects, as assigned
Qualifications
  • A bachelor’s degree, experience working in education valuable but not necessary
  • A record of success achieving results in a fast-paced climate
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Habitual, perhaps a little fanatical, technology early adopter
  • Meticulous attention to detail and exceptional organization skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment balancing multiple ongoing projects, both large and small, at the same time
  • History of taking initiative and being proactive about solving problems
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ownership of results, with a standard of excellence.
  • A hunger to dramatically improve student achievement results in Tennessee
  • Willingness to do whatever it takes, big or small, to support the success of the division
  • Comfort challenging others respectfully to achieve the best outcome

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

The Information Services Chief of Staff will report directly to the Assistant Commissioner of Information Services/Chief Information Officer. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to the Information Services Division’s Executive Assistant at Barbara.Floyd@tn.gov .

Director, Teacher Training & Support, Division of Curriculum and Instruction

The Tennessee Department of Education’s Division of Curriculum and Instruction is accepting applications for a Director of Training & Support.

Charge

The Director of Training & Support is charged with leading multiple statewide professional learning and educator support projects, with the goal of resulting in improved student outcomes. This individual will oversee the management (including selection, communication and ongoing coordination) of Core Coaches, our network of teacher leaders who train others in their regions. Specifically, this individual will work with the 270 Core Coaches and 10,000 participants in School Team Training Series, coordinating their work with trainings in the 2014-15 school year. This role will also support the yearlong reading courses, LEAD conference, and other Training & Support projects as a member of a nimble, goal-oriented team.

Responsibilities
  • Manage the overall experience, training, and work of the School Team Training Series Core Coaches.
  • With the C&I Leadership Team, develop a vision and agenda for the training of the Core Coaches. Manage the training experience to ensure effectiveness of the content in turnaround.
  • Oversee the process of assigning Core Coaches to training events, as informed by data and consultation with our logistics team.
  • Serve as the central point of contact for the School Team Training Series, including directing communications from our division to the Core Coaches.
  • Coordinate the execution of the yearlong reading courses in partnership with the CORE Offices.
  • Special projects for the Training & Support team as needs arise.
Qualifications
  • A track record of success executing large-scale and/or complex projects. Demonstrated drive for results and strong judgment in the face of obstacles.
  • Excellent communicator and skill in building productive working relationships.
  • Detail orientation and comfort working with large and complex sets of information.
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation.  Desire to work with educators from across the state to provide training and support.
  • Experience working with diverse teams successfully.

The Director of Teacher Training & Support will report directly to the Exec. Director for Training & Support and will work with a variety of team members and contractors.   

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

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Tiffany McDole (Tiffany.McDole@tn.gov).

Director of Large District Support, Division of District Support

The director of large district support within the division of district support is charged with engaging, supporting and building the capacity of the eight largest school districts in Tennessee to enable them to meet and exceed their goals for student achievement and gap closure. The director of large district support will work as a liaison between Tennessee's largest districts and the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) through communication, alignment and support. The director will work with district leaders to identify large districts' needs and provide targeted differentiated support.

Responsibilities
  • Supporting and influencing large districts in effective implementation of Tennessee Department of Education key academic initiatives to meet overall student achievement and gap closure goals
  • Facilitating a clear understanding of department initiatives by aligning and ensuring all relevant TDOE communications reach district stakeholders in large districts, and providing responsive and timely communication to address their inquiries
  • Collaborating closely with the TDOE's centers of regional excellence, divisions of data and research, teachers and leaders, curriculum and instruction, special populations, career and technical education and others to ensure aligned support for large districts
  • Providing coordination of resources and customized district support for the lowest performing schools within large districts
  • Customizing and providing professional development for large districts through collaboration and coordination with TDOE division partners
  • Analyzing, collecting, compiling and interpreting multiple data points to inform large districts and identifying resources and connections to others to ensure growth in areas of need
  • Working closely with large districts to develop systems to measure the impact and depth of implementation of key initiatives for success and sustainability
  • Organizing, coordinating and managing a semiannual forum for large districts to network, share resources, and learn national best practices
  • Facilitating district matching among large districts within Tennessee and potentially like districts out of state to improve practices that positively impact student outcomes
  • Creating networks to initiate and ensure effective implementation of collaborative structures across large districts for superintendents, data analysts, administrators and supervisors that will advance student learning
Qualifications
  • Demonstrated record of raising student achievement results in a large district
  • Experience in large district leadership
  • Strong background with student data and analysis
  • Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results
  • Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work
  • Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external partners
  • Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions
  • Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles
  • Makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens effectively, clarifies information as needed
  • Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations
  • Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience

The director of large district support will report to the Chief District Support Officer. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Meghan Curran.

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Executive Director of Instructional Leadership Support, Division of Curriculum and Instruction

The Tennessee Department of Education’s Division of Curriculum and Instruction is accepting applications for an Executive Director of Instructional Leadership Support.

The Executive Director of Instructional Leadership Support is a new position intended to provide support for school and district leaders. The Executive Director of Instructional Leadership Support will be responsible for designing strategies to support school and districts leaders improve academic results.

Responsibilities
  • Determine and execute strategy for Instructional Leadership Training and Support:
    • Design coursework for direct and indirect leadership trainings (including any additional Leadership Courses) to provide support for school and district leaders– this includes spearheading the design and training of leadership coaches
    • Develop content and training to support leaders in RTI Implementation
    • Develop communications and tools for leaders to support the implementation of School Team Training Series throughout the year
    • Review content used to train teachers across divisions and develop tools to support leader implementation (i.e. look for guides)
  • Develop and execute academic strategy for CORE Support:
    • Take stock of current academic supports and best practices
    • Take stock of requests for CORE academic support
    • Determine cross cutting academic supports (i.e. helping districts vet alignment, developing resources to review assessment instruments)
    • Train and support CORE academic staff to offer these supports at a high level
  • Ensure coordination with Teachers and Leaders Division to ensure content-based support aligns with and reinforces teacher and principal evaluation
  • Throughout the year, directly engage with districts and supervisor study councils to share information and resources and gather feedback on academic strategy
  • Support and shape the agenda and preparation for Common Core Leadership Council Meetings centrally and regionally and look for ways to support the council to support continuous academic improvement
Qualifications
  • A bachelor’s degree, advanced degrees in curriculum and leadership preferred
  • A record of success achieving results leading growth for a school and/or district
  • A record of collaboration with diverse stakeholders and strong relationship building
  • Strong organization and planning skills
  • Solutions-orientation and diligence to determine the most efficient method to achieve division goals and priorities
  • Comfort challenging others respectfully to achieve the best outcome

The Executive Director of Instructional Leadership Support will report to the Assistant Commissioner, Curriculum and Instruction and serve on the leadership team for the division.

Salary for this position is competitive and dependent on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Interested applicants should email Emily Barton, Emily.Barton@tn.gov.

Operations Manager, Division of District Support

The operations manager within the division of district support is charged with working with the Chief Operating Officer to support high quality execution and operations across the Tennessee Department of Education’s (TDOE) district support team, and specifically the eight Centers of Regional Excellence (CORE) across the state. The operations manager will be responsible for developing and executing systems and processes, organizing logistics, managing communications, and providing budget and procurement support across all district support divisions.

Responsibilities
  • Coordinating and organizing district support meetings including: scheduling, agenda development, logistics, securing meeting space, materials, confirming attendees, taking notes, and tracking next steps through completion
  • Coordinating internal team communications and review processes to produce consistently accurate, high-quality communication
  • Responding to regional office inquiries with accurate and timely answers
  • Coordinating and organizing the district support division’s annual performance review process, ensuring on-time completion across all CORE offices
  • Establishing and managing a district support master calendar
  • Coordinating and monitoring attendance, participation, note taking, and follow up for department partner content calls
  • Managing communication and accountability of weekly team action items
  • Managing the district support website
  • Overseeing procurement processes and contracts for the district support division
  • Coordinating and managing monthly time and effort record completion for all CORE office staff
  • Tracking and managing district support division budgets
  • Coordinating hiring and on-boarding logistics for new staff members
  • Overseeing recognition programs for regional offices
  • Coordinating and collecting data on cross-CORE functions working with regional project managers, for example securing regional sites for department professional development, and regional survey responses
  • Collaborating with the senior district support team to ensure high quality systems and processes are in place across the division
  • Providing other operational support to the division of district support as requested.
Qualifications
  • Experience with project management, including establishment of goals, benchmarks and deadlines to ensure successful project completion
  • Ability to take initiative and be proactive in solving problems, and to work in a fast-paced environment balancing multiple ongoing projects at the same time
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail and exceptional organization

The operations manager will report to the chief operating officer for district support. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Meghan Curran.

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Policy Analyst, Division of Data and Research

The Policy Analyst will report to the Director of Research and Policy and serve as the primary analyst for at least one division within the department. Key department initiatives that the Policy Analyst might work on include teacher and leader evaluation, Common Core standard implementation, and accountability under the recently granted Elementary and Secondary Education Act waiver. The Policy Analyst will be part of the research and data team and will work closely with analysts serving other divisions within the department. Given the national importance of Tennessee’s education reform and the high priority placed on data and analysis within the Department, this position is of extreme importance not just to the Division of Data and Research but also to education reform more broadly.

Responsibilities
  • Conduct statistical analysis of student achievement, teacher and leader, and school and district data to assist department leadership in determining policy directions
  • Ensure that statistical analyses and data are presented internally and externally in an easily consumable and actionable format
  • Prepare a variety of narratives, statistical reports and policy recommendations related to issues such as student achievement, factors predicting student, school, district and educator success, teacher and leader effectiveness, compensation reform, teacher and leader pipeline development, and curriculum development including Common Core standards implementation
  • Distill related external research on education innovation and interventions and present to the department, school districts and the public in an accessible manner
  • Identify opportunities for more effective data use, best practices and knowledge-sharing to support data-driven decision-making
  • Maintain a knowledge base of the various data sources available within the department and specific supported divisions necessary to answer broad research questions on the core functions
  • Serve as a resource to internal teams on all related policy and research activities
Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D., ideally in Policy, Education, or, Measurement and Statistics
  • Ability to perform a variety of activities involved in the research, collection, organization, analysis, processing, interpretation and reporting of academic and operational data
  • Knowledge of statistical software including Excel and STATA and data collection information systems; conceptual and theoretical knowledge of statistical and mathematical techniques
  • Knowledge of current trends and issues in U.S. education policy
  • Strong strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills
  • Ability to present data clearly and in an accessible manner to variety of audiences
  • Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative; strong project management skills

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter describing your interest in this position and resume to Nate Schwartz (Nate.Schwartz@tn.gov). While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.

Summer/Temporary/Part-Time

Social Studies Content Consultants, Division of Curriculum and Instruction

The Tennessee Department of Education’s Division of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) is accepting applications for contracted social studies consultants.  We are seeking two individuals focused on World History and Geography and two individuals focused on U.S. History and Geography.

The social studies content consultants are charged with coordinating the content components of the transition to more rigorous social studies standards.

Responsibilities
  • Complete item review for social studies TCAP items grades 3-8, U.S. History, and/or any additional assessments or assessment resources.
  • Review special course code applications and approve or deny each application on a rolling basis as they are submitted by local education agencies (LEAs).
  • Review textbook substitutions for alignment with the standards and factual accuracy.
  • Represent the state with social studies organizations across the state.
  • Answer questions related to K-12 social studies.
  • Advise on training structure and content, including the agendas for state-wide and local trainings.
  • Complete any legislative analysis.
  • Support continuous improvement of social studies instructional materials.
Qualifications
  • A track record of dramatically improving student achievement results in social studies as a teacher and/or leader.
  • A master’s degree in a social studies field.
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation.
  • Strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters with educators and other stakeholders in a clear and empowering manner. 
  • Experience working with diverse teams successfully.
  • Strong organization skills and track record of managing projects to meet deadlines and achieve milestones over time.

The work of this position is designed to be part-time and can be completed alongside full time responsibilities as a teacher or education leader.  Consultants should be prepared to work approximately 10-25 hours per month with the most involved work in October during the assessment item review season.  In addition, consultants should be willing to take conference calls on short notice and willing to meet in Nashville occasionally as needed.

Consultants will be expected to track time worked and will be paid at a daily rate of $350 per day with a maximum potential for work of $8,500. In addition, consultants will be reimbursed for all related travel expenses.   

The expected term of this contract is Sep. 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015 with the potential for a one year extension.

All interested applicants please send a resume and letter of intent to Monty Wilson, deputy director of content and resources, James.M.Wilson@tn.gov by 5 p.m. CST on July 14, 2014.

The letter of intent should not be longer than two pages, typed, double-spaced and should include:

  • Why you are interested in being a state level social studies consultant.
  • What evidence you have of student growth from your teaching or supervision experience.
  • A description of any leadership roles you have fulfilled outside your district.

Please direct any questions to James.M.Wilson@tn.gov.

2014 STEM Fellowship, Division of Career and Technical Education

The Division of Career and Technical Education seeks two 2014 STEM Fellows to support the implementation of the initial phases of the TDOE’s STEM Strategic Vision and Core Priorities. This opportunity will allow fellows to engage closely with the Tennessee STEM Leadership Council, which is composed of leaders in STEM-related education and industry areas and which will convene for the first time this summer.

The 2014 STEM Fellows will report directly to the TDOE STEM Consultant and will work with a variety of partners within and outside of the department. Fellows will work closely to plan and coordinate logistics for Tennessee’s STEM Leadership Council meetings, action steps, and initiatives.

The 2014 STEM Fellowship will occur for 8-12 weeks beginning in May, and fellows will receive a competitive stipend. Selected applicants should have experience in event logistics or managing multiple projects. Applicants with a background in STEM (industry or education) are preferred, but not required.

Responsibilities
  • Coordinate STEM Leadership Council and STEM Industry Advisory Council materials, including tracking inventory, printing, and distribution and/or shipment of materials.
  • Manage logistics for STEM-related meeting, including venue and stakeholder communications and management of internal processes
  • Coordinate operations needs between multiple partners and stakeholders within and outside TDOE.
  •  Provide administrative support to the STEM Leadership Council.
Qualifications
  • Detail oriented and comfortable with a variety of computer programs (Excel experience required, other event management software experience preferred).
  • A track record of successful planning and executing multiple projects and/or initiatives in an environment with various and conflicting interests. Demonstrated organizational skill to track deadlines and achieve milestones over time.
  • Strong communication skills and a demonstrated customer service orientation. Ability to handle complex and confidential information with discretion.
  • Experience working with diverse teams successfully, as well as working independently with minimal supervision.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Melissa Canney at Melissa.Canney@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Tennessee School for the Deaf

The psychiatrist is charged with providing psychiatric assessments, diagnostic evaluations, and medication management for referred students. This person will be responsible for supporting deaf students challenged with mental health needs in reaching their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. The psychiatrist will work with a group of nurses and educators at the Tennessee School for the Deaf to ensure understanding of the expectations for the students served and provide the resources to support these select students in reaching their academic goals.

The psychiatrist will be an independent contractor with the state and work with a variety of staff members, nurses, psychologists and educators at the Tennessee School for the Deaf.

Responsibilities
  • Evaluate and make diagnostic assessments for students referred due to psychiatric/mental health needs.
  • Confer with parents, nursing staff, teachers and other staff to coordinate services for referred students.
  • Be available for ongoing or necessary consultation between visits to the Tennessee School for the Deaf.
  • Provide ongoing medication management for referred students.
  • Consult with other contractual employees of the Tennessee School for the Deaf, such as psychotherapists and pediatric/adolescent neurologists.
Qualifications
  • Board Certified Pediatric/Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Understanding of the unique needs of the deaf and hard of hearing population
  • Strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters with the referred students, educators and other stakeholders in a clear and empowering manner
  • Strong organization skills and track record of managing client files and medication management for a diverse population
  • Proficient in American Sign Language

This position is located in Knoxville, TN. Salary for this position is $2,000.00 per day.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to jbrooksh@tsd.k12.tn. Your email subject line should list the name of the position you are applying for (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist).

Equal Opportunity Employer

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, age, disability, or military services in its policies, or in the admission of, access to, treatment, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.

Last Update: July 25, 2014