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

Coordinator, Grants and Accounting, Division of College, Career and Technical Education

Reports To:

Executive Director, Divisional Support and Accountability

Location:

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

Position Description: 

This position will help facilitate the Division of College, Career and Technical Education’s federal grants and manage all accounting needs.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

This position will be responsible for:

  • Providing coordination of the Division’s budget and payments from both Federal and State funding sources, while coordinating State maintenance of effort and administration matching spending requirements
  • Providing coordination, development, planning, and administration for all CTE contracts and grants and the procurement of services
  • Oversight of federal and state program balances to ensure Division meets budgetary goals and avoids reversion of federal funds
  • Performing pre-audit and payment preparation of invoices and maintain records to support the division’s assertion of effective contracts and grants resource management
  • Completing and transmitting requested reports from division, department, and multi-department sources regarding CTE financial information
  • Assisting in the development of (and maintenance of) division-wide fiscal procedures as necessary to ensure efficient and accurate processing of fiscal documents
  • Interacting via oral and written communication with LEA administrators and state and federal agency personnel; responding to inquiries that are moderate in nature and/or direct inquiry to appropriate staff member or office
  • Assisting Executive Director, Divisional Support and Accountability in fiscal monitoring of sub-recipients that receive federal grant funds
  • Serving as a liaison between the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and the Division of College, Career and Technical Education

Qualifications:

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 Bobby.Sanborn@tn.gov . Closing date for applications is September 9.

CTE Specialist, FFA, Office of Career and Technical Education

Reports To:

This positions reports directly to the Director of Student Leadership in the Office of Career and Technical Education

Location:

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

Position Description:

The student leadership unit within the division of college, career and technical education works to ensure that Tennessee students are offered opportunities to explore careers and apply technical, academic, and soft skills which prepare them for postsecondary and career success. This is achieved through the promotion of statewide career and technical education student organizations that are relevant, high-quality and rigorously assessed on an annual basis. We collaborate with leaders in industry, secondary, and postsecondary education to align our organizations and events with the current needs and trends of Tennessee's businesses and industries.

The CTE Specialist for FFA will provide leadership, daily oversight, and coordination of all regional and state FFA activities and responsibilities by planning and coordinating regional and state FFA events and educational programs while implementing Tennessee FFA goals and developing a positive image for Tennessee FFA, Agricultural Education, and the Tennessee Department of Education.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a liaison between Tennessee FFA and national agriculture education organizations.
    • Participate in quarterly conference calls with the National FFA Organization and regularly communicate with Local Program of Success specialist for the southern region.
    • Attend the National FFA Convention, National Association of Supervisors of Agriculture Education Convention, and the National Agriculture Education Summit.
    • Maintain accurate regional and statewide advisor contact information.
    • Assist with data collection for the Tennessee FFA annual report and other department surveys as needed.
  • Collaborate with regional FFA coordinators to develop uniform planning and support for FFA
  • Collaborate with CTE Specialists within the Student Leadership unit to create consistent and high quality events, holistic teacher support materials, and projects which support the goals of the department.
  • Increase membership enrollment in existing chapters and promote the development of new high school and middle school chapters.
  • Work with agricultural teachers to develop balanced programs by supporting teachers in implementation of FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) in the classroom in order to achieve course standards.
  • Provide administrative support and technical assistance to agricultural teachers.
    • Assist with online membership, registration, awards, and other FFA technical support.
      • Promote the FFA affiliate program.
      • Communicate and reinforce fall and spring rosters, dues, and deadlines.
    • Answer phone calls and emails within 48 hours of receipt.
    • Offer assistance in Career Development Event (CDE) and Leadership Development Event (LDE) training.
    • Provide teacher development sessions at the following events:
      • Institute for CTE Educators
      • Tennessee Association of Agriculture Educators sessions
      • New teacher trainings and retreats
      • Fall Leadership Conferences
      • FFA State Convention
      • Regional events and trainings
      • Local trainings as requested
  • Coordinate the following regional and state events and activities in conjunction with other FFA Regional Specialists:
    • Tennessee’s 26 state CDE’s / LDE’s including but not limited to: livestock, dairy, soils, nursery, mechanics, speaking, team speaking, and agricultural sales.
    • FFA leadership workshops, including but not limited to: Greenhand Conference, Regional Officer Retreat, and state Tennessee leadership conferences.
    • Interviews, including but not limited to: Stars, state officer candidates, and nominating committee candidates.
  • Provide up-to-date communications with teachers by promoting and maintaining a regional event calendar and a state event calendar, updating the state FFA website, and sending event update emails and reminders to advisors.
  • Train state FFA officers, providing personal growth and leadership development opportunities throughout their year of service using the following events and activities:
    • Executive Committee Meetings, Blast Off, National Leadership Conference for State Officers, Service Project, Youth Citizenship and Government, Chapter Visits
  • State convention planning and preparation, including but not limited to: confirming nominating committee student members, on stage winners, Stars, and state degree recipients; providing for state proficiency judging at Camp Clements; and helping coordinate judges for state CDE and Agriscience fair events.
  • Work with postsecondary teacher education programs to provide support and information for pre-postsecondary agricultural education majors.
  • Create and participate in goodwill tour events.
  • Schedule state officer chapter visits.

Qualifications:

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:
  • Exemplify the Tennessee department of education’s core values of excellence, optimism, judgment, courage, and teamwork
  • Belief in the ability that all students can achieve; providing support and opportunities for all students to succeed
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Preferred minimum five years’ experience as a teacher and in advising  FFA
  • Experience in event planning and coordinating events
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Strong organizational and teamwork skills

Salary and Benefits:

This position has a salary range up to $56,400 depending on qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

The FFA CTE Specialist position is available. The application period will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 9, 2016. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Heather.Justice@tn.gov prior to 11:59 p.m. (CST) on Sept. 9, 2016.

Director of Operations, Office of the Chief Operations Officer

Reports To:

Dr. Kathleen Airhart, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operations Officer

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

Description:

The Director of Operations will lead the operations team in linking various plans to assure a coordinated approach in support of the department’s strategic plan. This will be accomplished by developing measures that drive progress; providing expert resources to lead continuous improvement; and managing the cross-functional efforts required to accomplish major change initiatives.

The person in this role will support the Chief Operations Officer by leading and managing various operational areas to include but not limited to real estate, facilities, property management, procurement, safety and emergency, records management and work related to civil rights for schools with career and technical education programs. This person must be able to manage several tasks and pivot between numerous responsibilities while collaborating and working effectively across multiple and diverse teams and working across agencies.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the Chief Operations Office in driving effective change across the department
  • Provide tools and resources to manage the execution of daily operations
  • Plan, prepare and manage operating budgets
  • Manage and improve matters related to facilities such as space planning, leasing, building maintenance and compliance reviews for all TDOE locations including field service centers
  • Lead the development and execution of safety and emergency planning
  • Develop and oversee the continuous improvement operational process and systems to ensure maximum productivity of staff
  • Manage a decentralized procurement program to include upgrading policies, practices, procedures and department training
  • Ensure operational policies are clear and effective, and establish mechanisms for training and accountability
  • Design and implement strategies that address identified deficiencies and liabilities
  • Serve as the internal liaison with other departments and also as the inter-agency liaison with Central Procurement Office, STREAM and Finance & Administration
  • Provide seamless support to the four state special schools and the Achievement School District (ASD), especially as it relates to procurement and asset management
  • Consistently deliver on performance development for all team members
  • Drive excellence, customer service and continuous improvement across all operations

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated supervisory and leadership ability. Able to effectively develop employees.
  • Strong organization skills, project management experience and a track record of achieving milestones.
  • Experience working with diverse teams successfully.
  • Able to build strong internal and external relationships.
  • The capacity to leverage internal and external networks, to engage in team problem solving.
  • Experience in writing and delivering high-impact presentations and training modules.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters multiple stakeholders in a concise manner.
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and analytical skills.
  • Exhibit exceptional judgment, strong initiative, and a quick learner.
  • Embody customer focus attitude and provide outstanding customer service
  • Exceptional ability to manage multiple and different areas simultaneously
  • School nutrition and/or experience with Titles II, VI an IX a plus
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 three professional references to Sam Pearcy, Executive Director of Operational Strategy, at Sam.Pearcy@tn.gov. Applications should be submitted by September 1.

Educator Effectiveness Coordinator, Office of Educator Effectiveness

Reports To:             

Rene’ Diamond, Executive Director, Office of Educator Effectiveness

Location:                

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

Position Description:     

The Coordinator of Educator Effectiveness will support the educator effectiveness team in building the capacity of all educator stakeholders in using evaluation systems to inform and drive professional learning.  This will be accomplished by aggregating resources and tools, highlighting promising practices, and convening stakeholders to share ideas and address challenges.  In addition, the person in this role will design and implement venues for ongoing information sharing and dialogue among practitioners to improve practice.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in curriculum, instruction, supervision and/or a specific content area
  • Minimum of five (5) years of public education teaching experience.
  • Project management experience, particularly with alternate/portfolio models.
  • Strong technology skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment balancing multiple ongoing projects, both large and small, at the same time
  • Strong ability to collaborate with managers and peers.
  • Innovative and strategic thinker; solution-oriented
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative, and high standards for self and others; 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
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 Rene.Diamond@tn.gov. Applications are due by close of business on September 15.

Fall/Temporary/Part-Time

Communications Intern, Web Designer (external website)

The communications team at the Tennessee Department of Education is seeking an intern to support the department’s key messages through high-quality website content, design, and organization. The ideal candidate is one who has a high bar for excellence, a meticulous eye for writing and design, and a knack for organizing complex content. The intern will work with the communications team, particularly with the website developer, to do the following:

  • Closely review the department’s website to determine areas for improvement
  • Reorganize the website content to be accessible and clear for external audiences
  • Improve the content on the website to be accessible and clear for external audiences
  • Develop graphics or supplemental content to draw attention to key messages

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will:

  • review the department’s current website (tn.gov/education) to identify ways to improve accessibility and clarity;
  • collaborate with staff members to understand content;
  • propose a structure for a reorganized version of the website;
  • work closely the with web programmer to implement changes; and
  • create supplemental graphics/content to highlight key messages.

Requirements

The intern should be a current undergraduate or graduate student with experience in journalism or a related field. Additionally, the intern should have:

  • foundational knowledge in HTML and website coding;
  • dynamic writing skills with a strong ability to write with the audience in mind;
  • exceptional ability to organize and synthesize complex information;
  • ability to maintain high-quality work while meeting tight deadlines;
  • close attention to detail;
  • strong judgment and integrity;
  • experience with web content and design; and
  • an interest in education.

Additional Information

Interns will receive a $2,600 stipend per semester and are expected to work 20-25 hours a week. Weekly scheduling is flexible but should be within business and school hours.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and two written and/or visual work examples to Chandler.Hopper@tn.gov.​

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 undergraduate or graduate student 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 $2,600 stipend per semester and are expected to work approximately 20-25 hours per week. Weekly scheduling is flexible but should be within business and school hours.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and design portfolio to Chandler.Hopper@tn.gov.​

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 Southeast Regional 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 Southeast 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.

Overview:

As more is learned about what successful implementation of evaluation looks like, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) is committed to seeking out innovative opportunities to provide districts and schools with the tools, practices, training, and support that move educators from procedural evaluation to conceptual support, development and advancement of teachers and leaders.  By increasing the reliability and validity of observation data, the critical decisions made based upon this data, including hiring, tenure and dismissal, compensation, professional development, and differentiated teacher roles are improved.  It is essential that evaluators’ judgements are accurate, actionable, and defensible.  The TEAM coach supports the development and increased excellence of the administrator’s capacity in this crucial work.  Through the triangulation and continual analysis of the multiple data points and aligned coaching, TEAM coaches support and advance the comprehensive development of administrators as instructional leaders in teacher and administrator evaluation and development. 

Scope of Work:

TEAM coaches develop, advance, and lead a multi-component system of development and support for Tennessee Educational Administrators, venues and consortiums. Identified outcomes call upon coaches to:

  • Ensure an effective communication pipeline between practitioner needs and district/regional/state content development and delivery,
  • Provide technical support during content development and delivery,
  • Provide follow-up support to practitioners, and
  • Provide identified and targeted practitioner support to noted schools, districts and regions through embedding in site-driven coaching.

These outcomes are achieved in multiple venues and planforms of support inclusive of schools, districts, identified regions and the state.  The TEAM Coach, in addition to daily coaching within the broad spectrum of the TEAM evaluation system, also consults, advises, and leads targeted TDOE initiatives which support best practices and development of this comprehensive evaluation system. 

Support and Accountability:

This position is a one-year contracted at-will employment position with NIET, contracted to and managed through TDOE.  Benefits and Human Resource functions are provided through NIET.  Professional development and training of the coach is provided by NIET and TDOE.  Coach deployment, activities, and points of evaluation are identified by the TEAM lead coach and approved by the TDOE Executive Director of Educator Effectiveness, Teachers and Leaders.

Skills and Qualifications:

The successful Candidate will demonstrate, with clear and verifiable evidence, superlative capacity to coach and advance educators (teachers and leaders) to achieve exemplary student growth as well as developing, implementing and supporting actionable programs and initiatives which fast-track student growth.  Evidence will include data-driven decision making action and capacity.  Experience in assuring growth at the school and district level as a site or district administrative leader is required.  Experience implementing, as an evaluator and coach, the TEAM Rubric (or similar high stakes evaluative system) is preferred.

To apply for this position, email your letter of interest and current resume to Scott.Duncan@tn.gov. You may also contact Mr. Duncan for additional information. Closing date for applications is August 31.