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.

Full-Time Openings

Classroom Teacher, West Tennessee School for the Deaf

This position works under the general supervision of the Principal and is responsible for performing duties in the following areas:  Instruction, Teaching Strategies, Evaluation, Classroom Management, Leadership, and Communication, and other duties as assigned.


West Tennessee School for the Deaf
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • INSTRUCTION: Establishes appropriate instruction goals and related objectives consistent with the curriculum of WTSD. Prepares instructional plans and materials incorporating principles of effective instruction. Creates, selects, or modifies plans and materials to accommodate learner differences.
  • TEACHING STRATEGIES: Provides a clear description of the learning task and its content. Monitors learner understanding and re-teaches as necessary. Provides learners appropriate practice. Reviews, establishes and maintains learner involvement in the learning task.
  • EVALUATION: Uses information about learner performance to improve the instructional process. Reports learner status and progress to learners and their parents.
  • CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT: Establishes and maintains appropriate learner behavior, establishes and maintains appropriate behavior, establishes and maintains a classroom climate conducive to learning, makes effective use of classroom resources, and follows WTSD Discipline Policy and Rules.
  • LEADERSHIP: Improves professional skills and knowledge takes a leadership role in improving education, and performs professional responsibilities.
  • COMMUNICATION: Uses correct grammar. Written and oral communication is organized and clearly stated. Applicant must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  
  • Tennessee Teacher License with NCLB Qualified status (Elementary). Preference given to candidates who also have an endorsement in deafness K-12.
  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required when driving on campus whether in a personal car or state vehicle. 
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted and required to have a TBI/FBI background check.  In addition, background checks will be conducted through the Tennessee of Registry of Sexual Offences, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check. 
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits

Salary range is $34,580 to $61,330 (depending on degree and years of service). 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 Kristi Lindsey,   Applications due immediately, position available August 2015.

Math Instructional Coaching Project Coordinator, Office of Academic Strategy and Operations

The Project Coordinator will provide critical support to the Office of Academic Strategy and Operations to support a research project to develop a model of effective instructional coaching in mathematics. The Project Coordinator will coordinate between relevant department staff and University of Pittsburgh partners. The candidate needs to be detail oriented, a strong communicator, data savvy, and have a passion for working to improve results for all students.

This work includes, but is not limited to, coordinating with various internal and external stakeholders as related to the research project, planning for year 3 activities for the research project, serving as a liaison with meeting venues, and translating the results of the research project to tools that are usable for Tennessee schools and districts.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with all research project partners both internal and external.
  • Communicate relevant project information to participating coaches.
  • Coordinate logistics of network meeting, including serving as the liaison for the meeting location.
  • Develop plans to ensure all project activities are conducted effectively.
  • Participate in development of Coaching meeting materials and trainings.
  • Manage recruitment and selection of new cohort of instructional coaches.
  • Manage the participating instructional coach experience including communications and support.

Requisite Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree in relevant field preferred.
  • Experience in instructional coaching and/or mathematics instruction preferred.
  • Demonstrated organizational skill to independently track deadlines and achieve milestones.
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation.
  • Strong communication skills and a demonstrated customer service orientation.
  • Record of success in defining and achieving outcomes.
  • Ability to build positive, productive working relationships on diverse teams.

This contract position will be paid a competitive daily rate and is expected to run through June 2016, with the possibility of extension through the end of the grant period, July 2017.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to, using “Application: Math Instructional Coaching Project Coordinator” in the subject line of your email. Closing date for applications is Feb. 14.

NIET Northwest TEAM Coach Position

In partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) is seeking to fill the position of TEAM coach serving the Northwest CORE region. TEAM coaches are responsible for supporting the effective and reliable implementation of teacher and principal evaluation in districts and schools in each CORE region. Particular focus is given to schools and districts whose implementation of the qualitative component does not show a strong relationship to the quantitative component of the evaluation system.

Click here to download the full job description. To apply for this position, email your letter of interest and current resume to

Program Manager, Pathways Tennessee

Reports to:

Director, Pathways Tennessee and Industry Partnerships


Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway, 11th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description

The Program Manager is responsible for daily oversight and support of the Pathways Tennessee statewide initiative and its corresponding statewide partners, in addition to the following duties:

Position Role and Responsibilities

Duties include:

  • Provide daily staff support for the Program Director around the implementation of the Pathways TN statewide strategic plan;
  • Provide support to identified Pathways TN intermediaries to expand pathways initiatives in key sectors of Tennessee;
  • Conduct research, and collect and analyze data as requested and required for the development, implementation and expansion of local pathways initiatives;
  • Provide technical assistance and program oversight for all identified Pathways TN partners around related curricula, work-based learning programming, and local/regional community-building across the state;
  • Develop and implement ongoing evaluative assessments and targeted growth for identified deliverables to gauge overall success of promoted partnerships; and
  • Develop statewide materials and templates for local pathways development and implementation.

The ideal Program Manager is outgoing, detail-oriented, creative, self-directed and wanting to take ownership for the continued support and growth of Pathways TN.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in relevant field
  • Three years of experience in one of the following fields preferred, but not required:
    • Project  management
    • Workforce development
    • Education program administration
  • Experience leading projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Very strong planning, organizational, and project management skills
  • Very strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

The annual salary for this position is $50,000-$55,000 and is commensurate with qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please email the following to Questions concerning this post may also be directed to Nick Hansen. Closing date for applications is Feb. 25, 2016.

  • Cover letter describing your interest in the position
  • A writing sample
  • A resume or CV
Registered Nurse 2, TN School for the Blind


Davidson County

Job Type:

Full-time, night shift

Preferred Qualifications

Education and Experience: Candidate must be currently licensed as a registered nurse in the State of Tennessee, and must possess strong clinical skills. Two years of experience in pediatrics or working in a school clinic is preferred.

Job Overview

Under general supervision, is responsible for registered nursing duties of average difficulty based on based on a wide range of circumstances and performs related work as required.

This position will work in a residential school based health clinic which serves students with a wide range of disabilities in addition to visual impairments. Primary duties include caring for the acute needs of students that live on campus during the week. This shift is currently scheduled Sunday overnight through Thursday overnight. The Registered Nurse 2 provides registered nursing care which involves assessment and diagnosis, nursing care planning, nursing care implementation/intervention, and nursing care evaluations.

Work Activities

Assisting and Caring for Others:
  1. Provides nursing care and procedures according to physicians’ orders and nursing protocol.
  2. Administers medication according to the physician's orders and protocol.
  3. Evaluates possible side effects and the overall effectiveness of medication.
  4. Performs BLS (Basic Life Support), CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and other emergency responses.
  5. Participates in emergency response setting.
Getting Information:
  1. Performs initial and ongoing assessments according to protocol.
  2. Collects patient and family health history data.
  3. Performs diagnostic tests on collected specimens to determine patient’s health status.
Documenting/Recording Information:
  1. Documents patient information according to standards of care.
  2. Completes patient health records (electronic and paper).
  3. Completes medication record/sheet.
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:
  1. Makes adjustments to the health care plan of care including changing the patient's goals and nursing interventions.
  2. Directs patient in building positive relationships and increasing self-esteem.
  3. Teaches patients or the patient's family the skills needed to maintain physical and mental health.
  4. Compares patient's level of goal attainment to previously defined goals.
  5. Determines if patient goals and interventions are effective.
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:
  1. Explains tests, procedures, and results to appropriate individuals according to protocol.
Communicating with Persons outside Organization:
  1. Communicates with internal and external entities.
Analyzing Data or Information:
  1. Compares assessment data to established acceptable ranges to determine abnormalities.
Performing Administrative Activities:
  1. Follows appropriate health care plan.
  2. Maintains patient health files and legal record of service.
Training and Teaching Others:
  1. Educates the health care plan to patient, family, individuals, groups and others as appropriate.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:
  1. Discusses the patient's comprehensive health plan with other staff to identify the patient's needs.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:
  1. Assigns job duties and activities to subordinates.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:
  1. Counts and tracks drugs, instruments, and other accountable items.
  2. Maintains health care equipment, supplies, and inventory.

Competencies (KSA’s)

  1. Learning on the Fly
  2. Creativity
  3. Time Management
  4. Priority Setting
  5. Standing Alone
  6. Drive for Results
  7. Perseverance
  8. Written Communications
  9. Approachability
  10. Boss Relationships
  11. Ethics and Values
  12. Integrity and Trust


  1. Knowledge of principles of nursing, nursing practices, techniques, and applicable laws
  2. Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, and medical terminology


  1. The skill in the application of professional nursing techniques
  2. The skill to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
  3. The skill to demonstrate critical thinking techniques to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  4. The skill to select and use training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things
  5. The skill to monitor/access performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  6. The skill to use scientific rules and methods to solve problems
  7. The skill to adjust actions in relation to others' actions
  8. The skill to being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
  9. The skill to identify complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  10. The skill to consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one


  1. The ability to assess and monitor healthcare outcomes
  2. The ability to manage change
  3. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events)
  4. The ability to communicate (verbal and written) information and ideas
  5. The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas
  6. The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem or conflict
  7. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong
  8. The ability to multitask between two or more activities or sources of information
  9. The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects
  10. The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing
  11. The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer)
  12. The ability to see under low light conditions
  13. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you
  14. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person
  15. The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness

Tools and Equipment Used

  1. Electronic devices
  2. Various medical equipment and devices

To Apply:

Please call Melissa Brown, HR Representative for Tennessee School for the Blind, (615) 231-7316 or email for an application. Closing date for applications is Feb. 20.

Senior Software Engineer – Microsoft Cloud Technologies, Office of Information Technology


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

Position Description:

Do you have awesome coding skills?

Are you interested in working with the latest Microsoft cloud technologies to build systems that can improve the lives of over one million students and educators in TN?

In partnership with Microsoft, the TN Department of Education is taking an industry leading position in the use of cloud services, big data and machine learning to deliver personalized, adaptive learning experiences to students, and we need your skills to make this happen!

We currently have multiple positions open for Senior Software Engineers. If you have three plus years of professional experience building scalable, commercial grade web applications on the Microsoft stack, and with a real passion to make a difference in education, we’d love to hear from you.


Minimum Requirements:
  • 3+ years of experience professionally developing enterprise-grade web applications or services on the Microsoft platform
  • Extensive knowledge of C#, ASP.NET, JavaScript (JQuery) and HTML 4+
  • Extensive knowledge of MVC, AngularJS, Knockout.js or similar frameworks
  • Knowledge of Entity Framework or nHibernate
  • Strong understanding of Object Orientation (OOO) and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • Strong understanding of REST, HTML Services, JSON and XML
  • Strong Understanding of ODATA and OAUTH
  • Experience with Azure Cloud Services is preferred but not required
  • Prior experience in education is not required

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

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, and resume to


CCTE Internship Program

The 2016 interns will work with the Division of College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) to develop and align communications and resources for students, families, and school counselors. 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. Specific internship opportunities are outlined below:

Spring Internship: Pathways Tennessee

Support the development of the Pathways Tennessee initiative by compiling and analyzing local, regional, statewide, and national data which demonstrates the alignment between education and the workforce, specifically in Tennessee’s high demand industries. The Pathways TN intern will:

  • Assist in the collection and analysis of workforce and education data
  • Compile data from multiple sources to demonstrate alignment and gaps in the education-labor pipeline (e.g., merging labor data with educational data by county, region, and/or sector)
  • National policy scan on best practices in career pathways
  • Research on funding models to support in school youth activities (education funds, workforce development boards, foundations, etc.)

Spring Internship: Industry-Driven Professional Development (PD) Implementation

Assist in the implementation of the 2016 school team externship program. Externships are for school teams composed of teachers, counselors, and administrators, who gain insights and experience in industry which inform their teaching and advising of students.  Specifically, the industry-driven PD implementation intern will:

  • Assist in the development of the School Team Workbook and Industry Engagement Plan
  • Assist in logistics for externship visits including communicating with industry and school teams
  • Work with industry partners to create a robust agenda for the week of the externships, including a scheduling guide
  • Assist in the review and selection of school teams to serve as externs
  • Assist in the planning and facilitation of the externship prep and debrief meetings
  • Process invoices and reimbursement forms related to externship expenditures
  • Develop process for school team follow up during the 2016-17 school year
  • Assist in the development of externship evaluations for both school teams and industry partners
  • Assist in facilitation of externship post mortem and future planning for 2016-17

Summer Internships: Various Offices/Projects (based on divisional needs and applicant interest)

  • 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 date from stakeholders to help inform division 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.


  • 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 spring internships will be reviewed as they are submitted until Feb. 25, 2016.
  • Applications for summer internships will be reviewed as they are submitted until March 15, 2016.