Sep 28, 2020

Performance Manager

$69,414 - $93,405 yearly
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Austin, TX, USA
Full-time Consulting Strategy and Planning 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 Texas Education Agency (TEA) is responsible for oversight of the primary and secondary education of over 5.4 million students in Texas public schools. A strong, aligned strategic plan is critical to successfully achieving our vision to prepare the public-school students in Texas for success in college, career, or the military. Sitting on the broader Operations Team in the Strategic Initiatives Division, the Alignment and Delivery Unit oversees the performance management structure around and supports the achievement of TEA’s Strategic Plan with a focus on results.

The Performance Manager (Project Manager IV) will play a critical role in the performance management of priority agency initiatives that are key to the successful execution of TEA’s strategic plan. This individual will work with internal stakeholders to support the planning and initiation of projects at various levels of completion, analyze and use data to formulate recommendations, and build capacity among internal stakeholders to plan, track progress, and use metrics to drive decision-making. Additionally, the Performance Manager aids in aligning the work of priority initiatives across the agency. This position reports to the Director of Strategic Performance, and works closely with the Commissioner of Education, Deputy Commissioner of Operations, and other internal senior stakeholders.

Please note that a resume and tailored cover letter are required attachments 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.


  • Develop and implement performance management tools, routines, templates, and trackers. Provide guidance on establishing milestones, metrics, and trajectories and help build a common language and understanding on the elements of performance management.
  • Track progress and ensure accurate, transparent, and on-time reporting and analysis of progress and performance results to internal stakeholders through the creation and maintenance of dashboards and monthly performance routines. Identify issues, risks, and opportunities for improvement, and propose strategy adjustments to improve coordination, communication, and mitigate or avoid future risks.
  • Identify needs and deliver tailored professional development (coaching and targeted support) for project owners to support effective project and performance management; this includes providing coordination and support to project teams across the agency and advising/assisting staff with the development and continuous improvement of rigorous timelines, milestones, metrics, and delivery strategies.
  • Proactively build and maintain strong relationships with people across the organization to gain their investment. Lead by influence and serve as an effective change manager, fostering performance management practices and behaviors. Develop holistic content knowledge and raise connections through regular collaboration; and facilitate cross-functional sharing within and outside Performance Routine meetings. Identify areas where initiatives overlap and address redundancies within project plans to support message discipline and consistency.





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

Experience: At least (4) years of experience in managing large, complex projects and developing and/or implementing project management systems. Preferred background in educator preparation, school improvement, or school district administration.

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

  • Ability to lead by influence to build investment in the Agency’s performance management system
  • Ability to support program teams in a consulting capacity and help drive initiatives to achieve results
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Ability to analyze complex information and develop plans to address identified issues
  • Analytical skills and problem-solving ability with meticulous attention to detail
  • Highly organized; ability to balance the demands of multiple projects at different stages of development while maintaining quality and consistency across all work
  • Ability to break down complex information into component parts, ask questions, synthesize, and analyze
  • Exercise strong judgement in making decisions
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback, and continuously improve
  • Broad knowledge of Texas education and school funding preferred

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.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires all new employees to present proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States. The Texas Education Agency uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility.

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.

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