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.
Please note: This position is internally referred to as “System of Great Schools District Support Specialist”
POSITION OVERVIEW: In order to advance the mission of the TEA of improving outcomes for all public school students, the System of Great Schools (SGS) District Support Specialist supports school districts in the design and implementation of system-level reforms related to school portfolio and performance management, district charter partnerships, and school actions. The SGS District Support Specialist tracks and monitors SGS implementation progress as well as School Action Fund grant usage in conjunction with SGS Executive and Lever Advisors, School Action Fund Technical Assistance Providers, and other support providers. The SGS District Support Specialist reports directly to the District Support Manager and will work with a team of District Support Specialists to implement components of the SGS network including but not limited to Chief Innovation Officer bootcamps, recruitment and application processes, and biannual SGS convenings.
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.
Supports multiple school district superintendents and their Chief Transformation Offices in developing and implementing key actions related to the System of Great Schools theory of action
Monitors fidelity of implementation for SGS efforts, School Action Fund grants, district charter partnerships, and Replicating Great Options fellowships and influences course corrections with appropriate support partners and technical assistance providers
Builds and maintains connections with support and technical assistance providers to ensure districts are provided best-in-class resources and coaching
Maintains a deep working knowledge of SGS districts as it relates to academic performance, personnel and community dynamics
Collaborates, executes, evaluates, and recommends adjustments to the System of Great Schools network to provide districts with a cohort experience and continuously improve the design of the SGS network
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. Advanced degree or major course work in a field relevant to the assignment is generally preferred.
Experience: At least four (4) years of experience in the education sector.
Documented experience in system level school reforms, particularly in school portfolio management, performance-based accountability, school choice programs, district charter partnerships, school autonomy and empowerment, new school creation or design
Knowledge of state (e.g. SB 1882) and federal laws (e.g. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) related to state agency actions in support of school districts and schools)
Ability to quickly comprehend complex information and break it into comprehensive parts
Expertise in influencing and motivating others to a desired outcome
Highly organized with ability to develop and execute project plans and progress monitoring tools
Experience in developing and managing critical relationships that include but are not limited to internal TEA staff, district superintendent and leadership team-level partners, and external organizations (non-profits, foundations, consultants, etc.)
Skill in qualitative and quantitative analysis; and creating MS PowerPoint, Excel, and Word-based toolkits, guides, and resources
Ability to receive and apply feedback
Demonstrates outstanding leadership and personal relations skills including excellent written and oral communication skills
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.
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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.