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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

Audit Director

Reports To: 

Dr. Kathleen Airhart, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operations Officer

Location:

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

Position Description:

Responsible for directing the planning and organization of all internal financial compliance, program compliance, and operational audits for the Tennessee Department of Education. In addition, manages audit staff and serves as the department’s designated external audit reviewer for the Tennessee Local Education Agencies and other subrecipients.  Position is also responsible for coordinating the department’s annual financial and operation risk assessment. Position is also responsible for conducting internal investigations related to allegations of financial or operational misconduct.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Assess, interpret, and report on compliance with state and federal laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures, the efficiency and effectiveness of the implementation of programs, the implementation of proper internal controls, accounting and administrative controls, and make recommendations for changes in policy and procedures and internal controls. 
  • Establish and maintain important contacts with and interact directly with department executive staff, contractors, and State and Federal Officials, in resolving and correcting major problems uncovered in audits. Serve as the liaison between department staff and the Division of State Audit and other audit entities to facilitate financial, compliance and performance audits of the department and facilitate corrective action on any audit findings.
  • Complete 30 medium-scope or equivalent audits/reviews annually. The types of audits/reviews conducted are membership/attendance audits, reviews of LEA compliance with State laws, rules, and regulations, subrecipient monitoring reviews, and/or internal audits of department operations as may be needed/assigned.
  • Maintain and update the department’s risk assessment and submit a copy along with Financial Integrity Act letter annually to Comptroller of the Treasury and Commissioner of F&A.
  • Direct investigations related to allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse within the department. Provide educational information to department staff in informal and formal opportunities to help develop the understanding and using of sound business practices, particularly those that mitigate the risk of error and fraud. Report any misappropriation of state property or monies through employee malfeasance and misfeasance.
  • Direct the preparation and maintenance of detailed and complex audit narrative reports prepared by audit staff. Direct the assignment, supervision, and evaluation of staff and their work; make decisions concerning employment, retention, demotion, dismissal, and other personnel actions.  Administer office activities for continuous training and professional development to ensure staff have the skills and abilities to perform audit assignments and to meet the requirements of the Generally Accepted Governmental Auditing Standards.
  • Direct special projects requested from the Deputy Commissioner or members of executive leadership. These could include a review for evaluating, developing, implementing, or testing new/existing programs, systems and procedures; or to evaluate the resources, processes, and outputs of a particular organizational unit or contractor.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or other business related field. At least five years of experience in accounting or auditing.
  • CPA, CISA, CIA, CFE certifications and/or MBA or law degree preferred.
  • Preferred skills and abilities include attention to detail, ability to work well under pressure, excellent written and oral communication skills, and proficiency with Microsoft Office software. 

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 Sam.Pearcy@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is May 13.

Director, Professional Learning Systems, Teachers & Leaders

Reports To:

Paul Fleming

Location:

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

Position Description:

Manage the development, facilitation, and implementation of a personalized professional learning system through the development of a set of curated, meaningful, and coherent competencies aligned to the instructional needs of Tennessee educators to improve student outcomes.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead all aspects of the professional learning systems project, particularly Micro Credentialing, in collaboration with the Teachers and Leaders division team leaders and other relevant divisions, including project design and content, communications, and logistics.
  • Facilitate and manage the development of a Micro Credentialing pilot comprised of highly effective 4th and 5th year teachers paired with novice teachers across the 8 CORE regions to vet and inspect the quality of the MC professional learning badges.
  • Collaborate with key internal and external stakeholders to determine action steps on potential policy and procedural changes regarding the content, process, and support structures necessary for the effective implementation of the professional learning systems project.
  • Process feedback from the key internal and external stakeholders to inform decision making and to drive internal and external reports.
  • Direct internal project communication to drive consistency in messaging.
  • Act as a representative of the Tennessee Department of Education Micro Credentialing Model as needed.
  • Other duties related to key initiatives as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Project management experience, including working with teams, setting benchmarks and performance metrics
  • 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.
  • Strong skills in written and verbal communications, organization and problem-solving
  • Ability to identify concrete implementation steps based on high level policy vision.
  • Ability to execute with quality in a high pressure environment
  • Commitment to ambitious goals for student performance and equity.
  • 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 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 Paul.Fleming@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is April 15.

Federal Programs Director

Reports To:

Drew Harpool, Director of Fiscal Strategy

Location:

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

Position Description:

This position is responsible for managing all aspects of federal grants compliance, review, application, and closeout for the Achievement School District.  In addition, this position will manage staff responsible for assisting in compliance, financial review, and federal reporting work.  This position will also be responsible for interacting with internal and external stakeholders on grant related items.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Monitors program budgets and cost allocation plans, and monitors individual program expenditures.
  • Supervises, participates in, and makes recommendations in the development, interpretation, implementation, and enforcement of policies, procedures, and guidelines affecting the administration and operation of educational programs, activities, services and/or initiatives.
  • Evaluates and provides feedback on education assistance grant proposals submitted by stakeholders and makes recommendations and decisions on approval or denial.
  • Supervises subordinate consultative staff in developing district plans for the administration of specific educational programs and the development of guidelines for the distribution of educational funds.
  • Analyzes a section's organization, operations, policies and procedures, and makes recommendations and decisions on improvements in economy, efficiency and quality in these areas.
  • Develops and implements training programs for stakeholders.
  • Supervises and participates in the development, preparation, and maintenance of records and reports, including policy directives, instructional and training manuals, administrative procedural manuals, contracts, survey and statistical data, and financial and administrative records and reports.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and experience equivalent to substantial (five or more years of) full-time professional educational or instructional work, including at least two years of supervisory/administrative or advisory work. Graduate coursework from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the required experience, on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of two years, there being no substitution for the required two years of specialized experience.

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 Drew.Harpool@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is April 22.

Finance Director

Reports To: 

Drew Harpool, Director of Fiscal Strategy

Location:

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

Position Description:

Responsible for managing the financial, reporting, and compliance requirements for the Achievement School District (ASD).  In addition, this position manages staff related to transaction processing, reporting, and financial analysis.  The position is also responsible for interacting with internal and external stakeholders about financial concerns and issues.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a subject matter expert on accounting policies, procedures, and systems for internal and external business partners.
  • Performs the most complex and important reconciliations of general ledger accounts against transaction queries, researched information, information provided by outside vendors, and individual transactions in electronic databases.
  • Prepares the most complex and important financial activity reports for use by internal and external customers.
  • Monitors department budget status to determine availability of funds and discrepancies.
  • Analyzes account documentation submitted by external customers to determine accurate and appropriate expenditures.
  • Reviews and approves high-risk, high-volume, and/or complex transactions to ensure accurate entry.
  • Leads assigned subordinates in the preparation of financial activity reports for use by internal and external customers.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and experience equivalent to five or more years of full-time professional accounting or auditing work.

OR

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree including thirty-six quarter hours in accounting and experience equivalent to five or more years of full-time professional accounting or auditing work.

Substitution of Graduate Education for Experience: Graduate coursework credit received from an accredited college or university in accounting may substitute for the required experience on a month for month basis to a maximum of one year (e.g., 36 graduate quarter hours in the above listed field may substitute for one year of the required experience).

OR

Designated as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and experience equivalent to three years of full-time professional accounting or auditing work

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 Drew.Harpool@tn.gov. Closing date for applications is April 22.

Project Coordinator, Training and Operations, Office of Academic Strategy and Operations

Reports To:

Director, Training and Operations, Office of Academic Strategy and Operations

Location:

Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway, 12th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Position Description:

The Project Coordinator, Training and Operations will play a critical role in advancing the strategic plan of the Department. The individual in this role will be charged with supporting multiple statewide professional development programs designed to support teachers, and school and district leaders. The Project Coordinator, Training and Operations will be responsible for supporting implementation of such programs, focused on comprehensive project planning, high-quality outcomes, and continuous improvement. This individual will also provide operational and programmatic support to a number of other events and meetings.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain project plans, including coordinating with a variety team members and other department staff and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate operational and programmatic needs to ensure high-quality, customer service-focused execution of all events.
  • Manage communications to personnel and participants of events, including follow-up.
  • Supporting content development for meetings and trainings.
  • Provide overall event support, including advance coordination and on-site support.
  • Support special projects for ASO and cross divisionally as needs arise.

Qualifications:

  • Located in or willing to relocate to the greater Nashville area.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Previous experience in education preferred.
  • A track record of success with managing projects and investing stakeholders in project outcomes, including holding others accountable to deadlines.
  • Proficiency in managing multiple work streams.
  • Experience working with diverse teams successfully.
  • Experience with creating clear and compelling communications to a variety of audiences. Strong overall communication skills.
  • Demonstrated excellence in organization and attention to detail.
  • Comfort working with large and complex sets of information.
  • Proficiency with a variety of technology skills, especially Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat Pro.
  • Evidence of continuous improvement and ongoing learning orientation.
  • Strong desire to provide excellent customer service.
  • Desire and ability to work and maintain optimism in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.

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 Edwina.Fanning@tn.gov. Applications should be submitted by Friday, May 6.

Summer/Temporary/Part-Time

Individualized Education Account (IEA) Program Summer 2016 Graduate Fellowship

The Tennessee Department of Education is seeking two summer fellows for Individualized Education Account (IEA) Program. The fellows will work in the Division of Policy & External Affairs and will assist with the implementation of the IEA Program for students with disabilities. More information about the IEA Program is available at: http://www.tn.gov/education/section/iea

Fellows may work 10–30 hours per week, depending on fellow availability during the summer term. Fellows will be paid commensurate with experience and based on the number of hours worked per week. Fellows will be expected to work in the department’s office in downtown Nashville.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with answering incoming calls and emails pertaining to the IEA Program from parents and other members of the public and routing the calls/emails to the appropriate IEA Team member, if needed.
  • Assist with drafting communications to provide parents, schools or providers, districts, and other stakeholders information about the IEA Program.
  • Develop forms, reports, letters, and guidance documents about the IEA Program.
  • Provide assistance with planning and executing training, information sessions, and online webinars for parents, school district staff, and providers.
  • Support content development for the IEA website and ongoing review and updates of the content.
  • Additional responsibilities and special projects as requested including assisting with processing private school applications to participate in the program and research related to the IEA Program.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and currently enrolled in, or completed, a graduate degree program in education, communications, public policy, or other related field
  • One to three years of relevant experience preferred; an advanced degree can substitute for one or more years of experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Detail oriented and comfortable with a variety of computer programs, especially the Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Excel, Word, etc.)
  • Integrity, a proactive approach, excellent judgment, a results-oriented and problem-solving mentality
  • Strong planning skills with a track record of completing projects to meet deadlines and achieve milestones over time
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Experience working with diverse teams successfully, as well as working independently with minimal supervision
  • Flexible and resilient, organized, a fast learner, and one who takes initiative in their work
  • A commitment to the mission of the organization and dedication to successful program implementation

Application Information

Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis; however, applicants are encouraged to apply early as the application window will close once the two fellowship positions are filled. To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample. Applications should be sent to IEA.Questions@tn.gov.

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 college sophomore or junior 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 (September–December; January–April) and are expected to work 20 hours per week for the duration of a semester. Hours are flexible, but ideal work days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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

Application Deadlines

  • Semester 1 (September–December 2016): Apply by Monday, August 1, 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 college sophomore or junior 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 $2,000 stipend per semester (September–December; January– April) and are expected to work 20 hours per week for the duration of a semester. Scheduling is flexible but should be within business and school hours.

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

Application Deadlines

  • Semester 1 (September–December 2016): Apply by Monday, August 1, 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 college sophomore or junior with experience in video production. 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 (September–December; January– April) and are expected to work 20 hours per week for the duration of a semester. 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 Chandler.Hopper@tn.gov.

Application Deadlines

  • Semester 1 (September–December 2016): Apply by Monday, August 1, 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.

NIET First Tennessee TEAM Coach

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 First Tennessee CORE region. TEAM coaches support and advance the comprehensive development of administrators as instructional leaders. TEAM coaches are responsible for supporting the effective and reliable implementation of teacher and principal evaluation in districts and schools in each CORE region as well as supporting statewide evaluation and development initiatives.

Additional information is available here.  To apply for this position, email your letter of interest and current resume to Trudy.Day@tn.gov.

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