Career Opportunities


Department: Academics-Special Populations Programming

Classification (Payroll Title): Education Consultant 2, Preferred Service

Position Number: 00116019

Reports to: Angela Wegner

Last Revised Date: 1/3/23


Location Notes: Must be a resident of TN, remote position with travel 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: This key position within Special Populations Programming is with supporting LEAs in meeting specific goals for the achievement of all students, including students with disabilities, by improving behavioral practices and supporting tiered systems of behavioral intervention. This individual will provide timely guidance and professional learning to district IDEA directors and RTI coordinators on a systematic framework and an intentional focus on data-based decision making and behavioral practices and supports for providing tiered systems of behavioral intervention with a focus on the most intensive behavior intervention needs in special education. The goal for the Complex Behavior Coordinator is to ensure students are provided with behavioral (nonacademic) instruction and intervention that allows them to be successful in school and achieve postsecondary success.

This position within the Office of Academics contributes to the Best for All strategic plan by ensuring students have access to high-quality instruction, and that educators are equipped to identify students who are struggling and intervene with the supports necessary to be successful.




Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong background in supporting students with complex behaviors
  • Master’s degree required in relevant field
  • Experience within a leadership position demonstrating a record of success achieving clearly defined outcomes.


Essential Functions

  • Serves as a complex behavior subject matter expert in intervention support for districts in Tennessee.
  • Develop and provide professional learning opportunities on research-based behavior instruction, prevention, and intervention practices that are designed to increase student achievement and close skill gaps with an emphasis on the most intensive behavior intervention needs in special education.
  • Provide active leadership and support for effective behavior instruction, prevention, and intervention strategies, techniques, and methods grounded in research and focused on improved achievement for students receiving behavioral intervention, focusing on the most intensive behavior intervention needs in special education.
  • Collaborate with department staff on student needs within behavioral interventions within all department initiatives.



  • Current trends and issues in U.S. and Tennessee special education law, rule, policy, and guidance, with a particular focus on equitable learning opportunities.  
  • Understanding of the Special Education Behavior Supports Act (SEBSA). 
  • A deep knowledge of de-escalation, behavior intervention plans, functional behavioral assessments, restraint and isolation, and manifestation determination requirements.
  • Knowledge of principles, methods, and tools for developing training for adult learners
  • Experience with the analysis of student data to inform data driven instruction.
  • Knowledge of how to coordinate statewide education projects and support large-scale implementation and small-scale intensive implementation. 
  • Understanding the cross-divisional connections required to ensure equitable access for students with disabilities. 



Skills & Abilities

  • Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and projects; sets objectives and goals; breaks down work into the process steps; develops schedules and task/people assignments; anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.
  • Can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the good of all; can represent his/her own interests and yet be fair to other groups; can solve problems with peers with a minimum of noise; is seen as a team player and is cooperative; easily gains trust and support of peers; encourages collaboration; can be candid with peers.
  • Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Data-driven decision-making effectively builds a case to drive decisions and justifies data and research, both qualitative and quantitative. 
  • Communications, including written and oral communication skills, compelling public speaking and ability to persuade others toward decisions, and strong facilitation skills for both internal and external audiences 

Supervisory Responsibility

Not applicable


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.



Within the state, approximately 25% of the year.

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 go to or click on Job Search Results ( Job ID 42025

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.