Jun 28, 2021

Director of District Operations and Sustainability Support (Director I) (00014394)

$5,749 - $7,784 monthly
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Remote (Austin, TX, USA)
Full-time Operations and Facilities Product and Program Management Strategy and Planning

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.

This position is funded through September 30, 2023 with federal stimulus funds.  Continuation of the position beyond that date is contingent upon available funding. This federally funded role will provide critical support for the agency to urgently address student learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Innovative Instructional Models division supports Texas districts and schools in maximizing the time students spend in learning environments with high quality curriculum and instruction while optimizing the enabling operational conditions – like master scheduling, staffing, and budgeting - to support instruction. 

The District Operations and Sustainability Support (DOSS) team engages with Texas school, district and charter school stakeholders to understand and define new and innovative operational models leading to higher return on investment of operations on student achievement and sustainability of student supports. This team serves as subject matter experts in key operational areas such as master scheduling, staffing, site operations, technology infrastructure, budgeting, and innovative financing models like pay for success financing. This team coordinates with initiative leads within the IIM team and across TEA to identify strategic opportunities to provide operational and sustainability supports to districts to lead to broad adoption of cost saving operational practices.

The Director of District Operations and Sustainability Support manages the people and priorities of this team including the development of subject matter expertise in school and district operational supports, integration with cross-division and cross-agency initiatives and strategies and developing processes and best practices in optimizing district operations. This position reports to the Director of Innovative Instructional Models within the Office of School Programs.

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. 

Flexible work location within the state of Texas may be considered for qualified candidates. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • District Operations Support Strategy: Deeply understand district and school operational needs, including challenges faced by operations and finance leaders, and develop and implement strategy for high impact district supports
  • Team Management: Manage a high performing team by aligning on vision and goals, developing team member essential functions and performance metrics indicative of success, and supporting team in meeting individual and collective goals
  • Operations Support Expertise: Manage team to develop expertise in high impact areas of operations and sustainability support including master scheduling, staffing and budgeting and develop user-focused pathways to optimize operations
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Engage with education leaders including district and school operations and finance leaders, ESC personnel, and district operations support groups to identify areas of need and promise in district operations
  • Cross Agency Coordination: Engage with agency leaders including the expanded learning models team and the Effective District Framework team to identify high impact opportunities for district operational support and carry out these supports 

 

Qualifications

 

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

Experience: At least two (2) years of experience in a discipline that requires robust project management

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

 
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Proven track record for exemplary supervisory practices
  • Knowledge of school finance, master scheduling, and general district operations preferred
  • Relentless focus on improving quantitative and qualitative student outcomes
  • Share the belief that all Texas students can achieve at high levels and are able to succeed in college, career or the military
  • Certified Texas Contract Manager (CTCM) certification must be obtained within first six (6) months of employment
  • Entrepreneurial attitude with a growth mindset and demonstrated ability to accept and implement both solicited and unsolicited feedback quickly
  • Data-driven decision maker with the ability to structure ambiguity into actionable, value-added plans
  • Ability to handle multiple, shifting, and competing priorities, and drive team towards results
  • Strong project and time management skills and ability to juggle competing priorities and drive team towards results
  • Consistent ability to produce high-quality, accurate, and appropriately detailed work products for a diverse set of audiences
  • Experience authentically engaging stakeholders and leveraging feedback for continuous improvement
  • Strong leadership, management, interpersonal relations, public speaking and writing skills
  • Inherent desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve


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