Director of English Learner Support

Texas Education Agency - Austin, Texas - Full time

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.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Director of English Learner Support will be a transformative leader that manages the English Learner Support Team in the Division of Special Populations. This position reports to and works closely with the Director of Special Populations to set the vision for the English Learner Support Team.

This position provides statewide leadership in creating a vision to improve achievement of English learners on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) measures; accomplished through transformative leadership in strategic operations and planning to deliver state level support, information, and non-regulatory guidance regarding state English learner and Title III programs.

This role requires strong management, vision, programmatic and operational expertise, exceptional communication, and an orientation towards stakeholder engagement and excellence.

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

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


  • Creates a strategic plan to support English learners across the state that will set ambitious goals and objectives.
  • Manages a highly effective and engaged team by providing differentiated coaching and professional development to team members.
  • Leads the state in effective program model implementation through provision of clear guidance, resources, and implementation rubrics aligned with best practices that leads to significant outcomes for the state’s English learners.
  • Ensures the team has necessary resources and sufficient support to function efficiently and effectively and to positively impact outcomes for the state’s English learners.
  • Develops processes, routines, and systems to ensure effective stakeholder engagement with Education Service Centers, Local Education Agencies, educators, and English learner students’ families.


Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university

Experience: At least ten (10) years of experience in working with English learners; and five (5) years of leadership experience at the campus, district, ESC, state, or non-profit level.


  • Deep content knowledge around programs for English learners.
  • Bilingual experience strongly preferred.
  • Understanding of federal regulations (Title III, FERPA, EDGAR, and Section 504), and State laws specific to English learners and SBOE and commissioner’s rules pertaining to English learners.
  • Experience with state application for federal funds, Title III reporting, and state and local determinations.
  • Proficiency in Performance-Based Monitoring.
  • Mastery in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook).
  • Understanding of the functions and challenges of school districts, charter schools, and education service centers.
  • An obsession with using data analysis to make meaningful and effective decisions.
  • A proven track record of student achievement as a former classroom teacher and/or school leader.
  • An unwavering belief that any problem can be solved.
  • A palpable sense of urgency around increasing student achievement outcomes for English learners.
  • The ability to lead and leverage strong relationships with other team members in ways that motivate and inspire them.
  • Strong prioritization, time management, and organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication including strong editing and proofreading skills.
  • Ability to foster effective working relationships with a variety of individuals and groups, internal and external to TEA.
  • A positive attitude and professional demeanor.
  • An extreme attention to detail.
  • A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve.
  • Ability to work both independently and engage in a collaborative, results-oriented team environment.
  • Prioritize time and resources and effectively manage a team to execute on those priorities.
  • Deliver high-quality work products on time.
  • Attract new talent to the agency and develop existing staff.
  • Anticipate and overcome foreseen and unforeseen challenges.

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or veteran status, unless an applicant is entitled to the veteran’s preference.

Additional Military Crosswalk (occupational specialty code) information can be accessed here.

This position requires the applicant to meet Agency standards and criteria which may include passing a pre-employment criminal background check, prior to being offered employment by the Agency.

No phone calls or emails, please. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not accept telephone calls and cannot reply to all email inquiries. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

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