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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3257561
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : April 8, 2020
  • Starting Date: Immediately

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 School Improvement Policy Specialist will perform highly advanced consultative services and technical assistance work related to federal and state policy, legislative requests and TEA guidance. The position includes supporting districts through state intervention and submission requirements, as well as building capacity in key district stakeholders. The policy specialist will also be responsible for coordinating with the Office of Educator Support to align support for districts identified in need of intensive improvement. The position will also provide internal and external training and guidance resources to support stakeholders.

The position works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment for supporting improved student outcomes. This position reports to the Assistant Director of School Improvement Strategy.

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.


Analyzes new legislation and develops recommendations to division leadership on necessary revisions to the Texas Administrative Code. Coordinates agency rule making process and finalizes division rule packet.
Develops and oversees division process for bill analysis and prepares school improvement leadership for legislative hearings during legislative term.
Coordinates the collection, organization and preparation of materials for cross-agency communication for the purposes of alignment of support for districts and campuses in need of improvement.
Design, deliver and support high-quality trainings related to building capacity in key district stakeholders to support campus improvement.
Communicate and influence district leaders by providing effective feedback related to district targeted improvement plans that result in taking action toward school improvement.



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

Experience: At least four (4) years of experience in programmatic, leadership, supervisory or administrative roles working in school districts, education service centers, university settings and/or statewide initiatives.

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


Must have a valid certification in an area of public education
Meticulous attention to detail with an ability to produce high quality work in a dynamic environment
Highly organized; ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet deadlines
Experience coordinating projects, resources, and programs
Must possess outstanding leadership and personal relations skills
The ability to translate knowledge and information into effective messaging
Excellent oral and written communication skills
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.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Salary: $ 4,598.66 to $ 6,065.75 Per Month
  • Job Category : State-level Positions > Specialist
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Texas Education Agency is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • At least 4 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Bachelor degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Contact Information

    • Emily Douno
    • 1701 N. Congress Avenue
    • Austin, Texas 78701

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