Aug 24, 2020

Educator Preparation Capacity Building Specialist

$48,277 - $63,615 yearly
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Austin, TX, USA
Full-time 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 Educator Preparation Capacity Building Specialist plays a transformative role in enhancing the future of educator effectiveness in Texas. The specialist will play a key role in translating the expectations of rigorous, practice-based standards and assessments for new educators to educator preparation programs. The specialist will design and facilitate professional development and ongoing capacity building efforts, supporting over 130 educator preparation programs in designing and implementing high-quality and sustainable program models that ensure new educators are ready on day 1 for the rigors of the classroom. The specialist will also coordinate ongoing communication with educator preparation programs regarding educator standards and testing updates. This position performs complex consultative and technical assistance work related to an agency educational program. This position will provide guidance to the Educator Standards and Testing team and Educator Preparation Programs. This position will report to the Manager of Educator Standards and Testing.

The Educator Preparation Capacity Building Specialist will play a pivotal role in supporting the Texas Education Agency’s strategic priority to recruit, support, and retain teachers and principals.

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

Applicants who are strongly being considered for employment must submit to a national criminal history background check


  • Educator Preparation Capacity Building: Designs and facilitates professional development and ongoing capacity building efforts for educator preparation programs that facilitates the development of instructional best practices aligned to rigorous, practice-based educator standards and assessments. This includes the design and facilitation of webinars, in-person professional development, development of resources, etc. in collaboration with Educator Standards and Testing and Educator Preparation Program Management teams.
  • Educator Preparation Program Communication: Coordinates ongoing and responsive communication regarding educator standards and testing development processes, timelines, and requirements to internal and external audiences, including educator preparation programs, local education agencies, educator candidates, and TEA staff across multiple collaborative offices.
  • Project Management: Manages timelines and coordinates resources for educator preparation programs based on changing expectations of standards and educator assessments including updates to certification field applications.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Responds to EPP, candidate, and stakeholder concerns, State Board for Educator Certification, State Board of Education, and legislative requests.





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

Experience: At least (3) years of experience in teaching, including a demonstrated track record of improving outcomes for diverse student populations and facilitating skill-building adult professional development.


  • Experience applying and developing others in the best practices of effective teaching and learning
  • Knowledge of best practices in educator assessment, preparation, support, and development
  • Proven experience in adult facilitation and professional development in face-to-face and virtual settings
  • Capable of working with a variety of stakeholders through small and large group facilitation opportunities
  • Expert in long-term project planning, including establishing outcomes, determining evaluative measures, and tracking progress
  • Adept with balancing the demands of multiple projects at different stages of development while maintaining quality and consistency across all work with periodic job and task ambiguity
  • Demonstration of inclusive and positive verbal and written communication
  • Communicates complex ideas into practical and accessible language
  • 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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