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 Your email subject line should list the name of the position you are applying for. Thank you for your interest!

Full-Time Openings

Director of Special Projects, Office of the Deputy Commissioner

The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) seeks a Director of Special Projects to provide high level support to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner.  This individual is an experienced leader who brings demonstrated management experience and a commitment to education reform in the state of Tennessee.  This person will be responsible for communicating and collaborating across TDOE divisions, specifically the divisions in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner (Curriculum and Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Special Populations, and the Office of Consolidated Planning and Monitoring) to enhance and support current initiatives and identify new programs and best practices that will advance team goals.


The Director of Special Projects will support the Office of the Deputy Commissioner by leading and managing various operational and administrative projects. The role encompasses responsibility across a range of domains including research, data collection, finance, communications, logistics, website support, project management and leadership development. The Special Projects Director must be able to manage multiple tasks and pivot between multiple responsibilities while working across diverse teams.

  • Design, execute and provide logistical support for state programs and trainings overseen by the Deputy Commissioner.
  • Lead and/or coordinate work initiatives with other divisions and offices within the Department of Education as appropriate.
  • Provide strategic support to members of the Department Leadership team.
  • Assist with the development of leadership development material and training.
  • Collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assist with the post-secondary work with the Division of Career and Technical Education.
  • Assist with the high school strategy initiative.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Strong organization skills, project management experience and a track record of achieving milestones.
  • Experience working with diverse teams successfully.
  • Able to build strong internal and external relationships.
  • The capacity to leverage internal and external networks, to engage in team problem solving.
  • Experience in writing and delivering high-impact presentations and training modules.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters multiple stakeholders in a concise manner.
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and analytical skills.
  • Exhibit exceptional judgment, strong initiative, and a quick learner.
  • Deeply interested and engaged in discussions around education reform and social policy.

To apply email your cover letter and resume to Rasheeda Washington. Your email subject line should list the name of the position you are applying for (Director of Special Projects).

Director of Extended Learning


Administration of grant funded extended learning programs

  • Administer federal and unclaimed lottery funds (21st Century Community Learning Centers and Lottery for Education: Afterschool Programs).
  • Administer competitive grant process:
    • Develop RFP for competitive grants,
    • Schedule/facilitate technical assistance workshops,
    • Oversee review process – including contracting and training reviewers
  • Preparation and maintenance of agency contracts – including budget and program revisions.

Supervision of program compliance and evaluation

  • Organize and prepare local, state and federal reporting including Resource Mapping project
  • Maintain accurate records
  • Interpret and enforce program-related policies, procedures and guidelines – including ESEA regulations, TCA mandates and state board rules
  • Facilitate administration of data collection/evaluation project (UT SWORPS)
  • Address legislative/policy issues:
    • Bill analysis/fiscal notes
    • Strategic Plan information
    • Occasional legislative committee or state board items

Facilitation of training and professional development

  • Plan/facilitate grantee training – including local, regional and/or state events
  • Plan/facilitate program specific conferences – including new extended learning strand at Special Ed conference and 21st CCLC multi-state conference (KY, Ohio, TN, West VA)
  • Attend required federal meetings and conferences as needed
  • Attend and/or present at local, state and/or national meetings/conferences as needed

Establishment of Communication and Collaborations

  • Supervise and organize website for Center of Extended Learning to include competition information, training and evaluation information and dissemination of best practice information
  • Plan and facilitate Extended Learning Advisory Committee meetings
  • Establish relationships with other agencies and serve as TDOE committee representative – includes Operation Military Kids, United Way of TN Education Committee, Volunteer TN major grant partner
  • Maintain open communication with LEAs, CBOs, FBOs as well as agency administrators, legislative officials, governor’s staff and the general public

Other responsibilities as assigned

  • General human resources tasks – including supervision of personnel, performance evaluation and travel approval
  • Administration of Boys & Girls Clubs Marriage License Fee appropriation
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Executive Director
  •  Master’s degree in related field (i.e. education, administration)
  •  3-5 years’ experience in related field with 2 plus years program management experience
  •  Knowledge of Extended Learning programs
  •  Expertise in data collection and interpretation
  •  Strong organizational and management skills with demonstrated experience in leadership and team building
  •  Demonstrated success working with school districts, faith based and community organizations in a leadership and professional development capacity
  •  Demonstrated success collaborating with external agencies on the implementation of program and professional development initiatives
  •  Strong interpersonal skills
  •  Demonstrates ability to communicates effectively both in writing and orally, including documentation, recordkeeping and correspondence
  •  Ability to work independently, multi-task and prioritize work, and meet multiple deadlines
  •  Ability to work as part of a team and motivate others to meet goals
  •  Experience in developing, implementing, and/or evaluating comprehensive strategies in the area of Extended Learning

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Pat Conner.

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.

  • 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.

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


Data and Grant Manager, Educator Talent, Division of Teachers and Leaders

The Tennessee Department of Education’s Division of Teachers and Leaders is accepting applications for a contracted data and grant manager for the Educator Talent team.

The data and grant manager is charged with developing and maintaining systems to ensure timely analysis and reporting of program data. This person will be responsible for tracking expenditures and monitoring grant funding. The contractor will provide delivery of services to the state beginning August 2014 through July 2015, at minimum, and must be based in our Nashville office. The position is anticipated to be 20 hours per week with the potential for flexible scheduling of hours.

  • Ensuring successful completion of the Annual Performance Reports (APRs) for Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants and other reporting needs, creating a timeline and systems to manage the data collection process
  • Provide logistical and administrative support integral to efficient grant management
  • Developing both internal and external reports communicating strategic compensation implementation progress
  • Creating systems to ensure successful tracking of LEA expenditures of grant funds and managing that system to track and develop reports on expenditures
  • Providing research and data analysis as requested on best practices in human capital management as they relate to strategic compensation

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with data analysis, including establishment of systems to track and communicate about data metrics
  • Strong analytical and writing skills with strong attention to detail 
  • Excellent work ethic, high standards for work product, and the ability to manage towards ambitious timelines
  • A self-starter mindset; demonstrating initiative in moving projects forward both collaboratively and independently
  • Experience in financial modeling, budgeting and performance monitoring  is preferred 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills necessary to interact and develop relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your interest in this position and a resume to Laura Encalade.   While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.

Math Instruction Coaches

The TDOE and the Institute for Learning (University of Pittsburgh) are seeking instructional coaches interested in joining a two-year cohort to study and improve mathematics instructional coaching in Tennessee.

Commitment & Responsibilities

The selected coaches must be available for the following commitments:

  1. Attend three 2-day network meetings in Nashville per year in 2014-15 and 2015-16. The meetings in year one will be held on the following dates: (1) Oct. 10 & 11, 2014; (2) Dec. 5 & 6, 2014; and (3) March 6 & 7, 2015. Meeting dates for 2015-16 are yet to be determined;
  2. Participate in monthly conference calls;
  3. Document all coaching activity using a web-based Coaching Log and a mini-iPad (provided by the project) and periodically engage in short surveys and/or interviews;
  4. Select and work with two math teachers for intensive study and commit to collect data about their practice including:
    • At least 1 audiotape of a coaching session per focal teacher (2 audio-taped coaching sessions) for each of the 3 continuous improvement cycles each year,
    • At least 1 video of classroom instruction per focal teacher (2 video segments of instruction) for each of the 3 continuous improvement cycles each year,
    • At least 1 task and 5 pieces of de-identified student work from each teacher (2 tasks and 10 artifacts of student work) for each of the 3 continuous improvement cycles each year;
  5. Engage as a partner in the continuous improvement of an instructional coaching model by engaging in reflective practice and generating ways to improve or augment the coaching model for use in their specific local context.
Benefits to Coaches for Participation
  • In depth training and ongoing support from IFL fellows and a statewide network of other Tennessee math instruction coaches;
  • Annual stipend of $3,000 (in addition, travel for the project will be reimbursable);
  • Receive an iPad mini (to be used for data collection/documentation) and keep it at the end of the project.
Application Process

Interested educators will need to complete an online application by Aug. 20. The list below outlines the steps of the application process:

  1. Candidates review the Commitment and Responsibilities above and determine eligibility. To qualify for the role you must be able to fulfill all of the commitments listed. If you can meet all of the requirements then proceed to the online application.
  2. Complete the online application. The online application includes a demographic form and several open response questions, which should be uploaded as a single PDF. Complete applications must be submitted by Aug. 20.
  3. Your application will be reviewed by a selection team from the IFL & TDOE and you may (or may not) be selected for an interview. You will be notified by Aug. 29.
  4. Interview materials will be sent to you for the 20 minute phone or Skype interview. These interviews will be scheduled before Sept. 16.
  5. You will be notified of your acceptance (or non-acceptance) by Sept. 17.
    If you have questions about the role or the application process, please contact

2014 STEM Fellowship, Division of Career and Technical Education

The Division of Career and Technical Education seeks two 2014 STEM Fellows to support the implementation of the initial phases of the TDOE’s STEM Strategic Vision and Core Priorities. This opportunity will allow fellows to engage closely with the Tennessee STEM Leadership Council, which is composed of leaders in STEM-related education and industry areas and which will convene for the first time this summer.

The 2014 STEM Fellows will report directly to the TDOE STEM Consultant and will work with a variety of partners within and outside of the department. Fellows will work closely to plan and coordinate logistics for Tennessee’s STEM Leadership Council meetings, action steps, and initiatives.

The 2014 STEM Fellowship will occur for 8-12 weeks beginning in May, and fellows will receive a competitive stipend. Selected applicants should have experience in event logistics or managing multiple projects. Applicants with a background in STEM (industry or education) are preferred, but not required.

  • Coordinate STEM Leadership Council and STEM Industry Advisory Council materials, including tracking inventory, printing, and distribution and/or shipment of materials.
  • Manage logistics for STEM-related meeting, including venue and stakeholder communications and management of internal processes
  • Coordinate operations needs between multiple partners and stakeholders within and outside TDOE.
  •  Provide administrative support to the STEM Leadership Council.
  • Detail oriented and comfortable with a variety of computer programs (Excel experience required, other event management software experience preferred).
  • A track record of successful planning and executing multiple projects and/or initiatives in an environment with various and conflicting interests. Demonstrated organizational skill to track deadlines and achieve milestones over time.
  • Strong communication skills and a demonstrated customer service orientation. Ability to handle complex and confidential information with discretion.
  • Experience working with diverse teams successfully, as well as working independently with minimal supervision.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Melissa Canney at Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Tennessee School for the Deaf

The psychiatrist is charged with providing psychiatric assessments, diagnostic evaluations, and medication management for referred students. This person will be responsible for supporting deaf students challenged with mental health needs in reaching their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. The psychiatrist will work with a group of nurses and educators at the Tennessee School for the Deaf to ensure understanding of the expectations for the students served and provide the resources to support these select students in reaching their academic goals.

The psychiatrist will be an independent contractor with the state and work with a variety of staff members, nurses, psychologists and educators at the Tennessee School for the Deaf.

  • Evaluate and make diagnostic assessments for students referred due to psychiatric/mental health needs.
  • Confer with parents, nursing staff, teachers and other staff to coordinate services for referred students.
  • Be available for ongoing or necessary consultation between visits to the Tennessee School for the Deaf.
  • Provide ongoing medication management for referred students.
  • Consult with other contractual employees of the Tennessee School for the Deaf, such as psychotherapists and pediatric/adolescent neurologists.
  • Board Certified Pediatric/Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Understanding of the unique needs of the deaf and hard of hearing population
  • Strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex matters with the referred students, educators and other stakeholders in a clear and empowering manner
  • Strong organization skills and track record of managing client files and medication management for a diverse population
  • Proficient in American Sign Language

This position is located in Knoxville, TN. Salary for this position is $2,000.00 per day.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to Your email subject line should list the name of the position you are applying for (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist).

Equal Opportunity Employer

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, age, disability, or military services in its policies, or in the admission of, access to, treatment, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.

Last Update: September 19, 2014