SCORE offers a fast-paced and rapid-growth work environment where collaboration, optimism, courage, innovation, and excellence are highly valued. Every position at SCORE offers team members the opportunity to support our mission of advancing student achievement in Tennessee. SCORE is based in Nashville at Vanderbilt University’s John Seigenthaler Center.

Job Postings

To stay up to date on career opportunities at SCORE, please follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page. We are currently accepting applications for these positions with the SCORE team:

Vice President, Finance and Operations

The Vice President, Finance & Operations will play a critical leadership role in advancing SCORE’s work as the organization grows and implements our strategic plan. This individual will lead the organization’s finance, operations, HR and IT functions, and manage a team of seven. Reporting to SCORE’s President and CEO, the VP, Finance & Operations will serve as a strategic thought partner to the CEO and the rest of the leadership team and play a critical role in designing and executing strategic initiatives.

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Director of Operations

The Director of Operations will be responsible for managing critical infrastructure, including partnering with the Vice President of Finance and Operations to research and implement processes regarding talent development and team supports, supporting the management of the organization’s HR function, overseeing the IT and technology function, overseeing the organization’s event management function, and ensuring the office environment and business operations supports are conducive to the SCORE team doing its best work. This role requires a detail-oriented individual with a passion for ensuring that an organization has the infrastructure needed to be best in class among nonprofits.

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Grant Partnerships Manager

The Grant Partnerships Manager will play a critical role in ensuring that all of SCORE’s work is advancing the organization’s mission to catalyze transformative change in Tennessee education so that all students can achieve success in college, career, and life. This individual will be responsible for leading the day-to-day management of SCORE’s grants and strategic investments and for monitoring alignment of SCORE’s work with the organization’s mission and goals.

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The SCORE graduate fellows program provides ambitious and dedicated graduate students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the education policy and advocacy landscape in Tennessee. Fellows will have the opportunity to become part of a dynamic organization that is deeply involved in the state’s education initiatives and is committed to ensuring success for all students. The graduate fellows make contributions to SCORE’s research, policy, and communications work.

Graduate Fellows Activities

Graduate fellowships are designed around organizational needs and fellow strengths. Fellowship experiences are designed to provide opportunities to grow fellows’ writing, presentation, and data analysis skills. During their time with SCORE, fellows generally:

  • Work closely with the research, policy, and communications teams on projects pertaining to key education issues affecting Tennessee and the nation.
  • Contribute research and policy recommendations for policy memos and SCORE’s annual State of Education in Tennessee report.
  • Conduct research to support outreach and advocacy activities.
  • Contribute original work on an education reform topic to the SCORE Sheet blog.
  • Interact with state education reform leaders from government, business, philanthropy, and education.
  • Transform highly technical research and data reports into fact sheets that are accessible to a general audience.

SCORE generally employs two fellows each semester to support the research and policy team. Graduate fellows work at least 20 hours and not more than 30 hours per week. Fellowships are compensated positions but are not benefits eligible. SCORE fellows must be available to work at our Nashville office. SCORE’s general hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Candidates must be strong communicators and should have experience with synthesizing academic research and analyzing data – skills that will be further developed as part of the program. Successful candidates for this fellowship are generally advanced master’s degree students or early-stage doctoral students in public policy, education policy, public affairs, and other related fields. Although not required, previous experience in education is generally preferred. In addition, potential fellows must be adaptable, comfortable working both individually and as part of a dynamic team, and dedicated to meeting project deliverable deadlines.

Application Information

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to

SCORE’s internship program provides undergraduate students an opportunity to learn the historical context of K-12 public education in Tennessee, interact and learn from key stakeholders who are focused on improving student outcomes, and understand how policies translate into practice.


The SCORE internship program is designed for junior and senior undergraduate students and requires a minimum 15-hour commitment per week through the duration of one school semester. Interns must be available to work out of the SCORE office on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville.

Academic Credit

Students may receive academic credit for their internship experience. To find out how many credit hours, please contact your school’s faculty representative.

SCORE Internship Activities

Internship experiences vary greatly from student to student based on available time commitments, interests, and project streams. SCORE’s Events and Special Projects Manager will work directly with each intern to develop a meaningful experience that meets the needs of the intern and the organization. Past support has included assisting with education policy projects, including research and writing tasks; logistical support for events; social media support; speaking with education partners; taking notes at key education meetings; and attending legislative hearings.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for this paid internship. To apply, complete this online survey. Questions about the SCORE internship program may be emailed to