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Educators_Human Capital

Department: Statewide Supports (Human Capital)

Classification (Payroll Title): EDUC PROGRAM DIRECTOR 2

Position Number: 121690

Reports to: Brooke Amos, Assistant Commissioner of Human Capital

Anticipated Salary Range: $100,000-$110,000

Last Revised Date: September 23, 2022

Location Notes: Nashville/Remote

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

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

Position Summary:


The Senior Director of Educator Licensure is responsible for the oversight of all initiatives related to the continuous improvement efforts in educator licensure and issuance and maintenance of educator licenses in Tennessee. The individual in this role is responsible for proposing recommendations in educator licensure to the state board of education, including requirements to obtain and maintain a license, candidate assessments, and permits/waivers. The individual directs and coordinates the implementation of state board policies and department procedures for educator licensure. In addition, the individual leads efforts to engage HR personnel across the state in ensuring licensure and staffing practices are conducted in accordance with relevant laws, rules, and policies. The individual in this role supervises the Educator Licensure team, which manages all aspects of educator licensure.

Minimum Qualifications:

·       Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university

·       Experience: At least [3] years of experience in working on human capital initiatives at a district or state level in education.

Education policy and program experience at the district, state and/or federal level, preferred 

Essential Functions

1.     Serve on the Statewide Supports senior leadership team, collaboratively developing strategic plans, operational functions, and metrics for success, and supporting action planning for all aspects of educator licensure. Manage staff responsible for implementation of educator licensure plans, procedures, and policies.

2.     Oversee all aspects of educator licensure, including licensure issuance, renewal, and advancement ensuring consistency in and accuracy of policy implementation and communications with educators, districts, and preparation providers.

3.     Oversee and manage production and dissemination of all required state and federal reports related to educator licensure and/or preparation, including, but not limited to: Title II, EdFacts, EPP Annual Reports, and the Report Card on Educator Preparation Provider Effectiveness.

4.     Using research, stakeholder feedback, and data analyses, draft policy recommendations and present to the State Board of Education.

5.     Engage with the Tennessee Association of School Personnel Administrators on issues related to educator licensure.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·       Developing Direct Reports and Others: Ability to set and communicate high expectations, to delegate tasks effectively, and to motivate and develop others in a manner that maximizes productivity and morale

·       Strong knowledge of Educator Licensure and Educator Preparation laws, rules, policies, and procedures.

·       Strong knowledge of the CAEP and Tennessee comprehensive review processes

·       Experience managing a team and developing processes to ensure efficient, accurate and consistent communication with stakeholders 

·       Effective project management skills 

·       Excellent work ethic, initiative and high standards for self and employees; 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 

·       Innovative and strategic thinking skills; a solution-oriented disposition 

·       Strong personal presence and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders 

Supervisory Responsibility

The Senior Director of Educator Licensure oversees the Educator Licensure Team, which consists of thirteen team members, five of whom are direct reports.

Work Environment

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

Physical Demands

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

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

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


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Other Duties

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

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to:


Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of

discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.


Tennessee Department of Education also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact the Tennessee Department of Education, Attn: Human Resources Division, 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243