Apr 15, 2020

New Schools Coordinator

$55,183 - $72,789 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: In order to advance the mission of TEA of improving outcomes for all public-school students, the New Schools Coordinator will support the authorization and launch of high-quality charter schools. This position reports to the New Schools Manager and performs highly complex consultative services and technical assistance work pertaining to the implementation and oversight of the charter school program. The New Schools Coordinator works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. The New Schools Coordinator works on a team that coordinates all facets of the charter application process from development of charter applications through review of submitted applications to final award and successful launch of new charter schools.

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 23. 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.


  • Develop a rigorous charter application(s) by researching national best practices to ensure that only the most innovative and well-prepared charter school applicants gain approval to launch new schools.
  • Coordinate a rigorous application creation and review process including applicant information sessions, receipt and review of submitted applications, plagiarism checks and redaction, and creation of interview summaries for capacity interviews.
  • Coordinate the external reviewer training and assignments to ensure a rigorous vetting of submitted applications.
  • Create or revise charter contracts to be executed for the initial charter term.
  • Support the successful launch of newly approved charter schools through the creation of a Launch Playbook and coordination and participation in first year on-site visits.





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

Experience: At least (4) years of experience in one or more of the following areas: project management, state programs or formal leadership in the field of public charter schools. Experience managing, writing, and developing applications, instructions and guidelines, metrics for award determinations, and contracts are preferred.

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


  • A Texas teaching or mid-management certification or law degree is preferred;
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to public education, including both the Texas Education Code and Texas Administrative Code;
  • Understanding of curriculum requirements, specifically, knowledge of general education, special education, bilingual/ESL education, gifted and talented education, as well as high school graduation requirements;
  • Experience working with Requests for Applications, Requests for Qualifications, and associated documents;
  • Skill in presenting in formal settings and fielding questions;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Meticulous attention to detail with the ability to produce high quality work in a dynamic environment;
  • Strong prioritization, time management and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to gather, assemble, evaluate factual data, and prepare clear and concise reports and exhibits using Microsoft Office™ applications to communicate findings;
  • Strong desire and ability to gain expert-level knowledge of the charter school program and keep apprised of national charter authorizing trends;
  • Effective problem-solving skills with the ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions;
  • A strong customer-service mindset with a focus on engaging both internal and external stakeholders;
  • 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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