Director I -cc120-2905-B26-1620
Texas Education Agency - Austin, TX

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Reports to the Associate Commissioner for Accreditation and School Improvement. Serves as Director of Accreditation and Waiver Coordination within the office of the associate commissioner. Performs advanced managerial work providing direction and guidance in strategic operations and planning for the accreditation coordination and waiver coordination function of the agency. Work involves coordinating agency intervention actions in alignment with the strategic plan and goals and objectives; developing policies; reviewing guidelines, procedures, rules, and regulations; establishing priorities, standards, and measurement tools for determining progress in meeting goals; coordinating and evaluating projects and activities; and communicating agency priorities both internally and externally. Works closely with Director of Accreditation Enforcement. This position is a highly visible and collaborative one, requiring the creation and maintenance of effective working relationships within the agency as well as with external stakeholders including legislators and legislative staff, education service center (ESC) personnel, school district and charter personnel, federal and state agency personnel, personnel from external investigative agencies, and the media and general public. Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of others.

Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university.

Experience: Five (5) years successful experience in leadership, policy or legal experience related to educational administration, public administration, public policy, civil or administrative enforcement, media/community relations or similar field.

Travel: 15%

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):

Knowledge of:
K-12 public schools and district and school governance and leadership structures; state and federal laws, rules and regulations relevant to accreditation investigations, statuses and sanctions; state accountability systems; financial auditing standards; special program requirements; and charter schools preferred.

Skill in: Planning and successfully accomplishing complex tasks; formally presenting complex information in public forums; completing multiple projects simultaneously under short timelines; decision-making; problem-solving; interpersonal communication; analyzing complex performance data; effective and appropriate oral and written communication; preparing documents and reports and crafting concise and well-written correspondence; and effectively and appropriately using technology and Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access).

Ability to: Direct and organize program activities; establish program goals and objectives that support the strategic plan; identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions; develop and evaluate policies and procedures; prepare reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers; communicate effectively; work effectively to successfully coordinate work efforts across multiple organizations; prioritize and strategically plan assignments; and plan, assign, and supervise the work of others. Ability to follow department and agency protocol and procedures; handle stress; concentrate for long periods of time; deliver quality, accurate, and timely work products; meet short timelines; maintain confidentiality; work as necessary to maintain efficient operations; travel both in and out-of-state; and work according to work hour schedule assigned by supervisor.

Supplemental Information:

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Salary is dependent on qualifications.

Positions exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will earn compensatory time off rather than overtime for hours in excess of 40 per week. May be required to work hours other than 8 to 5. May be required to work weekends and holidays.

In accordance with applicable federal and state equal opportunity laws, it is TEA's policy that no person shall be excluded from consideration for recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention or any other personnel action, or be denied any benefits or participation in any educational programs or activities which it operates on the grounds of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or veteran status (except where age, sex, or disability constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration).

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires all new employees to present proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States. TEA does not sponsor H1-B work visas. Males, 18 to 25 years of age, are required to present proof of selective service registration (or exemption) prior to being employed by any state agency.

There is a 90-day waiting period for health insurance coverage and retirement contributions for new hires and re-hires.

This position requires the applicant to meet Agency standards and criteria which may include passing a pre-employment criminal background check, prior to being offered employment by the Agency.

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