Program Director - Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in Austin Texas

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Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Austin, Texas 78752

United States

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Detailed Job Description

This position is eligible for the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) as an alternative to the Employees Retirement System.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is seeking two Program Directors to perform research, evaluation and analysis work that is necessary to address the agency’s higher education mission. The selected applicants will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic environment where team interaction and experience in the critical synthesis and use of a broad array of data is necessary and highly valued.

Performs complex research, evaluation and analysis work. Work involves conducting analysis, research, evaluation, and reporting, with emphasis on informing higher education policies and practices. Work includes data analysis and report production that helps inform higher education policies and practices with emphasis on areas of student transition such as high school to college, transfer, and college to workforce.  Data and analysis results are used to provide information to agency and state leadership, program managers, higher education institutions, and other stakeholders regarding the effectiveness of existing policies, initiatives, and program practices.  An understanding of how data inform policy and practice is a key component of this work. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. This position reports to the Director, Strategic Planning and Analysis. 


General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Designs studies, programs, analyzes data, and reports on complex policy issues in higher education including areas of student transition.

  • Conducts specialized and complex technical and analytical tasks with particular emphasis on the interpretation, aggregation, evaluation, and reporting on large statistical and qualitative datasets.

  • Effectively use content knowledge to inform data analysis activities and policy development.

  • Handles and adheres to the systematic organization of research materials and analysis results.

  • Ensures and verifies the accuracy of data, computations, and text; proofreads drafts, reports, and other documents.

  • Initiates and reviews correspondence pertaining to technical research problems and assists with recommendations and problem resolution.

  • Communicates clearly and effectively in a variety of forms (e.g., written and tabular reports, informal and formal presentations, publications) with a variety of internal and external audiences.

  • Establishes and maintains effective work relationships both internally and externally to the Coordinating Board regarding collection and use of higher education, workforce, and financial aid data, as well as use of other agency data.

  • Takes initiative on projects and completes them successfully without close supervision.

  • Responds to Legislative requests and analyzes legislation in coordination with internal agency management and staff.

  • Attends training and/or uses online training facilities to acquire additional knowledge and skills.

  • Performs related work as assigned.

 Required Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

  • Four years of experience in research, evaluation, or analytical work, with at least:           

    • Two years of experience using analytical software such as SAS, SPSS, or STATA.

  • Master’s degree may substitute for one year of the required experience in research, evaluation, or analytical work.

  • Doctorate may substitute for two years of the required experience in research, evaluation, or analytical work.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of research methods, principles, and philosophies.

  • Knowledge of statistical concepts and methods and their application to research analysis.

  • Knowledge of standard and appropriate research sources and texts.

  • Knowledge of measurement, testing, and evaluation procedures.

  • Skills in using SAS, SPSS, or STATA.

  • Abilities to plan, organize, and conduct research project.

  • Ability to interpret statistical data, charts, and tables.

  • Ability to develop and analyze measuring instruments with respect to reliability, relevance, and validity.

  • Ability to formulate research hypotheses and structure research designs to account for variables.

  • Ability to write and prepare concise reports.

  • Ability to and train others.

  • Ability to effectively communicate in written and oral forms with a variety of internal and external audiences.


  • Bachelor’s degree or above with major college course work in education, statistical analysis, research and design methods, psychometrics, business or public administration, psychology, sociology, economics, or computer science.

  • Knowledge and experience with state and national policy issues in higher education.

  • Experience working with data and policy in any of the following areas: dual credit, transfer, aligning workforce needs to education, and patterns of student success.

  • Experience and proficiency with SAS programming and analysis with large-scale K-12, higher education, or workforce databases.

  • Experience and proficiency with SQL or other object-oriented programming and analysis with education databases.


Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions:

Work is performed in a standard office environment and requires:

  • Regular, reliable, and punctual attendance at work.

  • Frequent use of personal computer, copiers, printers and telephones.

  • Frequent sitting.

  • Frequently works under deadlines, as a team member, and in direct contact with others.

    Job offer and continuation of employment with THECB is contingent upon:

  • Proof of education and experience listed on the application.

  • Eligibility/authorization to work in the U.S.

  • Satisfactory results from a pre-employment criminal history background check.

    Compliance with the Selective Service Law for males ages 18-25.  Please be advised that under Texas law, names and other information concerning applicants or nominees may be subject to disclosure upon request. 

    THECB does not allow dual employment with other state of Texas agencies or institutions.

    Skills assessment may be conducted at time of interview.

Application Requirements

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  A State of Texas application is required to apply.  For more information on how to apply for this position, go to the Coordinating Board’s employment opportunities website at  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board participates in E-Verify for each new employees’ Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.  For questions please call the HR Department at 512-427-6190.  For vocal and/or hearing assistance call 7-1-1, (512) 427-6190.


Keyword Phrases

  • SPS
  • SPSS
  • Research Methods
  • Reporting
  • Evaluation
  • Higher Education Research
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: At least 4 years
Level of Job: Other
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:National Research Laboratory
Application Requirements: Transcripts