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.

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!

Full-Time Openings

Accounting Manager, Office of Chief Financial Officer

Under the direct supervision of the Fiscal Director, the Accounting Manager will manage payroll accounting for the entire agency and will manage the general ledger.  The Accounting Manager will support the Department of Education’s mission by demonstrating leadership in our core values: excellence, optimism, judgment, courage, and teamwork. This position will be responsible for maximizing return on financial assets by following established financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems. This position will also manage staff and ensure adherence to the Cash Management Improvement Act as related to appropriate procedures and controls for the Department.

Responsibilities
  • Guides financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures.
  • Protects assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls.
  • Monitors and confirms financial condition by conducting audits; providing information to internal and external auditors.
  • Limits risk on cash management by minimizing errors related to daily draws from three payment systems.
  • Initiates corrective action as necessary to ensure books of record are completely and accurately reflected.
  • Provides status of financial condition by collecting, interpreting, and reporting financial data at state and federal level.
  • Prepares reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.
  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; filing financial reports; advising management on needed actions.
  • Completes operational requirements by scheduling and assigning employees; following up on work results.
  • Maintains staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees.
  • Maintains staff job results by coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  • Protects operations by keeping financial information and plans confidential.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
Qualifications
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Superior management skills; ability to coach and mentor a team with varied levels of experience
  • Exceptional oral, written, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively and concisely translate complex financial and non-financial concepts and results to individuals at all levels and backgrounds
  • Effective interpersonal skills dealing with people at various levels within the organization, as well as, external stakeholders
  • A comprehensive knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and working knowledge of Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) including fund accounting and financial reporting
  • Keen analytical skills which support tactical and strategic decision-making
  • Integrity, a proactive approach, excellent judgment, a results-oriented and problem-solving mentality
  • Skill in organizing accounting operations effectively and efficiently to meet business objectives
  • A commitment to the mission of the organization and dedication to fiscal operation results
  • Proven leadership skills – able to influence and motivate others to achieve quality results in an effective and efficient manner
Desired Education and Experience
  • Bachelors’ degree with major in Accounting
  • 5 or more years relevant accounting experience
  • 2 years supervisory experience
  • CPA license in Tennessee preferred
  • Substitution of Experience for Education: Five or more years serving as finance, business or accounting manager for other public agency or Local Education Authority (LEA) with supervisory duties

Salary Range:   $3,857 - $6,171/month

If interested, apply to Anna.Sparks@tn.gov .

Data Quality Analyst, Division of Data and Research

The Data Quality Analyst will serve as a key part of the data quality team within the division of data and research. The Data Quality Analyst will support the work of the division to ensure accurate and actionable data through the development of processes and resources. We seek applicants with strong technical skills who also demonstrate sound judgment and produce consistently excellent work products.

Responsibilities
  • Works with the business and technical teams to define business and data policy rules to ensure data quality.
  • Develops reports, and or processes to support and enhance the department’s data quality and to provide actionable data to stakeholders throughout the department.
  • Make recommendations to operational support for enhancements to systems of record to improve accuracy of operational data.
  • Participates in cross-functional teams to increase the quality of education data.
  • Reviews data stored into the Education Information System and connected systems for accuracy.
  • Responsible for submitting cross divisional federal reports to the US Department of Education.
  • Researches data quality issues found by application users, software developers and testers.
  • Reviews project specifications with database administrators to ensure that programs are moved to appropriate production environments, established standards are met, and data integrity is maintained. 
  • Solves complex technical problems creatively by researching new or innovative ways to develop an application and/or data structure.
  • Communicates on a regular basis with coworkers/team to share knowledge.
Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Information Technology, Business, Education, or a related field
  • Five (5) years of progressively more responsible work where the primary aspects of employment were related to data analysis.
  • The ability to work with multiple large data sets.
  • Ability to understand and use computational theories and practical skills.
  • Ability and knowledge for effectively interacting with data users, managers, and other stakeholders.
  • Significant knowledge and experience writing SQL queries, developing reports and working with Microsoft SQL Server environment, including SSIS, SSAS and SSRS.
  • Significant knowledge and experience using TOAD for Oracle
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and maximum accountability.
  • Advanced knowledge of complex Oracle Pl/SQL to work in an Oracle environment
  • Experience with data dashboards (experience with Tableau preferred)
  • Organizational and project management skills, with ability to manage highly complex and/or critical data issues.
  • Ability to generate creative solutions and use feedback to modify report designs.
  • Verbal and written communications skills (good interpersonal skill, presentation skills, able to consult, liaise and negotiate).
  • Must be flexible to meet the needs of the department.

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to Education.Careers@tn.gov.

Deputy Director of Data Quality, Division of Data and Research

The Deputy Director of Data Quality will be part of a six member team, and will report to the Executive Director, serving as a trusted thought-partner on strategic matters regarding the Data Quality team, including current and future direction and management. In conjunction with the Executive Director of Data Quality, this individual will fulfill a key role in the development and implementation of a long-term data quality strategy.

The Deputy Director of Data Quality must have the technical skills necessary to understand database structures, business rules validation and processes from several different business areas. He / she must have strong written and verbal communication skills to present findings and recommendations, be able to work in teams and manage time and projects. He/she also should be detail-oriented, have good problem solving and research skills. Moreover, he/she should be able to work independently and possess strong customer service skills.

Responsibilities
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director of Data Quality, assists in the development, implementation, and maintenance of an organizational wide, data governance committee to ensure compliance with federal reporting, external regulatory, and accreditation requirements.
  • Assists in the development of data security procedures necessary to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, accessibility, availability, and quality of the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) data.
  • Resolves concerns and conflicts of the Data Stewards Committee and forwards issues that could not be resolved to the Executive Director of Data Quality for further action, particularly those issues that would entail changes or updates to agency policies.
  • Works with Federal Reports Coordinator, and identifies training needs for data stewards to decrease the number of data quality issues found with submitted EDFacts / CSPR files.
  • In conjunction with the Federal Reports Coordinator, develops a department wide business rules document and data dictionary to ensure common definitions are used across various systems, business units, and federal reports.
  • Communicates quality metrics, issues and resolution to LEAs and State level staff on data quality issues and concerns that arise during the collection of data used for federal reporting.
  • Develops a State handbook – including training materials – for implementing data quality processes for federal reporting.
  • Serves as a data expert on business rules and data sources used for federal reporting.
  • Understands business problems and proactively offer technical solutions, using traditional and emerging concepts and technologies.
  • Recommends methods to strengthen data integrity, quality and availability of information for data users, while tying back to department-wide expectations.
  • Communicate changes and progress on all data quality projects to the Executive Director of Data Quality.
  • Manages individual work load and work effectively on multiple assignments, activities, or projects in a fast pace changing environment.
  • In the absence of the Executive Director of Data Quality, functions as the supervisor for the Data Quality team.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications

Master’s degree in Information Technology, Business, Education, or a related field, and five (5) years of progressively more responsible work where the primary aspects of employment were related to leadership, project management and training.

The candidate must also have a high degree of proficiency in the following:

  • Ability to effectively convey ideas and positions to numerous audiences – externally to technical and non-technical audiences at various levels (e.g., partners, states, federal government), and internally in management situations – both orally and in writing.
  • A firm grasp of data security, including legal requirements and procedures necessary to comply with laws related to maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, accessibility, availability, and quality of TDOE data.
  • The use of correct English grammar, spelling and punctuation to create, edit and revise technical computer documentation for an academic or business audience
  • Organizational and project management skills, with the ability to manage highly complex and/or critical data issues.
  • Ability to establish and build close working relationships to regularly interact with a variety of staff positions.
  • Verbal communications skills (good interpersonal skill, presentation skills, able to consult, liaise and negotiate)
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and demonstrate attention to detail.
  • Willingness to learn new software applications and data quality processes.
  • Intermediate to strong SQL skills to support ad hoc business inquiries in Microsoft or an Oracle environment.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills using Microsoft Excel.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills using Microsoft Word.
  • Must be able to lead projects with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to learn how data systems fit into the larger education policy context.

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to  Education.Careers@tn.gov.

Deputy Director of External Communications, Communications Office

The deputy director of external communications is charged with communicating the department’s messages to external audiences, including the media, policy makers, school districts, teachers, parents and students. This position will work with the director of communications to serve as the front line for daily inquires, fielding incoming requests from media and education stakeholders, as well crafting strategic proactive communications on social media and our blog, Classroom Chronicles. We are looking for candidates that can strengthen the department’s voice in the public conversation, tailoring messages to specific audiences. This individual should also demonstrate an understanding of education policy and a deep respect and passion for education.

The deputy director of external communications will work closely with the director of communications and the commissioner and her leadership team to craft strategic messages, quotes, and responses that reflect the commissioner’s voice and purposes.  As a result, this person should be both engaged in and have a full understanding of the work of the commissioner, the leadership team, the department’s strategic plan, and related activities. 

The deputy director of external communications will also work closely with our policy and legislation team, drafting both proactive and clarifying communications based on feedback from legislators and the public. This individual must be able to break down complex education issues into easily digestible chunks quickly, organizing information in streamlined ways for each audience. Success in this role will largely depend on seeking and listening to feedback, both from external audiences and department leadership. The person in this role should be data-driven, establishing metrics for success on individual projects, measuring progress against those metrics, and adapting plans when necessary.

Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with director of communications to answer daily media inquiries and build relationships with reporters across the state
  • Develop social media strategy to support broader department communications strategy and expand the department’s reach online; manage department Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts
  • Drive content creation for our blog, Classroom Chronicles, and grow traffic to site by engaging with teachers across the state to feature innovative classrooms and programs; collaborating with department leadership to develop ideas, contacts, and content; and using site analytics to inform strategy and planning
  • Work with director of communication and commissioner to craft strategic messages, quotes, and responses that reflect the commissioner’s voice and purposes
  • Work with director of communications and department leadership to partner with education stakeholders, strengthening our key education messages
  • Collaborate with department’s policy and legislation team to proactively draft and deliver communications answering anticipated questions and time communications appropriately
  • Design communications campaigns on social media to share department messages, proactively engaging the department’s audiences and redirecting the public conversation
  • Ensure consistency of department’s messages to external audiences
  • Plan announcements and events across the state, often involving the governor, legislators, or other top officials
  • Draft external facing documents (press releases, one-pagers, presentations etc.) based on conversations with director of communications and department leadership
  • Use photography and videography to creatively support key messages and showcase Tennessee teachers and students
Qualifications
  • High level of personal responsibility, optimism, and judgment
  • Commitment to excellence and problem-solving
  • Ability to prioritize critical tasks
  • Experience in communications and education policy
  • Strong project management skills and organization
  • Photography and videography skills a plus
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years in education policy, journalism, or communications
Salary and Benefits

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

To apply, please email your resume, three-writing samples, and an example of your visual work if applicable to Ashley.M.Ball@tn.gov. This position is located in Nashville, TN.

Deputy Director of Internal Communications, Communications Office

Position Description:    

The deputy director of internal communications will consult with teams across the department as they craft messages for our many external audiences, including policy makers, districts, supervisors, and teachers. Because the deputy director of internal communications will often coach teams around revising communications, experience delivering feedback to peers is preferred. This individual should also be able to break down complex issues into easily digestible chunks quickly. Building relationships within the department will be critical to success in this role, as this person will partner with various teams to amplify external messages coming from the department.

This individual will be an excellent writer and hold an extremely high bar for communication, modeling these standards in both their own oral and written communications. The deputy director of internal communications will draft most internal-facing communications to department staff and will serve as a critical resource for teams as they develop communications plans around upcoming initiatives. This individual should be organized, detailed oriented, and have strong communications judgment.

Responsibilities
  • Lead weekly internal review of department communications, coaching teams and individuals on crafting clear and concise communications
  • Manage weekly communications with director of schools
  • Consult with various department teams as they plan, brainstorm, draft, and revise communications for external audiences
  • Support department divisions in developing communications plans for upcoming initiatives
  • Manage the department’s newsletter software, Mail Chimp; support department teams in using analytics to make informed choices about content; train staff on best practices; and monitor department newsletters for trends
  • Manage the department’s intranet site, showcasing internal resources and creating additional resources as needed for staff
  • Create additional communications tools to support the department’s work and lead professional development on communications topics for department staff as needed
  • Plan quarterly staff functions for the department building staff culture
  • Manage constituent communications, mail from both the governor’s office and from the contact form on the department website
  • Work with director of communication and commissioner to craft strategic internal messages, letters, and responses that reflect the commissioner’s voice and purposes
  • Collaborate with director of communications to manage Open Records Request Process; responding immediately to constituents, working with department staff to fulfill requests, tracking progress, and monitoring deadlines
  • Maintain the Department Style Guide and market internally as a resource for staff
  • Use photography and videography to creatively support department staff as they develop external communications
Qualifications
  • High level of personal responsibility, optimism, and judgment
  • Commitment to excellence and problem-solving
  • Ability to prioritize critical tasks
  • Experience creating and managing processes to streamline workflow
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with others
  • Dedication to cultivating workplace culture
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in education a plus
  • Photography and videography skills a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years in education or communications
Salary and Benefits

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

To apply, please email your resume, three-writing samples, and an example of your visual work if applicable (photos or video) to Ashley.M.Ball@tn.gov. This position is located in Nashville, TN.

School Improvement & Parent Involvement Coordinator, Division of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring

This position works with the School Improvement Director to administer the School Improvement Grant (SIG) and other district/school improvement initiatives.  This position also oversees parent and community engagement for LEAs.

Responsibilities
  • Assist Director of School Improvement with application processes for Title I SIG and other discretionary grants in ePlan.
  • Collect and analyze data from districts as required by grants for school improvement and parent engagement.
  • Provide technical assistance to local education agencies (LEAs) and work with CORE offices on school improvement and parent engagement.
  • Assist CPM with ePlan Consolidated Funding Application review process in ePlan including application and budget review for Title I parent involvement and other areas as assigned.
  • Participate in LEA visits for CPM results-based monitoring of LEAs for compliance with federal regulations and effective implementation of federal grants.
  • Conduct milestone visits for SIG recipients as requested by the Director of School Improvement.
  • Create and deliver trainings to LEA representatives for parent engagement via webinar, conferences, and meetings.
  • Participate as a CPM team member with various office functions including but not limited to training, drafting newsletter updates, providing information and data when requested. 
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in relevant field required.
  • Three years educational experience in schools or district offices.  Working knowledge of Title I laws and regulations preferred.
  • Knowledge of effective school and district components and strategies necessary to raise student achievement.
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

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 Valerie.Starks@tn.gov. This position is located in Nashville, TN.

Superintendent - Tennessee School for the Blind

The Tennessee School for the Blind (TSB) has a rich and extensive history of serving students with visual impairments since 1843. TSB is the only state special school in Tennessee specifically designed to offer specialized instruction to students with visual impairments. The school currently serves 145 students in its school and residential programs. TSB partners with local education agencies (LEA) across the state to provide transportation for its students. The campus of TSB also houses a Resource Center for the Visually Impaired (RCVI) that offers services to public school systems, to eligible, private non-profit agencies, and to state special schools across the state. An inventory of more than 22,000 Braille and large type textbooks and ancillaries, and non-book instructional materials is available on an annual loan basis. Finally, TSB offers an Outreach Program to districts across the state. These services include assessment in the areas of functional vision, orientation and mobility, daily living skills, and assistive technology as well as direct service in these same areas. It is the role of the Superintendent to manage the daily functionality of the school to include the academic instruction, residential program, resource center, outreach program, maintenance department, food service, healthcare, and procurement. 

In the current organizational structure, the Superintendent is supported by a Principal, Assistant Principal, Director of Curriculum, Director of Student Life, Director of Outreach, Director of Business and Support Services, Director of Facilities Management, and Director of Medical Services. The State Board of Education has delegated the governing authority of the Tennessee School for the Blind to the Commissioner of Education, who is appointed by the Governor. The school is managed by a Superintendent who reports to the Commissioner of Education through the Assistant Commissioner of Special Populations.

To obtain more information, please see: www.tsbtigers.org.

Responsibilities:
  1. Oversee the daily operation of the school, residential program, Resource Center for the Visually Impaired, Braille Production Center and LEA outreach services.
  2. Ensure compliance with all federal and state statutes and regulations relevant to IDEA, SESA, NCLB, ADA and the health, safety and confidentiality of students, staff and parents.
  3. Provide supervision and coordinate oversight for approximately 200 employees.
    1. All certified staff must be evaluated through the state’s TEAM evaluation model while all classified staff must be evaluated via the state’s SMART goal system.
    2. Educational Assistants also require annual evaluation.
  4. Collaborate with Department of Education to develop a working budget and a five-year plan of operation. This includes:
    1. Management and reconciliation of each fiscal year’s budget(s).
    2. Forecasted improvement planning based on student-level achievement data, staff professional development needs, campus upgrades, and etc.
  5. Collaborate with Department of Education, Department of General Services Administration, architects, construction contractors and vendors during design and completion of capital projects (greater than $100,000) and major maintenance projects (less than $100,000). Current projects include:
    1. Cottage upgrades,
    2. Centralized operations, and
    3. Administrative housing renovation.
  6. Collaborate with universities and teacher training programs to conduct research benefiting the educational needs of students challenged by vision loss and to provide field experience for students pursuing careers in the field of vision education.
  7. Maintain positive and productive relationships with TSB Alumni, Lions’ Clubs, Friends of TSB, Inc., advocacy groups, parents, faculty, staff and students.
Strategic Priority:

The Tennessee Department of Education has placed an emphasis on improved achievement and post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities. Moreover, we expect to see faster growth for students who are the furthest behind. Thus, the Superintendent must be well-versed and competent in both the management of daily operations and the delivery of high-quality academic instruction.  

Qualifications:

All applicants must hold Tennessee teaching and administrative licenses. Candidates must also have a minimum of five years of district- or school-level leadership experience, preferably in a Principal role or higher. Preference is given to applicants who hold a Visual Impairment endorsement and/or have direct experience working with students with visual impairments.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience, and there is on-campus housing available for the Superintendent. However, it is due for renovation as indicated by our capital project section.

Applicants should send a letter of intent, resume, and list of three references to Nathan Travis, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Special Populations at Nathan.Travis@tn.gov.

Disclosures:

The selected applicant must be able to pass a series of background checks.

Teacher Ambassador, Communications Office

The teacher ambassador is charged with improving communications channels to and from teachers, amplifying teacher voice and celebrating teachers, and improving the quality and awareness of resources for educators. To do so, the teacher ambassador will work closely with teams and divisions within the department, and will also spend substantial time in the field with teachers to understand teacher perspectives and needs. This individual will work with all department projects and initiatives that have teachers as a target audience.

Specific Position Responsibilities
  • Engage with the commissioner of education to develop and implement strategic priorities that engage teachers
  • Partner with divisions across the department to support the development of resources for teachers, to share information and resources with teachers, and to provide feedback on department programs impacting the classroom.
  • Engage regional and state teachers of the year in policy making through the Teacher Advisory Council. The council is made up of twelve current classroom teachers from across the state who meet bi-annually in Nashville with senior department leadership and other state leaders.
  • Celebrate teachers and spread best practices through leading the department’s initiatives around teacher appreciation week, social media campaigns, and identifying and sharing best practices through the department’s blog, Classroom Chronicles.
  • Develop teacher-focused content to share with educators through a monthly newsletter to all teachers and principals in the state and through Classroom Chronicles.
  • Coordinate with teacher advocacy groups to create more opportunities for Tennessee teachers to be engaged.
  • Coordinate with team leaders on additional projects with teachers as the target audience, identifying cases when tools and resources are not well-designed for teacher usage and proposing solutions.
  • Meet directly with teachers across the state to learn about challenges and barriers that need to be addressed, and follow up with the relevant departments and teams to propose improvements and solutions.
Qualifications
  • Prior experience teaching in a Tennessee public school.
  • High level of personal responsibility, optimism, and judgment.
  • Strong project management skills and organization.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate complex issues into simplified and user-friendly information.
  • Bachelor’s degree and prior experience in communications or policy preferred.
Salary and Benefits

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

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to Ashley.M.Ball@tn.gov. This position is located in Nashville, TN.

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Last Update: March 24, 2015