This position reports to the director of the Division of Research and Analysis. Manages a work team of two researcher/programmers in areas of testing and measurement. Project topics include SAT, ACT, PSAT, PLAN, ReadiStep, EXPLORE, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and other student performance indicators. Hires, supervises, appraises, and directs the work of professional staff in the unit. Assists project team leaders with developing research design and work plans, ensures up-to-date documentation of project progress, devises solutions to problems interfering with project completion, and coordinates project schedules with other project leaders and managers within the division. Writes complex SAS programs in the UNIX environment and reviews and validates SAS programs produced by team members. Facilitates progress on projects by coordinating across agency divisions and with external organizations as needed. As team manager, participates directly in research design, systems analysis, statistical programming, analysis of research results, writes research and evaluation reports and provides quality reviews of division products as needed. Analyzes legislation and state and federal regulations for policy implications and develops and implements policy decisions. Adheres to procedures and guidelines for release of data, including policies regarding protection of confidential data. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
Education: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university.
Experience: Five (5) years experience in research, evaluation, statistical analysis or SAS programming to include a minimum of one (1) year experience in SAS. Prefer one year experience in personnel or program management; experience planning or directing research or evaluation projects.
Substitution: An advanced degree may substitute for two years of required experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):
Knowledge of: Research, measurement, and statistical methodologies; data management and data analysis procedures; program documentation and quality assurance techniques; large state and national education databases.
Skill in: PC SAS computer programming, HTML coding, and web development. Interpreting data and synthesizing results of data analysis; writing clear and accurate prose describing data management and analysis procedures and results for technical and non-technical audiences; design of supporting materials in tabular and graphic forms.
Ability to: Lead projects and project teams; express ideas clearly, orally and in writing; design and execute research projects; write and edit research reports and administrative statistical reports; analyze legislation and state and federal regulations for policy implications and develop and implement policy decisions; maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals and groups internal and external to TEA.
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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.
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