Aug 11, 2022

Director of EDRS-District and Planning, Support, and Innovation (Director I)

$5,785 - $7,784 monthly
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Austin, TX, USA
Full-time Data Evaluation and Analysis Research 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 Division of Educator Data, Research, and Strategy (EDRS) provides analytical leadership and support for departments across the Office of Educator Systems and Support. EDRS supports the Department of District Planning and Supports and the Department of System Innovation in the collection, reporting, and analysis of data related to numerous initiatives and grant programs that support teachers and local education agencies (LEAs). The Department of District Planning and Supports oversees statewide initiatives supporting hundreds of districts and Regional Education Service Centers (ESCs) with school improvement, building instructional leadership capacity, and strategic planning and continuous improvement.

The Director in this role leads the technical and analytical work completed by the EDRS-DPSI team. This experienced professional collaborates with client division directors to plan work and deliverables for the supported initiatives in departments. The director develops policies, procedures, and guidelines to support the collaboration with supported units and to provide direction for the analysts they supervise. This data leader conducts detailed analysis and research using participation and outcome data. This leader ensures the production of reports, dashboards, and other data products for presentation to internal and external stakeholders, along with other policymakers and the public. This professional oversees and ensures the monitoring and implementing of data quality procedures. This director develops and reviews programming to use in statistical modeling and graphic analysis and provides guidance on the selection of data tools, standards, and common approaches to guide the work of the EDRS-DPSI team. This leader ensures the highest level of development, implementation, and monitoring of specialized research and reporting projects pertaining to fiscal, administrative, or program functions of the TEA. 

This director oversees the work of analysts in the EDRS division.

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Coordinates, prioritizes, manages, manipulates, ensures quality control, and reports information pertaining to initiatives within the supported departments including interactive dashboards, information requests, state and federal reporting, and communicating with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Identifies, leads, plans, and conducts major research projects as part of a complex and diversified research program with broad implications for agency programs and functions guided by executive leadership.
  • Creates and maintains the necessary policies, procedures, and professional relationships necessary to effectively design and conduct the business of the unit.
  • Serves as subject matter expert for data, technologies, and programming techniques related to the supported departments, monitoring and communicating about shifts in underlying data structures, technical infrastructure, and business rules to internal and external customers, including policymakers and executive leadership.
  • Effectively manages, supervises, and develops highly skilled and specialized staff and oversees development efforts to achieve the team’s mission.
 
Qualifications
 

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

Experience: At least five (5) years of experience in data analytics and research with a minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience. Experience in directing research to inform policymaking or program improvement efforts in an educational setting and contract management are preferred.

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

  • 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 advanced statistical processes used in fields including education policy research, econometrics, demography, education efficacy, and predictive analytics
  • Skill in using statistical software, including strong skills in SAS
  • Knowledge of programming techniques and languages used in relational databases, including SQL
  • Experience in developing tools in business intelligence software, including PowerBI
  • Experience in identifying, designing, completing, and reporting research projects using large data sets
  • Ability to plan, organize, and manage multiple work streams and projects with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of procedures and techniques to ensure reliability and validity in research instruments and conclusions
  • Knowledge of research methods, principals, and philosophies, and experience with implementing such methods, principals, and philosophies
  • Experience with reading and translating research for general audiences
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to gather qualifications and delimiters from multiple stakeholders and incorporate them into analyses
  • Experience with leading a team of researchers and technicians to collaborate in completing a research project
  • Ability to set clear expectations and hold others accountable for performance
  • Experience in maintaining effective working relationships with a variety of individuals and groups
  • A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve 
  • Ability to engage in a collaborative, results-oriented team environment 

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or veteran status, unless an applicant is entitled to the veteran’s preference.  

Additional Military Crosswalk (occupational specialty code) information can be accessed here.  Click on the military “occupational category” that corresponds with the state classification in this job posting title to review the codes, ratings, and description for the matching position provided by the State Auditor's Office.

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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