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 position will provide critical support for the agency to urgently address student learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
POSITION OVERVIEW: In order to advance the mission of the TEA of improving outcomes for all public-school students, the School Action Fund (SAF) District Support Specialist supports school districts to implement strategic, sustainable, and successful school actions and builds a pipeline of school districts interested in pursuing school reforms. The SAF District Support Specialist will support LEAs in taking bold actions, such as creating new schools, redesigning schools, or restarting struggling schools, to provide schools that families want, need, and deserve. The SAF District Support Specialist will track and monitor SAF grant usage in conjunction with SAF Technical Assistance Providers, and other aligned support providers. The SAF District Support Specialist reports directly to the School Action Fund Manager and will work with teams of LEA personnel, SAF Technical Assistance Providers, and other teams within, and outside of, the Texas Education Agency.
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.
- Supports multiple schools, LEAs, and School Action Fund Technical Assistance Providers to ensure fidelity to, and through, the planning, continuation, and implementation of bold school actions.
- Monitors fidelity to Program and Budget Guidelines of the School Action Fund grant, district-charter (SB 1882) partnerships, and influences course corrections with appropriate support partners and Technical Assistance Providers.
- Supports the management of TEA vendors, including the Technical Assistance Providers activities and surveys, to ensure LEAs are provided high-quality coaching and advising.
- Develops and maintains a deep working knowledge of School Action Fund grants, schools and LEAs, including academic performance, leadership and personnel, community dynamics, and fiscal and budget alignment, as well as working knowledge of best practices such as data driven school transformation models and actions, and quality authorizing practices.
- Collaborates with TEA colleagues to evaluate School Action Fund, and other initiatives, programs, and guidelines, and recommend adjustments to continuously improve the leadership, guidance, and support provided to schools and LEAs.
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
Experience: At least (3) years of experience in education.
Substitutions: An advanced degree may substitute for two years of required experience.
- Share the belief that all Texas students can achieve at high levels and are able to succeed in college, career, or the military
- Documented experience in school and LEA best practices, programs, and reforms, particularly in performance-based accountability, school choice programs, new school creation or design, and virtual and hybrid learning environments
- 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 implement progress monitoring tools
- Experience in developing and managing critical relationships, such as internal TEA staff, school and LEA leaders, and external organizations (e.g., Technical Assistance providers, non-profit organizations, foundations, consultants, etc.)
- Skill in qualitative and quantitative analysis; mastery with Microsoft Office (including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word) and Google (such as Drive, Sheets, Forms) products, as well as virtual and conference tools (such as Zoom, Teams, Webex), ability and willingness to learn, and use innovatively, new technology and software
- Development and refinement of quality tools and resources, providing training and guidance, regularly leading and participation in meetings, program development and application reviews
- A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve
- Ability to engage in a collaborative, results-oriented team environment
- Demonstrates outstanding leadership and personal relations skills, including excellent written and oral communication, facilitation, and presentation skills