Director II (Inter-Agency Deputy Director of Early Childhood Education) - cc206-25823-B27-1621

Texas Education Agency Austin, TX
General Job Description

Applicants who are strongly being considered for employment must submit to a national criminal history background check.

The Inter-Agency Deputy Director for Early Childhood Education reports directly to the Statewide Director of Early Childhood at the Texas Education Agency. This position works closely with EC leadership to coordinate operations at Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. This position performs advanced managerial work providing direction and guidance in the implementation of the Early Childhood Program including in strategic operations and planning for families with children age birth – 7. Work involves collaborating with other state agencies to establish strategic plans, goals and objectives; develop policies; review guidelines, procedures, rules, and regulations; establish priorities, standards, and measurement tools for determining progress in meeting goals; and coordinate and evaluate program activities. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Additional Military Crosswalk (occupational specialty code) information can be accessed at: http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.

Essential Job Functions:

* Develop goals, objectives, strategies, action plans, and metrics to monitor the collaborative Agency achievement in early childhood programing

* Convene early childhood staff leads in all four agencies to coalesce around the importance of supporting and advancing quality learning

* Encourage communication and, when appropriate, facilitate coordination of all multi-agency early childhood initiatives and programs between agencies, especially data sharing

* Recommend specific actions to improve the collaborative effectiveness of statewide instruction in early childhood and support tools for educators and parents

* Coordinate agency departments and key stakeholders, with departments from other agencies and key stakeholders

* Represent the multi-agency collaboration in meetings, legislative hearings, conferences, panels, committees, etc., as requested

* Meet with and regularly update on a periodic basis each agency Commissioner(s) to discuss metrics and outcomes

* Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major coursework in a field relevant to Early Childhood Education.

Experience: Six (6) years experience in teaching, leadership, supervisory, or administrative roles relevant to early childhood education. Experience coordinating projects, resources, and programs, preferably in a senior leadership position in a school district, regional education service center, state or federal education organization, or early childhood organization; public speaking and communication experience. Experience as an early childhood teacher, home visitor or early intervention provider preferred. Prefer some experience in a child development center. Experience with systems coordination preferred.

License/Certification: May be required to be registered, certified, or licensed in a specialty area.

Travel: 75% travel between agencies and 35% travel outside of Austin required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of: Early Childhood programs, issues, and best practices; the Texas Education Code, Texas Administrative Code, Texas Infant and Toddler Guidelines, Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines and TEKS; change management and practices creating system level change; functions and challenges of school districts, child development centers, early intervention providers, home visiting programs, charter schools, and education service centers.

Skill in: Leadership, management, interpersonal relations, public speaking and writing; project and vendor and performance management, ability to collect and analyze a wide variety of data sources, ability to navigate the political process as it pertains to elected officials, legislators and staff at the state level, and school district officials and school board members; commitment to ensuring the delivery of high quality products and results to support pre-school or public education improvement efforts to ensure our students receive a high quality early education.

Ability to: Deal with ambiguity and conflict; have strong interpersonal skills; work across large complex organization; juggle competing priorities and drive team towards results; exercise excellent judgment, integrity, and commitment to personal responsibility and accountability; direct and organize program activities; establish program goals and objectives; identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions; develop and evaluate policies and procedures; handle multiple and shifting priorities; meet timelines; prepare concise reports; communicate effectively; establish positive working relationship with all levels of staff; and plan, assign and supervise the work of others.

Note: An in-box exercise may be administered at time of interview.

Supplemental Information

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Salary is dependent on qualifications.

Positions exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will earn compensatory time off rather than overtime for hours in excess of 40 per week. May be required to work hours other than 8 to 5. May be required to work weekends and holidays.

In accordance with applicable federal and state equal opportunity laws, it is TEA's policy that no person shall be excluded from consideration for recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention or any other personnel action, or be denied any benefits or participation in any educational programs or activities which it operates on the grounds of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or veteran status (except where age, sex, or disability constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration).

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires all new employees to present proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States. TEA does not sponsor H1-B work visas. Males, 18 to 25 years of age, are required to present proof of selective service registration (or exemption) prior to being employed by any state agency.

There is a 60-day waiting period for health insurance coverage.

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.

Please note, TEA does not accept resumes.

An internal applicant who is selected for a position in their current salary group that has the same state title is not eligible for a salary increase. An internal applicant who is selected for a position in their current salary group with a new state title may receive an increase up to 3.4%.

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