Aug 04, 2022

Accountability Research Specialist (Research Specialist V)

$4,598 - $6,065 monthly
  • Texas Education Agency
  • 1701 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Full-Time Remote/Virtual Data Evaluation and Analysis Research

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 Research Specialist will play a key role in providing stakeholders with data necessary to improve outcomes for Texas students. This position conducts data analysis, research, and reporting for the division. The Research Specialist researches accountability rating appeals and documents findings. The position participates in the development and publication of web content, division products, and federal and state accountability policy discussions. The position provides technical assistance as well as training to ensure that ESCs, district staff, and other stakeholders understand and benefit from the accountability system.  The Research Specialist creates user-friendly reports appropriate for stakeholders and fulfills yearly and biennial reporting needs. This position acts as a resource for policy, communications, special projects, and ah-hoc requests for the division. 

The Research Specialist duties include performing highly advanced consultative services and technical assistance work related to federal and state accountability policy, legislative requests, and TEA guidance.

The position works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment for supporting improved student outcomes.

Please note that a resume, tailored cover letter, and short answer responses are required attachments for applying to this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Additionally, 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.


  • Data Analysis: Conducts data analysis, modeling, visualization, and queries. 
  • Research: Performs research for accountability topics and appeals.  
  • Content Development: Assists in development, review, and publishing of web content, division products, and federal and state accountability changes. 
  • Reporting: Produces user-friendly reports and fulfills yearly and biennial accountability reporting requirements. 
  • Technical Assistance: Acts as a resource for policy, communications, special projects, and ad-hoc requests for the division. Provides technical assistance and training as needed.

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

Experience: At least three (3) years of experience in public school accountability, technical writing, or in working with a program that required outreach, training, and ensuring the understanding of the program by its stakeholders. 

Substitutions: Education and experience may substitute for one another on a year-for-year basis.

  • Share the belief that all Texas students can achieve at high levels and are able to succeed in college, career, or the military
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office and data management tools
  • Experience responding to stakeholder telephone and email inquiries 
  • Strong planning and project management skills 
  • Highly organized; ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet deadlines 
  • Meticulous attention to detail with an ability to produce high quality work in a dynamic environment 
  • Ability to break down and present complex information into comprehensive parts, ask questions, synthesize and analyze 
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Demonstrates the ability to effectively anticipate and identify challenges and plan for contingencies
  • A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve 
  • Ability to engage in a collaborative, results-oriented team environment

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