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

Assistant Director of Talent Management, Human Resources

Reports To:

Director of Human Resources

Location:

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

Position Description:    

This individual will lead and manage talent management and employee engagement related functions for the TDOE.  Specifically this individual will:

  • Serve as liaison to the Strategic Learning Solutions (SLS)
  • Organize, coordinate and/or provide all required employee professional training
  • Develop, organize and implement an employee recognition program
  • Develop, organize and implement quarterly employee events
  • Serve as TDOE representative to Healthier Tennessee and serve as chair of TDOE Wellness committee
  • Develop and provide on-boarding for new employees
  • Creatively develop and implement employee engagement and retention initiatives
  • Organize and implement mentor program
  • Work in conjunction with the communications division to develop internal newsletter
Desired Competencies:
  • Quality: Achieving a standard of excellence with our work processes and outcomes, honoring University policies and all regulatory requirements
  • Customer focus: Striving for high customer satisfaction, going out of our way to be helpful and pleasant, making it as easy as possible on the customer
  • Communication: Balancing listening and talking, speaking and writing clearly and accurately, influencing others, keeping others informed
  • Collegiality: Being helpful, respectful, approachable, and team oriented, building strong working relationships and a positive work environment
  • Initiative: Taking ownership of our work, doing what is needed without being asked, following through
  • Efficiency: Planning ahead, managing time well, being on time, being cost conscious, thinking of better ways to do things
  • Coachability: Being receptive to feedback, willing to learn, embracing continuous improvement
Minimum qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Adult Education, Instructional Design, or other related field

OR

  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in Human Resources, Adult Education, Instructional Design, or other related experience.

Salary and Benefits:

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

To Apply:

Please apply through the State of Tennessee’s hiring portal.  The posting closes midnight Tuesday, October 4th.

Director, Human Capital Strategy, Office of Educator Talent

Reports To:

Executive Director, Educator Talent

Location:

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

Position Description:     

The Office of Educator Talent is seeking a Director of Human Capital Strategy.  In this position, the Director will support development and implementation of high priority policies and projects for the educator talent team with a focus on statewide recruitment, retention, and recognition of effective educators. The Director will also work closely with other staff on Teachers and Leaders to integrate and align strategies and initiatives across the division. 

Specific Position Responsibilities:
  • Utilize existing data on the supply and distribution of effective teachers to design and develop innovative state or district level strategies to improve students’ access to effective teaching
  • Analyze relevant research to inform policy development related to human capital management
  • Provide training and analytical support for school and district leaders in leveraging human capital data reports to develop new strategies to recruit and retain effective teachers
  • Design statewide strategy to recruit  teachers of color to schools and districts 
  • Coordinate and align the state’s recognition programs (Teacher of the Year, Principal of Year, Supervisor of the Year and other) to ensure that the department is not only celebrating educators but also capturing and leveraging the best practices that can be shared statewide
  • Manage the state’s Visiting Teacher program and maintain strong relationship with the Confucius Institute
  • Design and facilitate sessions to improve human capital management policies and practices, including but not limited to recruitment, selection,  and strategic staffing
  • Analyze relevant research to inform policy development related to human capital management
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and experience equivalent to four years of full-time professional educational, instructional or supervisory/administrative work. Additionally, the candidate should have:

  • Ability to perform a variety of high-level activities involved in the research, communication, project management, data and fiscal oversight associated with human capital management and strategic compensation
  • Project management experience, including the establishment of benchmarks and performance metrics to ensure project completion
  • Expertise in human capital management including recruitment, retention and compensation experience
  • Innovative and strategic thinker; solution oriented
  • Excellent work ethic, initiative and high standards for self; 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
  • Strong teamwork, with an ability to collaborate with managers, peers, and direct reports
  • Education policy and program experience at the district, state and/or federal level, preferred
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment balancing multiple ongoing projects
  • Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail
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:

The link to apply for this positon will be added on October 12th.  Please check back then.

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.

Temporary/Part-Time

2016-17 CCTE Internship Program

About the CCTE Internship Program:

The 2016-17 interns will work with the Division of College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) to develop and align communications and resources for students, families, and educators. Interns will work on specific projects and/or initiatives with one or more of our offices, and will report to the Director of Divisional Operations. A stipend is associated with this internship. Interns are selected for specific internship projects based on candidate interests, divisional needs, and project requirements; however, all CCTE internships include the following activities:

  • Provide research support on policy, legislation, and resources related to a specific initiative,
  • Develop resources and materials to support districts and/or educators in implementing specific strategies or initiatives,
  • Develop communications materials and/or strategies related to the work of the division,
  • Process and analyze feedback and data from stakeholders to help inform decision-making,
  • Participate in meetings with initiative lead(s), other TDOE stakeholders, and external stakeholders as appropriate to review and refine action plans and resources.

2016-17 CCTE Internship Opportunities:

  • Coaching and Developing CTE Teachers Intern (year-long)
  • Communications Intern (year-long)
  • CTE Assessments and Policy Intern (year-long)
  • Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) Communications Intern (fall semester)
  • School Counseling Intern (fall semester)
  • STEM Intern (year-long)
  • Student Readiness and Early Postsecondary Intern (year-long)
  • Work-Based Learning Intern (year-long)

Qualifications:

  • Current enrollment in a high school, undergraduate, or graduate program
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience managing complex projects
  • Ability to work on an extended project with limited oversight/direction
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office software

Location:

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

To Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample Melissa.Canney@tn.gov. Applications for fall semester and year-long internships will be reviewed as they are submitted until Oct. 15, 2016.

CCTE Communications Consultant

Reports To:

Melissa Canney

Location:

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

Position Description:

The Division of College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) is seeking a communications consultant to assist in the development, review, and release of external communications. The consultant will work with the director of divisional operations and the assistant commissioner of CCTE to implement and improve the CCTE communications strategy and ensure that high quality and timely communications effectively inform and engage external stakeholders to support divisional initiatives.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

The CCTE Communications Consultant will:

  • On a weekly basis, draft, compile, and edit all external communications for content, clarity, and alignment with TDOE style guide.
  • Accurately and efficiently manage the communications review process for the CCTE division, including ensuring version control of reviewed items.
  • Draft and review the weekly College and Career Readiness Update.
  • Implement divisional communications strategies effectively and professionally to ensure efficient external communications of division priorities with all stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with other teams within the division, department, and other agencies to develop communications and training materials for district and community stakeholders include industry, district administrators, counselors, administrators, students and parents.

Qualifications:

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment with competing deadlines and priorities
  • Close attention to detail and ability to identify gaps in information
  • Ability to work collaboratively, give and receive feedback, and hold team members accountable to deadlines
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software
  • An interest in ensuring that all Tennessee students graduate from high school ready for postsecondary education and success in their chosen careers.
Successful candidate will exhibit the following:
  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

This is a part-time position (10-20 hours/week) with a rate of $15 per hour. Much of this work can be completed remotely, though there are weekly deadlines which are non-negotiable.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Melissa.Canney@tn.gov. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2016.

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.​