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

Director, Pre-K Programs, Office of Early Learning

Reports To:

Lisa Wiltshire, Executive Director, Office of Early Learning


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

Position Description:

The Director of Pre-K Programs will be responsible for developing and administering a quality process for the allocation of VPK funds, based on rigorous program standards, to ensure VPK program improvements statewide.  The Director of Pre-K Programs will also be responsible for supporting districts with VPK programs through technical assistance and professional training, focused on best practices in Pre-K instruction and program administration.  The Director will monitor program improvements annually, and in collaboration with the office of school-based support services. 

Specific Position Responsibilities:
  • Develops and administers a district application process for Voluntary Pre-K funds that ensures continuous improvement of VPK programs statewide.  Leads and manages the allocation of VPK funds based on quality benchmarks as determined by the VPK application.
  • Supports district planning for high quality Pre-K programs by offering technical assistance for grant application development, as well as program planning.  Provides districts with current knowledge from research and benchmark programs nationwide to focus on improving TN programs.  Responds to district questions regarding VPK program requirements, expectations and allowances, as needed.  
  • Provides high quality professional training for VPK programs, focused on instructional best practices and program improvement.  District and regional trainings will be offered via multiple methods and by multiple providers, as frequently as needed.  Professional training will be developed and facilitated in collaboration with office of early learning leaders and other department of education leaders and trainers, as well as through contracts with early education experts. 
  • Monitors program improvement efforts in districts through an annual review process, to be developed in alignment with the revised VPK application for funds.  Works with the VPK data manager to ensure classes are full and VPK funds are ensuring the placement of high needs students in district classrooms, as defined by the VPK eligibility criteria.  Works with the Head Start State Collaborative Director and 619 Coordinator to ensure alignment of enrollment priorities.  Works closely with the Director for School-based Support Services to monitor VPK classrooms, clearly communicate expectations for quality, and provide support to districts for improvement efforts. 
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director, Office of Early Learning.


Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Minimum 5 years' experience as an educator, teacher leader and/or administrator in early childhood settings.
  • Minimum of a Master's Degree in Education preferred.
  • Special education background, knowledge and experience preferred.
  • Belief that all children can learn and that expectations must remain high for all students.
  • Comfort with some travel and willingness to attend state conferences.
  • The ability to engage key stakeholders, communicate and collaborate effectively to improve outcomes for students. This includes strong written and verbal skills.
  • Familiarity with the challenges facing education reform efforts in TN and the U.S.
  • A willingness to proactively take on leadership roles and possess a strong work ethic as well as problem solving skills.
  • The ability to write and deliver high-impact presentations and training modules.
  • The capacity to leverage internal and external networks and to engage in team problem solving.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Applications are due before October 10th.


2016-17 CCTE Internship Program

About the CCTE Internship Program:

The 2016-17 interns will work with the Division of College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) to develop and align communications and resources for students, families, and educators. Interns will work on specific projects and/or initiatives with one or more of our offices, and will report to the Director of Divisional Operations. A stipend is associated with this internship. Interns are selected for specific internship projects based on candidate interests, divisional needs, and project requirements; however, all CCTE internships include the following activities:

  • Provide research support on policy, legislation, and resources related to a specific initiative,
  • Develop resources and materials to support districts and/or educators in implementing specific strategies or initiatives,
  • Develop communications materials and/or strategies related to the work of the division,
  • Process and analyze feedback and data from stakeholders to help inform decision-making,
  • Participate in meetings with initiative lead(s), other TDOE stakeholders, and external stakeholders as appropriate to review and refine action plans and resources.

2016-17 CCTE Internship Opportunities:

  • Coaching and Developing CTE Teachers Intern (year-long)
  • Communications Intern (year-long)
  • CTE Assessments and Policy Intern (year-long)
  • Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) Communications Intern (fall semester)
  • School Counseling Intern (fall semester)
  • STEM Intern (year-long)
  • Student Readiness and Early Postsecondary Intern (year-long)
  • Work-Based Learning Intern (year-long)


  • Current enrollment in a high school, undergraduate, or graduate program
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience managing complex projects
  • Ability to work on an extended project with limited oversight/direction
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office software


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

To Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample Applications for fall semester and year-long internships will be reviewed as they are submitted until Oct. 15, 2016.

CCTE Communications Consultant

Reports To:

Melissa Canney


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

Position Description:

The Division of College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) is seeking a communications consultant to assist in the development, review, and release of external communications. The consultant will work with the director of divisional operations and the assistant commissioner of CCTE to implement and improve the CCTE communications strategy and ensure that high quality and timely communications effectively inform and engage external stakeholders to support divisional initiatives.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

The CCTE Communications Consultant will:

  • On a weekly basis, draft, compile, and edit all external communications for content, clarity, and alignment with TDOE style guide.
  • Accurately and efficiently manage the communications review process for the CCTE division, including ensuring version control of reviewed items.
  • Draft and review the weekly College and Career Readiness Update.
  • Implement divisional communications strategies effectively and professionally to ensure efficient external communications of division priorities with all stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with other teams within the division, department, and other agencies to develop communications and training materials for district and community stakeholders include industry, district administrators, counselors, administrators, students and parents.


  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment with competing deadlines and priorities
  • Close attention to detail and ability to identify gaps in information
  • Ability to work collaboratively, give and receive feedback, and hold team members accountable to deadlines
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software
  • An interest in ensuring that all Tennessee students graduate from high school ready for postsecondary education and success in their chosen careers.
Successful candidate will exhibit the following:
  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

This is a part-time position (10-20 hours/week) with a rate of $15 per hour. Much of this work can be completed remotely, though there are weekly deadlines which are non-negotiable.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Applications will be reviewed as they are received until 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2016.

Communications Intern, Graphic Designer


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.


The intern should be a current undergraduate or graduate student with experience in graphic design. 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 $2,600 stipend per semester and are expected to work approximately 20-25 hours per week. Weekly scheduling is flexible but should be within business and school hours.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and design portfolio to​

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.​