Data Engineer

Nashville, TN



 The data engineer will work across multiple teams within SCORE to provide database building and management and data analytics support. Today, challenges inhibit strongly aligning our state’s education and workforce systems to ensure all students graduate ready for college and career. Many of these challenges are data related. This data-driven and results-oriented analyst will play a critical role in advancing the organization’s work by bringing together novel data on aggregate trends across workforce and education to inform strategies and broader community investment. Key responsibilities are outlined below and include planning, organizing, and analyzing raw data; building datasets and pipelines from multiple sources; preparing data for prescriptive and predictive modeling, exploring ways to enhance data quality and reliability, and building data dashboards and visualizations. The data engineer will report to the senior director of data strategy. 


“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 fifteen years and has been a leader in the nation in dramatically improving student achievement. Over the last decade, Tennessee has been 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 K-12 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 K-12 and postsecondary, and ensuring that all students can achieve career and life success. We work to inform and improve state education policy, support and invest in innovative education leaders and promising proof points in both K-12 and higher education, and monitor progress and data to measure impact and identify challenges for students. 

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 is eligible for hybrid work with the expectation of 15-20 hours per week in the office and the balance remote. For more information on SCORE, please visit 


  • Analyze and organize raw data  

  • Build data systems and pipelines (into Tableau/Alteryx)  

  • Prepare data for prescriptive and predictive modeling 

  • Combine raw information from different sources 

  • Identify commonalities across different data sources and develop common variables for aggregate analyses 

  • Explore ways to enhance data quality and reliability 

  • Develop visualization programs/ dashboards using available tools (e.g., Tableau) 

  • Conduct complex data analysis and report on results  

  • Interpret trends and patterns 

  • Identify themes and policy implications from data  


  • Minimum bachelor’s degree or equivalent knowledge and skills in a field linked to analytics, statistics or economics, applied mathematics, computer science, engineering, or related field  

  • Passion for SCORE’s mission, a drive to dramatically improve student achievement in Tennessee, and an understanding of current national, state, and local education policy issues 

  • Deep alignment with SCORE’s core values of collaboration, optimism, student focus, excellence, and innovation 

  • Previous experience as a data developer, engineer, data analyst, data scientist or in a similar role building large datasets and cleaning and merging data from multiple sources 

  • Technical expertise with data models and data mining and understanding of business rules 

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Strong commitment to data privacy, security, and governance procedures and processes 

  • Strong numerical and analytical skills, with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy

  • Familiarity with data analysis (e.g., Alteryx) and visualization (e.g., Tableau) tools  

  • Ability to problem-solve in the moment and proactively consult and collaborate with other team members as appropriate 

  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills and ability to translate complex data-related concepts to non-technical audiences a plus 

  • Demonstrated ability to think in strategic, analytic, and innovative ways 

  • Knowledge of programming languages (e.g., Java and Python) required

  • Understanding of publicly available state and national education and/or workforce development datasets a plus 


SCORE offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience.


SCORE deeply values team members and their well-being and is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits plan. All full-time SCORE employees are eligible for benefits, including: 

Medical insurance, including access to a high-quality network with SCORE paying the full medical premiums for the employee and 80% for eligible dependents across all plan options 

  • Dental insurance options 

  • Vision insurance options 

  • Employer-paid disability, life insurance, and EAP benefits 

  • Access to Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA) for medical and childcare expenses 

  • Health Savings Accounts (HSA) benefits

Eligibility for participation in a 401K program with employer match (after 90 days of service) 

Paid parental leave time- including paternity, maternity, and adoption (available after six months of service) 

Paid time off: 

  • Twelve days per year for the first twelve months, fifteen days per year after twelve months, twenty days per year after five years 

  • Holiday office closures (15 days total in 2023) 

  • Teamwide mental health days (four total in 2023) 

  • No meeting days (five total in 2023) 

  • Paid floating holidays (three per calendar year, prorated for new hires depending on start date)

Free on-site parking 


SCORE’s mission is to drive transformative change in education so that all Tennessee students can achieve success in college, career, and life.  From its founding in 2009, SCORE has been grounded in the belief that diverse perspectives are required to identify solutions that will best serve Tennessee students, so we seek to bring as many viewpoints as possible into our daily work and live out collaboration as a core value. 

Within our organization, we believe it is important for our team to reflect the rich diversity of Tennesseans and Tennessee students, and we aspire for our team to understand varied viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds.  We strive to build an inclusive organization where each team member feels respected and supported, knowing that when team members are empowered to use their individual gifts, we become more effective in advancing our mission. 

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.