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.

Full-Time Openings

Classroom Teacher, West Tennessee School for the Deaf

This position works under the general supervision of the Principal and is responsible for performing duties in the following areas:  Instruction, Teaching Strategies, Evaluation, Classroom Management, Leadership, and Communication, and other duties as assigned.


West Tennessee School for the Deaf
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • INSTRUCTION: Establishes appropriate instruction goals and related objectives consistent with the curriculum of WTSD. Prepares instructional plans and materials incorporating principles of effective instruction. Creates, selects, or modifies plans and materials to accommodate learner differences.
  • TEACHING STRATEGIES: Provides a clear description of the learning task and its content. Monitors learner understanding and re-teaches as necessary. Provides learners appropriate practice. Reviews, establishes and maintains learner involvement in the learning task.
  • EVALUATION: Uses information about learner performance to improve the instructional process. Reports learner status and progress to learners and their parents.
  • CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT: Establishes and maintains appropriate learner behavior, establishes and maintains appropriate behavior, establishes and maintains a classroom climate conducive to learning, makes effective use of classroom resources, and follows WTSD Discipline Policy and Rules.
  • LEADERSHIP: Improves professional skills and knowledge takes a leadership role in improving education, and performs professional responsibilities.
  • COMMUNICATION: Uses correct grammar. Written and oral communication is organized and clearly stated. Applicant must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  
  • Tennessee Teacher License with NCLB Qualified status (Elementary). Preference given to candidates who also have an endorsement in deafness K-12.
  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required when driving on campus whether in a personal car or state vehicle. 
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted and required to have a TBI/FBI background check.  In addition, background checks will be conducted through the Tennessee of Registry of Sexual Offences, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check. 
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits

Salary range is $34,580 to $61,330 (depending on degree and years of service). 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 Kristi Lindsey,   Applications due immediately, position available August 2015.

Cook 1 (20699), TN School for the Blind

Reports To:

Director of Food Services


TN School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Donelson, TN 37214

Position Description:

This is the entry working class in the Cook sub series. An employee in this class performs a variety of volume cooking duties on an assigned shift in an institution or restaurant. This class differs from that of Cook 2 in that an incumbent of the latter is responsible for leading Cooks and other kitchen staff.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:

  • Prioritizes the food preparation tasks based on knowledge of how long foods take to cook or prepare.
Controlling Machines and Processes:
  • Operates a variety of kitchen appliances such as food slicer, food chopper, mixers, deep fat fryer, pressure cooker, steamer, and microwave oven.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:
  • Using a cooking thermometer, monitors the temperature for foods during preparation and while on the serving line to ensure foods are prepared safely and to ensure proper holding temperatures.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:
  • Cleans and maintains equipment and work area.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: 
  • Reviews diet list each day to determine any changes that may be required in the preparation of meals based on special needs or preferences.
Coaching and Developing Others:
  • May provide guidance and instructions to new or less experienced workers to assist them in learning to perform cooking related work.
Performing General Physical Activities: 
  • Cleans kitchen by wiping down counters, sweeping and mopping floors, and cleaning equipment.
Coaching and Developing Others:
  • May provide guidance and instructions to new or less experienced workers to assist them in learning to perform cooking related work.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: 
  1. Visually inspects kitchen tools and equipment, appliances, and kitchen area to check for sanitation, cleanliness, and functional operation.
  2. Visually inspects deliveries to ensure the items received are of acceptable quality. 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: 
  • Prioritizes the food preparation tasks based on knowledge of how long foods take to cook or prepare.
Getting Information:
  • Talks with supervisor or other staff to gather information about special dietary needs and quantities of food to prepare.
Processing Information:
  1. May take inventory of supplies.
  2. May verify accuracy of food orders received by counting quantities of items and comparing to the invoice.
  3. Assists in ordering supplies by reporting which food items need to be reordered.
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information: 
  • Determines the appropriate quantity of food to prepare based on an estimate of the number of patrons expected or the current number of patients in an institution.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: 
  • Talks with supervisor to provide information regarding food quantities needed, equipment repair needs, and/or problems/errors that need to be addressed.
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People: 
  1. Checks the foods during the preparation and cooking process to ensure the quality of foods being prepared.
  2. Checks prepared foods to ensure the quality, freshness, and presentation are appropriate.
Handling and Moving Objects:
  1. Cooks vegetables and other foodstuffs according to menus, special dietary or nutritional restrictions, and numbers of portions to be served.
  2. Cleans, cuts, and cooks (by roasting, broiling, baking or frying) meat, fish, and poultry.
  3. Cleans, peals, cuts, and performs other necessary tasks to prepare fruits and vegetables for cooking and/or serving.
  4. Combines appropriate ingredients to prepare salads, sauces, soups, or other food dishes.
  5. Bakes bread, rolls, cakes, pies, and pastries.
  6. Moves large pans of foods to warmers/steam tables.
  7. May help apportion and serve food to patients, facility residents, employees, or patrons.
  8. May wash pots, pans, dishes, utensils, and other cooking equipment.
Documenting/Recording Information:
  1. Logs temperature readings, quantities of food produced, food preparation tasks performed, food waste, and other cooking related information.
  2. May keep inventory records for foods and cooking related items.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:
  • May attend in-service training with a registered dietitian to learn about food safety, health hygiene, special diets, or other food related information.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:
  • Greets and talks with guests, patients, or residents in a friendly manner to get input about the food service.

Competencies (KSA’s)

  1. Self-Knowledge
  2. Functional/Technical Competency
  3. Patience
  4. Work/Life Balance
  5. Customer Focus
  6. Timely Decision Making
  7. Composure
  8. Peer Relationships
  9. Decision Quality
  10. Dealing with Ambiguity


  1. Basic knowledge of food preparation techniques, tools, and equipment
  2. Basic knowledge of food storage and handling techniques
  3. Basic knowledge of arithmetic and its application
  4. Basic clerical knowledge of word processing, email, and record keeping
  5. Basic knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services


  1. Time management skills
  2. Basic skills in preparing, cooking and baking foods
  3. Basic skills in talking to others to convey information effectively
  4. Basic skills in monitoring oneself, others, and work being performed
  5. Basic skills in adjusting actions in relation to others actions
  6. Basic skill in teaching others how to do something
  7. Basic learning strategies skills


  1. Ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information
  2. Manual dexterity
  3. Ability to exert muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects
  4. Arm-hand steadiness
  5. Ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust controls of a machine to exact position
  6. Ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with body, arms, and/or legs
  7. Basic written comprehension abilities
  8. Basic number facility abilities
  9. Finger dexterity
  10. Basic oral comprehension abilities
  11. Ability to see details at close range
  12. Basic information ordering abilities

Tools and Equipment Used

  1. Commercial Broilers
  2. Commercial Cutlery
  3. Commercial Food Slicers
  4. Commercial Ranges
  5. Food Thermometer
  6. Deep Fat Fryer
  7. Pressure Cooker
  8. Steamer
  9. Microwave Oven
  10. Mixers, strainers, colanders, and various other hand-held kitchen tools

Preferred Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Experience equivalent to one year of fulltime volume food service work which included preparation of food.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Selected applicants must verify experience highest degree held.
  • Direct deposit of paycheck on a 12-month schedule is required.
  • TSB is a non-smoking facility in its entirety.
  • Selected applicant must comply with the State of Tennessee Employee Drug-Free Workplace Policy, and other policies.
  • As required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), selected applicant must verify, within 72 hours of employment, his/her legal right to be employed in the United States.
  • Selected applicant(s) will be required to submit to and pass a TBI/FBI background check, to include Tennessee and Federal criminal history checks, child abuse records, employment verification, and professional/personal reference checks.

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 Applications will be accepted until the close of business on February 19, 2016.

Director of the TN Head Start State Collaborative, Office of Early Learning

Reports To:

Executive Director, Office of Early Learning, Division of Special Populations and Student Support, Tennessee Department of Education


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

Position Description: 

The Director of the Tennessee Head Start State Collaborative coordinates and connects the work of local and regional Head Start agencies statewide with the Tennessee Department of Education, the regional Head Start office in Atlanta, GA and the national Office of Head Start, in Washington DC.  The Director will negotiate and facilitate partnerships between systems and programs to ensure children are academically, socially and emotionally prepared to thrive in kindergarten, and families have access to comprehensive services to support their child’s healthy development.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the office of early learning leadership team to improve early childhood (0-5) program quality, teaching quality, student progress monitoring and ongoing family engagement
  • Represent Head Start programs on interdepartmental boards, task forces, committees and work teams to ensure collaboration between Head Start, Early Head Start and partner early childhood (0-5) programs and agencies
  • Communicate regularly and reciprocally with the national Office of Head Start (Washington, DC), the regional Head Start Office (Atlanta, GA) and the state Tennessee Head Start Association
  • Support state school systems and Head Start programs to ensure positive, smooth transitions, as well as continuity of services, for children and families from early childhood programs to kindergarten
  • Partner with state child care systems, emphasizing early head start-child care partnerships to increase the number of families accessing comprehensive services to support their child’s healthy development
  • Coordinate and manage the inclusion of Head Start data in state data collection efforts to assess early childhood program quality and child outcomes
  • Support the expansion and access of high quality professional development opportunities for early childhood staff in Head Start and other early childhood programs and agencies
  • Serve as a point of contact for local Head Start programs, directors and staff, federal and state officials, policymakers, the public, and the media through appropriate Department of Education rules
  • Advocate for improvement in early childhood services in a variety of service arenas and state departments
  • Collaborate with the QRIS systems to ensure ways for families to assess program’s strengths and make informed decisions to meet the needs of their children


Graduation from an accredited college or university with Bachelors, preferable Master degree, and experience equivalent to five years of full-time professional educational, instructional, social service or supervisory/administrative work; candidate must have some experience with Head Start/Early Head Start programs and/or early childhood education programs serving low income children and families.

Successful candidate will exhibit and/or possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • A core belief that all children can achieve, irrespective of background or circumstances
  • Strive for excellence in all aspects of work
  • Sound judgment and ability to evaluate decisions with confidence and humility
  • Courage to advocate for disenfranchised populations
  • Ability to be collaborative and support the team
  • Innovative and resourceful problem solving skills

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 Closing date for applications is March 4.

Math Instructional Coaching Project Coordinator, Office of Academic Strategy and Operations

The Project Coordinator will provide critical support to the Office of Academic Strategy and Operations to support a research project to develop a model of effective instructional coaching in mathematics. The Project Coordinator will coordinate between relevant department staff and University of Pittsburgh partners. The candidate needs to be detail oriented, a strong communicator, data savvy, and have a passion for working to improve results for all students.

This work includes, but is not limited to, coordinating with various internal and external stakeholders as related to the research project, planning for year 3 activities for the research project, serving as a liaison with meeting venues, and translating the results of the research project to tools that are usable for Tennessee schools and districts.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with all research project partners both internal and external.
  • Communicate relevant project information to participating coaches.
  • Coordinate logistics of network meeting, including serving as the liaison for the meeting location.
  • Develop plans to ensure all project activities are conducted effectively.
  • Participate in development of Coaching meeting materials and trainings.
  • Manage recruitment and selection of new cohort of instructional coaches.
  • Manage the participating instructional coach experience including communications and support.

Requisite Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree in relevant field preferred.
  • Experience in instructional coaching and/or mathematics instruction preferred.
  • Demonstrated organizational skill to independently track deadlines and achieve milestones.
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation.
  • Strong communication skills and a demonstrated customer service orientation.
  • Record of success in defining and achieving outcomes.
  • Ability to build positive, productive working relationships on diverse teams.

This contract position will be paid a competitive daily rate and is expected to run through June 2016, with the possibility of extension through the end of the grant period, July 2017.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to, using “Application: Math Instructional Coaching Project Coordinator” in the subject line of your email. Closing date for applications is Feb. 14.

NIET Northwest TEAM Coach Position

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 Northwest CORE region. TEAM coaches are responsible for supporting the effective and reliable implementation of teacher and principal evaluation in districts and schools in each CORE region. Particular focus is given to schools and districts whose implementation of the qualitative component does not show a strong relationship to the quantitative component of the evaluation system.

Click here to download the full job description. To apply for this position, email your letter of interest and current resume to

Program Manager, Pathways Tennessee

Reports to:

Director, Pathways Tennessee and Industry Partnerships


Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway, 11th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description

The Program Manager is responsible for daily oversight and support of the Pathways Tennessee statewide initiative and its corresponding statewide partners, in addition to the following duties:

Position Role and Responsibilities

Duties include:

  • Provide daily staff support for the Program Director around the implementation of the Pathways TN statewide strategic plan;
  • Provide support to identified Pathways TN intermediaries to expand pathways initiatives in key sectors of Tennessee;
  • Conduct research, and collect and analyze data as requested and required for the development, implementation and expansion of local pathways initiatives;
  • Provide technical assistance and program oversight for all identified Pathways TN partners around related curricula, work-based learning programming, and local/regional community-building across the state;
  • Develop and implement ongoing evaluative assessments and targeted growth for identified deliverables to gauge overall success of promoted partnerships; and
  • Develop statewide materials and templates for local pathways development and implementation.

The ideal Program Manager is outgoing, detail-oriented, creative, self-directed and wanting to take ownership for the continued support and growth of Pathways TN.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in relevant field
  • Three years of experience in one of the following fields preferred, but not required:
    • Project  management
    • Workforce development
    • Education program administration
  • Experience leading projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Very strong planning, organizational, and project management skills
  • Very strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

The annual salary for this position is $50,000-$55,000 and is commensurate with qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please email the following to Questions concerning this post may also be directed to Nick Hansen. Closing date for applications is Feb. 25, 2016.

  • Cover letter describing your interest in the position
  • A writing sample
  • A resume or CV
Registered Nurse 2, TN School for the Blind


Davidson County

Job Type:

Full-time, night shift

Preferred Qualifications

Education and Experience: Candidate must be currently licensed as a registered nurse in the State of Tennessee, and must possess strong clinical skills. Two years of experience in pediatrics or working in a school clinic is preferred.

Job Overview

Under general supervision, is responsible for registered nursing duties of average difficulty based on based on a wide range of circumstances and performs related work as required.

This position will work in a residential school based health clinic which serves students with a wide range of disabilities in addition to visual impairments. Primary duties include caring for the acute needs of students that live on campus during the week. This shift is currently scheduled Sunday overnight through Thursday overnight. The Registered Nurse 2 provides registered nursing care which involves assessment and diagnosis, nursing care planning, nursing care implementation/intervention, and nursing care evaluations.

Work Activities

Assisting and Caring for Others:
  1. Provides nursing care and procedures according to physicians’ orders and nursing protocol.
  2. Administers medication according to the physician's orders and protocol.
  3. Evaluates possible side effects and the overall effectiveness of medication.
  4. Performs BLS (Basic Life Support), CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and other emergency responses.
  5. Participates in emergency response setting.
Getting Information:
  1. Performs initial and ongoing assessments according to protocol.
  2. Collects patient and family health history data.
  3. Performs diagnostic tests on collected specimens to determine patient’s health status.
Documenting/Recording Information:
  1. Documents patient information according to standards of care.
  2. Completes patient health records (electronic and paper).
  3. Completes medication record/sheet.
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:
  1. Makes adjustments to the health care plan of care including changing the patient's goals and nursing interventions.
  2. Directs patient in building positive relationships and increasing self-esteem.
  3. Teaches patients or the patient's family the skills needed to maintain physical and mental health.
  4. Compares patient's level of goal attainment to previously defined goals.
  5. Determines if patient goals and interventions are effective.
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:
  1. Explains tests, procedures, and results to appropriate individuals according to protocol.
Communicating with Persons outside Organization:
  1. Communicates with internal and external entities.
Analyzing Data or Information:
  1. Compares assessment data to established acceptable ranges to determine abnormalities.
Performing Administrative Activities:
  1. Follows appropriate health care plan.
  2. Maintains patient health files and legal record of service.
Training and Teaching Others:
  1. Educates the health care plan to patient, family, individuals, groups and others as appropriate.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:
  1. Discusses the patient's comprehensive health plan with other staff to identify the patient's needs.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:
  1. Assigns job duties and activities to subordinates.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:
  1. Counts and tracks drugs, instruments, and other accountable items.
  2. Maintains health care equipment, supplies, and inventory.

Competencies (KSA’s)

  1. Learning on the Fly
  2. Creativity
  3. Time Management
  4. Priority Setting
  5. Standing Alone
  6. Drive for Results
  7. Perseverance
  8. Written Communications
  9. Approachability
  10. Boss Relationships
  11. Ethics and Values
  12. Integrity and Trust


  1. Knowledge of principles of nursing, nursing practices, techniques, and applicable laws
  2. Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, and medical terminology


  1. The skill in the application of professional nursing techniques
  2. The skill to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
  3. The skill to demonstrate critical thinking techniques to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  4. The skill to select and use training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things
  5. The skill to monitor/access performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  6. The skill to use scientific rules and methods to solve problems
  7. The skill to adjust actions in relation to others' actions
  8. The skill to being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
  9. The skill to identify complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  10. The skill to consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one


  1. The ability to assess and monitor healthcare outcomes
  2. The ability to manage change
  3. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events)
  4. The ability to communicate (verbal and written) information and ideas
  5. The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas
  6. The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem or conflict
  7. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong
  8. The ability to multitask between two or more activities or sources of information
  9. The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects
  10. The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing
  11. The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer)
  12. The ability to see under low light conditions
  13. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you
  14. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person
  15. The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness

Tools and Equipment Used

  1. Electronic devices
  2. Various medical equipment and devices

To Apply:

Please call Melissa Brown, HR Representative for Tennessee School for the Blind, (615) 231-7316 or email for an application. Closing date for applications is Feb. 20.

Senior Software Engineer – Microsoft Cloud Technologies, Office of Information Technology


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

Position Description:

Do you have awesome coding skills?

Are you interested in working with the latest Microsoft cloud technologies to build systems that can improve the lives of over one million students and educators in TN?

In partnership with Microsoft, the TN Department of Education is taking an industry leading position in the use of cloud services, big data and machine learning to deliver personalized, adaptive learning experiences to students, and we need your skills to make this happen!

We currently have multiple positions open for Senior Software Engineers. If you have three plus years of professional experience building scalable, commercial grade web applications on the Microsoft stack, and with a real passion to make a difference in education, we’d love to hear from you.


Minimum Requirements:
  • 3+ years of experience professionally developing enterprise-grade web applications or services on the Microsoft platform
  • Extensive knowledge of C#, ASP.NET, JavaScript (JQuery) and HTML 4+
  • Extensive knowledge of MVC, AngularJS, Knockout.js or similar frameworks
  • Knowledge of Entity Framework or nHibernate
  • Strong understanding of Object Orientation (OOO) and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • Strong understanding of REST, HTML Services, JSON and XML
  • Strong Understanding of ODATA and OAUTH
  • Experience with Azure Cloud Services is preferred but not required
  • Prior experience in education is not required

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, and resume to

Superintendent, Tennessee School for the Deaf


Tennessee School for the Deaf
2725 Island Home Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37920

The Tennessee School for the Deaf (TSD) along with its sister school, West Tennessee School for the Deaf (WTSD), has a rich and extensive history of serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing students since 1844. They are the only state special schools in Tennessee specifically designed to offer specialized instruction to students with who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing. The school currently serves 250 students in its academic programs.  TSD also has a residential program. TSD partners with local education agencies (LEA) across the state to provide transportation for its students. The campus of TSD also houses a Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing that offers services to public school systems, to eligible, private non-profit agencies, and to state special schools across the state.  Finally, TSD and WTSD offer an Outreach Program to districts across the state. These services include assessment in the areas of hearing, academics, psychology, and interpreting as well as direct service in these same areas. It is the role of the Superintendent to manage the daily functionality of the school to include the academic instruction, residential program, resource center, outreach program, maintenance department, food service, healthcare, and procurement. 

In the current organizational structure, the Superintendent is supported by a Director of Instruction, Director of Student Life, Director of Comprehensive Education Resource Center, Director of Business and Support Services, and Director of Facilities Management.  The State Board of Education has delegated the governing authority of the Tennessee School for the Deaf to the Commissioner of Education, who is appointed by the Governor. The school is managed by a Superintendent who reports to the Commissioner of Education through the Assistant Commissioner of Special Populations and Student Support.

To obtain more information, please see:


  1. Oversee the daily operation of the instructional program, residential program, Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, LEA outreach services, maintenance, food services, health services, and security.
  2. Ensure that the Tennessee State Standards are maintained and followed.
  3. Ensure compliance with all federal and state statutes and regulations.
  4. Provide supervision and coordinate oversight for approximately 250 employees at both campuses.
    1. All certified staff must be evaluated through the state’s TEAM evaluation model while all classified staff, including Educational Assistants, must be evaluated via the state’s SMART goal system.
  5. Collaborate with Department of Education to develop a working budget and a five-year plan of operation. This includes:
    1. Management and reconciliation of each fiscal year’s budget(s).
    2. Forecasted improvement planning based on student-level achievement data, staff professional development needs, campus upgrades, and etc.
  6. Collaborate with Department of Education, Department of General Services Administration, architects, construction contractors and vendors during design and completion of capital projects (greater than $100,000) and major maintenance projects (less than $100,000). Current projects include:
    1. Cottage upgrades,
    2. New Central Dining Hall, High School, and Library at the TSD campus
    3. Administrative housing renovation
  7. Collaborate with universities and teacher training programs to conduct research benefiting the educational needs of students challenged by hearing loss and to provide field experience for students pursuing careers in the field of deaf education.
  8. Maintain positive and productive relationships with TSD Alumni, community, advocacy groups, parents, faculty, staff, and students.

Strategic Priority:

The Tennessee Department of Education has placed an emphasis on improved achievement and post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities. Moreover, we expect to see faster growth for students who are the furthest behind. Thus, the Superintendent must be well-versed and competent in both the management of daily operations and the delivery of high-quality academic instruction.  


All applicants must hold a Master’s Degree or higher, Tennessee teaching and administrative licenses and/or meet the teaching and administrative licensing requirements. Candidates must also have a minimum of five years of district- or school-level leadership experience, preferably in a Principal role or higher. Preference is given to applicants who hold a Deaf endorsement and/or have direct experience working with students with hearing loss.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience, and there is on-campus housing available for the Superintendent. However, it is due for renovation as indicated by our capital project section.

Knowledge & Abilities:

Candidates should be knowledgeable of:

  • Principles, practices, concerns, and trends of school administration, management, and educational issues in serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing students;
  • Fiscal planning & oversight, personnel management, strategic planning, curriculum and instruction, facilities planning, community relations, and legislative relations;
  • Early intervention and early intervention strategies;
  • Transition services;
  • Local, state, and national programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; and
  • Deaf culture needs and issues.

Candidates must possess the abilities and interpersonal skills to:

  • Communicate fluently in American Sign Language;
  • Promote and ensure academic and instructional excellence in all educational programs according to rigorous content and performance standards for all students served;
  • Develop and implement procedures to ensure quality control of all programs and services;
  • Promote parent and community partnerships and involvement in school activities;
  • Maintain general oversight and monitor business functions of a state operated agency including all budgetary functions, and plant operation’s needs;
  • Promote and implement appropriate personnel practices and labor relations policies; and
  • Establish and maintain effective communications with all constituency groups to integrate the activities of diverse interests to attain common goals.

Recruitment and Selection Procedure:

Recruitment for this position is being conducted throughout the United States.  A screening committee will review and evaluate the qualifications and supplemental materials submitted by the applicants.  Candidates determined to be the most qualified will be invited to interview on campus.

Statement of Qualifications Items:

  • Describe two (2) of your most significant professional accomplishments related to programs serving Deaf and Hard of hearing students in the K-12 education system.
  • Describe your leadership or management style.  Cite examples in which you have directed the activities of a diverse group to meet specific goals.
  • Identify the processes and methods you use to lead, manage, and evaluate the use of curriculum for educating Deaf and Hard of hearing students.
  • Briefly describe your experience(s) in each of the following areas:
  • Working effectively with school personnel in a variety of capacities;
  • Managing and/or administering budgets and personnel;
  • Establishing and maintain effective communication with all constituency groups; and
  • Promoting parent and community partnerships and their involvement in school activities.

How to Apply:

Applicants should send these materials, letter of intent, resume, and list of three references to Kristi Harris at
Application Due Date:
Friday, March 18, 2016


The selected applicant must be able to pass a series of background checks.


CCTE Internship Program

The 2016 interns will work with the Division of College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) to develop and align communications and resources for students, families, and school counselors. Interns will work on specific projects and/or initiatives with one or more of our offices, and will report to the Director of Divisional Operations. A stipend is associated with this internship. Specific internship opportunities are outlined below:

Spring Internship: Pathways Tennessee

Support the development of the Pathways Tennessee initiative by compiling and analyzing local, regional, statewide, and national data which demonstrates the alignment between education and the workforce, specifically in Tennessee’s high demand industries. The Pathways TN intern will:

  • Assist in the collection and analysis of workforce and education data
  • Compile data from multiple sources to demonstrate alignment and gaps in the education-labor pipeline (e.g., merging labor data with educational data by county, region, and/or sector)
  • National policy scan on best practices in career pathways
  • Research on funding models to support in school youth activities (education funds, workforce development boards, foundations, etc.)

Spring Internship: Industry-Driven Professional Development (PD) Implementation

Assist in the implementation of the 2016 school team externship program. Externships are for school teams composed of teachers, counselors, and administrators, who gain insights and experience in industry which inform their teaching and advising of students.  Specifically, the industry-driven PD implementation intern will:

  • Assist in the development of the School Team Workbook and Industry Engagement Plan
  • Assist in logistics for externship visits including communicating with industry and school teams
  • Work with industry partners to create a robust agenda for the week of the externships, including a scheduling guide
  • Assist in the review and selection of school teams to serve as externs
  • Assist in the planning and facilitation of the externship prep and debrief meetings
  • Process invoices and reimbursement forms related to externship expenditures
  • Develop process for school team follow up during the 2016-17 school year
  • Assist in the development of externship evaluations for both school teams and industry partners
  • Assist in facilitation of externship post mortem and future planning for 2016-17

Summer Internships: Various Offices/Projects (based on divisional needs and applicant interest)

  • Provide research support on policy, legislation, and resources related to a specific initiative.
  • Develop resources and materials to support districts and/or educators in implementing specific strategies or initiatives.
  • Develop communications materials and/or strategies related to the work of the division.
  • Process and analyze feedback and date from stakeholders to help inform division decision-making
  • Participate in meetings with initiative lead(s), other TDOE stakeholders, and external stakeholders as appropriate to review and refine action plans and resources.


  • Current enrollment in a high school, undergraduate, or graduate program
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience managing complex projects
  • Ability to work on an extended project with limited oversight/direction
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office software


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

To Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample

  • Applications for spring internships will be reviewed as they are submitted until Feb. 25, 2016.
  • Applications for summer internships will be reviewed as they are submitted until March 15, 2016.