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.

Positions at State Special Schools

Full-Time Openings

Accountant

Reports To:

Drew Harpool, Director of Fiscal Strategy

Location:

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

Position Description:

Under general supervision, is responsible for professional accounting work of average difficulty for the Achievement School District; and performs related work as required.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Processes basic accounts payable transactions in electronic databases to pay internal and external customers accurately.
  • Processes basic accounting journal entries in electronic database to record financial transactions.
  • Gathers account information from internal and external customers to update and maintain accurate account postings, support transactions, and perform reconciliations.
  • Runs queries in electronic databases to provide information for accounting and management analyses.
  • Gathers account information from internal and external customers to update and maintain accurate account postings, support transactions, and perform reconciliations.
  • Conducts basic research in electronic applications, paper files, and interpersonally to gather data for processing transactions and preparing reports.
  • Analyzes account documentation submitted by external customers to determine accurate and appropriate expenditures under the direction of assigned supervisor.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and experience equivalent to one year of full-time professional accounting or auditing work.
OR
Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree including thirty-six quarter hours in accounting and experience equivalent to one year of full-time professional accounting or auditing work.
Substitution of Graduate Education for Experience: Graduate coursework credit received from an accredited college or university in accounting may substitute for the required experience on a month for month basis to a maximum of one year (e.g., 36 graduate quarter hours in the above listed field may substitute for one year of the required experience).
OR
Designated as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • 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 Drew.Harpool@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is May 27.

Account Technician

Reports To: 

Drew Harpool, Director of Fiscal Strategy

Location:

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

Position Description:

The Achievement School District’s account technician 2 will be performing accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, auditing, and/or other related activities of great volume, scope, and/or complexity for the Achievement School District. Work involves the preparation and maintenance of complex and difficult sub-professional accounting records and financial reports.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Processes accounting transactions in electronic database between two or more state agencies.
  • Generates requisitions, purchase orders, receipts, and vouchers originating in assigned work unit as necessary.
  • Researches outstanding checks, overpayments, and underpayments and performs cancel and/or re-issue as necessary.
  • Researches checks stubs, email chains, letters, and other documentation related to refund/payment requests to determine refund/payment amounts and to whom refunds/payments should be sent.
  • Analyzes exception reports to determine what course of action is necessary to resolve the issue.
  • Makes decisions based on the analysis of information gathered from phone calls, emails, and written requests to resolve problems.
  • Approves or denies travel requests, expenses, and vouchers.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Education equivalent to graduation from a standard high school and experience equivalent to four years of full-time increasingly responsible clerical accounting or auditing work including, at least, one year of experience similar in nature to that performed by an Accounting Technician 1 with the state of Tennessee.

Substitution of Experience for Education: Qualifying full-time clerical accounting or auditing experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Substitution of Education for Experience: Accounting course work from an accredited college or institute may substitute for the required experience under one of the following conditions, there being no substitution for the one year specialized experience: 4.5 quarter hours in accounting or bookkeeping is equivalent to a one-year substitution, 9 quarter hours in accounting or bookkeeping is equivalent to a two-year substitution, 12 quarter hours in accounting or bookkeeping is equivalent to a two-and-a-half year substitution; 15 quarter hours in accounting or bookkeeping is equivalent to a three-year substitution.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • 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 Drew.Harpool@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is May 27.

Federal Programs Manager

Reports To: 

Drew Harpool, Director of Fiscal Strategy

Location:

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

Position Description:

The federal programs manager will be responsible for work of considerable difficulty and administrative work in assisting in the development, implementation, and execution of policies, procedures, and guidelines for the administration and financial operation of the Achievement School District’s federal programs team; and performs related work as required.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Gives guidance to appropriate stakeholders in techniques for monitoring program compliance with departmental guidelines and state and federal regulations.
  • Communicates with stakeholder staff in a responsive and timely manner.
  • Provides technical assistance and guidance, and monitors the use of the allocated education funds to local education agencies, in accordance with state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Provides technical assistance to organizational stakeholders and other educational institution personnel and/or appropriate staff in implementing specific educational program policies and procedures at the local level.
  • Monitors program budgets and cost allocation plans, and monitors individual program expenditures.
  • Maintains appropriate documentation files.
  • Follows the policies and procedures for employee time and travel reporting and approval.
  • Enters and maintains data into web-based applications or excel documents.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and experience equivalent to four years of full-time professional educational, instructional or supervisory/administrative work.

Substitution of Graduate Education for Experience: Graduate coursework from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the required experience, on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of two years.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • 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 Drew.Harpool@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is May 18.

Finance Manager

Reports To:  Drew Harpool, Director of Fiscal Strategy

Location:

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

Position Description:

The finance manager will perform complex professional accounting and budgetary work in directing the accounting operations of the Achievement School District, the operations of which are financed through a variety of funds, or performs highly technical professional accounting and related work in review, installation, and coordination of agency cost accounting systems, for compatibility with state accounting system guidelines.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Performs complex reconciliations of general ledger accounts against transaction queries, researched information, information provided by outside vendors, and individual transactions in electronic databases.
  • Prepares complex financial activity reports for use by internal and external customers.
  • Processes high-risk, high-volume, and/or complex transactions to ensure accurate entry.
  • Monitors reported expenditures of sub-recipients grant funds and other program funds for allowable and accurate reporting.
  • Analyzes complex general ledger transactions to ensure and verify the accurate recording and/or application of funds.
  • Interprets federal and state laws, rules, and regulations for internal and external customers to facilitate compliance external customers.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and experience equivalent to three years of full-time professional accounting or auditing work.
OR
Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree including thirty-six quarter hours in accounting and experience equivalent to three years of full-time professional accounting or auditing work.

Substitution of Graduate Education for Experience: Graduate coursework credit received from an accredited college or university in accounting may substitute for the required experience on a month for month basis to a maximum of one year (e.g., 36 graduate quarter hours in the above listed field may substitute for one year of the required experience).
OR
Designated as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and experience equivalent to 1 year of full-time professional accounting or auditing work

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • 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 Drew.Harpool@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is May 18.

Regional Reading Coach Consultant

Reports To: 

Executive Director of Early Literacy

Location: 

Various – positions are based in the Center of Regional Excellence offices (CORE)

Position Description:

The Regional Reading Coach Consultants are responsible for training and supporting district reading coaches as part of the department’s statewide Read to Be Ready Coaching Network. This includes participating in and redelivering professional development sessions, leading ongoing learning and reflection sessions, and providing differentiated support and feedback to district literacy coaches as needed.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Attend professional development sessions as a Reading Coach Consultant cohort and redeliver the training regionally to district literacy coaches
  • Organize and execute coaching refinement cycles that increase district literacy coaches’ knowledge and strengthen their reflective practice
  • Train and support district reading coaches in their knowledge of instructional planning and their ability to lead instructional planning sessions with their teachers
  • Provide differentiated support and feedback to groups of district reading coaches and individual coaches, as needed
  • Support district reading coaches in using data to set and monitor goals
  • Provide guidance in the selection of assessment tools, monitoring methods, materials, resources, and intervention strategies
  • Work collaboratively with other regional Reading Coach Consultants to improve team and individual performance
  • Coordinate meetings and communications with TDOE and district staff
  • Work collaboratively with other CORE staff members to reach shared goals
  • Participate in professional learning opportunities and other state, regional, and local meetings as assigned

The ideal candidate is a self-motivated relationship-builder with experience in coaching and literacy. Candidates should be organized, strategic, and passionate about literacy and the potential of teachers to learn and improve.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field, Masters preferred
  • Experience as an administrator, coach, content-area teacher, or reading teacher, with a record of success achieving clearly-defined outcomes
  • Demonstrated record of effectiveness leading adult learning
  • Ability to work collaboratively with various stakeholders; strong relationship builder
  • Strategic thinker who uses evidence to make decisions
  • Strong planning and organizational skill
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Enthusiastic about giving and receiving feedback and helping others to learn and grow
  • Travel is required, must have a driver’s license
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • 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 email a resume and cover letter to Edwina.Fanning@tn.gov. Questions concerning this post may be directed to Karen.Hollett@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is June 6th.

Summer/Temporary/Part-Time

Fall Semester Communications Intern, Copy Editor

Description

The communications team at the Tennessee Department of Education is seeking an intern to support the department’s key messages through high-quality written communication. The ideal candidate is one who has a high bar for excellence, a meticulous eye for copy, and a natural sense for choosing the right words. The intern will work with the deputy director of communications to do the following:

  • Read and edit written communication to ensure it is grammatically correct and logically structured
  • Ensure all written communication adheres to the department’s Style Guide
  • Support staff members with revision, as needed
  • Provide timely, thorough feedback on written communication

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will:

  • review content submitted from all teams at the department;
  • collaborate with staff members to better understand their message and audience;
  • support staff members with the revision process; and
  • provide feedback to staff members on their written communication.

Requirements

The intern should be a current college sophomore or junior with experience in journalism or a related field. Additionally, the intern should have:

  • exceptional and dynamic writing skills with a knack for writing with the audience in mind;
  • an ability to maintain high-quality work while meeting tight deadlines;
  • close attention to detail;
  • strong judgment and integrity;
  • a top notch work ethic; and
  • an interest in education.

Additional Information

Interns will receive a $2,000 stipend per semester (September–December; January–April) and are expected to work 20 hours per week for the duration of a semester. Hours are flexible, but ideal work days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, two writing samples to Katy.Bridger@tn.gov.

Application Deadlines

  • Semester 1 (September–December 2016): Apply by Monday, August 1, 2016
  • Semester 2 (January–April 2017): Apply by Thursday, December 1, 2016

Note: Applicants should state in their cover letter the semester(s) for which they are applying. If available, interns may be hired for multiple semesters.

Fall Semester Communications Intern, Graphic Designer

Description

The communications team at the Tennessee Department of Education is seeking an intern to support the department’s key message through graphic design. The intern will work with the deputy director of communications to do the following:

  • Design compelling, well-organized graphics and layouts for a variety of external materials (e.g., web graphics, social media, reports, stationary, flyers, etc.)
  • Contribute to every step of the design process, from ideation through visual development
  • Support teams within the department by creating visuals to bolster their messages
  • Ensure all visual design is aligned with the department’s Style Guide

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will:

  • create online and print graphics for external messages;
  • work closely with teams across the department to design reports and external materials; and
  • maintain and edit photos for online and print needs.

Requirements

The intern should be a current college sophomore or junior with experience in graphic design. Additionally, the intern should have:

  • strong technical skills with the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat);
  • the ability to design, edit, and optimize graphics for online and print purposes;
  • close attention to detail;
  • exceptional work ethic;
  • a customer-service orientation and ability to work collaboratively with non-designers; and
  • an interest in education.

Additional Information

Interns will receive a $2,000 stipend per semester (September–December; January– April) and are expected to work 20 hours per week for the duration of a semester. Scheduling is flexible but should be within business and school hours.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and design portfolio to Katy.Bridger@tn.gov.

Application Deadlines

  • Semester 1 (September–December 2016): Apply by Monday, August 1, 2016
  • Semester 2 (January–April 2017): Apply by Thursday, December 1, 2016

Note: Applicants should state in their cover letter the semester(s) for which they are applying. If available, interns may be hired for multiple semesters.

Fall Semester Communications Intern, Video Producer

Description

The communications team at the Tennessee Department of Education is seeking an intern to support the department’s key message through audio and visual communications. The intern will work with the deputy director of communications to do the following:

  • Pitch potential video ideas based on the departments key messages
  • Draft story boards, scripts, and coordinate filming schedules
  • Shoot video at various locations around the state
  • Edit video, potentially on a tight timeline, incorporating multiple rounds of revision
  • Upload video to appropriate websites, social media accounts, etc.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will:

  • draft scripts for video shoots;
  • schedule filming with appropriate parties, including districts, schools, teachers, and department staff;
  • film offsite, inside, and outside;
  • research video best practices and seek exemplars from similar government agencies; and
  • share finished videos with all contributing parties (i.e., districts, schools, and teachers who participated).

Requirements

The intern should be a current college sophomore or junior with experience in video production. Additionally, the intern should have:

  • strong writing skills,
  • knowledge of video-production fundamentals,
  • a strong sense of news judgment,
  • a knack for crafting compelling messages for social media, and
  • an interest in education.

Additional Information

Interns will receive a $2,000 stipend per semester (September–December; January– April) and are expected to work 20 hours per week for the duration of a semester. Scheduling is flexible but should be within business and school hours.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, one writing sample, and two example videos to Chandler.Hopper@tn.gov.

Application Deadlines

  • Semester 1 (September–December 2016): Apply by Monday, August 1, 2016
  • Semester 2 (January–April 2017): Apply by Thursday, December 1, 2016

Note: Applicants should state in their cover letter the semester(s) for which they are applying. If available, interns may be hired for multiple semesters.

NIET First Tennessee TEAM Coach

In partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) is seeking to fill the position of TEAM coach serving the First Tennessee CORE region. TEAM coaches support and advance the comprehensive development of administrators as instructional leaders. TEAM coaches are responsible for supporting the effective and reliable implementation of teacher and principal evaluation in districts and schools in each CORE region as well as supporting statewide evaluation and development initiatives.

Additional information is available here.  To apply for this position, email your letter of interest and current resume to Trudy.Day@tn.gov.

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.