Feb 27, 2019


  • Texas Charter Schools Association
  • Austin, TX, USA
Full-time Data Evaluation and Analysis Research Education

Job Description

Job Summary

The Director of Research and Policy leads the Association’s efforts to research and reform education policy in Texas as it relates to public charter schools. The Director will author and commission studies, draft and analyze legislation, and assist in the development and advancement of policy priorities. The Director will also serve as a resource to the Association in assembling and disaggregating data pertaining to Texas public schools, including public charter schools.


POSITION REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer

POSITIONS SUPERVISED: Policy fellows, Interns, and additional policy and research staff as required

Essential Job Functions

  • Lead policy agenda setting to advance and protect the autonomy and success of charter schools.
  • Research and prepare commentaries on current education issues in Texas and nationwide.
  • Analyze legislation, Texas Administrative Rules, and education policy recommendations.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret educational data.
  • Track and review legislative proposals.
  • Respond to legislative inquiries and the public at large.
  • Author, co-author, and commission policy studies.
  • Assist in the convening of panels, symposia, and policy issue events.
  • Build and manage partnerships within the state to increase public awareness of the challenges facing charter schools and Texas public education as a whole, and recommend solutions.
  • Provide training for charter governance boards, CEOs, and legislative staff in matters related to charter school policy and advocacy.
  • Serve as an active team member in all activities related to the Association.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities

  • The Director will lead the development of the Association’s policy priorities prior to each legislative session.
  • The Director will meet with policymakers to promote the Association’s agenda.
  • The Director will provide comments to proposed changes to Texas Education Agency Commissioner’s Rules as they relate to charter schools and Texas public education at large.
  • The Director will author, co-author, or commission 4-6 policy studies annually.
  • The Director will attend events sponsored by other local, state, and national organizations, acting as the Association’s representative on public policy.
  • The Director will develop strong relationships with state education leaders and state and national media contacts who cover education.
  • The Director will participate in Association events and TCSA Board meetings as directed by the Chief Executive Officer.
  • The Director will supervise staff, fellows, and interns assigned to education policy work.
  • The Director will assist other teams as necessary and contribute to the Association’s mission to improve student achievement in Texas by advocating for and strengthening a diverse set of high quality charter schools.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Other expected behaviors

  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance.
  • Travel to conferences, schools, and trainings in the US, sometimes requiring overnight stays.
  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Work in an office environment.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures.
  • Physical demands— sitting for long periods in an office setting, keyboarding for long periods, lifting up to 30 pounds as required, bending, driving, and other physical demands as needed.


  • At least 3-5 years of experience in education policy or education leadership at the state or national level with charter school experience preferred.
  • Masters, Ph.D., or Ed.D., in education policy, education leadership, economics, or a related field.
  • An understanding of research methodologies, statistical methods, and interpreting output from common statistical packages such as STATA, SAS, or SPSS.
  • Demonstrated research experience, with examples of prior research efforts.
  • Strong writing, speaking, and presentation skills with an ability to condense complicated concepts into an easily understood format.


  • Competitive Salary (actual salary is dependent on qualifications)
  • Health Insurance, including medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Paid holidays and vacations
  • Matching Plan for 401(k) contributions


This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Nor is it an exhaustive list of all functions that the employee may be required to perform, and the employee may be required to perform additional functions. TCSA reserves the exclusive right to revise the job description at any time without notice. Employment with TCSA is at-will. An at-will employment relationship can be terminated at any time with or without reason or notice by either the employer or employee. This at-will relationship exists regardless of any statements made to the contrary. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of the position satisfactorily, with or without accommodations. If requested, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their job, absent undue hardship.

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