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The Tennessee Department of Education, under the leadership of Commissioner Kevin Huffman, is focused on an ambitious goal: to become the fastest improving state in the nation in student improvement results.

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.

To apply for any of our current executive service openings (listed below), please submit your resume and cover letter to education.careers@tn.gov. Your email subject line should list the name of the position you are applying for. Thank you for your interest!

Current Openings

Full-Time

 • Coordinator, Operations & Logistics (2014-15), Training & Support

The Division of Curriculum and Instruction is leading the state of Tennessee’s implementation of Common Core State Standards and efforts to prepare students and educators for the PARCC assessment. This work is central to the state’s effort to be the fastest improving state in the nation.

Charge:  This Coordinator for Operations & Logistics is charged with supporting multiple statewide training and support programs during the transition to higher academic standards (including the Common Core State Standards) during the 2014-15 school-year. The individual in this position will be responsible for organizing logistics and supporting implementation of such programs, focused on high quality execution and continuous improvement. The immediate priority for this role will be supporting summer training for up to 30,000 educators across the state. This individual will also support the ongoing implementation of the School Team Training Series for about 10,000 participants and other 2014-15 yearlong trainings, particularly the reading and reading intervention courses in partnership with the CORE offices.

 Responsibilities:

  • Support registration for all TNCore events and major conferences. Process registration requests and support accurate, timely records keeping. Support communications to participants.
  • Coordinate management of training materials, including tracking inventory, printing, and distribution and/or shipment of materials.
  • Support venue and site management, including site identification and communications with sites, as well as documentation for TDOE processes and event coordination.
  • Coordinate logistics and operations needs with Core Coaches and other trainers to ensure high quality, customer service focused execution of all events.
  • Provide administrative support to the Training & Support team, including managing scheduling for the Executive Director of Training & Support.

Qualifications:

  • Detail orientation and comfort with a variety of computer programs (Excel experience required, other event management software experience preferred).
  • A track record of success organizing projects and/or initiatives. Demonstrated organizational skill to track deadlines and achieve milestones over time.   
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation.  Desire to work with educators from across the state to provide training and support.
  • Strong communication skills and a demonstrated customer service orientation.
  • Experience working with diverse teams successfully.

The Coordinator of Operations & Logistics will report directly to the Director of Operations & Logistics for Training & Support and will work with a variety of team members and contractors.

This is a short term position available through June 1, 2015. The salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with previous experience. This position is based in Nashville, TN.

In order to apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Sarah Shepson, Sarah.Shepson@tn.gov.

 • Speech/Language & Autism Specialist, Division of Special Populations

The Speech/Language & Autism Specialist will be an integral part of the Division of Special Population’s strategic plan. The specialist will support districts in meeting specific goals for the most at-risk students by improving instructional practices and building systems of interventions in collaboration with CORE offices.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide active leadership and support for effective instructional strategies, techniques, and methods grounded in research and focused on improved achievement for all students within Special Populations.
  • Assist districts/CORE offices in their focus on instructional practices that result in growth and improving learning for at-risk students.
  • Work with the Tennessee Department of Education’s instructional programming/data team and CORE offices to help districts implement best practices around instructionally appropriate individual education plans and interventions for the most at-risk students. This includes guiding the instructional practices statewide to meet the needs of all students.
  • Understand instructionally appropriate Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) and use data to inform technical assistance pertaining to instruction/intervention for students with speech/language deficits and/or Autism.
  • Collaborate and manage contracted services for Speech/Language and Autism.
  • Advise districts on how to communicate with parents and school staff about at-risk students.
  • Accountable to the Director of Instructional Programming within the Special Populations division, who in turn, guides their work and provides assignments.

Qualifications:

  • Belief that all children can learn and that expectations must remain high for ALL students.
  • Comfort with some travel and willingness to attend state and/or out of state conferences.
  • The ability to engage key stakeholders, communicate and collaborate effectively to improve     outcomes for students. This includes strong written and verbal skills.
  • 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, to engage in team problem solving.
  • Speech and Language Certification.
  • At least 5 years’ experience of providing speech and/or language therapy including intervention/services for students with Autism.

This position is located in Nashville, TN. Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to Tie.Hodack@tn.gov. Your email subject line should list the name of the position you are applying for.

Summer/Temporary/Part-Time

 • Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Tennessee School for the Deaf

The psychiatrist is charged with providing psychiatric assessments, diagnostic evaluations, and medication management for referred students. This person will be responsible for supporting deaf students challenged with mental health needs in reaching their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. The psychiatrist will work with a group of nurses and educators at the Tennessee School for the Deaf to ensure understanding of the expectations for the students served and provide the resources to support these select students in reaching their academic goals.

The psychiatrist will be an independent contractor with the state and work with a variety of staff members, nurses, psychologists and educators at the Tennessee School for the Deaf.

Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate and make diagnostic assessments for students referred due to psychiatric/mental health needs.
  • Confer with parents, nursing staff, teachers and other staff to coordinate services for referred students.
  • Be available for ongoing or necessary consultation between visits to the Tennessee School for the Deaf.
  • Provide ongoing medication management for referred students.
  • Consult with other contractual employees of the Tennessee School for the Deaf, such as psychotherapists and pediatric/adolescent neurologists.

Qualifications:

  • Board Certified Pediatric/Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Understanding of the unique needs of the deaf and hard of hearing population
  • Strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters with the referred students, educators and other stakeholders in a clear and empowering manner
  • Strong organization skills and track record of managing client files and medication management for a diverse population
  • Proficient in American Sign Language

This position is located in Knoxville, TN. Salary for this position is $2,000.00 per day.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to jbrooksh@tsd.k12.tn. Your email subject line should list the name of the position you are applying for (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist).

 • Intern, Career & Technical Education

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Division is seeking an intern with event management/planning experience to handle project management for the Institute for CTE Educators through July 30, 2014. The intern will have the opportunity to learn about the bold efforts that are taking place around the state and the role that a state education agency can play in improving student achievement.

This position would cover 10-20 hours per week, depending on participant obligations.

 Minimum Qualifications

  • Substantial full-time professional work experience
  • Demonstrated record of success in achieving outcomes
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Skills and experience in strategic thinking and planning, and event management
  • Experience working toward project-based goals
  • Self-starter able to work independently and to execute within timelines
  • Flexibility and organization skills necessary to work on multiple projects/tasks simultaneously

Application process:

To apply, please submit the following materials by March 20, 2014.

  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the internship and the Tennessee Department of Education, specifically the Division of Career and Technical Education
  2. Resume
  3. A 2-3 page writing sample demonstrating your ability to think critically and write clearly (excerpts are acceptable)

Send your application materials and any questions to Heather.Justice@tn.gov.

Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis and may be invited to participate in one or more rounds of interviews. Applicants will be notified of their application status by March 27, 2014, and decisions will be communicated no later than Monday, March 31, 2014.

About the Institute for CTE Educators

The Institute is a professional development conference serving Career and Technical Education teachers and directors. This conference has an annual attendance of approximately 2,000 educators. This year the Institute will be July 7-11, 2014 at the Music City Center in Nashville. The sessions will focus on the new course standards for the 16 career clusters and will provide teachers with professional development opportunities in instructional strategies, content, and industry certifications.

The intern would assist in management of the event along with the following projects associated with the event.

  • Vendors: application, selection, communication and oversight
  • Registration: oversight and communications, onsite event registration assistance
  • Communication with stakeholders at Music City Center and the Division of CTE
  • Logistics: both pre-planning and day of logistics planning
  • Artwork Scholarship: application, selection, communication and oversight of a scholarship awarded to students who design the cover for the Institute’s program
  • Program: planning, creation, and oversight of the program for the Institute including sessions and session descriptions
  • Execution of the event: located on site July 7-11 to serve as a lead communicator with event planning staff at Music City Center.

For additional information about the Division of Career and Technical Education, please visit our website.

 • ELA Consultant

The Tennessee Department of Education’s Division of Curriculum and Instruction is seeking two to three qualified individuals to serve as English Language Arts (ELA) Consultants.  The consultants will assist and advise the division in developing quality resources, trainings, and assessments to support Tennessee educators in the transition to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy (CCSS for ELA).  The work will primarily focus on grades 4-12. 

The majority of the work will be conducted remotely.  The Consultant must be available to take a conference call on short notice and to meet in Nashville at least once a month/as agreed upon with the TDOE.  A competitive stipend will be provided based on the completion of the below responsibilities. Any travel costs would be reimbursed consistent with state policy.  The term of work will not exceed 90 days within the months of April-August 2014.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Review, edit, or create high-quality, optional curricular materials with a focus on Common Core alignment, such as units or tasks, for districts, schools and educators to use at their discretion
  • Consult and provide feedback on development of training materials, including structure and content of statewide training
  • General consulting via phone and email
  • Optional attendance at TNCore Summer training events to provide feedback and revisions to TDOE staff

Requisite Qualifications:

  • A track record of dramatically improving student achievement in ELA and writing
  • Classroom experience as a teacher at the K-12 level, with preference given to middle and high school backgrounds
  • A master’s degree in ELA, pedagogy, or related content area
  • Deep understanding of the CCSS for ELA, including the research base of teaching reading comprehension and writing
  • Experience developing English Language Arts curriculum, content, resources, or training, especially as aligned to the CCSS for ELA
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters with educators and other stakeholders in a clear and empowering manner.
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation. 
  • Experience working with diverse teams successfully.
  • Strong organization skills and track record of managing projects to meet deadlines and achieve milestones over time

All interested applicants should send a résumé and letter of intent to Lior.Klirs@tn.gov by Apr. 14.  The letter of intent should not be longer than one page and should describe why you are interested in being a state-level ELA consultant and explain your experience and expertise in creating and reviewing curricular resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.

 • Intern, Career & Technical Education

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Division is seeking an intern with event management/planning experience to handle project management for the Institute for CTE Educators through July 30, 2014. The intern will have the opportunity to learn about the bold efforts that are taking place around the state and the role that a state education agency can play in improving student achievement.

This position would cover 10-20 hours per week, depending on participant obligations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Substantial full-time professional work experience
  • Demonstrated record of success in achieving outcomes
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Skills and experience in strategic thinking and planning, and event management
  • Experience working toward project-based goals
  • Self-starter able to work independently and to execute within timelines
  • Flexibility and organization skills necessary to work on multiple projects/tasks simultaneously

Application process:

To apply, please submit the following materials by March 20, 2014.

  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the internship and the Tennessee Department of Education, specifically the Division of Career and Technical Education
  2. Resume
  3. A 2-3 page writing sample demonstrating your ability to think critically and write clearly (excerpts are acceptable)

Send your application materials and any questions to Heather.Justice@tn.gov.

Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis and may be invited to participate in one or more rounds of interviews. Applicants will be notified of their application status by March 27, 2014, and decisions will be communicated no later than Monday, March 31, 2014.

About the Institute for CTE Educators

The Institute is a professional development conference serving Career and Technical Education teachers and directors. This conference has an annual attendance of approximately 2,000 educators. This year the Institute will be July 7-11, 2014 at the Music City Center in Nashville. The sessions will focus on the new course standards for the 16 career clusters and will provide teachers with professional development opportunities in instructional strategies, content, and industry certifications.

The intern would assist in management of the event along with the following projects associated with the event.

  • Vendors: application, selection, communication and oversight
  • Registration: oversight and communications, onsite event registration assistance
  • Communication with stakeholders at Music City Center and the Division of CTE
  • Logistics: both pre-planning and day of logistics planning
  • Artwork Scholarship: application, selection, communication and oversight of a scholarship awarded to students who design the cover for the Institute’s program
  • Program: planning, creation, and oversight of the program for the Institute including sessions and session descriptions
  • Execution of the event: located on site July 7-11 to serve as a lead communicator with event planning staff at Music City Center.

For additional information about the Division of Career and Technical Education, please visit our website.

 • Science Standards Development Team Opportunity, Division of Curriculum & Instruction

The State Board of Education formed a committee to evaluate the current science standards in Tennessee and propose a direction for future standards. This committee concluded the first phase of work and directed the Tennessee Department of Education to propose a set of revised Tennessee standards for science education. If adopted, new Tennessee science standards would go into effect during the 2016-17 school year. The Tennessee Department of Education’s Division of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) is accepting applications for consultants to serve on science standards writing teams.

Charge: The department is seeking excellent educators and content experts to serve on science standards development teams. These teams will be charged with developing science standards for Tennessee. Up to 30 science standards development team members will be selected, representing all grades and subject levels. Teams will work together to develop proposed grade and course level standards and assessment design specifications.

Interested applicants must be able to attend in-person meetings June 2-6 and July 10, 2014. Additional meetings and work will occur on an as-needed basis through December. The term of service will begin in June and conclude by December 2014 and will involve 25-30 hours of work during June and July (in addition to meetings) and 5-10 hours per month September through December 2014.

Responsibilities:

  • The Consultant shall serve on a team of writers for the new science standards.
  • The Consultant shall contribute to the writing of the new K-12 Tennessee science standards intended to guide the development and delivery of educational experiences that prepare all students for the challenges of the 21st century and enable them to:
    • Develop an in-depth understanding of the major science disciplines through a series of coherent K-12 learning experiences that afford frequent interactions with the natural and man-made worlds;
    • Make pertinent connections among scientific concepts, associated mathematical principles, and skillful applications of reading, writing, listening, and speaking;
    • Recognize that certain broad concepts/big ideas foster a comprehensive and scientifically-based picture of the world and are important across all fields of science;
    • Explore scientific phenomena and build science knowledge and skills using their own linguistic and cultural experiences and/or with appropriate assistance or accommodation;
    • Identify and ask appropriate questions that can be answered through scientific investigations;
    • Design and conduct investigations independently or collaboratively to generate evidence needed to answer a variety of questions;
    • Use appropriate equipment and tools and apply safe laboratory habits and procedures;
    • Think critically and logically to analyze and interpret data, draw conclusions and develop explanations that are based on evidence and free from bias;
    • Communicate and defend results through multiple modes of representation (e. g., gestural, oral, mathematical, pictorial, graphic, and textual models).
    • Integrate science, mathematics, technology, and engineering design to solve problems and guide everyday decisions;
    • Consider trade-offs among possible solutions when making decisions about issues for which there are competing alternatives;
    • Locate, evaluate, and apply reliable sources of scientific and technological information;
    • Recognize that the principal activity of scientists is to explain the natural world and develop associated theories and laws;
    • Recognize that current scientific understanding is tentative and subject to change as experimental evidence accumulates, and/or old evidence is reexamined;
    • Demonstrate an understanding of science principles and the ability to conduct investigations through student-directed experiments, authentic performances, lab reports, portfolios, laboratory demonstrations, real world projects, interviews, and high-stakes tests.

Qualifications:

  • A track record of dramatically improving results improving student achievement in science
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation. Desire to work with educators from across the state and country to deepen perspective of effective science instruction.
  • Strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters with educators and other stakeholders in a clear and empowering manner. Experience working with diverse teams successfully.
  • Strong organization skills and a track record of achieving milestones over time

Interested science educators are invited to submit a letter of intent and résumé listing two references to Sarah.Shepson@tn.gov by May 1, 2014. Interviews will be conducted in early May and applicants will be notified by May 23rd.

Selected applicants will receive a competitive stipend and will be reimbursed for travel-related expenses.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee's policy of non-discrimination, the Tennessee Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military services in its policies, or in the admission of, access to, treatment, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.