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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

Reports To:

Director, IEA Program

Location:

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

Position Description:         

This position will support the Individualized Education Account (IEA) Program in the Division of Policy and External Affairs and will work closely with the offices of Local Finance and Accounting to administer Individualized Education Accounts for students with disabilities.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide excellent customer service to parents who have questions about the IEA Program (e.g., how to enroll their child in the program, how to use IEA funds, how to report use of IEA funds, IEA Program requirements/ account holder responsibilities, and IEA payments).
  • Review expense report forms and receipts submitted by IEA account holders (parents) and determine whether IEA funds were spent on approved expenses.
  • Track all expense reports, receipts, and expense information.
  • Distribute IEA funding to the IEA debit card accounts of each IEA account holder, and track payment distribution. Responsible for handling all issues/problems regarding account payments.
  • Process and track account holder requests to make contributions to educational savings accounts using their IEA funds.
  • Process and track account holder expense pre-approval requests.
  • Work with the accounting team to reconcile the IEA payments, and complete any end of fiscal year reconciliation and reporting for the IEA payments.
  • Process applications (including renewal applications) and contracts submitted by prospective account holders/ current account holders to participate in the IEA Program.
  • Ensure that all account holders comply with the requirements to participate in the IEA Program.
  • Keep account holder information updated, and process account holder requests to update their account information.
  • Monitor and track student enrollment in the program, and process requests to withdraw students from the program.
  • Process assessment verification forms submitted by account holders, and track completion of this requirement.
  • Prepare reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing account holder data submitted through the various account holder forms.
  • Assist with reviewing and developing content for parent information sessions, training sessions, webpages, and materials.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with major in Business, Accounting, Education, Communications, or other related field.
  • Two or more years of relevant experience or a graduate degree in Business, Accounting, Education, Communications, or other related field.
  • Strong skills in written and verbal communications. Experience communicating with a wide variety of audiences and parents.
  • Strong organization skills and a track record of managing projects to meet deadlines and achieve milestones over time.
  • A commitment to the mission of the organization and dedication to effective implementation of the IEA Program.
  • A team player who is flexible and resilient, organized, a fast learner, and one who takes initiative in their work.
  • Integrity, a proactive approach, excellent judgment, a results-oriented and problem-solving mentality.

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 Rebecca.E.Wright@tn.gov.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Reports To:

Chief District Officer

Location:

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

Position Description:

The Assistant Commissioner of the Consolidated Planning and Monitoring division (CPM) will be charged with leading the implementation and district support in the implementation of ESSA programs including school planning, federal data reporting, district technical assistance and support.  The Assistant Commissioner will lead meaningful collaboration with other teams within the department to provide supports to districts in the implementation of effective, compliant federal education programs. This position will also be responsible for the monitoring and oversight of ESSA, IDEA, and CTE programs. The Assistant Commissioner of CPM will be positioned within the Office of the Chief District Officer and will focus on building capacity of districts to ensure every student in every school receives an excellent education.   

The Assistant Commissioner will possess a growth mindset- with strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.  This position should have experience managing large teams – with both regional and local team members.  This individual would preferably have experience managing federal education grants.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Oversight of the development and implementation of district and school plans, as required by state law, state board policy, and federal legislation
  • Supervision of team of 40+ including regional consultants assigned to districts for monitoring and implementation support of ESEA, IDEA, and CTE programs
  • Management and continued development of the ePlan platform for planning, funding, reimbursement, and monitoring functions
  • Responsibility for the review and approval of all district consolidated funding applications and revisions for ESEA and IDEA grants totaling over 500 million dollars annually
  • Management of data collection to meet required state and federal data reporting requirements for ESEA grants
  • Development and facilitation of multiple levels of training on ESEA requirements and expectations for school districts and other stakeholders
  • Responsible for the development, implementation, and follow-up on monitoring protocols including results-based, desktop, and self assessment focused on effective and compliant programs for ESEA, IDEA, and CTE grant programs
  • Collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to assist in the development of data-informed plans and funding models
  • Communication of key departmental initiatives to stakeholders
  • Analysis of planning and monitoring data to inform technical assistance

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (minimum) in relevant field
  • Five years’ experience with federal grants (ESEA, IDEA, CTE preferred)
  • Three years’ experience with grant management
  • Supervisory experience/skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to use computer technology (Windows, Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Effective organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (oral and written) with the ability to differentiate to various audiences
  • Commitment to collaboration
  • High level of personal responsibility, optimism, and teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Valerie Starks via email at Valerie.Starks@tn.gov.  Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Reports To:

Chief Academic Officer

Location:

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

Position Description:

The Tennessee Department of Education (TNDOE) is looking for a talented, driven student-focused individual to be our new Assistant Commissioner of Early Learning. The TNDOE is beginning a statewide strategic planning process to set ambitious goals to ensure that every student has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares them for post-secondary success.

The Assistant Commissioner of Early Learning (ACEL) is held to a high standard of integrity and professional responsibility and serves as the chief executive responsible for ensuring that the content developed at the department best serves and supports the work happening in our statewide programs, and in districts. The ACEL’s most important role is supporting, developing, coaching, and supervising internal leadership and team members towards a vision of developing resources and managing teams with students, educators, and sustainability in mind. The successful candidate must deeply understand what resources should be developed, identify what will have the most impact, and lead through a compelling  theory of action to support that strategy.

The ACEL will oversee critical work in the state related to Early Childhood Education programs. This includes professional development and grant-making; monitoring; and innovation. Tennessee is committed to thinking about creative and interesting ways to expand seats for our youngest students, and to ensure that those seats are high quality. The competitive candidate will have a strong theory of how to accomplish this.

This individual will be an excellent writer and communicator and be extremely organized. The ACEL should be organized, detailed oriented, and have strong communications judgment. The ideal candidate should have prior LEA or SEA experience and will sit on the senior leadership team.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage a team that supports both programmatic and monitoring work statewide, impacting tens of thousands of children.
  • Identify, refine, and articulate the core components of high-quality and high-opportunity early learning seats, bringing depth and coherence to the practices and supports of the department in alignment with the upcoming strategic plan
  • Implement the department’s organizational and academic priorities and goals in close collaboration with the Chief Academic Officer and Commissioner
  • Provide leadership, support, and accountability on adopting research-proven and data-driven supports and resources
  • Continue the strong progress made in Tennessee, but also begins to think about the continuum of a highly effective PK program and its transition into a highly effective early elementary system
  • Develop a strong vision around effective pre-school and pre-kindergarten programs
  • Work closely with the standards and programs team and the CCTE team to ensure vertical alignment in systemic initiatives
  • Focuses on ensuring that the most effective instructional materials are those that are being adopted in classrooms across the state, in partnership with year-round, effective professional development.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to education equity of opportunity and an outcomes orientation
  • Ability to balance vision setting, content expertise, and systems-building in a realistic and authentic way
  • Ability to use data to make decisions, with a performance management orientation
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with others
  • Ability to speak to and hold the line on the critical importance of high expectations through rigorous standards, strong assessments, clear and accurate reporting, and excellent teaching and leadership as the four core tenets needed for growth and achievement
  • At least 5 years of experience and a bachelors degree required
  • Work in an LEA a significant plus
  • Teaching experience required
  • Must have an overall framework related to high expectations for both content development and implementation

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Valerie Starks via email at Valerie.Starks@tn.gov.  Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Reports To:

Commissioner of Education

Location:

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

Position Description:      

The Tennessee Department of Education (TNDOE) is looking for a talented, driven student-focused individual to be our new Chief of Academic Officer. The TNDOE is beginning a statewide strategic planning process to set ambitious goals to ensure that every student has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares them for post-secondary success.

The Chief of Academic Officer (CAO) is held to a high standard of integrity and professional responsibility and serves as the chief executive responsible for ensuring that the content developed at the department best serves and supports the work happening in our districts. The Chief’s most important role is supporting, developing, coaching, and supervising internal leadership towards a vision of developing resources and managing teams with students, educators, and district processes and sustainability in mind. The resources, services, and supports developed under this leader must be rooted in a clear vision for student achievement and district sustainability. The successful candidate must deeply understand what resources should be developed that will have the most impact in districts and classrooms and have thought through a theory of action to support that strategy.

The Chief Academic Officer will have a large portfolio of work which includes: Special Populations; Early Learning; Standards; Programs; College, Career, and Technical Education; and Teaching and Learning (which includes teacher and leader development as well as supporting our preparation programs).

This individual will be an excellent writer and communicator and be extremely organized. The CAO will serve as a critical resource for teams as they develop plans and deliver on initiatives connected to the upcoming strategic plan. This individual should be organized, detailed oriented, and have strong communications judgment. The ideal candidate should have prior LEA or SEA experience and will sit on the executive leadership team.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage a large team that supports students, standards and educators
  • Identify, refine, and articulate the core components of the academic program in the upcoming TNDOE strategic plan, bringing depth and coherence to the practices and supports of the department in alignment with that plan
  • Implement the department’s organizational and academic priorities and goals in close collaboration with the Chiefs of Districts and Schools
  • Provide leadership, support, and accountability on adopting research-proven, pedagogy and standards-based supports
  • Lead a newly designed special populations team that focuses on holistic supports to all students, and that considers the best way to support students with multiple exceptionalities and needs
  • Lead an early learning team that both continues the strong progress made, but also begins to think about the continuum of a highly effective PK program into a highly effective early elementary system
  • Develops a strong vision around effective middle school programs
  • Lead a standards and programs team that is focused as much on the way that the content can be incorporated into practice and thinks about implementation as a core tenet of the work
  • Lead a CCTE team that continues to push on developing clearly articulated pathways and academic advising opportunities that best matches the student with his or her career field of choice. A clear focus on achievement in all content areas is critical.
  • Lead a teaching and learning team that pushes on excellent preparation, effective transition and mentorship, and ongoing support.
  • Focuses on ensuring that the most effective instructional materials are those that are being adopted in classrooms across the state, in partnership with year-round, effective professional development.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to education equity and an outcomes orientation
  • Ability to balance vision setting, content expertise, and systems-building in a realistic and authentic way
  • Deep instructional and leadership experience or expertise
  • Ability to use data to make decisions, with a performance management orientation
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with others
  • Ability to speak to and hold the line on the critical importance of high expectations through rigorous standards, strong assessments, clear and accurate reporting, and excellent teaching and leadership as the four core tenets needed for growth and achievement
  • At least 5 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree required
  • Work in an LEA a significant plus
  • Teaching experience required
  • Must have strong experience with at least half of the departments overseen, with an overall framework related to high expectations for both content development and implementation

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Valerie Starks via email at Valerie.Starks@tn.gov.
 

Reports To:

Director of Assessment and Accountability Analytics

Position Description:

The Data Analyst will report to the Director of Assessment and Accountability Analytics. The incumbent’s primary responsibility will be to develop, support, and implement the state’s district and school accountability framework. This analyst plays a critical role in shaping district and state improvement efforts through technical leadership and management and reporting of important data points. Through the management, analysis, and reporting of data, this role will support Department leadership and other stakeholder decision-making and execution of strategic initiatives to ensure every Tennessee student receives a quality education. Attention to detail, accuracy, and flexibility are key traits for the successful candidate.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead analysis of the state’s testing data and other metrics used in the state’s accountability systems
  • Prepare and present findings from data analyses to department leadership and stakeholders
  • Develop and implement data management processes built on best practices
  • Serve as a data expert and resource to others within the department
  • Serve as a link between the state and LEAs on questions related to accountability data and process
  • Perform quality checks to ensure business rules align with state and federal regulations
  • Anticipate and solve data and process problems effectively and efficiently
  • Prepare federal reports
  • Perform other duties as needed

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in mathematics, statistics, economics, public policy, computer science, or related fields.
  • A professional background in education
  • Experience using R or Python for data wrangling, visualization, and computation, or deep proficiency with statistical software like Stata/SAS and willingness to learn R or Python
  • Familiarity with principles and tools for reproducible research
  • Ability to pursue self-directed learning
  • Ability to present data clearly and in an accessible manner to variety of audiences
  • Track record of delivering products and results under tight timelines
  • Exemplary writing skills, particularly translating data findings into actionable reports, memos, and presentations
  • Strong strategic thinking and creative problem solving skills
  • Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
  • Team orientation and willingness to contribute at all levels to meet deadlines and complete successful implementation

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please e-mail the following to Alexander Poon. While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.

  • A resume or CV
  • A coding sample or portfolio
  • A writing sample
  • A cover letter describing your interest in this position

Reports To:

Director of Performance Management

Location:

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

Position Description:     

The Tennessee Department of Education is seeking a Performance Management Specialist to support the development and implementation of a performance management system in the department. The Specialist provides direct guidance and support to divisional leaders in planning, performance management, problem-solving, and capacity-building.

This position serves as a critical member of the Performance Management Office (PMO), a small, highly capable team that is responsible for driving the achievement of the agency’s strategic plan with a focus on results. The PMO leads strategic planning for the agency and supports initiative planning with agency staff; is responsible for the performance routines to monitor and report on progress; supports analyzing data and solving problems; establishes the quality bar for performance management functions and support initiative owners in meeting expectations; and builds relationships and facilitate cross-team connections.

This position is responsible for the performance management of priority initiatives that are most impactful toward the successful execution of the department’s strategic plan. This includes working with internal stakeholders to ensure that priority initiatives are focused on improving student outcomes and incorporate measurable short- and long-term goals. Key areas of responsibility include supporting the planning and initiation of projects at various levels of completion, supporting project owners to ensure agreed-upon milestones are met, analyzing and using data to formulate recommendations, communicating relevant progress and outcomes to stakeholders, and building capacity among internal stakeholders.

Essential Functions:

  • Planning: Develop planning templates and guidance materials and support the development of high-quality project planning documents. Create procedures to capture and address changes in the original plan.
  • Monitoring and Reporting: Monitor and manage project quality to ensure project deliverables are acceptable and fulfill the terms of the project contract or specifications. Provide stakeholders with timely assessments of project performance in writing, orally, and through the creation and maintenance of dashboards.
  • Evaluation and Follow-Up: Provide an analysis of various data points related to project planning and completion and formulate recommendations based on trends in the data. Analyze and monitor projects to identify issues, risks, and opportunities for improvement and design strategies to mitigate or avoid future risks.
  • Capacity Building: Identify needs, develop tailored coaching and targeted support plans for project owners, and facilitate professional learning opportunities.
  • Communication: Serve as a communication channel across the agency and among initiatives. Assess the needs of internal stakeholders and create communication structures to better serve performance management needs.

Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in education, project management, or a relevant field. Advanced degree is preferred.
  • At least five (5) years of experience working in project management. Experience working in an educational context or advanced degree related to education preferred.
  • Ability to lead by influence to achieve results from staff not directly supervised by this position
  • Meticulous attention to detail with an ability to produce high quality work in a dynamic environment
  • Highly organized; ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet deadlines
  • Ability to break down complex information into comprehensive parts, ask questions, synthesize and analyze
  • Exercise strong judgement in making critical decisions
  • Ability to analyze complex information and develop plans to address identified issues
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve
  • Ability to engage in a collaborative, results-oriented team environment
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Office applications and managing the lifecycle of complex technical documents 
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) or Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) certification strongly preferred

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Valerie Starks via email at Valerie.Starks@tn.gov.
 

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee's policy of non-discrimination, the Tennessee 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.