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The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is seeking a Program Director to perform research, evaluation, and analysis work that is necessary to address the agency’s higher education mission. The selected applicant will evaluate proposals for new degree programs, review existing degree programs, participate in the oversight and management of grant programs, develop reports and recommendations on various higher education topics, and provide service to institutions of higher education and the general public.
Performs complex consultative services, research, evaluation and analysis work. Work involves providing data-driven analyses and recommendations on statewide higher education issues relating to academic quality, including improving the quality of higher education and increasing research at public institutions. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative, independent judgment, and decision-making. This position reports to the Assistant Director, Undergraduate Studies.
General Duties and Responsibilities:
Prepares reports on statewide higher education issues.
Makes recommendations to division leadership and communicates with college and university leaders.
Reviews, evaluates, and makes recommendations on proposals for new degree programs and assesses existing programs.
Recruits and selects expert reviewers from universities within the U.S. and Texas industry for research review and doctoral program assessment.
Conducts site visits for campus program reviews with external review teams.
Develops request for application announcements and oversees application and project approval processes.
Project and contractor management, including monitoring and overseeing expenditures, performance, and deliverables of contracted project efforts at institutions of higher education.
Serves as staff liaison to advisory committees.
Translates policy initiatives and statutes into Board rules and develops implementation procedures.
Monitors legislation by preparing bill analyses, fiscal notes, and educational impact studies as assigned.
Prepares written materials and presentations for quarterly Board Committee and Coordinating Board meetings.
Develops, organizes, and presents statewide workshops on issues of interest to higher education personnel.
Supports the development of all legislatively-mandated reports, coordinating with internal/external stakeholders of the agency.
Represents agency through public speaking engagements, as assigned.
Coordinate major projects from conception through implementation.
Develops presentations, studies, memoranda, and other documents.
Travels up to 10 percent of time, including overnight.
Performs related work as assigned.
Required Minimum Education and experience:
Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Four years of work experience in teaching or performing administrative duties such as program development, policy development, or administration within colleges, universities, health-related institutions, government, foundations, associations, or related entities.
Experience monitoring and administering instructional programs in higher education and maintaining and analyzing data.
Doctorate may substitute for two year of required work experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of Texas higher education system, including community college, university, and health-related institutions.
Knowledge of higher education philosophy and institutional missions.
Knowledge of collaborative efforts between public secondary education and two-year colleges.
Knowledgeable of customer service deliverables.
Knowledge of higher education policy.
Skills in gathering, assembling, correlating, and analyzing facts to devise solutions to problems.
Skills in analytical thinking, interpersonal and leadership skills, and professional writing.
Skills in using personal computers and Microsoft Office applications, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, statistical software, project management software, and databases.
Skills in maintaining and analyzing data, including the use of SAS.
Skill in developing presentations, reports, and other documents.
Skill in troubleshooting and advanced problem solving.
Ability to present professional research data, agency recommendations, and reports at workshops, seminars, board meetings, hearings, and other public events.
Ability to interpret guidelines, policies, procedures, rules, and statutes; exercise sound judgment and discretion when applying relevant policies and procedures.
Ability to communicate in oral and written form to effectively communicate to a wide range of individuals.
Ability to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability toward changes in assignments and workload.
Ability to work under pressure, meet objectives, and successfully meet periodic, milestone, and final deadlines.
Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships both internally and externally.
Doctorate from an accredited college or university.
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 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;
Frequently works under deadlines, as a team member, and in direct contact with others.
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