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Department: School Turnaround

Classification (Payroll Title): EPD 2

Position Number: 17197

Reports to: Assistant Commissioner, School Turnaround

Last Revised Date: 4.24.22

Anticipated Salary Range: $87,000-$95,000

Location Notes: Residence in the middle region is preferred given that this individual will need to meet with schools in that region frequently.

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

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

Position Summary: The Regional Director of School Turnaround – Middle Region is responsible for managing and coordinating supports for a regional portfolio of schools that have been designated as Priority and Focus schools according to the state’s school accountability model.


The Regional Director’s most important role is developing, coordinating implementation of, monitoring, and adjusting the state-administered supports for schools that have been identified as the lowest performing in the state. The programming and policy coordinated and supported by the Regional Director must be normed with other members of the school turnaround team and rooted in an understanding of effective turnaround processes that ensure excellent student achievement and growth outcomes for students and all student subgroups. A successful candidate must deeply understand and support implementation of the conditions necessary for successful school turnaround as well as the district support needed to create and sustain those conditions.


The Regional Director of School Turnaround – Middle Region will plan for and deliver on high-priority initiatives connected to school improvement, school turnaround, and school accountability. This individual must be an excellent communicator and be extremely organized. They must be detailed oriented, have sound judgment, and be able to develop and maintain strong and effective relationships with external stakeholders. The ideal candidate should have prior turnaround school experience and experience at the school and/or district level.

Minimum Qualifications:

·       Master of Science or Master of Arts in education or related field

·       Minimum of five years’ experience at the school or district level managing or leading school improvement, preferably for students in historically underserved student groups

Essential Functions

·       Implement and manage federal and state improvement grants, including application development, application review, and program monitoring.

·       Monitor the implementation of federal and state improvement grants including conducting visits to evaluate and monitor district and school practices and structures and school instructional practices.

·       Develop and coordinate internal and external resources and supports to assist districts and schools in developing and implementing their grants and improvement plans.

·       Provide on-going technical assistance to districts and schools to ensure intervention strategies are aligned to prioritized needs identified in the district priority plan, meet the ESSA Tiers of Evidence, and ensure compliance with applicable state and federal requirements.

·       Analyze district and school performance data to identify trends and insights leading to actionable strategies and/or tactics.

·       Communicate with districts, schools, and other stakeholders about the school improvement designations, available supports, and accountability structures.

·       Participate in school visits and monitoring at Priority schools to learn and share promising practices.

Hold regular performance routines with districts and schools related to turnaround strategy implementation and effectiveness and sustainability.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·       Excellent oral and written communication skills and experience communicating complex information clearly, concisely, and effectively

·       Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, with proven ability to create and maintain collaborative relationships with school and district leadership

·       Demonstrate a true passion and commitment to serving students through supporting schools and districts in the continuous improvement process with a goal of increasing student achievement, particularly in the identified subgroups

·       Experience with managing complex projects and developing focused strategic plans that ensure project success

·       Ability to use data to make decisions, with a performance management orientation

·       Ability to build relationships and work effectively with external stakeholders in challenging circumstances

·       Ability to collaborate with the school turnaround team and cross divisional teams to manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing priorities

·       Experience in state and federal grants management preferred




Supervisory Responsibility

None at this time.

Work Environment

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


Physical Demands

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

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

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


Travel is expected (approximately 10%) across the region to meet with prioritized schools and districts.

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

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to: Please list Regional Director of School Turnaround in your subject line.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.


Tennessee Department of Education also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact the Human Capital team at 615-741-5158.  You can also direct your request for accommodation in writing to the Tennessee Department of Education, Attn: HR 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243