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3 Sep 2020

Instructional Support Open Education Resources Project Lead

Texas Education Agency
 Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States

Job Description

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.

This position is funded through September 30, 2022 under the federal CARES Act grant. Continuation of the position beyond that date is contingent on available funding.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Open Education Resource (OER) team is committed to ensuring districts have access to high quality instructional materials by creating a set of OER products across multiple subject areas and grade bands that will be open to the public, easily accessible and support effective teaching and learning.   The team is seeking OER Project Leads to drive student outcomes by overseeing the procurement, review and editing of high quality OER materials across multiple subject areas and grade bands. OER Project Leads support the communication of the state vision for a high-quality open education resources for classrooms, schools, and districts, while also building relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to impact and influence project partnership and the adoption and utilization of our open educational resources. Candidates must demonstrate exceptional ability to manage agency vendors, cross-department projects and multiple priorities.  Additionally, OER Project Leads oversee training and developing of OER leaders across the state in support of materials procurement and strong implementation. Candidates have likely served in a school or district role managing the design and implementation of curriculum and assessment and/or has curriculum experience working with textbook providers or related vendors.

The OER team sits within the Department of Instructional Strategy focused on helping school systems to bring learning to life for students across Texas.  We do this by developing and offering a portfolio of different programs, products and services that school systems can selectively use based on local needs and define success by their ability to help educators sustainably improve student outcomes.  The OER initiative is a strategic priority of the Commissioner of Education focused on improving the foundation of reading and math for students across Texas. This position reports to the Director of Open Education Resources. 

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

  • Provide project planning and implementation support by overseeing the planning, development and maintenance of Texas open education curricular resources in collaboration with a local Educational Service Center by managing multiple vendors and sub-projects with the goal of delivering high-quality materials that drive student achievement outcomes 
  • Support and communicate the state vision for a high-quality open education resources for classrooms, schools, and districts 
  • Plan for and Oversee professional development and training to OER leaders in support of materials procurement and strong materials implementation 
  • Build Relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to impact and influence project partnership and the adoption and utilization of our open educational resources 
  • Demonstrate exceptional ability to manage agency vendors, cross-department projects and multiple priorities
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university
Experience: At least four (4) years of experience in working with K-12 core content, Special Education, or English Learners in school districts, at regional education service centers, in university settings, and/or with statewide initiatives; including extensive experience in teaching, curriculum and assessment, and/or administrative roles relevant to K-12 education.


  • Certified Texas Contract Manager (CTCM) certification must be obtained within first six (6) months of employment 
  • Experience with managing large initiatives, contracts, and grant programs is preferred
  • Understanding of curriculum and assessment design and/or advanced skill in writing and/or reviewing curriculum
  • Understanding of the Texas Education Code and Texas Administrative Code, particularly with respect to curriculum requirements  
  • Experience with Open Education Resources and/or Creative Commons copyright licensing terms and agreements
  • Strong project management skills and ability to juggle competing priorities and drive team towards results 
  • Excellent time management skills to organize and complete multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and prioritize tasks to deliver quality products with the ability to communicate progress areas of concern 
  • Experience with effective, high-quality professional development activities and techniques in a core content  
  • Superior and effective professional verbal and written communication skills, including development of appropriate guidance documents and effective presentations
  •  Ability to build relationships and communicate clearly, concisely, respectfully, and inclusively with contractors, ESC staff, Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff, and external stakeholders 
  • Fast learner who can understand and communicate intent of state law and rule and work within statutory authority
  • A desire to self-reflect, give and receive feedback and continuously improve
  • Familiarity with early childhood/Prekindergarten Guidelines and/or English Language Learning data-based practices (preferred) 

How to Apply

Please complete an online application at Please note that a resume and tailored cover letter are required attachments for applying to this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Bureaus: -Other-. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Instructional Support. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.