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.

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.

Summer/Temporary/Part-Time

No positions at this time.

Last Update: February 26, 2015