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 Educator Preparation plays a transformative role in enhancing the future of educator effectiveness in Texas. This role will be responsible for improving the impact of educator preparation programs by leading efforts to establish rigorous, practice-based standards and assessments for new educators and supporting over 120 educator preparation programs in designing and implementing high-quality and sustainable program models that ensure new educators are ready on day 1 for the rigors of the classroom. The director uses outcomes-driven data and knowledge of preparation program best practices to ensure every child has an outstanding teacher and every campus has an excellent leader. The director collaborates with senior leaders within the Department of Educator Preparation, Certification, and Enforcement to ensure the educator preparation redesign priority initiatives are aligned with and informing other strategic priority initiatives and are informing ongoing educator certification policy development and Educator Preparation Program compliance monitoring.
The director performs advanced managerial work under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. The director oversees two programmatic areas: Educator Preparation and Educator Standards and Test Development and manages a team of 8 employees, including the management of two manager roles. This position reports to the Director of Educator Standards, Testing, and Preparation.
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.
Flexible work location within the state of Texas may be considered for qualified candidates.
- Program Management and Continuous Improvement Support: Develops and leads capacity building and change management efforts to support preparation programs in continuous improvement efforts and provides ongoing educator preparation program management and oversight. This includes the development of a statewide vision for effective educator preparation, the Effective Preparation Framework and the aligned continuing approval review processes and capacity building resources and supports.
- Educator Standards and Test Development: Ensures the development and implementation of rigorous educator standards and assessments and the appropriate execution of a high-volume, high-stakes educator certification assessment program. This includes the effective implementation of the state’s edTPA pilot and the continued development and delivery of redesigned content pedagogy exams.
- SBEC agenda items: Works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the development of State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) agenda and rule items related to educator standards, preparation, and testing to improve levels of preparation, skills, and knowledge of beginning educators and demonstration of content and pedagogy mastery for classroom entry.
- Communication and Stakeholder Engagement: Manages short and long-term change management and stakeholder management, both internally and externally, and communicates the state vision for high quality, practice-based educator preparation. Ensures accurate and timely responses to legislative, consumer, and ad hoc requests.
- Team Management and Development: Manages and supports a team across workstreams involving educator standards, preparation, and test development to establish and implement a vision for continuous improvement and effective educator preparation.
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
Experience: At least six (6) years of experience in education, preferably with direct experience preparing, mentoring, developing, or coaching teachers for both certification and improved practice with measurable results. Ten years of experience is preferred.
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
- Certified Texas Contract Manager (CTCM) certification must be obtained within first six (6) months of employment
- Experience applying and developing others in the best practices of effective teaching and learning
- Knowledge of best practices in educator preparation, support, and development
- Demonstrated record of effective project management skills and attention to detail, including establishing outcomes, determining evaluative measures, and tracking progress with periodic job and task ambiguity
- Track record of exemplary talent management practices, including development of direct reports and managing toward outcomes
- Familiarity with Texas Education Code and Texas Administrative Code provisions related to educator standards and preparation and the ability to recognize and work within regulatory constraints
- Experience in agenda planning and presentations to an appointed board
- Proven change management and stakeholder engagement skills, including small and large group facilitation and adult professional development
- Effective written and verbal communication skills and a proven ability to collaborate in a high-stress environment
- Skill in reviewing plans, documents, and drafts to provide high-quality feedback both verbally and in writing
- Skill in synthesizing complex ideas into practical and accessible language verbally and through Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Strong analytical and conceptual thinking skills
- Ability to use data and research for purposes of continuous improvement
- Ability to effectively anticipate and identify challenges and plan for contingencies
- Highly organized; ability to successfully prioritize work and manage multiple priorities
- A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve
- Ability to engage in a collaborative, results-oriented team environment
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.