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 Texas Education Agency (TEA) aims to improve outcomes for over 5.4 million students in Texas public schools through an ambitious Strategic Plan designed to prepare students for college, career or the military. One of the key enablers underpinning this plan is the state’s A-F accountability system, which awards letter grades to schools and school systems, recognizing the achievement and growth of their students in the prior year. The accountability system is based, in part, in the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program. Together, the accountability and assessment programs provide data that is used in multiple stakeholder-facing tools, including:
- Texas’s parent-facing assessment website, TexasAssessment.gov
- Texas’s stakeholder-facing accountability website, TexasSchools.gov
These two sites, separately and together, provide information to help members of the Texas public school community understand the performance and progress of students in the state.
The Product Director of Accountability and Assessment Tools is responsible for managing the process of iteratively improving these tools to increase usability, functionality and efficiency and to champion coherence of design and content across the microsites and in the ongoing development and presentation of content on TEA’s website. This position manages a set of cross-functional workstreams that require collaboration with senior stakeholders across the agency, including extensive interaction with the Commissioner of Education and multiple Deputy and Associate Commissioners, as well as with Agency communications and IT functions. The role also requires effective management of vendors, a strong understanding of best practices in gathering and applying user feedback from a wide range of education stakeholders and a general understanding of Information Architecture and User Experience Design (UX). The position reports to the Deputy Commissioner of Operations.
Please note that a resume is a required attachment 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.
- Lead ongoing innovation efforts to ensure that TEA’s suite of assessment and accountability tools is delivering on key user needs, as well as strategic goals. Activities include:
- Ensure that target audiences across the state engage with existing and new tools to better understand and apply assessment and accountability data to help improve student outcomes.
- Champion coherence of design and content across the microsites and in the ongoing development and presentation of content on TEA’s website
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
Experience: At least (5) years of experience in product management and/or product development.
Substitutions: Each additional year of related experience above the required minimum may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis.
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.
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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.