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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:

Chief Operating Officer

Location:

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

Position Description:      

The Assistant Commissioner of District Operations will be charged with envisioning and implementing a new role for the state in supporting the holistic school experience for a student, focusing on the elevation of transportation, school safety, and nutrition as integral components to educational outcomes and family engagement.  This position will oversee three primary teams dedicated to each of these school services, working to ensure robust and quality supports from each team, as well as alignment and coherency across the teams for efficient district support. The Assistant Commissioner will a) develop and implement robust and integrated technical assistance supports to school districts, b) target the development and strengthening of compliance requirements and monitoring, and c) launch strategic initiatives dedicated to improving state-level supports to districts during emergency situations.  This role will collaborate with internal department staff, other state agencies, and external partners to identify proven best practices and to provide the highest quality supports to district teams.

The Assistant Commissioner of District Operations should be organized, detailed oriented, and have strong communications judgment.  The role will require the ability to navigate legal and regulatory requirements, to develop and document clear policies and procedures, and to ensure implementation fidelity.  This individual will also emphasize building rapport with district leads and partners to ensure meaningful supports are developed, delivered effectively, and integrated into district practices.  The Assistant Commissioner must have prior relevant experience in operations with demonstrated results, as well as expertise in performance management, project management, and stakeholder engagement.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of district and school plans as required by state and federal rules and laws for nutrition, safety, and transportation programs
  • Develop and implement of robust monitoring and compliance review processes, including desktop monitoring and site visits to ensure fidelity of implementation
  • Develop and facilitate professional development and technical assistance, both via regional or statewide trainings and in tailored district supports
  • Manage oversight of fiscal operations and grants management, including both state and federal funds
  • Manage data collection necessary to meet all applicable reporting requirements and to develop analyses to drive program initiatives
  • Collaborate with partnering agencies at the local, state, and federal level to bolster quality service delivery and maintain good standing for compliance purposes
  • Develop robust communication strategies for stakeholder engagement, information dissemination, and training events
  • Supervise team of 25+ employees, including regional-based staff, through project and work plan development, implementation, and performance management of outcomes
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to education equity of opportunity and an outcomes orientation
  • Ability to engage effectively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to differentiate compliant from high quality implementations, while pushing and supporting both outcomes
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing priorities
  • Experience creating and managing processes to streamline workflow
  • Supervisory experience and skills
  • Dedication to cultivating workplace culture within and across teams
  • Strong project management experience with managing complex projects and strategic plans that ensure project success.
  • At least 5 years of experience and a Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree or equivalent preferred)
  • School district experienced 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 Education.Jobs@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 Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Reports To:

Chief Schools 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 School Models and Programs. The TNDOE is committed to ensuring that families and students have access to choose the best educational environment to meet students’ needs and prepare them for post-secondary success.

The Assistant Commissioner of School Models and Programs is held to a high standard of integrity and professional responsibility and serves as the leader responsible for implementing state level programming and policy related to virtual schools, charter schools, innovative school models within traditional school districts, private schools, and private school access. The Assistant Commissioner’s most important role is supporting, developing, coaching, and supervising internal teams towards a vision of developing and implementing program and policy with students, educators, and district processes and sustainability in mind. The programming and policy developed under this leader must be rooted in a clear vision for maximizing educational choice while ensuring excellent student achievement and growth outcomes. The successful candidate must deeply understand the conditions necessary to increase both educational choice and student achievement and have thought through a theory of action to support the strategy.

This individual must be an excellent writer and communicator, and be extremely organized. The Assistant Commissioner of School Models and Programs will serve as a critical resource for multiple teams as they develop plans and deliver on high-priority initiatives connected to the upcoming strategic plan and the Governor’s priorities. This individual must be detailed oriented, have strong communications judgment, and able to develop and maintain strong and effective relationships with external stakeholders. The ideal candidate should have prior charter school, LEA or SEA experience and will sit on the executive leadership team.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage a large team focused on multiple high-priority initiatives to increase educational choice
  • Partner with stakeholders to lead and support the growth and development of a strong and effective school choice environment and improve the charter school sector in Tennessee, which includes leadership related to accessing and implementing federal grant programs supporting school choice and state charter school grant programs
  • Lead a newly designed educational choice team that focuses on increasing the scope of quality of educational choice available to families and students
  • Lead efforts at the state to ensure the effective implementation of charter school authorizing best practices by all charter school authorizers in the state
  • Lead efforts to ensure all charter schools are able to provide equitable and fair access to all students through appropriate enrollment policies and processes
  • Initiate the development and implementation of a free public school choice option for all students in Tennessee, with a focus on increasing access for students currently not meeting achievement and growth targets
  • Effectively plan and execute on new Education Savings Account legislation, building a model private school access program that will be modeled by states across the country
  • Partner with other teams within the Department to support and increase district implementation of innovative school models including magnet schools, zone schools, and other innovative models
  • Ensure administration of Individualized Education Account legislation is scalable and efficient while maintaining risk controls and stakeholder satisfaction
  • Ensure effective and rigorous implementation of Virtual Education Programs and Course Access Programs legislation and State Board of Education Rules related to approval and monitoring of non-public schools and accrediting agencies

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
  • 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 accountability
  • At least 5 years of relevant educational choice experience and a bachelor’s degree required
  • Work in a charter school, LEA or SEA on school choice initiatives a requirement
  • Teaching experience required

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 via email at Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS) provides early intervention services for infants and toddlers, birth through two years of age, with disabilities and their families according to the federal regulation requirements in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C – Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities [34 CFR Parts 300 and 303] and Rulemaking Hearing Rules of the State Board of Education, Chapter 0520-1-10, TEIS.

The Assistant Commissioner of TEIS will be positioned within the Office of the Chief District Officer and will focus on building a strong, regional support model for the implementation and oversight of a statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency system. The TEIS division is comprised of nine regional offices and a central staff located in Nashville.

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

Responsibilities:

Vendor Management

  • Develop and oversee the TEIS contractual processes for early intervention resource agencies (EIRAs) and vendors
  • Manage the generation and implementation of the TEIS system of payment policies
  • Facilitate and ensure implementation and maintenance of state departments’ interagency agreement to facilitate the provision of early intervention services between all early childhood agencies

Program Implementation, Oversight and Grants Management

  • Promote the primary goal of early intervention by providing support and education to families of children with disabilities
  • Serve as liaison with U.S. Department of Education for the oversight of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C
  • Oversee TEIS budget obligations and expenditures (state, federal and interdepartmental funding) to ensure funds are appropriately obligated and liquidated within the period of performance
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive monitoring framework focused on compliant and effective programs
  • Oversee and review the submission of the annual performance report (APR) and the state systemic improvement plan (SSIP)
  • Review, facilitate, and update policies and procedures for early intervention services
  • Oversee and review all administrative complaints for Part C in collaboration with the part C monitoring coordinator according to IDEA procedural safeguards guidelines
  • Collect and utilize early childhood outcomes (ECO) and family survey data for children, birth through age two, with disabilities in order to inform decisions and analyze the effectiveness of early childhood services and programs
  • Pursue a strong evidence base in special education and early childhood practices to improve practices and program outcomes
  • Perform general administrative responsibilities and duties including, but not limited to, leading regularly-scheduled staff meetings and check-ins; holding teams accountable for project and work plans; providing actionable feedback as part of the HR evaluation process

Collaboration and Coordination with Other Programs and Initiatives

·          Collaborate and communicate with the division of special populations and student support assistant commissioner regarding department of education (DOE) and department of special populations and student support initiatives

·          Oversee the strategic coordination of the Part C (TEIS) system with initiatives and programs in other state and federal agencies

·          Participate in and provide support to the state interagency coordinating council (SICC) for the role of the council in supporting a Part C (TEIS) service delivery system where families are supported, empowered, and connected with other families, parent advocates, early intervention service providers in order to fully participate in the decisions made regarding their child’s special needs

Outreach and Communication to Stakeholder Groups

  • Cultivate strong relationships and open communication with TEIS district offices, LEAs, early intervention providers, families, early childhood advocacy groups and early childhood advisory councils
  • Clearly communicate early childhood IDEA programs mission, initiatives, directives, federal and state requirements to all stakeholders (i.e., TEIS staff, families, local education agencies (LEAs), early intervention providers, other state departments, and others in the early childhood community) via printed materials, website, conference calls, webex and in person
  • Increase public awareness efforts in identification of young children in need of TEIS services by targeting the fifteen most distressed counties in Tennessee
  • Oversee of the facilitation of communication between Part C and Part B, Section 619 at state and local level including TEIS POEs, LEAs, families, early intervention providers and the early childhood community
  • Ensure the timely collection and distribution of evidence-based information regarding early intervention services to the public

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (minimum) in relevant field
  • Three years’ experience with federal grants (IDEA preferred)
  • Three years’ experience with contract/vendor management
  • Supervisory experience/skills
  • Strong organizational and 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
  • Experience managing large-scale, long-term projects
  • 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 Dr. Eve Carney via Education.Jobs@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 Education.Jobs@tn.gov.
 

Reports To:

Chief Operating Officer

Location:

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

Position Description:     

The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) is seeking a talented and highly motivated Chief Information Officer to lead technology direction at the state-level to help improve the educational outcomes for over one million K-12 students.  The TDOE is a state government agency responsible for K-12 public education in Tennessee, providing policy, governance, programs, and supports to over 1,800 public schools across 147 school districts statewide.  The TDOE Information Systems Division develops, maintains, and oversees a wide range of Information Systems, technologies, and related processes used by TDOE staff and over 80,000 district staff to support K-12 education processes.   The CIO will serve as a member of the TDOE Executive Leadership Team, providing a professional technology perspective on all aspects of TDOE operations, and will direct the activities of the Information Systems Division.

The successful candidate will be an experienced IT professional capable of developing and executing a strategic vision for the role of technology in education while maintaining business continuity, security, and privacy in a mission critical environment.  The CIO will influence and lead with a robust technical ability, strong execution focus, and commitment to customer service.

About the TDOE Information Systems Division

The TDOE Information Systems Division (ISD) is responsible for all aspects of information and data systems used across the agency, including those developed in-house, by third parties, and those provided as a service (SaaS).   ISD is responsible for influencing the direction of technology in school districts and is central to major procurements for technology products and services that have applicability statewide, including supporting the management of technology vendors.

ISD has a strong focus on the cloud (Azure) and has multiple major initiatives underway for the renewal of legacy systems that leverage the scalability and platform as a service (PaaS) benefits of the cloud, including the creation of a unifying data system that will power the TDOE’s predictive analytics and data-driven decision making objectives.

The ISD team comprises forty talented individuals, including: application developers with strong focus on Microsoft technologies, engineers, project managers and supporting staff with deep education domain expertise.  ISD workloads can be summarized into seven core areas:

  1. New Systems Development:  In-house creation of cloud-based, next generation information and data systems.  
  2. Sustained Engineering:  Continuity and maintenance of the many legacy, on-premise systems still in use.
  3. District Technology Support:  Supporting school districts with strategic procurements, training, help desk and other supports.
  4. Managed Outcomes:  Managing the development and/or delivery of products and services from third party vendors.
  5. State Reporting:   Product ownership and direction of the data systems directly responsible for critical State reporting processes.
  6. Business Support:  Providing business and subject matter expertise support for technology related contracting and RFP activities across the TDOE
  7. IT Infrastructure:  Deploying and maintaining shared infrastructure used by TDOE staff and systems.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Drive completion of the major, in-motion information systems projects
  • Ensure continuity, upgrades, and support of all existing information systems
  • Ensure protocols for business continuity, disaster recovery, security, data privacy, and end point protection are in place for all systems
  • Ensure protocols for change management, user access control, vendor controls, and other compliance items defined for State agencies are in place
  • Drive completion of all in-motion procurements and contracts
  • Creating funding and resourcing plans for the renewal of legacy information systems over time
  • Continue to develop the portfolio of services for school districts
  • Provide support to program areas for technology procurements, RFP’s, and contracts
  • Maintain and promote a forward-looking vision and strategy for the role of technology in education
  • Manage the FTE and contract resources assigned to the Information Systems Division
  • Manage the expenditures, contracts, and renewals controlled by the Information Systems Division
  • Manage the annual information systems budget for current year and plan appropriately for future years
  • Work collaboratively with the state’s Strategic Technology Solutions team who provide infrastructure services across all State agencies

Qualifications:

  • 10 plus years of experience in an enterprise Information Technology leadership role
  • Strong understanding of cloud technologies, including; Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) and Platform as a Serve (PaaS) paradigms
  • Strong understanding of the software development lifecycle (SDLC) in an agile environment
  • Working understanding of information and data system design paradigms and implementation in a services-oriented architecture
  • Working understanding of information and data system scalability, redundancy, and performance paradigms in a distributed architecture
  • Strong understanding of business continuity, security, privacy and disaster recovery best practices in an enterprise data environment
  • Broad general knowledge of information technology devices, operating systems, networking, and communications concepts
  • Strong customer service mindset
  • Good communication skills with the ability to simplify the complex
  • Commercial experience with contracts and vendor negotiations
  • Financial experience managing divisional budgets and appropriations
  • Recent experience with Microsoft technologies, including; Azure and .NET preferred
  • Experience with K-12 education and State Government processes beneficial but not essential

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 Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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:

Senior Director, Academic Strategy, CORE

Location:

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

Position Description:     

The Tennessee Department of Education is seeking a director of academic support to oversee and guide the work of a select number of regional CORE staff in supporting continuous improvement efforts in districts across the state. This position would not provide direct management to the regional staff, but rather would work with other teams at the department to ensure the vision for the support these staff provide to school districts is well executed. This work includes creating and implementing knowledge management routines to ensure coherent, aligned, and effective supports across the state, coaching and guiding the regional staff towards a clear and consistent vision for their work, observing and learning from regional consultants to understand the needs in the field, and coordinating extensively with peers across the department to ensure alignment with department priorities and feed information from the field back to the central department to inform ongoing work.

The state’s CORE offices are located in eight geographic regions across the state and are charged with supporting districts with continuous improvement of practice and student outcomes. CORE offices support districts with diagnosing needs, planning for improvement, implementing strategies, and tracking progress. Each CORE office is led by a CORE director, who directly manages and deploys the six consultants in their office. Each office has a consistent staffing structure with a variety of academic consultant roles reporting to the CORE office director. The director of academic strategy will shape and guide the work of three of these consultant groups to ensure consistent support across the state, and will work closely with the regional office directors and the senior CORE director to ensure alignment in the work.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with peers across the department to coordinate and align the work of CORE regional staff with department priorities, and inform department work by sharing trends and needs from the field.
  • Collaboratively with other teams at the department, develop and implement knowledge management plans for responsible consultant groups to ensure equitable knowledge and skill across the state, ongoing learning and continues improvement, and consistent training experiences for staff.
  • Oversee structures for ongoing coordination and collaboration with consultant teams (for example, the eight ELA consultants from each CORE office across the state need to come together regularly to learn, plan, share, collaborate, and problem-solve).
  • Develop and execute processes for strong two-way communication between CORE staff and relevant department teams to ensure CORE field experience is informing the work at the department, and vice versa
  • Support CORE consultants in understanding how to use tools and resources from the department, and help department teams think through how districts will use tools and resources they create
  • Create processes and structures for ensuring tight and consistent support across consultants in different regions, and for ensuring CORE directors manage the work consistently and effectively
  • Build relationships and trust with, influence, and motivate CORE staff and department partners in order to foster a strong culture for continuous improvement
  • Learn quickly and adapt quickly by being comfortable with change and flexible in the work

Qualifications:

  • High level of personal responsibility, optimism, and judgment
  • Commitment to excellence and problem-solving
  • Exceptional ability to build relationships, compromise, motivate, and influence
  • Strong listening skills, ability to weigh a variety of perspectives and ideas and make decisions
  • Experience leading a project or initiative with evidence of impact
  • Orientation to making decisions based on what’s best for students
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a school district central office and/or school leadership role, with perspective on how systems function and improve
  • Content area expertise in at least one of the CORE consultant role areas (ELA, math, intervention, data use, CTE, and/or TEAM evaluation); expertise or experience in multiple areas preferred
  • Deep understanding of the instructional core and its influence on improving student outcomes
  • Effective organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Willingness to travel approximately 20-30% of the time

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 Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Reports To:

Chief Schools Officer and Achievement School District, Superintendent

Location:

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

OR

Memphis – Site TBD

Position Description:     

The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) is looking for a talented, driven, student-focused individual to be our Director of Accountability for the achievement school district (ASD). The TDOE is committed to ensuring that families and students in the ASD have access to a high-quality education.

The Director of Accountability is charged with developing and implementing for all schools in the ASD a robust performance evaluation framework, intervention ladder, and exit plan. The performance framework must include metrics in the area of finances, management, organizational performance and compliance, and academics. The director will ensure there is, at minimum, a quarterly and annual evaluation and review of all performance data. The director will ensure annual and quarterly performance reports are generated and used to support the schools and school operators in understanding and acting on the data to improve school performance and meet performance objectives.

The intervention ladder and exit plan must be tiered, as appropriate, based on school performance and should include incentives for schools that are consistently meeting or exceeding performance expectations. The director will be responsible for developing a site visit and meeting schedule for all schools that ensures that, at a minimum, quarterly meetings and visits are conducted for all schools to evaluate performance and implementation of improvement plans, and to discuss successes and areas in need of improvement. The Director of Accountability will be charged with developing and implementing a process to evaluate compliance and ensure all schools in the ASD meet the standards of a high quality public school. The individual will collaborate across the department including with the office of school improvement and school models and programs.

This director must be an excellent writer and communicator, with strong data analysis skills, and be extremely organized. This individual must be able to develop and maintain strong and effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The ideal candidate should have three years in an office of accountability or a charter school authorizing office.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement an annual performance framework, intervention ladder, and exit plan for all schools within the ASD, including evaluations in the areas of finances, management, organizational performance and compliance, and academics
  • Create repots and trainings for the schools and school operators on how to analyze and act upon the data
  • Conduct monthly meetings with each charter school operator to review and track the performance metrics
  • Conduct site visits at the schools to measure and observe the implementation of academic improvement plans and to evaluate compliance
  • Evaluate school compliance with the standards of a high quality public school

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to education equity and an outcomes orientation
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Masters Preferred); preferred fields include mathematics, statistics, economics, public policy, computer science, education or related fields
  • A professional background in education
  • Ability to balance vision setting, content expertise, and systems-building in a realistic and authentic way
  • Strong data analysis and excel skills
  • Ability to use data to make decisions, with a performance management orientation
  • Team orientation and willingness to contribute at all levels to meet deadlines and complete successful implementation
  • 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
  • Ability to speak to and hold the line on the critical importance of high expectations through rigorous accountability
  • At least 3 years of relevant job experience in an office of accountability or charter school authorizing office

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 Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Reports To:

Senior Director, Regional Support, CORE

Location:

Knoxville, TN

Position Description:     

The regional CORE director for is responsible for leading the strategic deployment of one of the state’s eight regional CORE offices. The director manages a team of approximately six academic consultants charged with supporting school districts in the region with continuously improving instructional practice. The director oversees deployment of the consultant team to ensure coherence in the support provided to districts across the region and maximum impact on outcomes. The regional director must stay connected to the vision and goals for their consultant team through collaboration with the CORE central office, and other divisions across the department. It is also critical that the CORE director develop and maintain productive relationships with superintendents and other district leadership across the region, ensuring effective and collaborative partnerships with the districts that lead to improved outcomes for students.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Ensure a strategic approach to district support across consultant teams based on the CORE support framework
  • Provide ongoing coaching and guidance to CORE consultant teams to continuously improve the support provided to districts
  • Work closely with the CORE central office and other academic divisions of the department of education to support districts in executing the department’s key priorities, and to ensure consultant support is meeting expectations
  • Develop an understanding of district strengths and needs across the region and cultivate strong working relationships with district leaders in order to establish effective partnerships
  • Coach districts to develop high-quality improvement plans through training, one-on-one support, review, feedback, and approval of district improvement plans
  • Collaborate with the seven other CORE directors across the state monthly in Nashville for collaborative learning, planning, and sharing
  • Engage in feedback loops with the department to report on current successes, trends, and needs from the field to inform department work

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional track record of performance in working with adults in a school district central office and/or in instructional leadership
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to present content effectively to diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated record of success improving student outcomes
  • Proven experience leading and managing a team effectively
  • Ability to work quickly in a fast-paced environment, and adapt easily to change
  • Strong working knowledge of strategic planning and data analysis
  • Ability to set vision and execute effectively
  • Willingness to travel almost daily within the CORE region

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 Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Reports to:        

Commissioner of Education

Location:                             

Andrew Johnson Tower
Nashville, TN 37243

Position Overview:

The director of internal audit manages all financial, compliance, programmatic, or operational internal audit activities with the department of education.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Plans, organizes and directs all auditing activities for the department; directs financial, compliance, program and/or operational audits for the department, including limited scope audits of local education agencies.
  • Develops the department’s internal audit plan for submission and review by the Executive Internal Auditor and the Commissioner of Education.
  • Provides routine updates to the Executive Internal Auditor and the Commissioner of Education.
  • Prepares, or directs the preparation and maintenance, of detailed and complex reports and supporting financial documentation in order to identify legal, financial and/or administrative problems or discrepancies, and recommends methods for improvements.
  • Directs the assignment, training, supervision and evaluation of a professional auditing staff and their work; makes decisions concerning employment, retention, demotion, dismissal and other human resources actions.
  • Directs the development, explanation, interpretation and enforcement of state and federal laws, rules and regulations, audit policies and procedures, and operational procedures; makes decisions on recommendations for change; resolves differences in legal interpretation and application.
  • Directs the coordination of departmental audit activities with the Comptroller of the Treasury and other state and federal agency audit personnel.
  • Establishes and maintains a variety of important personal contacts with division heads, high level managerial personnel, governmental and private agency officials, attorneys, accountants and associates in resolving and correcting major problems uncovered in audits and in dealing with complex and controversial audit findings.
  • Directs special studies and investigations as requested by the department head.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Understanding of the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing developed by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Government Auditing Standards published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
  • Familiarity with the Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government issued by the Comptroller General of the United States or the Internal Control Integrated Framework issued by the Commission of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO).
  • Operational knowledge of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook) products.
  • Working knowledge of accounting principles.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to provide technical guidance and training to end users.
  • Ability to motivate others and promote teamwork.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.

Competencies:

  • Planning
  • Directing Others
  • Functional / Technical Skills
  • Conflict Management
  • Written Communications
  • Comfort Around Higher Management
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Listening
  • Personal Learning
  • Perseverance

Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree in business administration (or related field) preferred.
  • CPA, CFE, CISA, CIA or other relevant professional certifications preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in audit, internal audit, public accounting, or related work.
  • Minimum 2 years experience supervising teams, including building teams, training, mentoring, or supervising professionals.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be based on experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Reports To:

Assistant Commissioner, School Models and Programs

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 Director of Non-Public School Programs. The TNDOE is committed to ensuring that families and students have access to choose the best educational environment to meet students’ needs and prepare them for post-secondary success.

The Director of Non-Public School Programs is held to a high standard of integrity and professional responsibility and serves as the leader responsible for implementing state level programming and policy related to private schools and private school access. The Director’s most important role is supporting, developing, coaching, and supervising the internal team responsible for implementing program and policy related to non-public schools and access to those schools. The programming and policy implemented under this leader must be rooted in a clear vision for supporting access to private school choice while ensuring excellent student achievement and growth outcomes. The successful candidate must deeply understand the conditions surrounding programming related to access to private school choice and have thought through a theory of action to support successful implementation of the strategy.

This individual must be an excellent writer and communicator, and be extremely organized. The Director of Non-Public School Programs will plans for and deliver on high-priority initiatives connected to the Governor’s priorities. This individual must be detailed oriented, have strong communications judgment, and able to develop and maintain strong and effective relationships with external stakeholders. The ideal candidate should have prior private school and government experience.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage a lean team focused on high-profile and high-priority initiatives
  • Partner with stakeholders to lead and support the growth and development of a strong and effective private school access program in Tennessee
  • Effectively plan and execute on new Education Savings Account legislation, building a model private school access program that will be modeled by states across the country
  • Ensure administration of Individualized Education Account legislation is scalable and efficient while maintaining risk controls and stakeholder satisfaction

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
  • 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 accountability
  • At least 3 years of relevant educational choice experience and a bachelor’s degree required
  • Work in a private school or in government is a requirement

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 via email at Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

The Talent Office is seeking a Director to lead this new work stream within the Division of Human Capital.  In this position, the Director will lead internal talent acquisition, support supervisors in effectively performance managing their direct reports, redesign employee onboarding, provide professional development on leadership strategies, work with communications and engagement on branding and determine new metrics around internal talent strategy.  The Director will also work closely with other staff within the Human Capital Division.

Responsibilities

  • Utilize existing data and identify data needed to monitor internal talent data against performance management metrics
  • Analyze relevant data such as  turnover, effectiveness, retirements, projected budget, and compensation structures to inform recruitment needs
  • Determine how organization can retain high performers and provide support to all employees
  • Develop talent acquisition strategy, including identifying and procuring applicant tracking system, strategic marketing of positions and competency-based interview process
    • Looking for experience with national best practices that ensure streamlined process and positive user experience
  • Support supervisors as vacancies arise to support posting the position, recruiting top talent and assisting during the interview process
  • Develop strong relationships with external sources of talent (i.e. universities, education professionals, non-profits etc.)
  • Coach and provide trainings to supervisors around effective performance management plans for direct reports. This includes supporting the alignment of individual SMART goals with individual responsibilities as part of larger division-wide expectations and metrics stated in strategic plan
  • Beyond cyclical compliance deadlines, support overall talent management and skill building amongst supervisors and their direct reports
  • Work closely with CFO, COO’s designee and others around internal human capital planning for each fiscal year
  • Propose new initiatives based on human capital data to improve workplace culture, performance and management
  • Design and facilitate sessions to improve human capital management policies and practices, including but not limited to recruitment, selection,  and strategic staffing
  • Analyze relevant research to inform policy development related to human capital management
  • All other duties as assigned

Requirements

Education and Experience: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and experience equivalent to three years of full-time professional educational, instructional or supervisory/administrative work. Additionally, the candidate should have:

  • Experience with adult development, training and facilitation
  • Ability to perform a variety of high-level activities involved in the research, communication, project management, data and fiscal oversight associated with human capital management and strategic compensation
  • Project management experience, including the establishment of benchmarks and performance metrics to ensure project completion
  • Comfortable and effective in making presentations to small, mid and large size groups
  • Expertise in human capital management including recruitment, retention and compensation experience
  • Innovative and strategic thinker; solution oriented
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative and high standards for self; 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
  • Strong teamwork, with an ability to collaborate with managers, peers, and direct reports
  • Education policy and program experience at the district, state and/or federal level, preferred
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment balancing multiple ongoing projects
  •  Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail

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 via email at David.Donaldson@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

The Tennessee Department of Education is seeking an Operations Coordinator, positioned within the Division of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring (CPM), to perform multiple roles related to delivery management, daily operations, event planning, contracts management, and communications review. CPM is committed to providing excellent support and service to districts and other stakeholders in the effective implementation of federal education programs designed to prepare students for postsecondary and career success. The ideal candidate is committed to working collaboratively with internal and external partners, communicating clearly with all stakeholders, providing consistent and timely feedback, supporting flexibility and innovation where possible, and focusing on what is best for the students of Tennessee.

Specific duties and knowledge required include:

  • Manage conferences, trainings, meetings, and workshops, including web-based meetings.
    • Coordinate with venues to solicit bids; provide specific set up, scheduling, and equipment needs; complete purchasing/billing; and other event logistics.
    • Coordinate and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders and guest speakers regarding logistics, agendas, accommodations, materials, and resources.
    • Develop event schedules, registration processes, and develop, analyze, and summarize, surveys to improve future events, and communicate with internal stakeholders and other participants.
  • Develop and review internal and external communications and plans.
    • Create and maintain department-approved templates.
    • Editing memos, blurbs, presentations, manuals, guidance, and other resources.
    • Compile, edit, and publish an e-newsletter and maintain the list-serve,
    • Assemble, manage, and revise CPM policies and procedures documents for consistency.
    • Train staff on updated communications procedures, offer feedback to strengthen processes, and communicate opportunities to collaborate with other staff members when recognized.
    • Respond to communications and requests (via email or phone) in a timely and professional manner.
  • Manage a grants approval and revision process and assist online database (ePlan) users.
    • Coordinate an assigned team of reviewers to process applications in a timely manner.
    • Clearly communicate milestones and expectations with clarity and urgency.
    • Run reports, analyze results, and communicate steps to streamline internal team reviews to maximize workflow.
    • Develop a comprehensive, collaborative project tracker for team members to contribute to through project completion.
    • Provide technical assistance to staff members regarding grants approval.
    • Format and upload data in a .CSV format to an online database.
    • Check emails, respond to requests, and maintain a shared email account.
    • Answer questions via phone and/or email regarding user access.
  • Serve as the contracts liaison to track and manage contracts and grants.
    • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to define contract needs.
      • Lead the initiative to write a detailed scope (description) of work for proposals, purchase orders, grant and fee for service contracts, and other agreements.
    • Communicate with vendors and subgrantees regarding invoice procedures, payment, and/or reimbursement.
    • Attend contract meetings and present projects for approval.
  • As requested, support the Assistant Commissioner in the fiscal management of grants.
    • Maintain fiscal spreadsheets, track expenditures, and attend budget meetings.
  • Assist with special projects as assigned by the Assistant Commissioner of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring and the Director of Compliance and Operations
  • Other related duties as assigned

Qualifications and Expectations:

  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in relevant field
  • Experience with grant management or related budget work
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote)
  • Very strong planning, organizational, and project management skills
  • Strong oral and exceptional written communication skills
  • Knowledge of contract and procurement procedures (experience with the Central Procurement Office and Edison contract entry procedures preferred)
  • Three years of experience with contract management or related work preferred
  • Three years of experience with event planning preferred
  • Travel is required; must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • Submit detailed weekly reports and frequently updated project plans.

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 via Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Reports To:

Assistant Commissioner, School Improvement

Location:

Central Position

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 individuals to serve as Regional School Improvement Directors based in either Nashville or Memphis. 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 Regional School Improvement Director is held to a high standard of integrity and professional responsibility and serves as the leader responsible for managing and coordinating supports and accountability for a regional portfolio of schools that have been designated as priority, targeted support and intervention, or additional targeted support and intervention. The Regional School Improvement Director’s most important role is developing, coordinating implementation, monitoring and adjusting the state administered supports and accountability processes for schools that have been identified as the lowest performing in the state. The programming and policy implemented by these leaders must be normed with other members of the team and rooted in an understanding of effective turnaround processes that ensure excellent student achievement and growth outcomes for students and all student subgroups. The successful candidate must deeply understand and support implementation of the conditions necessary for successful school turnaround that student academic achievement.

This individual must be an excellent communicator and be extremely organized. The Regional School Improvement Director will plan for and deliver on high-priority initiatives connected to school improvement, school turnaround, and school accountability. This individual must be detailed oriented, have strong communications judgment, and 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 LEA.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • 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
  • 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 both Focus and Priority schools to learn and share promising practices
  • Manage professional learning opportunities for Priority and Focus school principals and teachers designed to build their skills and knowledge to lead successful turnaround schools
  • Hold regular performance routines with these schools and districts related to capacity building and sustainability

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
  • Ability to use data to make decisions, with a performance management orientation
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with external stakeholders in challenging circumstances
  • Ability to speak to and hold the line on the critical importance of high expectations through rigorous accountability
  • At least 3 years of relevant school turnaround and federal and state grants management and a bachelor’s degree required
  • Work managing federal and state grants a requirement
  • Teaching experience required

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 via email at Education.Jobs@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

The Research Coordinator is a key member on the State Board of Education team. He/she is charged with executing responsibilities related to the Board’s research agenda and supporting additional work streams. The Research Coordinator will be the lead program manager for the Educator Preparation Report Card. In collaboration with the Director of Policy and Research, the Research Coordinator will also design and carry out research and policy projects relevant to other priority areas. The Research Coordinator serves as liaison to other key state partners.

About the Tennessee State Board of Education

The Tennessee State Board of Education’s mission is to ensure sound governance and effective K-12 policy development in order to maintain the state’s position as the fastest improving state and to move into the top half of all states in student outcomes by 2020. We work closely with stakeholders across the state to ensure equity, oversight, and transparency in K-12 education policy. In order to achieve this ambitious vision, the State Board is committed to several key priorities:

  • High Standards and Quality Measures
  • Great Teachers and Leaders
  • Serve All Students
  • High Quality School Options
  • Transparency, Equity, Public Engagement, and Oversight

Job Responsibilities

Research Coordinator responsibilities include the following:

  • Act as the lead program manager for the planning, production, and publication of the state’s Educator Preparation Report Card. This project involves:
    • Setting a vision for improvements to the report card annually,
    • Organizing an advisory council of stakeholders to provide feedback,
    • Communicating frequently with educator preparation programs regarding data and other questions,
    • Ensuring data are collected, cleaned, and analyzed,
    • Managing the relationship with the vendor that produces the online report card, and
    • Presenting at annual state conferences regarding the report card.
  • Conduct research based on the board’s policy agenda and aligned with the Board’s Master Plan, including the annual BEP Review Committee Report.
  • Assist in the development and management of research projects for contracted staff, such as interns and fellows.
  • Maintain broad knowledge of current research and best practices across Tennessee and nationally that relate to the priorities of the State Board of Education.
  • Liaise with other education research stakeholders in Tennessee, including the department of education, advocacy groups, and institutions of higher education, to carry out relevant research and engage stakeholders in the research findings of the board.
  • Other duties as assigned to support team and board functions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

We are seeking candidates who have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in education, public policy or administration, or a related field is required; a Master’s degree is strongly preferred
  • At least three years of professional work experience
  • Exceptional planning, organization, and project management skills, with the ability to set clear goals and develop a comprehensive plan of action to achieve those goals
  • Exceptional attention to detail, with a willingness to investigate and troubleshoot data issues, think through all potential upstream and downstream implications, and strong documentation skills
  • Ability to work iteratively and collaboratively
  • Strong technical and professional communication skills
  • Advanced skills regarding data collection, analysis, processing, and reporting in Excel and Stata
  • Confident personal presence and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative, and high standards for self and colleagues
  • Innovative and strategic thinking skills; a solutions-oriented disposition

Salary for this position is competitive and based on prior experience and education. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (approximately 3-5 pages) to Amy.Owen@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Division of Human Capital is seeking a Senior Director to lead a new work stream.  Building off of the strong, foundational work of the Educator Licensure and Preparation team, TDOE is allocating resources to innovate with programming for Educator Preparation Providers with a special focus on their leadership programming. As EPPs and districts continue to partner to address local needs, we want to ensure there is designated staff to support EPPs to build capacity, thought partner and support programmatic changes. This work will build off of the implementation of literacy standards within EPP programming.

The Senior Director will also work closely with other staff within the Human Capital Division and report directly to the Assistant Commissioner of Human Capital.

Responsibilities

  • Support EPPs who are implementing changes based on findings from annual reports
  • Build capacity of EPP providers to implement any approved policies by the SBE
  • Identify resources to support EPPs as they implement changes to programming
  • Analyze Praxis pass rates to determine potential programming adjustments
  • Work with District Human Capital Support team to ensure full understanding of district needs from their EPP and LPP providers
  • Support District Human Capital Support team on Grow Your Own initiatives
  • Support SBE staff on their annual report card upon request
  • Research national best practices in the teacher and leader preparation space
  • Advise policy staff on EPP related issues in conjunction with the Educator Licensure and Preparation team
  • Hold joint EPP and District partnership meetings with Educator Licensure and Preparation team
  • All other duties as assigned

Requirements

Education and Experience: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and experience equivalent to seven years of full-time professional educational, instructional or supervisory/administrative work. Additionally, the candidate should have:

  • 3+ years’ experience working on educator preparation programming
  • Experience with adult development, training and facilitation
  • Ability to perform a variety of high-level activities involved in the research, communication, project management, performance metrics, data and fiscal oversight associated with human capital management and strategic compensation
  • Innovative and strategic thinker; solution oriented
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative and high standards for self; 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
  • Strong teamwork, with an ability to collaborate with managers, peers, and direct reports
  • Education policy and program experience at the university, district, state and/or federal level, preferred
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment balancing multiple ongoing projects
  • Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail

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 via email at David.Donaldson@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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.