Sep 11, 2019

Systems Analyst

$60,000 - $77,800 yearly
  • Texas Education Agency
  • William B. Travis Building, Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, USA
Full-time Data Evaluation and Analysis Technology Education

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: The Systems Analyst is responsible for developing, designing, implementing, and maintaining  SAS code and applications that effectively support compliance and reporting projects assigned to the Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting Division. This position plays a critical role in ensuring accurate reporting to, and on behalf of, local educational agencies (LEAs) in their support of 5.4 million Texas students. This role performs advanced (senior-level) computer systems analysis work under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

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

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



  • Designs and implements applications using SAS and other computer languages that effectively meet division compliance and reporting requirements related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and IDEA-B grants.
  • Performs analytical tasks on time and to a high degree of quality and accuracy, including implementing and understanding business decisions, creating clean, well-documented SAS code, and following unit’s processing rules.
  • Performs accuracy and quality control checks of SAS programs and output, including those generated by other team members, on time with a high degree of quality and accuracy.
  • Provides technical assistance, data analysis, and consultation to internal and external agency partners, including ad hoc requests for information from agency staff, public information requests, Education Service Centers, school districts, the legislature, and others.



Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree is required. Degree in computer science, computer information systems, management information systems, mathematics or related field is preferred.

 Experience:  At least five (5) years of relevant professional experience in a software development environment, programming financial applications and/or supporting relational databases.  Of these five years, a minimum of 3 years using SAS software for programming, reporting, data analysis, and extracting data from relational databases using SQL is required. Knowledge of visual basic programming preferred.

 Substitutions: Each additional year of related experience above the required minimum may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis.



  • Proven ability to use SAS to extract and analyze data sourced from various database engines and platforms; strong understanding of the SAS Macro language and SAS SQL language
  • Experience with complex programming, including troubleshooting/debugging of programs and preparing data for publication
  • Experience with performing quality control checks (e.g., reviewing own and others’ code and output, parallel programming)
  • Experience using Excel to present complex data in an understandable format.
  • Experience with MS Office suite, especially Access and Excel
  • Experience working with large, institutional databases
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to express ideas clearly verbally and in writing
  • Strong attention to detail
  • A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback, and continuously improve
  • Detail-oriented and efficient work habits.
  • Effective at time management, setting priorities, and handling changing priorities in a positive and patient manner
  • A desire to work effectively as part of a team by practicing active listening and constructive communication; and sharing information, knowledge, and experience.
  • Ability to accept direction, constructive criticism, and suggestions for improvement in a positive and proactive manner

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.

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