Research Specialist V-cc601-3090-B23-060...
Texas Education Agency - Austin, TX

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This position reports to the Director of Evaluation Activities in the Division of Research & Analysis. Performs highly advanced research work. Oversees and manages evaluations of educational programs and initiatives conducted in-house and by contracted third-party researchers. Develops Requests for Proposals to procure external program evaluation contractors, supervises and manages the vendor selection process, and conducts the day-to-day management of evaluation activities for the length of the contract. This includes designing or assisting with the design of analysis plans, data collection instruments, and site visit protocols, overseeing the data collection process (including oversight of all necessary approvals both internal and external to the agency), and reviewing, editing, and providing feedback on all project data collection instruments and deliverables, including research reports. May conduct, or collaborate with third-party vendors to conduct data collection and statistical analyses. Summarizes research findings for dissemination to diverse audiences including the Texas Legislature, TEA management and program staff, and educators. Works independently, and collaboratively with Division and Agency staff, to carry out all stages of in-house evaluations including evaluation planning, the development of data collection instruments, the collection, cleaning, and analysis of data, as well as the writing and dissemination of high-quality reports. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university. Advanced degree in research related field.

Experience: Three (3) years experience managing research or program evaluations with intermediate knowledge of designing and conducting statistical analysis, managing complex projects, and designing/implementing data collection instruments.

Substitution: Each advanced degree may substitute for two years of required experience.

Note: A practical exam may be administered at time of interview.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):
Knowledge of: Research and statistical methods (clearly indicate all relevant coursework/training/workshops on application); program evaluation; Statistical software (e.g., SAS, SPSS).

Skills in: Designing and conducting, or collaborating with others to design and conduct; research/program evaluations and associated statistical analysis; Use of MS Office suite (i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook); Managing complex projects both independently and with a team; Prioritizing and planning assignments; Project management, including task tracking and project activity documentation; Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication.

Ability to: Effectively summarize research results for diverse audiences; Produce high quality research and written work in a fast-paced environment; Manage multiple, simultaneous program evaluations; Work corroboratively with TEA staff and external vendors.

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 selection 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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