Career Opportunities


Department: Academics

Classification (Payroll Title): EC4

Position Number: 123007

Reports to: Assistant Commissioner, Academics and Instructional Strategy

Last Revised Date: 3.25.22

Anticipated Salary Range: $85,000-$90,000

Location Notes: The individual must live in Tennessee and be willing to travel to in-person team meetings and conferences as needed.

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 EL and Immigrant Programs will be an integral part of the division of Academics and Instructional Strategy. This position will oversee policy, guidance, and technical assistance efforts that support Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in their goals to improve outcomes for English Learners and/or students who are eligible for immigrant programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

·       Valid Tennessee teaching license with appropriate content endorsement.

·       A minimum of 5 years’ teaching experience (preferred).

·       Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred.

·       Previous experience supporting teachers, planning professional development, and coordinating instruction/intervention/projects.

·       Previous experience with diverse student populations

Essential Functions

1.      Oversee the work of a team to ensure alignment to the department’s strategic priorities and the division’s goals.

2.     Provide active leadership and support for effective instructional strategies, techniques, and methods grounded in research and focused on improved achievement for English Learners.

3.     Develop an Instructional Learning Plan (ILP) aligned to state rules and support districts in implementation of the ILP framework.

4.     Facilitate the development of training materials that engage adult learners.

5.     Collaborate with the Data Services team and the Division of Federal Programs and Oversight (FPO) to align systems of instructional support for Local Education Agencies (LEAs).

6.     Develop support plans for LEAs that require targeted support and lead efforts to revise and develop guidance for serving English Learners.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·       Communication: The ability to engage key stakeholders, communicate and collaborate effectively to improve outcomes for students. This includes strong written and verbal skills.

·       Content Knowledge: Familiarity with the challenges facing education reform efforts in the TN and the U.S.

·       Problem Solving Orientation: A willingness to proactively take on leadership roles and possess a strong work ethic as well as problem solving skills.

·       Presentation Skills: The ability to write and deliver high-impact presentations and training modules.

·       Relationship Builder: The capacity to leverage internal and external networks and to engage in team problem solving.

·       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


Supervisory Responsibility

This individual will manage a team within the Academics division.

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.


No travel is required for this role at this time.

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 Human Capital team at 615-741-5158.  You can also direct your request for accommodation in writing to the Tennessee Department of Education, Attn: HR 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243.