Director I -cc212-2450-B26-1620
Texas Education Agency - Austin, TX

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Serves as the Director of special education assessments in the Student Assessment Division. Facilitates a wide and complex variety of activities related to the development and administration of assessments for students served by special education and students with disabilities; includes the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR Modified) for grades 3-8 and high school level, and the STAAR Alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Oversees the development and facilitation of appropriate assessment accommodations for students served by special education. Reports to the division director and assists the director with advanced oversight of division operations, strategic policy direction, and guidance to division staff.

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 experience in managing and directing projects in planning, research, education, assessment, publishing, or a related field. Experience managing team members and task forces and maintaining effective working relationships with a variety of individuals and groups. Experience assuring the quality and accuracy of work produced by others. Experience in project planning, goal setting, time management, and attention to detail while handling multiple projects.

Substitution: An advanced degree may substitute for two years of required experience.

Travel: 5% required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):
Knowledge of: The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program and its special education components; thorough knowledge of federal and state requirements for assessing students served by special education; thorough knowledge of issues related to the assessment of special education students; comprehensive knowledge of the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) and Individualized Education Program (IEP) processes; knowledge of related state and federal statutes and of large-scale assessments preferred; knowledge of the assessment design, training, and administration procedures for the STAAR Alternate assessment program; knowledge of state and federal legislation concerning special education.

Skill in: Leadership, management, public speaking, and writing in addition to skill in personal computers, MS Office, and Outlook.

Ability to: Plan, implement, and evaluate large projects across multiple teams and ability to maintain tight schedules for the production of critical documents.

NOTE: An in-box exercise may be administered at time of interview.

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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