Dec 11, 2019

Safe and Supportive Schools Project Manager

$63,103 - $83,298 yearly
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Austin, TX, USA
Full-time Operations and Facilities Other 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.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Safe and Supportive Schools Project Manager facilitates the Texas Education Agency’s cross-functional approach to school safety which includes coordinating functions across the agency and collaborating with other agencies and entities that support school safety measures in schools across the state. This role is also responsible for the coordination of multiple agency functions around school safety policy, including mental health, grants administration, data collection, data use and analysis, student discipline, information technology, school finance, and school programs.

The Safe and Supportive Schools Project Manager develops and supports the execution of project plans, coordinates school safety functions, serves as liaison to other agencies and stakeholders in coordinating policy and response to crises, produces rules related to the Safe and Supportive School Program and school safety as provided by statute, manages multiple school safety-related grants, and coordinates statewide training and professional development. This position will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Safe and Supportive School Program broadly. The Safe and Supportive Schools Project Manager will determine the agency response to legislative requests, media requests, and district questions regarding school safety, and will share information on the agency’s Safe and Supportive School Program and school safety policy with education stakeholders. This information sharing will range from serving as the primary resource for testifying before the legislature on school safety issues to answering district stakeholder phone calls regarding school safety, among many other stakeholder-related responsibilities.

This role will report to the Commissioner’s Deputy Chief of Staff, and may also support some functions within emergency management.

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.


  • Coordinate TEA’s school safety functions, ensuring an aligned and coordinated agency approach, through effective project management, group facilitation, and communication. Develop policy documents, such as rules, to communicate this policy approach.
  • Manage administration of key school safety grants and oversee the implementation of the federal grant programs with subrecipients.
  • Serve as the content area expert for program implementation and administration.
  • Collaborate and communicate with other government entities on school safety issues, including but not limited to the Texas School Safety Center, other state agencies including Health and Human Services and the Department of Public Safety, and collaborate with the TEA Governmental Relations and Communications departments on communications with the legislature, Governor’s Office, and Media.
  • Coordinate agency response to school safety incidents as required.





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

Experience: At least 5 years of experience or formal training in one or more of the following: risk management, emergency management, public safety work, mental health and wrap-around support services. Two years of experience working in a school district administration or government agency is highly preferred. Experience effectively managing cross-functional projects is preferred.


  • Knowledge of Texas state government, Texas education landscape, and school safety policy landscape.
  • Ability to develop and execute against cross-functional project plans.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage up and out, without formal management authority, to facilitate cross-functional work.
  • Commitment to superlative customer service to education stakeholders.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Collaborative approach to working cross-functionally.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Believes all children can learn at the highest levels.
  • A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve.
  • Ability to engage in a collaborative, results-oriented team environment.
  • Highly organized; ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet deadlines.

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.

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