The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is the state agency that provides statewide leadership for the primary and secondary public schools. It is headed by the commissioner of education. The mission of TEA is to provide leadership, guidance and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students.
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The Texas Education Agency is proud to announce the position of Deputy Commissioner of Special Populations. The Deputy Commissioner of Special Populations will lead the new, high profile Special Education Review and Support teams as well as the existing Special Populations teams. The Texas Education Agency is currently undergoing a complete redesign in the way that it supports and monitors special education activities in the state. Directly reporting to, and working closely with, the Chief Deputy Commissioner of Academics, this position will help to set the vision and execute the Texas Education Strategic Plan. This includes overseeing the new Review and Support (Monitoring) teams, as well as the existing Special Populations Division (consisting of Special Education, English Learner and Bilingual programs, Gifted and Twice Exceptional, and At-Risk student groups). This role will require strong management, vision, programmatic and operational expertise, exceptional communication, and an orientation towards stakeholder engagement and excellence.
Works under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Develop and implement a new statewide monitoring system, including a Review and Support Team, an Escalation Team, and a Complaints Team. The Review and Support Team requires a new vision for monitoring, that pairs bureaucratic compliance with holistic reviews and supports. The Escalation Team will require a strong, well-structured process to provide intensive supports and technical assistance to LEAs. The Complaints Team will require the expansion of a mediation process, and data integration supports to inform departmental work.
Produce a series of high quality resources related to the Special Education Strategic Plan, utilizing significant stakeholder engagement (including families, students, educators, administrators, and others).
Oversee the delivery of statewide professional development, online resources, and intuitive tooling for stakeholders related to special populations.
Transparently report on the progress of the Department and manage the exceptional execution of work under the new SPED Strategic Plan, as well as the Special Populations Division.
Coordinate the division management, planning, and administrative functions.
Establish goals and objectives; develop and approve schedules, priorities, and business standards for achieving goals related to the accountability and monitoring systems.
Represent the Office of Academics at meetings, conferences, hearings, legislative sessions, and advisory committees; conduct training and presentations related to departmental work.
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. Major course work in education, public policy, or a related field preferred. Advanced degree preferred.
Experience: A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in project management or equivalent experience managing or supervising professional or technical programming staff in planning, developing, and implementing projects. Policy development experience in a school district, regional education service center, college or university, or private sector, state, or federal level education-related organization preferred.
Substitution: Each advanced degree may substitute for two years of required experience.
Travel: 10% required.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is dependent on qualifications.
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