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Department: Office of Academics, Academics and Instructional Strategy Division

Classification (Payroll Title):  EDCON 3

Position Number:  New Position number (One of three materials position)

Anticipated Salary Range: $60,000-$65,000 (dependent on experience and education levels)

Reports to:  Sr Director of Early Literacy Strategy

Last Revised Date:  June 9, 2021


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. 

Position Summary: The Elementary Literacy Coordinator will support the implementation of key structures in the TN Literacy Success Act and the Reading 360 programming to ensure that all Tennessee children learn to read. This role will support the early literacy team in ensuring that foundational skills literacy instruction models, materials, resources, assessments and supports are available through the online literacy tool and in a variety of formats for districts, families, and students.


Position Role and Responsibilities:

  • Support the development and maintenance of family literacy resources on the online literacy tool.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for foundational skills and knowledge-building literacy programming, project teams, and liaison to internal agency partners.
  • Collaborate with internal team and external vendors of statewide foundational skills resources to support the development of a robust set of family literacy resources.
  • Collaborate with team to support the roll out and effective implementation of the TN Foundational Skill IPG.
  • Collaborate with internal and external project teams to ensure foundational skills programming is consistent across the rollout of early childhood and academics initiatives.
  • Review elementary assessments and provide subject matter expertise for a variety of assessments.
  • Participate in professional learning opportunities and other state, regional, and local meetings as assigned.
  • Support special projects as requested.


The ideal candidate is a self-motivated and detail-oriented leader with a strong background in foundational skills, high-quality materials, and project management.  Candidates should believe that all children can learn to read and that foundational skills instruction provides equitable opportunities for all students to learn to read.


·         Exhibit personal characteristics enabling effective interaction with important constituencies and possess a genuine commitment to the advancement of improved literacy outcomes.

·         Illustrate a knowledge of current literacy practices, instructional strategy, and research to improve literacy rates.

·         Excellent organizational skills, oral and written communications skills, and the ability to articulate the needs, interests and accomplishments of the department to a wide range of audiences.

·         Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing priorities.

·         Dedication to cultivating a positive workplace culture within a virtual workplace.

·         Commitment to communicating regularly with parents and other community stakeholders, seeking their support and advice, to create a cooperative relationship for student support.

Knowledge of:

·         Deep knowledge and experience with foundational skills research.

·         Organization and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of school programs, policies, and operational needs.

·         Demonstrated understanding of the change process necessary at both a state and district level to impact student outcomes.

·         Ability to communicate the importance of high-quality instructional materials and clear connections between HQIM and early literacy instruction.


Minimum Qualifications:

·         Master’s degree in education policy, literacy, curriculum development, or related field preferred.

·         Strong background in literacy research and current foundational skills theory, Pre-K-2 and elementary literacy required.

·         Background in assisting with large-scale project management, public policy strategy, and district change.


Salary and Benefits:

The annual salary is commensurate with qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume 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.