Performs advanced managerial work providing direction and guidance in strategic operations and planning. Serves as director in Research and Analysis of the Accountability Research unit. Responsible for managing the work of professional staff whose work covers projects related to high school graduation, dropouts, grade-level retention, college admissions testing, advanced placement and international baccalaureate testing, legislative reporting, and the Texas school directory. In addition, serves as agency's EDFacts coordinator. Responsibilities include hiring, supervising, and directing work of professional staff; coordinating study designs and work plans, including coordination with other divisions; developing and monitoring budget; implementing agency leave policies; conducting, managing and overseeing short- and long-term research studies; responding to ad hoc requests for information; participating in division, department, and agency-wide planning; reviewing results of internal audits and research studies; providing direction and guidance; monitoring and meeting federal reporting deadlines; overseeing the federal reporting submission process including: reviewing and implementing policy changes to coordinate state and federal data definitions; designing the scope and structure of agency data submission procedures; working closely with divisions across the agency to define project boundaries, timelines, and resources; coordinating work across staff agency-wide; performing quality control activities; performing related work as assigned.
Works under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
Education: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university.
Experience: Six (6) years experience in managing, directing, or coordinating professional staff performing research, evaluation, analysis or policy development projects. Prefer statistical computer programming experience in SAS or SPSS. Extensive knowledge of research and evaluation methodologies and report writing. Experience in project management. Must be able to express ideas clearly, orally and in writing. Must be able to maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals and groups internal and external to the agency.
Substitution: Each advanced degree may substitute for two years of required experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):
Knowledge of: Research methodologies and policy development; state and national education data sources; state and national education statutes; quantitative and qualitative research design; database design and development; statistical analysis and methods; SAS programming; project planning and documentation, goal setting, time management, and attention to detail while handling multiple projects.
Skill in: SAS or SPSS computer programming; identifying problems, evaluating alternatives, and implementing effective solutions; managing people with diverse skill requirements; and report writing.
Ability to: Direct and organize program activities; speak and make presentations to advisory groups and policy makers; oversee the preparation/writing of professional publications in a timely manner; analyze legislation; work in a team environment; manage projects; ability to meet deadlines; interact effectively and appropriately with federal and state government, school district staff, and the public.
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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.
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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.