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 Division of Charter School Authorizing supports 200+ LEAs to provide high-quality public-school options for Texas students. The Charter School Policy Manager will play a critical role in ensuring that Texas’ charter school portfolio is among the highest performing in the nation. The Charter School Policy Manager will serve as the coordinator for all charter division policy matters related to the legislature, rule-making, and the State Board of Education (SBOE). The Policy Manager will also regularly engage with charter schools about administrative rules and law as well as internal TEA departments. S/he will also oversee the development of any required reports. The Policy Manager will work under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement, reports directly to the Division Director, and will supervise one position.
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.
- Coordinate all division legislative matters including tracking of legislative bills, draft analysis, and legislative requests.
- Coordinate the development and adoption of administrative rules including drafting rules, submitting appropriate documents for posting in the Texas Register, organizing public meetings, and responding to comments offered by public prior to final rules.
- Designs and produce required reports about charter schools and charter school authorizing.
- Collaborate and coordinate with related teams including internal agency teams (legal counsel, school finance, etc.) and regional Education Service Centers.
- Build a high, quality detail-oriented team that embraces innovation, charter school best practices, and continuous improvement.
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. Major coursework in policy is preferred.
Experience: At least five (5) years of experience in the education or policy sector with significant evidence of project management. Experience working in policy analysis and development and charter schools is preferred.
Substitutions: An advanced degree may substitute for two years of required experience.
- Share the belief that all Texas students can achieve at high levels and are able to succeed in college, career, or the military;
- Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to public education, including both the Texas Education Code and Texas Administrative Code, preferred;
- Prior experience interpreting statutes and regulations, preferred;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Meticulous attention to detail with the ability to produce high-quality work in a dynamic work environment;
- Strong prioritization, time management, and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities at once and meet deadlines;
- Skill in breaking down complex information, asking questions, synthesizing and analyzing and preparing concise reports and exhibits using Microsoft Office™ suite;
- Ability to provide technical assistance to school districts, agency staff, government agencies and the general public;
- 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;
- A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback, and continuously improve; and
- Commitment to engage in a collaborative, results-oriented team environment.