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Graduate Data Fellow



Job Summary

“The progress that our students have made in recent years is inspiring – there is no doubt that they are capable of achieving at high levels and leading Tennessee into a bright future. While education stakeholders are already working together in exciting ways in Tennessee, it is our responsibility to redouble our innovative efforts to ensure that we are supporting our students to truly excel and thrive. The future of our state depends on it.”

                                                                                                   – Senator Bill Frist, Chairman and Founder, SCORE


Tennessee has been making significant progress in advancing a bold education reform plan over the last decade and is now a leader in the nation in dramatically improving student achievement. Tennessee is among the fastest improving states for student achievement according to the Nation’s Report Card.

While Tennessee has made significant gains, there is much still to do – in public K12 education, in college and career readiness, and in postsecondary completion. The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) plays a critical role in advancing student achievement, aligning K12 and postsecondary, and ensuring that all students can achieve career and life success. We work to monitor statewide progress in support of a prioritized agenda that drives collaboration across the state on policy while generating proof points and providing targeted support for implementation across the state.

SCORE is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization founded by former US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and is dedicated to the goal that all students can achieve success in college, career, and life.  SCORE supports student success in public schools across Tennessee by ensuring all schools and systems meet high expectations; preparing, recruiting, supporting, and retaining excellent teachers and leaders; and aligning K-12 and college with career and life success.

SCORE is based at Vanderbilt University’s John Seigenthaler Center.  This role has flexibility for remote work. Applicants should be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. For more information on SCORE, please visit


The SCORE graduate fellows program provides ambitious and dedicated graduate students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the education landscape in Tennessee. The data fellow will have the opportunity to play a critical role in advancing the organization’s data portfolio and contribute to key research and advocacy efforts. The Graduate Data Fellow will report to Alexis Parker, Director of Data.


At SCORE, we are committed to creating a workplace where all team members bring their whole selves to work and thrive both personally and professionally. We deeply value collaboration, optimism, excellence, and innovation in our student-centered work and in how we work together and support each other as a team. We also believe that it is important for our team to reflect the rich diversity of students in Tennessee, and we strive to intentionally create space for diverse viewpoints to meaningfully contribute to our work.

SCORE is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic or status.


Job Responsibilities


  • Contribute research and data analysis for various SCORE products, including policy memos, research briefs, and topical reports.
  • Transform highly technical research and data reports into visualizations or data tools accessible to a general audience.
  • Monitor and analyze key Tennessee K-12, postsecondary, and workforce data.
  • Conduct research and data analysis to support SCORE’s strategic practice and advocacy activities.
  • Contribute original work on critical data trends and topics to the SCORE blog


SCORE seeks a graduate student with a desire to improve education data accessibility and use in Tennessee. Candidate requirements include:

  1. Strong understanding and experience cleaning and completing analysis of large datasets with Microsoft Excel or other statistical software.
  2. Experience translating complex data sets into easily accessible visualizations with Microsoft Excel or other visualization software (i.e., Tableau or Power BI)—a skill that will be further developed as part of the program.
  3. Experience synthesizing academic research or technical reports
  4. Ability to understand the interaction of policy, research, and practice to advance education opportunities and outcomes.
  5. Problem-solver with a commitment to working creatively to find solutions
  6. The ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment
  7. Excellent written and verbal communication skills

SCORE is committed to providing opportunities for professional growth by providing team members with feedback and opportunities to grow in their work

Additional Information


Compensation will be competitive based on the candidate’s previous experience and credentials.  This is a part-time position that is not benefits eligible at this time.

How to Apply

To apply, please click here.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


  • Date Posted: October 24, 2022
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Analytics / Evaluation
  • Service Area: Education
  • Start Date: 01/03/2023