Program Specialist IV - cc104-2319-B20-1...
Texas Education Agency 15 reviews - Austin, TX

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Performs advanced managerial work for the division of Federal and State Education Policy (FSEP). Work involves: planning, developing, and implementing agency dropout prevention, Mathematics and Science Partnerships, the T-STEM initiative and providing consultative services and technical assistance to program staff governmental agencies, community organizations and general public, conducting research and developing policy recommendations in a variety of areas. Works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. This position is visible and collaborative, requiring the creation and maintenance of effective working relationships within the agency and with external stakeholders including education service center personnel, school district personnel, parents, community-based organizations, federal and state agency personnel, and general public.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Provides technical assistance, research, planning, policy, program assessment and administrative activities for assigned program(s).
  • Oversees the completion of and monitors assigned program(s) performance reports and recommends changes as appropriate.
  • Coordinates the review and formative/summative evaluation of service delivery system methods, outputs, activities, and trends to identify gaps in resources and recommends and implements improvements to resolve technical programmatic problems.
  • Analyzes legislation to develop recommendation for policy and programmatic issues relating to the implementation, improvement, and/or expansion or reduction of program funding.
  • Responds to stakeholder inquiries in both written and oral formats regarding education issues affecting at-risk populations.
  • Produces written work that is clear, well-organized, and efficiently communicates complex material with minimal editing in the appropriate format.
  • Communicates with parents, students, service providers, administrators, teachers/school personnel, charter schools, detention/incarceration facilities, universities, and others regarding federal and state statutes, regulations, and rules. •May disseminate information through presentations and correspondence to various groups regarding dropout prevention and college and career readiness initiatives.
Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university. Advanced degree preferred.

Experience: Two years experience working in school districts, education service centers and/or related to State, Regional, and local implementation of state and federal programs. Prefer 4 years of related experience. Experience in preparing and editing documents that communicate complex information in a clear manner.

Travel: 5% required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):
Knowledge of: State, regional, and local implementation of state and federal programs including but not limited: data, policy, and reporting requirements; applicable federal and state laws, rules, guidance and permissive use of state and federal funds; Texas Education Code and Texas Administrative Code; functions and challenges of school districts, charter schools, and Education Service Centers; and successful practices in dropout prevention and college and career readiness.

Skill in: Communicating with parents, students, service providers, administrators, teachers/school personnel, charter schools, detention/incarceration facilities, universities, and others regarding federal and state statutes, regulations, and rules; project management; effective program and personnel management; effective and appropriate use of technology; preparing and editing documents and policy briefs.

Ability to: Disseminate information through presentations and correspondence to various groups regarding education issues; foster effective working relationships with a variety of individuals and groups, internal and external to TEA; work independently as part of a team; understand and communicate intent of state and federal law and rules and work within statutory authority; provide unbiased guidance and information to the public; follow division, department, and agency operating procedures; maintain and retrieve critical relevant information so that it is readily available when needed; read carefully and critically and predict possible impact of proposed policy changes; proofread and edit highly complex and technical 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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