Career Opportunities

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.

Positions at State Special Schools

Full-Time Openings

FFA CTE Specialist

Reports To:

Director of Student Leadership in the Office of Career and Technical Education

Location:

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

Position Description: 

Provide leadership, daily oversight, and coordination of all regional and state FFA activities and responsibilities by planning and coordinating regional and state FFA events and educational programs while implementing Tennessee FFA goals and developing a positive image for Tennessee FFA, Agricultural Education, and the Tennessee Department of Education. 

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a liaison between Tennessee FFA and national agriculture education organizations.
    • Participate in quarterly conference calls with the National FFA Organization and regularly communicate with Local Program of Success specialist for the southern region.
    • Attend the National FFA Convention, National Association of Supervisors of Agriculture Education Convention, and the National Agriculture Education Summit.
    • Serve on Tennessee Team AgEd and the FFA Board of Directors and participate in meetings.
    • Maintain accurate regional and statewide advisor contact information.
    • Assist with data collection for the Tennessee FFA annual report and other department surveys as needed.
  • Collaborate with regional FFA coordinators to develop uniform planning and support for FFA
  • Collaborate with CTE Specialists within the Student Leadership unit to create consistent and high quality events, holistic teacher support materials, and projects which support the goals of the department.
  • Increase membership enrollment in existing chapters and promote the development of new high school and middle school chapters.
  • Work with agricultural teachers to develop balanced programs by supporting teachers in implementation of FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) in the classroom in order to achieve course standards.
  • Provide administrative support and technical assistance to agricultural teachers.
    • Assist with online membership, registration, awards, and other FFA technical support.
      • Promote the FFA affiliate program.
      • Communicate and reinforce fall and spring rosters, dues, and deadlines.
    • Answer phone calls and emails within 48 hours of receipt.
    • Offer assistance in Career Development Event (CDE) and Leadership Development Event (LDE) training.
    • Provide teacher development sessions at the following events:
      • Institute for CTE Educators
      • Tennessee Association of Agriculture Educators sessions
      • New teacher trainings and retreats
      • Fall Leadership Conferences
      • FFA State Convention
      • Regional events and trainings
      • Local trainings as requested
  • Coordinate the following regional and state events and activities in conjunction with other FFA Regional Specialists:
    • Tennessee’s 26 state CDE’s / LDE’s including but not limited to: livestock, dairy, soils, nursery, mechanics, speaking, team speaking, and agricultural sales.
    • FFA leadership workshops, including but not limited to: Greenhand Conference, Regional Officer Retreat, and state Tennessee leadership conferences.
    • Interviews, including but not limited to: Stars, state officer candidates, and nominating committee candidates.
  • Provide up-to-date communications with teachers by promoting and maintaining a regional event calendar and a state event calendar, updating the state FFA website, and sending event update emails and reminders to advisors.
  • Train state FFA officers, providing personal growth and leadership development opportunities throughout their year of service using the following events and activities:
    • Executive Committee Meetings, Blast Off, National Leadership Conference for State Officers, Service Project, Youth Citizenship and Government, Chapter Visits
  • State convention planning and preparation, including but not limited to: confirming nominating committee student members, on stage winners, Stars, and state degree recipients; providing for state proficiency judging at Camp Clements; and helping coordinate judges for state CDE and Agriscience fair events.
  • Work with postsecondary teacher education programs to provide support and information for pre-postsecondary agricultural education majors.
  • Create and participate in goodwill tour events.
  • Schedule state officer chapter visits.

Qualifications:

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:
  • Exemplify the Tennessee department of education’s core values of excellence, optimism, judgment, courage, and teamwork
  • Belief in the ability that all students can achieve; providing support and opportunities for all students to succeed
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Preferred minimum five years’ experience as a teacher and in advising  FFA
  • Experience in event planning and coordinating events
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Strong organizational and teamwork skills

Salary and Benefits:

This position has a salary range up to $56,400 depending on qualifications In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Heather.Justice@tn.gov prior to 11:59 p.m. (CST) on Aug. 10, 2016.

Fall/Temporary/Part-Time

Data Coordinator, Educator Talent

The Tennessee Department of Education’s Division of Teachers and Leaders is accepting applications for a contracted data coordinator for the Educator Talent team. The Educator Talent team is part of the Teachers and Leaders Division and supports the state’s efforts to improve recruitment, retention, compensation and recognition of educators in Tennessee. The team manages the implementation of two federal competitive grants, Teacher Incentive Fund Round 3 and Round 4, and works with districts across to state to develop and implement differentiated pay plans and innovative compensation systems.

The data coordinator is charged with developing and maintaining systems to ensure timely analysis and reporting of program data. This person will be responsible for tracking expenditures and monitoring grant funding. The contractor will provide delivery of services to the state from August 2016 through July 2017, at minimum, and must be based in our Nashville office. The position is anticipated to be 20 hours per week with the potential for flexible scheduling of hours.

Responsibilities

  • Ensuring successful completion of the Annual and Interim Performance Reports (APRs) for Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant and other reporting needs, creating a timeline and systems to manage the data collection process
  • Provide logistical and administrative support integral to efficient grant management such as scheduling check-in calls, site visits, follow-up support, reviewing documentation and reports, etc.
  • Developing both internal and external reports communicating strategic compensation implementation progress
  • Creating systems to ensure successful implementation of classroom level growth measures for TIF 4 districts
  • Tracking district expenditures of grant funds and managing that system to track and develop reports on expenditures
  • Providing research and data analysis as requested on best practices in human capital management as they relate to strategic compensation
  • Analyze educator evaluation data, student achievement data and qualitative (perceptual) data across the TIF grantees to identify trends and opportunities to share best practices and/or improve implementation of the grant

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with data analysis, including establishment of systems to track and communicate about data metrics
  • Strong analytical and writing skills with precise attention to detail
  • Excellent work ethic, high standards for work product, and the ability to manage towards ambitious timelines
  • A self-starter mindset with ability to take initiative in moving projects forward both collaboratively and independently
  • Experience in financial modeling, budgeting and performance monitoring is preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to interact and develop relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders

Contact

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your interest in this position and a resume to Jaime Grimsley at Jaime.Grimsley@tn.gov.  While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.

Fall Semester Communications Intern, Copy Editor

Description

The communications team at the Tennessee Department of Education is seeking an intern to support the department’s key messages through high-quality written communication. The ideal candidate is one who has a high bar for excellence, a meticulous eye for copy, and a natural sense for choosing the right words. The intern will work with the deputy director of communications to do the following:

  • Read and edit written communication to ensure it is grammatically correct and logically structured
  • Ensure all written communication adheres to the department’s Style Guide
  • Support staff members with revision, as needed
  • Provide timely, thorough feedback on written communication

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will:

  • review content submitted from all teams at the department;
  • collaborate with staff members to better understand their message and audience;
  • support staff members with the revision process; and
  • provide feedback to staff members on their written communication.

Requirements

The intern should be a current undergraduate or graduate student with experience in journalism or a related field. Additionally, the intern should have:

  • exceptional and dynamic writing skills with a knack for writing with the audience in mind;
  • an ability to maintain high-quality work while meeting tight deadlines;
  • close attention to detail;
  • strong judgment and integrity;
  • a top notch work ethic; and
  • an interest in education.

Additional Information

Interns will receive a $2,000 stipend per semester and are expected to work approximately 20 hours per week. Weekly scheduling is flexible but should be within business and school hours.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, two writing samples to Katy.Schmitt@tn.gov.

Application Deadlines

  • Semester 1 (September–December 2016): Apply by Friday, August 19, 2016
  • Semester 2 (January–April 2017): Apply by Thursday, December 1, 2016

Note: Applicants should state in their cover letter the semester(s) for which they are applying. If available, interns may be hired for multiple semesters.

Fall Semester Communications Intern, Graphic Designer

Description

The communications team at the Tennessee Department of Education is seeking an intern to support the department’s key message through graphic design. The intern will work with the deputy director of communications to do the following:

  • Design compelling, well-organized graphics and layouts for a variety of external materials (e.g., web graphics, social media, reports, stationary, flyers, etc.)
  • Contribute to every step of the design process, from ideation through visual development
  • Support teams within the department by creating visuals to bolster their messages
  • Ensure all visual design is aligned with the department’s Style Guide

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will:

  • create online and print graphics for external messages;
  • work closely with teams across the department to design reports and external materials; and
  • maintain and edit photos for online and print needs.

Requirements

The intern should be a current undergraduate or graduate student with experience in journalism or a related field. Additionally, the intern should have:

  • strong technical skills with the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat);
  • the ability to design, edit, and optimize graphics for online and print purposes;
  • close attention to detail;
  • exceptional work ethic;
  • a customer-service orientation and ability to work collaboratively with non-designers; and
  • an interest in education.

Additional Information

Interns will receive a $2,000 stipend per semester and are expected to work approximately 20 hours per week. Weekly scheduling is flexible but should be within business and school hours.

Interns will receive a $2,000 stipend per semester and are expected to work a total of 340 hours (approximately 20 hours per week for 17 weeks). Weekly scheduling is flexible but should be within business and school hours.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and design portfolio to Katy.Schmitt@tn.gov.

Application Deadlines

  • Semester 1 (September–December 2016): Apply by Friday, August 19, 2016
  • Semester 2 (January–April 2017): Apply by Thursday, December 1, 2016

Note: Applicants should state in their cover letter the semester(s) for which they are applying. If available, interns may be hired for multiple semesters.

Fall Semester Communications Intern, Video Producer

Description

The communications team at the Tennessee Department of Education is seeking an intern to support the department’s key message through audio and visual communications. The intern will work with the deputy director of communications to do the following:

  • Pitch potential video ideas based on the departments key messages
  • Draft story boards, scripts, and coordinate filming schedules
  • Shoot video at various locations around the state
  • Edit video, potentially on a tight timeline, incorporating multiple rounds of revision
  • Upload video to appropriate websites, social media accounts, etc.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will:

  • draft scripts for video shoots;
  • schedule filming with appropriate parties, including districts, schools, teachers, and department staff;
  • film offsite, inside, and outside;
  • research video best practices and seek exemplars from similar government agencies; and
  • share finished videos with all contributing parties (i.e., districts, schools, and teachers who participated).

Requirements

The intern should be a current undergraduate or graduate student with experience in journalism or a related field. Additionally, the intern should have:

  • strong writing skills,
  • knowledge of video-production fundamentals,
  • a strong sense of news judgment,
  • a knack for crafting compelling messages for social media, and
  • an interest in education.

Additional Information

Interns will receive a $2,000 stipend per semester and are expected to work approximately 20 hours per week. Weekly scheduling is flexible but should be within business and school hours.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, one writing sample, and two example videos to Katy.Schmitt@tn.gov.

Application Deadlines

  • Semester 1 (September–December 2016): Apply by Friday, August 19, 2016
  • Semester 2 (January–April 2017): Apply by Thursday, December 1, 2016

Note: Applicants should state in their cover letter the semester(s) for which they are applying. If available, interns may be hired for multiple semesters.

Independent Contractor – Math Consultant – South Central CORE Region

Work Description:       

This contractor will work with the regional CORE office to support districts in the region with math content and instruction which is aligned to Tennessee’s academic standards. Math consultants will be responsible for providing targeted, academic support to districts that will make an immediate impact on teaching, learning, and student achievement results. Math consultants will work the CORE regional support team and other regional CORE consultants to support districts with math content and instruction to accomplish the strategic goals of the department. 

Scope of Work:

  • Plan and create professional development opportunities that support instructional knowledge and effective practices for K-12 educators based on district and school level data measures
  • Ensure services are of high quality and serve to engage district leaders and math educators in a collaborative and actionable manner
  • Support districts in understanding and identifying key areas of skill gaps to create professional development plans and action steps that support gap closure
  • Contribute to the preparation of internal and external professional development, reports and presentations on mathematics instruction, examination of current trends and issues, and alignment of instruction and assessment to TN Academic Standards
  • Help deepen understanding of  research based best practices to support instruction aligned to the shifts required in the TN Academic Standards in mathematics
  • Deepen understanding of ACT including instructional strategies, goal setting, test preparation, and curriculum alignment for ACT readiness
  • Collaborate with the other CORE math consultants across state and with the department’s math coordinator to develop content and materials, plan strategically, and measure effectiveness
  • Travel to districts within the CORE region to deliver professional development, support district planning, and to build district capacity in implementing strategic action steps for improving student achievement

Qualifications:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to present content effectively to diverse audiences, including effective experiences leading adult learning
  • Demonstrated record of success improving student outcomes
  • Previous professional experience in a role requiring strategic development, project management, research, and analytical problem solving
  • Strong relationship-building skills and leadership qualities
  • Math content knowledge and teaching experience, and/or experience leading and supporting teachers of mathematics
  • Success in student achievement and student growth, and TVAAS measures
  • Working knowledge of strategic planning and student data analysis
  • Ability to set goals and execute effectively
  • Ability to adapt and work in flexible and changing environments
  • Ability to develop and deliver high-quality presentations and training modules
  • Success in generating creative, action-oriented recommendations for district and school leaders

Successful candidates will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.
This opportunity is not as a TDOE employee, but is a contract for services through July 31, 2018.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Bill Byford, South Central CORE Director, at Bill.Byford@tn.gov.

Independent Contractor – Math Consultant – Southeast CORE Region

Work Description:       

This contractor will work with the regional CORE office to support districts in the region with math content and instruction which is aligned to Tennessee’s academic standards. Math consultants will be responsible for providing targeted, academic support to districts that will make an immediate impact on teaching, learning, and student achievement results. Math consultants will work the CORE regional support team and other regional CORE consultants to support districts with math content and instruction to accomplish the strategic goals of the department. 

Scope of Work:

  • Plan and create professional development opportunities that support instructional knowledge and effective practices for K-12 educators based on district and school level data measures
  • Ensure services are of high quality and serve to engage district leaders and math educators in a collaborative and actionable manner
  • Support districts in understanding and identifying key areas of skill gaps to create professional development plans and action steps that support gap closure
  • Contribute to the preparation of internal and external professional development, reports and presentations on mathematics instruction, examination of current trends and issues, and alignment of instruction and assessment to TN Academic Standards
  • Help deepen understanding of  research based best practices to support instruction aligned to the shifts required in the TN Academic Standards in mathematics
  • Deepen understanding of ACT including instructional strategies, goal setting, test preparation, and curriculum alignment for ACT readiness
  • Collaborate with the other CORE math consultants across state and with the department’s math coordinator to develop content and materials, plan strategically, and measure effectiveness
  • Travel to districts within the CORE region to deliver professional development, support district planning, and to build district capacity in implementing strategic action steps for improving student achievement

Qualifications:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to present content effectively to diverse audiences, including effective experiences leading adult learning
  • Demonstrated record of success improving student outcomes
  • Previous professional experience in a role requiring strategic development, project management, research, and analytical problem solving
  • Strong relationship-building skills and leadership qualities
  • Math content knowledge and teaching experience, and/or experience leading and supporting teachers of mathematics
  • Success in student achievement and student growth, and TVAAS measures
  • Working knowledge of strategic planning and student data analysis
  • Ability to set goals and execute effectively
  • Ability to adapt and work in flexible and changing environments
  • Ability to develop and deliver high-quality presentations and training modules
  • Success in generating creative, action-oriented recommendations for district and school leaders

Successful candidates will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. This opportunity is not as a TDOE employee, but is a contract for services through July 31, 2018.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Sharon Harper, Southeast CORE Director, at Sharon.Harper@tn.gov.

Independent Contractor – Math Consultant – Upper Cumberland CORE

Work Description: 

This contractor will work with the regional CORE office to support districts in the region with math content and instruction which is aligned to Tennessee’s academic standards. Math consultants will be responsible for providing targeted, academic support to districts that will make an immediate impact on teaching, learning, and student achievement results. Math consultants work with the CORE regional support team and other regional CORE consultants to support districts with math content and instruction to accomplish the strategic goals of the department. 

Scope of Work:

  • Plan and create professional development opportunities that support instructional knowledge and effective practices for K-12 educators based on district and school level data measures
  • Ensure services are of high quality and serve to engage district leaders and math educators in a collaborative and actionable manner
  • Support districts in understanding and identifying key areas of skill gaps to create professional development plans and action steps that support gap closure
  • Contribute to the preparation of internal and external professional development, reports and presentations on mathematics instruction, examination of current trends and issues, and alignment of instruction and assessment to TN Academic Standards
  • Help deepen understanding of  research based best practices to support instruction aligned to the shifts required in the TN Academic Standards in mathematics
  • Deepen understanding of ACT including instructional strategies, goal setting, test preparation, and curriculum alignment for ACT readiness
  • Collaborate with the other CORE math consultants across state and with the department’s math coordinator to develop content and materials, plan strategically, and measure effectiveness
  • Travel to districts within the CORE region to deliver professional development, support district planning, and to build district capacity in implementing strategic action steps for improving student achievement

Qualifications:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to present content effectively to diverse audiences, including effective experiences leading adult learning
  • Demonstrated record of success improving student outcomes
  • Previous professional experience in a role requiring strategic development, project management, research, and analytical problem solving
  • Strong relationship-building skills and leadership qualities
  • Math content knowledge and teaching experience, and/or experience leading and supporting teachers of mathematics
  • Success in student achievement and student growth, and TVAAS measures
  • Working knowledge of strategic planning and student data analysis
  • Ability to set goals and execute effectively
  • Ability to adapt and work in flexible and changing environments
  • Ability to develop and deliver high-quality presentations and training modules
  • Success in generating creative, action-oriented recommendations for district and school leaders

Successful candidates will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.
This opportunity is not as a TDOE employee, but is a contract for services through July 31, 2018.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Janice Fox, Upper Cumberland CORE Director, at Janice.Fox@tn.gov.