Serves as Director of the Division of School Improvement and Support. Provides direction and guidance in strategic operations and planning for the TEA Division of School Improvement and Support, which includes units dedicated to campus turnaround, school and district improvement, including oversight of Texas Title I Priority Schools (TTIPS) grant implementation. Plans, develops, coordinates, and implements statewide improvement programs through the SIS division, the Texas Center for District and School Support (TCDSS), education service centers (ESCs), and other TEA divisions. Establishes the strategic plan and goals and objectives; develops policies; reviews guidelines, procedures, rules and regulations; establishes priorities, standards, and measurement tools for determining progress in meeting goals; coordinates and evaluates program activities; and reviews and approves budgets. Designs and monitors professional development, training, and resources to promote quality schools and school improvement. Serves as agency contact to external stakeholders, including legislators and legislative staff, ESC personnel, school district personnel, federal and state agency personnel, professional organizations, and the general public on the statewide program for school and district improvement and support. Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of multiple staff members. Designs organizational structure of the division and oversees implementation of division work and agency operating procedures. Oversees interview and hiring process for the SIS division. Oversees the ongoing professional development of division staff. Conducts presentations and training as necessary to build statewide capacity and knowledge of SIS. Oversees and manages systems for the provision of supplemental education services (SES) under the Title I School Improvement Program (SIP), and coordinates with the SES unit at ESC 13 to accomplish program goals. Agency duties: Represents Associate Commissioner in various settings as necessary. Performs other duties as assigned. Serves as legislative resource or trial witness during pending litigation, if necessary. Responsible for SIS division budget. Oversees the development of legislative documents and commissioner rules, as necessary. 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. Master's degree preferred.
Experience: Seven (7) years experience working in school districts, education service centers, university settings, state or federal initiatives, or in education policy. Successful leadership experience related to district, campus, or state-level school improvement efforts.
Travel: 10% required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):
Knowledge of: K-12 public schools; state and federal laws, rules, and regulations relevant to curriculum, assessment, and accountability; research-based practices for school improvement and turnaround; federal and state support and intervention structures, including the school improvement program and school improvement grants; the Texas legislative process; and district and school governance and leadership structures.
Skill in: Planning and successfully accomplishing school improvement efforts; completing multiple projects simultaneously under short timelines; decision-making; problem-solving; interpersonal communication; analyzing complex student performance data; effective and appropriate oral and written communication; preparing documents, 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; 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 beyond a 40-hour week as necessary to maintain efficient division operations; travel both in- and out-of-state; and work according to work hour schedule assigned by supervisor.
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.