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

Location:

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.

Qualifications:

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 Lisa.Wiltshire@tn.gov. Applications are due before October 10th.

Educator Effectiveness Coordinator, Office of Educator Effectiveness

Reports To:             

Rene’ Diamond, Executive Director, Office of Educator Effectiveness

Location:                

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

Position Description:

The Coordinator of Educator Effectiveness will support the educator effectiveness team in building the capacity of all educator stakeholders in using evaluation systems to inform and drive professional learning.  This will be accomplished by aggregating resources and tools, highlighting promising practices, and convening stakeholders to share ideas and address challenges.  In addition, the person in this role will design and implement venues for ongoing information sharing and dialogue among practitioners to improve practice.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in curriculum, instruction, supervision and/or a specific content area
  • Minimum of five (5) years of public education teaching experience.
  • Project management experience, particularly with alternate/portfolio models.
  • Strong technology skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment balancing multiple ongoing projects, both large and small, at the same time
  • Strong ability to collaborate with managers and peers.
  • Innovative and strategic thinker; solution-oriented
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative, and high standards for self and others; ability to manage towards ambitious organizational goals
  • Strong personal presence and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders
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, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Rene.Diamond@tn.gov. Applications are due by close of business on September 15.

Human Resources Administrative Assistant, Human Resources

Reports To:

Vickie Hall, Director of Human Resources

Location:

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

Position Description:

This position will support the human resources office of the Tennessee Department of Education. This position will perform general administrative work and some general human resources transactions. Excellent organizational skills, as well as interpersonal skills are required.

Specific Position Responsibilities:
  • Prepare new employee orientation packets and open new employee files;
  • Serve as contact for employees on items such as fee waivers, tuition discounts, and class registrations;
  • Obtain parking tags and ID badges for all new employees;
  • Transition personnel files for separating employees;
  • Update and manage organizational chart and staff directory;
  • Post jobs on recruiting websites;
  • Run PeopleSoft queries;
  • Mange annual policy signing project;
  • Complete transactions for travel reimbursements for HR staff;
  • Mail and filing for HR staff;
  • Other general administrative services

Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree AND experience equivalent to one year of full-time professional staff administrative and/or analytic experience.

Substitution of Experience for Education: Qualifying full-time increasingly responsible sub professional, para-professional, or professional experience may be substituted for the required education, on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of four years.

Substitution of Education for Experience: Additional graduate coursework in public administration, business administration, or other acceptable field may be substituted for the required experience, on a year-for-year basis.

OR

One year of professional administrative services experience with the State of Tennessee.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:
  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. Salary range is $29,000-37,000. 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 Grace.Shiell@tn.gov. Applications are due by September 23, 2016.

Temporary/Part-Time

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 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 Chandler.Hopper@tn.gov.​

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.​