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 Director of Media Relations leads the Texas Education Agency’s approach to ensuring we are effectively informing the public and telling the story of the agency and public education in Texas by responding to media inquiries and developing and implementing communications plans for high-priority agency initiatives, as well as working collaboratively to support execution of stakeholder, marketing, and internal communications efforts. The Director of Media Relations drives the development of external communications strategy, serves as lead spokesperson for the agency and oversees work to develop written, digital, and audio/video content to better inform Texans of the work of TEA, the progress the Agency is making against our strategic plan, and the ways we all can support students in achieving academic success. This role will report to the Deputy Commissioner of Operations and will work closely with all agency leadership. He/she will also serve as the primary media advisor to the Commissioner of Education. He/she will manage a staff of three.
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.
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
At least seven (7) years of experience in communications, public relations, marketing or related field in increasingly responsible roles and effectively managing a team to success.
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.
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.