Nov 10, 2021

Safe and Supportive Schools Project Manager

$63,103 - $83,298 yearly
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Austin, TX, USA
Full-time Other 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: The Safe and Support Schools Project Manager facilitates the Texas Education Agency’s cross-functional approach to school safety, including coordinating functions across the agency and as well as collaborating with other agencies and entities that support school safety measures in schools across the state. This includes coordination of multiple agency functions around school safety policy, including mental and behavioral health, trainings for regional service centers (ESCs) and LEAs, grants administration, data collection, data use and analysis, student discipline, information technology, school finance, and school programs.
 
The Safe and Supportive Schools Project Manager develops and supports the execution of project plans, coordinates statewide training and professional development, coordinates school safety functions, serves as liaison to other agencies and stakeholders in coordinating policy and response to crises, produces rules related to the Safe and Supportive School Program (SSSP) and school safety as provided by statute, and manages multiple school safety-related grants. The Project Manager will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Safe and Supportive School Program broadly. The Project Manager will determine the agency response to legislative requests, media requests, and district questions regarding school safety, and will share information on the agency’s Safe and Supportive School Program and school safety policy with education stakeholders. This information sharing will range from serving as the primary resource for testifying before the legislature on school safety issues to answering district stakeholder phone calls regarding school safety, among many other stakeholder-related responsibilities. The Safe and Supportive Schools Program Manager will provide consultation to the Safe and Supportive Schools Educational Specialist to design and deliver trainings and web-based resources to support the SSSP components.
 
This role will report to the Director of the Division of Safe and Supportive Schools and may also engage in some cross-agency functions by offering support within emergency management.

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. 

Flexible work location within the state of Texas may be considered for qualified candidates.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide implementation support, technical assistance, and training to LEAs and regional educational service centers (ESCs).
  • Manage implementation of the Safe and Supportive School Program and related school safety legislation by developing policy documents, such as rules, to communicate this policy approach. 
  • Coordinate TEA’s school safety functions and an Agency response to school safety incidents as required, ensuring an aligned and coordinated agency approach to school safety, through effective project management, group facilitation, and communication.
  • Collaborate and communicate with other entities on school safety issues, including but not limited to the Texas School Safety Center, other state agencies such as Health and Human Services and the Department of Public Safety, and collaborate with the TEA Governmental Relations and Communications departments on communications with the legislature, Governor’s Office, and Media. 

 

Qualifications

 

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

Experience: At least 5 years of experience in K-12 education, with at least 2 years of experience working in K-12 school safety at the district level. Experience or formal training in risk management, emergency management, or public safety work, and/or experience of formal training in mental health and wrap-around support services is highly preferred. 
 
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Share the belief that all Texas students can achieve at high levels and are able to succeed in college, career, or the military.
  • Understanding of Texas state government, Texas education landscape, and school safety policy landscape. 
  • Experience in effectively developing and executing cross-functional project plans. 
  • Ability to effectively manage up and out, without formal management authority, to facilitate cross-functional work.
  • Designs and delivers training using research based best practices for adult learners. 
  • Commitment to superlative customer service to education stakeholders. 
  • Excellent problem-solving skills. 
  • Collaborative approach to working cross-functionally. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve. 
  • Values opportunities to engage in a collaborative, results-oriented team environment. 
  • Highly organized; ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet deadlines. 

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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