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

Limited term position ending on or before February 1, 2018.

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

General Description:

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 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. This position is grant-funded and of limited term.

Performs advanced technical and analytical policy work; provides professional and technical expertise related to research, data collection and analysis, and special projects with emphasis on Texas community colleges. Through participation in a variety of data analysis and research activities, helps ensure the accuracy of data collected and presented through a variety of formats and information systems. Prepares technical and policy reports for distribution and use in meetings. Performs related work as assigned. Work is performed under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Assistant Director, Education Data Center.

 General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs specialized and complex technical and analytical tasks with particular emphasis on the interpretation, aggregation and evaluation of a variety of statistical and qualitative data related to higher education linkages.

  • Handles unique data analysis requests from Texas community colleges, including quantitative and qualitative analyses.

  • Analyzes Texas higher education data using statistical analysis software products such as SAS or its equivalent.

  • Ensures accuracy of collected and aggregated data and assembles output for staff and public use, publication, and inclusion in higher education databases.

  • Interprets data and information received and provides cogent explanation to constituencies.

  • Provides technical assistance to in-house and college personnel involved in providing requested data.

  • Designs data-intensive studies and develops approaches for effective presentation of data. 

  • 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.

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

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

  • Understands data security and is able to apply Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to all applicable work activities.

  • Performs related work as assigned.

 Required Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally 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 degree 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; of statistical concepts and methods and their application to research analysis; of standard and appropriate research sources and texts; and of measurement, testing, and evaluation procedures.

  • Skills and Abilities to plan, organize, and conduct research projects; interpret statistical data, charts, and tables;

  • Ability to effectively communicate in written and oral forms.

  • Ability to plan procedures and prioritize work.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both internally and externally.

  • Ability to respond to customer service requests in a timely and professional manner.

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.

  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of customer service deliverables.

  • Ability to remain flexibility and adaptability toward changes in assignments.

  • Ability to maintain regular and reliable work attendance.

  • Ability to meet periodic, milestone, and final deadlines.

  • Ability to work under pressure and being successful in meeting objectives.

  • Ability to establishment and maintenance of effective work relationships both internally and externally.

  • Ability to adherence to the organization’s internal management policies and procedures. 


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

  • 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.

  • 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.

     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

  • Research
  • Evaluation
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Collection
  • statistical data
  • qualitative data
  • Program Director
  • Education Data Center
  • Economic and Business Development
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: $4,800 - $6,667
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: Transcripts