Program Specialist V-cc908-2831-B21-1574
Texas Education Agency - Austin, TX

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This position reports to the Director in the division of Investigations. Performs highly complex consultative services and technical assistance work for the agency's Investigations Unit. Work involves planning, coordinating, and conducting investigations of alleged violations of criminal history record reviews (CHRR) requirements. Conducts or participates in investigations related to health, safety, and welfare. Provides support and coordinates with governmental entities, and other TEA program areas, including Fingerprinting Program Unit, Special Investigations, Enforcement Coordination, Law Enforcement Agencies and Legal Services. Oversees and prepares report of findings and recommends disciplinary actions. Develop policies and procedures, standards, and manuals for CHRR/fingerprinting investigations and enforcement. Works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs related work and other program compliance as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university.

Experience: Three (3) years experience in a program area related to educator certification. Three years experience in monitoring or regulation of federal or state programs in Texas state agency preferred. Three years experience in federal or state agency preferred. Must be able to obtain and retain access to Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal History Secured site based on a background check.

Travel: 10%

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):
Knowledge of: Texas Education Code Chapter 22 and Texas Administrative Code Chapter 249; general electronic case management systems; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Texas Public Information Act, and confidentiality as it relates to criminal, CPS, and law enforcement records; Program compliance and report-writing skills; Effective speaking and writing skills; Interviews and fact-finding skills.

Skills in: Using MS Office application; using electronic case management systems.

Ability to: Interpret and apply laws and regulations; lead and work as a team member.

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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