Jan 03, 2020

School Improvement Grant Specialist

$63,103 - $83,298 yearly
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Austin, TX, USA
Full-time Other 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 School Improvement Grant Specialist will perform highly advanced consultative services and technical assistance work for the development and management of school improvement grants and contracts for Education Service Centers (ESCs) and local educational agencies (LEAs). The position includes planning with Division of School Improvement leadership and the Division of Grants Administration to ensure financial coordination and compliance of federal and state grant awards, while also supporting the Agency mission of improving outcomes for all public-school students. The grant specialist will also be responsible for providing internal and external training and guidance resources to support stakeholders.

The position works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment for supporting improved student outcomes. This position reports to the Assistant Director of School Improvement Strategy.

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.


  • Train, support and develop guidance resources for internal staff members and external stakeholders on School Improvement federal and state grant and contract initiatives and required submissions.
  • Oversee and actively manage state and federal grants and contracts from the Division School Improvement, including the remainder of the Texas Title I Priority Schools (TTIPS) grant.
  • Evaluate the impact of federal and state grant and contract initiatives on school improvement, identify the areas for improvement and develop recommendations for division leadership.
  • Monitor the financial coordination of federal and state grant and contract awards to ensure compliance and provide guidance on the effective use of funds to maximize division impact on school improvement.
  • Assist division leadership in the development of financial approval forms, program guidelines and other requested documentation for federal and state grant and contract initiatives, in a timely manner.





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

Experience: At least five (5) years of experience in grant management, programmatic, leadership, supervisory or administrative roles working in school districts, education service centers, university settings and/or with statewide initiatives.

Substitutions: An advanced degree may substitute for two years of required experience.


  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws related to grants and contracts administration
  • Familiarity with the conditions that lead to effective school turnaround, including instructional leadership, school culture, and change management
  • Proven ability to develop policies and procedures
  • Skill in determining evaluative measures and tracking progress
  • Meticulous attention to detail with an ability to produce high quality work in a dynamic environment
  • Highly organized; ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet deadlines
  • Experience coordinating projects, resources, and programs
  • Must possess outstanding leadership and personal relations skills
  • The ability to translate knowledge and information into effective messaging
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve

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.

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.

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