Director - Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in Austin Texas

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Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Austin, Texas 78753

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.

General Description:

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board seeks an energetic, forward-thinking Director to perform research, and policy/practice 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 information is necessary and highly valued.

Performs complex work for the advancement, innovation, and development of higher education. Works involves researching and proposing novel ways of addressing key higher education issues, particularly those related to alternative pathways to credentials, college completion, various methods of curriculum delivery, and best practices for incorporating emerging learning technologies into teaching and learning. Works under moderate supervision, with latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. This position reports to the Senior Director, Innovation and Policy Development.  

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts national and international environmental scanning of key higher education issues in areas related to alternative pathways to credentials (including competency-based education and prior learning assessments), degree completion, various methods of curriculum delivery (online education, virtual learning environments), and best practices for incorporating emerging learning technologies into teaching and learning.

  • Plans and conducts studies, deduces facts to findings, makes recommendations, and prepares reports.

  • Conducts higher education research related to innovative practices and policies.

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

  • Provides expertise, support and works with other THECB divisions and other higher education stakeholders to achieve the goals of the Coordinating Board’s long-range higher education plan, 60x30TX.

  • Analyzes legislation to develop recommendations for policy and program issues related to the implementation of, improvement in, and changes in program funding.

  • Collaborates with other THECB divisions on activities concerning innovative higher education practices and policies.

  • Conducts analyses and assists in preparing reports and recommendations.

  • Plans and executes agency professional development activities related to innovation in higher education.

  • Assists in preparing materials for meetings.

  • Prepares special presentations for the Board, and for state and national audiences, on key higher education issues.

  • Proposes legislative priorities for THECB, conducts legislative analyses, and other legislative support activities as assigned.

  • Maintains the necessary level of work to carry out the position’s responsibilities by performing essential duties and functions.

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

  • May develop and conduct presentations.

  • May travel up to 10 percent of time, including overnight travel, involved.

  • Performs related work as assigned.

Required Minimum Education and Experience:

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

  • Four years of work experience directly related to higher education; with at least:

    • Two years of work experience related to online education.

    • Experience with education technology platforms such as LMS, CRM, OER, learning analytics, etc.

  • Doctorate degree may substitute for one year of the required experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of public colleges and universities, including administrative structures and curricula.

  • Knowledge of business English, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

  • Knowledge of writing fundamentals including proofing and editing documents.

  • Skill in using personal computers, databases, and general office software, including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.

  • Skills in higher education research.

  • Specialized knowledge of learning technology and degree completion initiatives, and issues related to learning technologies and degree completion.

  • Ability to communicate exceptionally well, both orally and in written form.

  • Ability to effectively organize time, multiple projects, and other resources.

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality with business matters, records, and personnel information.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and in public presentations with a variety of individuals, including Board members, executive officers, and other high-level professionals.

  • Ability to prioritize work and handle multiple tasks efficiently.

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

  • Ability to initiate and complete tasks with moderate supervision and make decisions using appropriate professional judgment and reasoning.


  • Experience teaching undergraduate students.

  • Experience in writing, report development, and research capacity.

  • Experience making formal presentations to Board members and/or legislative audiences.

  • Working knowledge of teaching with technology, emerging educational technologies, and program assessment practices.

  • Working knowledge of alternative pathways to credentials such as competency-based education and prior learning assessments.

  • Experience working with groups to accomplish significant objectives.

  • Experience in contributing to higher education research and analysis leading to major research reports and other publications.

  • Experience making presentations on higher education issues to local, state, and national audiences of all levels.

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
  • Policy Analysis
  • Curriculm
  • Best Practices
  • Data Analysis
  • Analyze Legislation
  • Presentations
  • Director
  • Innovation and Policy Development
  • Academic Administration
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: At least 4 years
Level of Job: Director
Salary: $5,960 - $6,667
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: Transcripts
Best if Apply By 3/22/2016