Apr 15, 2020

Senior Governance Advisor

$111,792 - $150,430 yearly
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Austin, TX, USA
Full-time Executive Leadership Other Strategy and Planning 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 Senior Governance Advisor will oversee the development of targeted systemic supports and actions that provide school and governing system leaders strategic resources, guidance, and best practices to improve student outcomes. These initiatives and actions aim to improve the governing function and overall system performance of local education agencies in Texas. This position will accomplish this by providing vision and leadership to teams and initiatives that drive the work, including school system support and leadership, sanction monitoring, and charter property acquisition and distribution.

This position provides leadership, collaboration, and support in system performance and strategy development to the Office and Governance and Accountability’s leadership team, agency staff, legislators, districts, and other stakeholders resulting in the achievement of ambitious outcomes. This position reports directly to the Deputy Commissioner of Governance and Accountability

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 prompt found in the supplemental questions. The response 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.


  • Develop, oversee, and execute the agency’s strategy to support school system leaders and boards of trustees in reducing the number of low performing campuses and districts in Texas.
  • Lead the installation of and improvement work initiated by monitors, conservators, and board of managers throughout the state.
  • Provide vision and thought partnership in the development of strategies and tools aligned with best practices in school system governance, including the Lone Star Governance framework.
  • Provide leadership and oversight of the property acquisition and distribution process of former charter schools.
  • Ensure the highest level of inter-agency cooperation, coordination, timeliness, accuracy, and compliance with program processes.





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

Experience: At least ten (10) years of progressive leadership experience with a minimum of five (5) years of experience supporting Local Education Agency (LEA) governance systems. Extensive experience leading and cultivating high performing teams with a track record of successful business process re-engineering and optimization.


  • Exceptional leadership and personnel management skills, including demonstrated skill in vision-setting and coaching
  • A track record of performance and successful implementation across multiple concurrent projects, shifting and competing priorities, and driving teams towards results
  • Demonstrated understanding of the functions, processes, and challenges of school systems, superintendents, school boards,and educational service centers, with a track-record of system level outcomes
  • Experience authentically engaging stakeholders and leveraging feedback for continuous improvement
  • Data-driven decision making with the ability to structure ambiguity into actionable, value-added plans
  • Knowledge of governance research and best practices
  • Knowledge of the Texas Education Code and Texas Administrative Code
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience with effective adult learning, facilitation, and training
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and conflict, while leading and managing teams of people to be a part of a large, complex organization
  • A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve
  • Ability to travel up to 60% of the time

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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