Tennessee SCORE — Chief Postsecondary Impact Officer

Tennessee SCORE (SCORE) is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that works with state and local government, education, business, and philanthropic leaders to advance educational outcomes for Tennessee’s students. In its 12 years, SCORE has had an outsized impact in the K-12 landscape for Tennesseans, garnering the attention and respect of policy makers and K-12 leaders across the state and around the nation for improving educational outcomes and reducing inequity in the state’s K-12 education system. In recent years, and with the support of a robust network of partners, SCORE has expanded its reach to postsecondary education, with the organization engaging deeply to pilot innovative efforts, advance new policies, and prioritize education funding. The postsecondary landscape is different than the K-12 space, but the organization’s mission remains consistent as the next Chief Postsecondary Impact Officer (CPIO) leads SCORE’s higher education reform efforts—driving innovation and the reinvention of postsecondary education in Tennessee to ensure far more Tennessee students are completing with a credential or degree that leads to economic mobility. Representative examples of SCORE’s postsecondary findings and recommendations can be seen here, here, and here.

The next CPIO will be an organizational leader who develops and executes a strategy that results in greater postsecondary student success, particularly the completion of credentials or degrees that translate to economic mobility.  While Tennessee has received considerable attention for its postsecondary work to date (i.e. the Complete College Act, Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, and the FOCUS Act), the state’s outcomes are lagging on student access, persistence, and in their alignment to workforce needs; nowhere is this challenge more pronounced than in the transition that students make to and through the state’s community colleges and technical institutions. Despite completion rates increasing by 10 percentage points over the past five years, less than one-third of community college students are completing within three years.

There is a unique near-term opportunity to drive significant change in the community college and workforce pathways space over the next two to three years.  SCORE anticipates significant new investment in this area, as it aligns with priorities of state and national leaders as well as those of SCORE’s advocacy, philanthropic, and business community partners. 

The moment is now to drive toward assertive and innovative change in postsecondary access, persistence, and success in Tennessee.  Specifically, SCORE is focused on doubling the community college completion rate for Black and Latino students and doubling the number of new high school graduates who earn associate degrees in three years or bachelor’s degrees in six years. 

To learn more, including the key opportunities and priority attributes for the CPIO, visit the full position profile. For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Jim Sirianni, Managing Director
Sara Swisher-Anderson, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search

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.