Operations / Administration Director of College, Career, and Military Preparation
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 College, Career, and Military Preparation (CCMP) provides division-wide leadership, oversight, and guidance for statewide secondary programs. This position is responsible for leading collaborative efforts with institutions of higher education and workforce partners to build pathways for student success and to provide best practices to support students through their pathways to college, career, and/or the military. The Director is also responsible for providing leadership and support to districts regarding options for effective evidence-based Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming and implementation of college and career readiness school models.
CCMP’s work to connect high school to career and college is a strategic priority of the agency. Whether students are preparing to attend college, begin a career, or enlist in the military, they all need a strong set of skills upon graduation from high school. As a state, we must increase the percent of students who meet college, career, or military readiness benchmarks. The CCMP team plays an integral role in driving this priority forward. The Director of CCMP reports to the Associate Commissioner for Standards and Support Services within the Office of School Programs.
Please note that a resume and tailored cover letter are required attachments for applying to this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applicants who are strongly being considered for employment must submit to a national criminal history background check.
- Division Leadership: Leads, supervises, and develops a team of approximately 25 employees, ensuring the division has the necessary resources to function efficiently and effectively, and to meet all performance management expectations
- Interagency Partnerships and Coordination: Oversees strategic planning and stakeholder alignment including coordination of tri-agency partnership work with other state agencies to support education-workforce alignment and development and support of high-quality pathways in the Texas Regional Pathways Network
- CCRM School Models and CTE Oversight: Provides leadership and oversight for college and career readiness school models including early college high schools, P-TECH, and T-STEM academies; advanced academics; industry-based certifications; support for implementation of the CTE TEKS and innovative courses; and work-based learning
- Counseling, Advising and Student Support Oversight: Provides leadership and oversight for counseling, advising, and student supports including GEAR UP, the Effective Advising Framework, and Communities in Schools
- Legislative Support: Oversees staff support during the legislative session including preparing resource documents, responding to legislative requests, completing bill analysis, and attending committee meetings as a resource witness
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university
Experience: At least seven (7) years of experience related to any of the following areas: public education, educational program administration, policy analysis, or project management relevant to secondary education.
Substitutions: An advanced degree may substitute for two years of required experience.
- Belief that all Texas students can achieve at high levels and are able to succeed in college, career or the military
- Outstanding skill in leadership and effective personnel management and an ability to plan, assign, and supervise the work of others according to division, department, and agency protocol and procedures
- Ability to foster effective working relationships with a variety of individuals and groups, internal and external to TEA
- Certified Texas Contract Manager (CTCM) certification must be obtained within first six (6) months of employment
- Effective and professional verbal and written communication skills; ability to express ideas clearly and provide unbiased guidance and information to the public regarding issues related to career education and workforce development
- Ability to establish and evaluate program goals, objectives, and procedures and to direct and organize program activities
- Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize and complete multiple projects simultaneously to meet deadlines
- Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions
- Understanding of and ability to communicate intent of state law and rule and to predict possible impact of proposed policy changes
- A desire to engage in self-reflection, give/receive feedback, and continuously improve
- Familiarity with federal Perkins law preferred