Dec 18, 2019

New School Development Manager

$63,103 - $83,298 yearly
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Austin, TX, USA
Full-time Product and Program Management Strategy and Planning Education School Support

Job Description

MISSION: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will improve outcomes for all public-school students in the state by providing leadership, guidance, and support to school systems.

POSITION OVERVIEW: In order to advance TEA’s mission of improving outcomes for all public school students, the New School Development Manager will oversee the Agency’s Replicating Great Options (RGO) Fellowship as well as launch and oversee the Agency’s New School Design (NSD) Fellowship. The RGO and NSD Fellowships provide technical assistance to district leaders to design or codify successful school models and then launch these new schools as district-managed or in-district charter schools increasing the number of high-quality schools. The New School Development Manager determines the selection process for school district candidates to design and launch new schools or replicate successful schools, collaborates with vendors to ensure both the RGO and NSD fellowship programs meet all agency goals, and evaluates and recommends improvements to both programs. The New School Development Manager reports to the Director of the Division of System Support and Innovation (DSSI) and will work in collaboration with DSSI’s District Support Team to support consultative work to school districts interested in and/or already supporting fellows in either fellowship program. This individual works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for use of initiative and independent judgement.

Please note that a resume and tailored cover letter are required attachments for applying to this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Additionally, please be sure to respond to the short answer prompts found in the supplemental questions. These responses should be added in a separate Word or PDF document in the attachments section of the application.

Applicants who are strongly being considered for employment must submit to a national criminal history background check.


  • Oversee vendors responsible for the execution of the Agency’s Replicating Great Options and New School Design fellowships
  • Create and oversee the selection process for internal district candidates for both the Replicating Great Options and New School Design fellowship programs
  • Track progress towards success, maintains an understanding of the status all fellows in the Replicating Great Options and New School Design fellowships, and supports fellows during the fellowship process
  • Collaborate with the Division of System Support and Innovation’s District Support Team to support consultative work to school districts interested in and/or already supporting fellows in either fellowship program
  • Evaluate and recommend adjustments to continuously improve the design of the Replicating Great Options and New School Design fellowship programs





Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. Advanced degree or major course work in a field relevant to the assignment is generally preferred.

Experience: At least five (5) years of experience in the education sector.


  • Expertise in new school design or previous successful participated in a new school design or leadership program
  • Knowledge of successful district new school design programs or charter management organization design and replication strategies
  • Documented experience in system level school reforms, particularly in school portfolio management, performance-based accountability, school choice programs, district charter partnerships, school autonomy and empowerment, new school creation, replication of successful schools, or restarting struggling schools
  • Ability to quickly comprehend complex information and break it into easily understandable parts
  • Highly organized with ability to develop and execute project plans and progress monitoring tools
  • Experience in developing and managing critical relationships that include but are not limited to internal TEA staff, district superintendent and leadership team-level partners, and external organizations (non-profits, foundations, consultants, etc.)
  • Skill in qualitative and quantitative analysis; and creating MS PowerPoint, Excel, and Word-based toolkits, guides, and resources
  • Ability to receive and apply feedback
  • Demonstrates outstanding leadership and personal relations skills including excellent written and oral communication skills.

No phone calls or emails, please. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not accept telephone calls and cannot reply to all email inquiries. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or veteran status, unless an applicant is entitled to the veteran’s preference.
Additional Military Crosswalk (occupational specialty code) information can be accessed here.
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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