Jan 29, 2020

Charter School Oversight and Development Specialist

$55,183 - $72,789 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: In order to advance the mission of TEA of improving outcomes for all public school students, the Charter School Oversight and Development Specialist will support the operations and growth of high-quality charter schools in the state’s charter school portfolio by becoming knowledgeable on all aspects of a charter portfolio including the models, leaders, financial, academic and sector performance. This role performs advanced consultative and technical work related to an agency education program and works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. The Charter School Oversight and Development Specialist reports to the Charter Portfolio Management Manager.

TEA is in the process of updating the classification of employees who are performing duties related to agency educational programs. Upon hire, this position will be reclassified as an Education Specialist IV, which is equivalent to the current Program Specialist VI classification in Salary Group B23. This is an administrative change that will not impact the compensation or seniority of this position in any way.

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Develop expertise in state and federal laws, policies, and regulations governing Texas charter schools, especially relating to growth and oversight support for the state’s charter school portfolio.
  • Gain expert knowledge regarding the academic models, academic and financial performance, leadership teams, and goals/objectives of a subset of the Texas charter school sector.
  • Administer thoughtful and rigorous processes to evaluate amendments related to growth and operations.
  • Make recommendations regarding charter operator requests.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to make recommendations about renewal, revocation and other accountability or monitoring decisions for a subset of Texas charter school operators.

 

Qualifications

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

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

Experience: At least four (4) years of relevant experience in the field of public education. Charter schools experience is preferred.

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

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Texas teaching or mid-management certification or law degree preferred;
  • Understanding of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to public education, including both the Texas Education Code and Texas Administrative Code;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to gather, assemble, and evaluate factual data and prepare clear and concise reports and exhibits using Microsoft Office™;
  • Effective problem-solving skills with the ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions;
  • Strong background in curriculum, specifically, knowledge of general education, special education, bilingual/ESL education, gifted and talented education, early childhood education, as well as high school graduation requirements;
  • Detail oriented with strong prioritization, time management, and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet deadlines;
  • Documented experience presenting in formal settings and fielding questions;
  • Strong ability and desire to gain expert-level knowledge of the charter school program and keep apprised of national, charter-authorizing trends;
  • A professional demeanor and positive attitude to foster effective working relationships with internal and external constituents; and
  • 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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