Career Opportunities


Department: CORE, Office of Statewide Supports

Classification (Payroll Title): EDUC Program Director 1

Position Number: 74210

Reports to: Elizabeth Norton, Senior Director of Academic Strategy

Last Revised Date: June 1, 2022

Anticipated Salary Range: $85,000-$95,000

Location Notes: Ability to work from home office (AWS)

Department of Education Vision: We will set all students on a path to success.

Priorities:  Academics: All Tennessee students will have access to a high-quality education, no matter where they live.  · Student Readiness: Tennessee public schools will be equipped to serve the academic and non-academic needs of all students. · Educators: Tennessee will set a new path for the education profession and be the top state to become and remain a teacher and leader.

Position Summary:

The Tennessee Department of Education is seeking a director of academic support to oversee and guide the work of a select number of regional CORE staff in supporting continuous improvement efforts in districts across the state. This position would directly manage 8 regional staff, and work with other teams at the department to ensure the vision for the support these staff provide to school districts is well executed. This work includes creating and implementing knowledge management routines to ensure coherent, aligned, and effective supports across the state, coaching and guiding the regional staff towards a clear and consistent vision for their work, observing and learning from regional consultants to understand the needs in the field, and coordinating extensively with peers across the department to ensure alignment with department priorities and feed information from the field back to the central department to inform ongoing work.

The state’s CORE offices support eight geographic regions across the state and are charged with supporting districts with continuous improvement of practice and student outcomes. CORE offices support districts with diagnosing needs, planning for improvement, implementing strategies, and tracking progress. CORE is made up of 5 content support teams (ELA, math, SPED, data, and CTE) and a team of district support liaisons. The director of academic support will shape and guide the work of the consultant group to which they are assigned to ensure consistent support across the state and will provide direct management to that team of consultants.

Minimum Qualifications:

·       Bachelor’s degree

·       Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a school district central office and/or school leadership role, or district support role (as consultant or vendor) with perspective on how systems function and improve

Essential Functions

1.      Work collaboratively with peers across the department to coordinate and align the work of CORE regional staff with department priorities, and inform department work by sharing trends and needs from the field.

2.     Collaboratively with other teams at the department, develop and implement knowledge management plans for responsible consultant group to ensure equitable knowledge and skill across the state, ongoing learning and continues improvement, and consistent training experiences for staff.

3.     Oversee structures for ongoing coordination and collaboration with consultant team (for example, the eight ELA consultants from each CORE office across the state need to come together regularly to learn, plan, share, collaborate, and problem-solve).

4.     Develop and execute processes for strong two-way communication between CORE staff and relevant department teams to ensure CORE field experience is informing the work at the department, and vice versa

5.     Support CORE consultants in understanding how to use tools and resources from the department, and help department teams think through how districts will use tools and resources they create

6.     Create and participate in structures for ensuring coherence across content teams and in coordination with district liaison supports.

7.     Manage consultants to successfully support district improvements and engage with division partners productively

8.     Build relationships and trust with, influence, and motivate CORE staff and department partners in order to foster a strong culture for continuous improvement

9.     Learn quickly and adapt quickly by being comfortable with change and flexible in the work


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • High level of personal responsibility, optimism, and judgment
  • Commitment to excellence and problem-solving
  • Exceptional ability to build relationships, compromise, motivate, and influence
  • Strong listening skills, ability to weigh a variety of perspectives and ideas and make decisions
  • Experience leading a project or initiative with evidence of impact
  • Orientation to making decisions based on what’s best for students
  • Content area expertise in the CORE consultant role area to which they are applying (ELA, math, special education, data use, and/or CTE); expertise or experience in multiple areas preferred
  • Deep understanding of the instructional core and its influence on improving student outcomes
  • Effective organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Willingness to travel approximately 20-30% of the time


Supervisory Responsibility: Direct supervision of eight content specific consultants located across the state in each CORE region.

Work Environment

The duties will primarily be carried out indoors, in environmentally controlled conditions. The employee will be required to perform general physical abilities and handle and move objects.


Physical Demands

Physical demands include walking, standing, bending, lifting, climbing stairs, and moving during working hours.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Expected work hours are 37.5 hours per week, from 8-4:30pm with an hour lunch break.


Approximately 20-30% of the time will be spent traveling

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to:

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.


Tennessee Department of Education also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact the Human Capital team at 615-741-5158.  You can also direct your request for accommodation in writing to the Tennessee Department of Education, Attn: HR 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243.