Reporting to the Deputy Commissioner of Finance and Operations, this position performs highly advanced managerial work assisting the Commissioner of Education to provide direction and guidance to the state's 20 regional education service centers (ESCs). Coordinates and assists in evaluating the performance of the 20 regional education service centers (ESCs) and establishes goals and provides feedback to the management of the ESCs. Coordinates and assists the Commissioner of Education in evaluating the job performance of the ESC executive directors. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with and among the ESC executive directors and staff. Ensures appropriate ESC alignment with statutory and regulatory requirements and agency goals and the agency's mission statement. Provides guidance and general oversight of performance of existing and future contracts and grants awarded by the Agency to ESCs; ensures that management of and accountability for state and federal funds is in place at the ESCs. Proposes and develops processes, rules and regulations by which ESCs operate pursuant to state law, including but not limited to the Commissioner's authority to address and sanction deficiencies evidenced by the ESCs' annual evaluations. Coordinates with the agency's Contracts Office and the Grants Office to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to competitively outsource projects such as Commissioner initiatives or agency-sponsored projects that support the public education system. Coordinates with the various offices and divisions within the agency to ensure the ESCs' compliance with federal and state statutes, rules and regulations regarding the implementation and performance of contracts and grants. Works with appropriate areas of the agency, e.g., governmental relations, communications, to coordinate ESC policy development and implementation programs, activities, or initiatives with outside stakeholders, including school districts and charter schools, educators, educator organizations, the Legislature, the State Board of Education, etc. Directs and supervises staff providing program management and oversight of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children and Homeland Security operations related to weather and health emergencies. Facilitates and coordinates meetings for the Commissioner's Cabinet for Regional Services and the Commissioner's TASA Cabinet of Superintendents. Performs 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 budget and finance preferably in the area of public education.
Travel: 50% required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):
Knowledge of: Texas Education Code - Texas Administrative Code.
Skill in: Communicating effectively; managing conflict; prioritizing tasks; supervising others; preparing legislative reports and documents; and dealing effectively with stress.
Abililty to: Work independently with a wide latitude for the use of independent judgement; problem solve effectively and efficiently; analyze and resolve conflicts effectively; develop and maintain effective working relationships across a wide range of stakeholders, institutions, and organizations; and respond appropriately to inquiries.
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.