Career Opportunities


Department: Statewide Supports (Educator Preparation)

Classification (Payroll Title): EDUC CON 4

Position Number: 71361

Reports to: Sr. Director of Educator Preparation

Anticipated Salary Range: $75,000

Last Revised Date: September 29, 2022

Location Notes: Nashville/Remote

Department of Education Vision: We will set all students on a path to success.

Priorities: Academics: All Tennessee students will have access to a high-quality education, no matter where they live. · Student Readiness: Tennessee public schools will be equipped to serve the academic and non-academic needs of all students. · Educators: Tennessee will set a new path for the education profession and be the top state to become and remain a teacher and leader.

Position Summary:

The Manager of Engagement and Partnerships will work closely with the Educator Preparation (ELP) Team to ensure that the Tennessee Department of Education provides effective communication to all Tennessee-approved educator preparation providers regarding policies and procedures related to the approval process and continuous improvement. In addition, this individual will facilitate and support aspects of the approval process, including comprehensive reviews, annual report interim reviews, and comprehensive review action plans and progress monitoring. Finally, this individual will support the development of relationships among educator preparation providers (EPP), local education agencies (LEA) and other key stakeholders. Establishing networks among these stakeholders will be a key component in our efforts to support the continuous improvement of educator preparation so that new educators are prepared to be effective when they enter the classroom.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Experience: At least [4] years of experience equivalent to four years of full-time professional education, instructional, or supervisory/administrative work.

Essential Functions

  • Partnerships: Manage and support new and existing EPPs and LEAs to create or enhance partnership agreements in the areas of teacher and instructional leader preparation.
  • Engagement: Support needs-based, partnership initiatives through the facilitation of statewide working groups focused on improving educator preparation, including:
    • the Educator Preparation Working Group (EPWG),
    • the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR), and
    • topic-specific working groups (TACTE, ECE/SPED advisory group, TN Literacy Success Act), by generating and analyzing feedback and creating actionable next steps towards continuous improvement.
  • Comprehensive Reviews: Manage the implementation of the educator preparation provider state approval process and the CAEP/state joint process for the EPPs participating in comprehensive reviews, with all reviews resulting in an approval recommendation to the SBE and outcome data that will support EPP continuous improvement efforts.
  • Continuous Improvement: Manage the EPP continuous improvement processes including annual report interim reviews and comprehensive review action plans and progress monitoring, to ensure all are reviewed in accordance with policy timelines and are aligned to high expectations anchored in the CAEP standards and SBE policy and rule requirements.
  • Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Strong knowledge of the CAEP and Tennessee comprehensive review process
  • Working knowledge of SBE policy and rule requirements
  • Demonstration of developing strong partnerships
  • Strong data collection and analysis skills
  • Strong technical skills for developing materials, surveys, and presentations and providing technical assistance
  • Strong communication skills, including strong writing and speaking abilities 
  • Experience managing and developing processes to ensure efficient, accurate and consistent communication with stakeholders 
  • Effective project management skills 
  • Education policy and program experience at the district, state and/or federal level, preferred 
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative and high standards for self and employees; ability to manage towards ambitious organizational goals 
  • Strong personal presence and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders 
  • Innovative and strategic thinking skills; a solution-oriented disposition 

Supervisory Responsibility

Not Applicable

Work Environment

The duties will primarily be carried out indoors, in environmentally controlled conditions. The employee will be required to perform general physical abilities and handle and move objects.

Physical Demands

Physical demands include walking, standing, bending, lifting, climbing stairs, and moving during working hours.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Expected work hours are 37.5 hours per week, from 8-4:30pm with an hour lunch break.



Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to:

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of

discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

Tennessee Department of Education also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact the Tennessee Department of Education, Attn: Human Resources Division, 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243