Program Specialist IV-cc212-2569-B20-157...
Texas Education Agency - Austin, TX

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This position reports to the manager in the division of Student Assessment. Performs highly complex consultative services and technical assistance work on the Special Education Assessments Team in the Student Assessment Division; Work is related to the planning, development, and implementation of secondary assessments for students with disabilities, including general and modified versions of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for English I, II, and III reading and writing, world geography, world history, and U.S. history; Reports to the team manager; Provides consultative services to agency staff, education services centers, school districts, and the general public; Works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in a field relevant to the assignment.

Experience: A minimum of two (2) years experience in secondary education at the district, region, or state level. Preferred experience includes: current or recent experience teaching high school world history, world geography, U.S. history, and/or English language arts; experience working with students receiving special education services.

Travel: 5%

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):
Knowledge of: Large-scale assessments; the applicable Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum; practices and procedures for accommodating students with disabilities in the classroom and on statewide assessments; various technologies (e.g., online assessments, assistive technology, technologies used in presentations) used in classroom instruction and assessment; state and federal legislation concerning special education; Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) and Individualized Education Program (IEP) processes.

Skill in: Interpersonal skills; public speaking; writing with precision and clarity; assuring the accuracy and quality of work produced by yourself and others by proofreading and revising written documents; using Microsoft Office and other applicable software in the performance of job tasks.

Ability to: Manage tight schedules while maintaining quality and accuracy; exercise independent judgment when prioritizing multiple tasks and adjusting priorities as necessary; collaborate effectively with others; learn new skills in a fast-paced environment; coordinate the implementation and evaluation of a variety of projects; communicate professionally and effectively with diverse constituents; research and apply knowledge when decisions are needed; handle customer service challenges while maintaining professionalism; effectively identifying and devising solutions to problems.

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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