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Career Opportunities - Temporary/Part-Time

The department is seeking independent consultants to serve as reviewers of literacy proposals for educator preparation programs for alignment to literacy standards. Consultants will work collaboratively with the department to review the literacy proposals for ELA middle and secondary; instructional leader; and non-ELA, CTE, and pre-K-12 programs. 

The consultant commitment spans from January-September 2019, with the majority of proposals expected between February-April. Consultants will also be expected to review revised proposals during the months of April-September, if needed. Consultants will be compensated, and a full description of the role and consultant qualifications can be found here. Qualified applicants may apply to be a consultant for more than one program area.

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The Tennessee Department of Education’s division of teachers and leaders is accepting applications for a summer internship to support the educator talent team. The educator talent team supports the state’s efforts to improve recruitment, retention, compensation, and recognition of educators in Tennessee. The team supports districts in utilizing educator evaluation data to drive human capital decision making and works with districts across to state to develop and implement differentiated pay plans and innovative compensation systems. In addition, the team manages the state’s educator recognition programs, including Teacher, Principal, and Supervisor of the Year.

The teachers and leaders division seeks to ensure that all students have access to an effective teacher and leader in every classroom and school in Tennessee. Its mission is to promote policies, systems, and practices that support districts, schools, an educator preparation providers in developing and sustaining an exceptional educator workforce.

The intern will support the educator talent team by providing additional capacity at the cross section of work across educator talent initiatives. This person must be based in the Nashville office. The position is anticipated to be 20 hours per week with the potential for flexible scheduling of hours.

Potential Projects

  • Collect analyze district implementation updates of differentiated pay plans between October and November 2018
  • Supporting data analysis in TNCompass and drafting business rules/processes and other relevant communication
  • Research best practices in human capital management, specifically in the areas of recruitment, selection, and staffing/assignment, with an emphasis on rural areas and increasing diversity
  • Support the team in developing training tools, resources, webinars, and presentations on effective recruitment, hiring, and selection practices
  • Provide logistical support for the Human Capital Network convenings and recognition events
  • Review and identify innovative best practices across district differentiated pay plans to be shared with teacher leader cohorts and relevant stakeholders
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned to support the educator talent team


The ideal candidate will have:

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


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

June 2019 Item Review Application RubricsApplications are now open for educators to participate in Item Review for TNReady and the TCAP alternate assessment. Item Review will take place during June 2019 in Nashville. The time commitment ranges from two to three days depending on the grade level and content area of the committee. All participants will receive a daily stipend of $150 and travel costs, and committee members who live more than 50 miles from the meeting location will also be eligible to receive hotel accommodations as well as reimbursement for meals and incidentals as appropriate. Educators will be selected for the following committees (which will meet during the weeks noted):

All interested applicants should complete an online application. The application window will close Feb. 6 at 11:59 p.m. CT. 

Department staff will review all applications using evaluation rubrics which are posted along with the application. All applicants will be notified of selection status no later than March 6.

An essential priority of the Tennessee Department of Education is ensuring that all schools in Tennessee have effective teachers and leaders who receive the feedback and support needed to continually improve student outcomes. The Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL) provides high-quality professional learning opportunities for principals, assistant principals, and instructional supervisors that are aligned with the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS).

Tennessee is transforming what it means to be an effective leader at all phases of a leader’s career by setting high standards for effective leadership based on research and best practice, supporting leaders to reach those standards, and empowering districts to build a network of exceptional instructional leaders who get results

This professional learning contractor will have the opportunity to work the office of Instructional Leader Pipeline and Development in support of the state-wide leader induction academy program, Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL). This program provides entering leaders with professional learning in support of leadership skills necessary for successful school and district level change. This contractor must be able to travel within the state and provide learning to leaders in various geographical regions.  This contract will be for a maximum of 18 days distributed throughout the school year.

Areas of Professional Learning

  • Developing actionable school level plans to articulate the instructional vision and identify necessary implementation strategies to postively impact student outcomes.
  • Managing adult culture for the successful implementation of district and school action plans to postively impact student outcomes.
  • Creating an atmosphere conducive teacher leadership to drive school-wide improvements and produce teacher owership of change.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to interact and develop relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent work ethic, high standards for work product, and the ability to effectively manage adult learning situations
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience leading adult learning
  • Experience with vision building techniques and developing adult learning with a train-the-trainer focus.


To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your experience in this position and a resume to by Friday, January 25, 2019.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee's policy of non-discrimination, the Tennessee 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.