Work at SCORE

Tennessee leads the nation in its progress on advancing bold efforts to improve student achievement.

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) plays a critical role in the transformation of Tennessee public education. As a collaborative of key education leaders, we help drive increases in student learning by focusing on high academic standards, strong school and district leadership, great teaching, and the use of data to enhance teaching and learning.

SCORE is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan advocacy and research institution, founded by former US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in 2009. Our offices are based at Vanderbilt University’s John Seigenthaler Center.

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Job Postings

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Here are the current openings for positions on the SCORE team:

Director Of Policy And Research

SCORE’s Director of Policy and Research will lead a team of individuals in assessing where, how, and why statewide reforms are – or are not – meeting the ambitious goals that Tennessee has set for student growth and achievement and proactively identifying and assessing ways to overcome barriers to reform through state policy and practice. The director will take a leadership role in developing SCORE’s annual policy agenda; serve as a leader, partner, and trusted voice in statewide education policy discussions with stakeholders; design, develop, and manage policy and research projects, reports, and initiatives to advance SCORE’s policy agenda and theory of change; and manage and lead the organization’s Policy and Research team. Candidates should have at least 5-10 years of professional experience, with at least 5 years of relevant experience in education policy. Learn more.

Staff Accountant

SCORE’s Staff Accountant will play a critical role in advancing the organization’s work through supporting its financial functions. The staff accountant will be responsible for researching and implementing process improvements to the organization’s already robust financial and accounting systems, supporting the development of project-based and grant-based budgets that align with the organization’s annual operating budget, tracking budget to actuals, and working closely with the organization’s external accountant to manage accounts payable. Candidate requirements include a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in finance or accounting. Two years of nonprofit accounting experience or a master’s degree in accounting strongly preferred.  Learn more.

Contract Positions

We are not currently accepting applications for contract positions working on Tennessee Department of Education projects.

Graduate Fellows Program

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 in 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

The deadlines for 2016-17 fellowships are:

  • Fall 2017 – Submit applications no later than July 28, 2017. Applicants will be notified by August 11, 2017.
  • Winter/spring 2017 – Submit applications no later than October 27, 2017. Applicants will be notified by November 3, 2017.
  • Summer 2017 – Submit applications no later than March 2, 2018. Applicants will be notified by March 23, 2018.

Undergraduate Internship

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. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but preference is given to applicants who submit before the deadline. This internship is paid.

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 Internship Coordinator 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.

Internship Calendar

Fall Semester Internship: August – December (Application Deadline: August 31)

Winter/Spring Semester Internship: January – May (Application Deadline: January 5)

Summer Semester Internship: June – August (Application Deadline: April 13)

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit your resume and application online at