Texas Education Agency (learn more)

Austin, Texas (map)

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3231146
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted: February 13, 2020
  • Starting Date: April 15, 2020

Job Description

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 Texas Education Agency is seeking a talented individual to join a team of professionals dedicated to improving the educational outcomes for all public school students in the state of Texas. This position reports to a Grant Negotiation Supervisor in the Grants Administration Division, which is responsible for awarding and administering over $3 billion in federal and state education grants to school districts and open-enrollment charter schools each year. Division staff process approximately 4,000 grant applications, 4,000 application amendments, and 2,000 budget adjustments each year.

The Grant Negotiator analyzes and reviews a large number of grant applications and determines if they comply with applicable fiscal and programmatic requirements, laws, regulations, guidance, and standards. Work involves extensive communication, clarification, and negotiation with grant subrecipients regarding specific requirements and budget details.

A successful candidate must be committed to providing outstanding customer service, understanding and maintaining compliance with complex program requirements for numerous grants, and helping school districts and open-enrollment charter schools use their grant funds appropriately and effectively.

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

•Review assigned grant applications and amendments by established deadlines and according to defined performance measures, clarifying information with and assisting grant subrecipients as needed
•Make accurate adjustments to approved grant application budgets to incorporate changes in funding, processing assigned changes by established deadlines
•Provide assistance and support to school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, TEA staff, and other stakeholders regarding grant compliance issues such as allowable expenditures, budget standards, and submitting amendments; as well as agency procedures, systems, and databases
•Complete user testing of modifications to the agency’s online grant application system (eGrants) within tight timelines, and suggest improvements to grant-related documents such as the agency’s paper grant application, applicant instructions, and internal checklists and procedures
•Assist with other duties as needed, including training other staff in processes and procedures and maintaining division databases and systems


Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university; major coursework in education preferred.

Experience: At least one (1) year of experience in grant or contract development, review, analysis, and/or administration. Experience developing, completing, or reviewing grant applications in a school district, a regional education service center, an open-enrollment charter school, or TEA preferred.

Substitutions: Education and experience may substitute for one another on a year-for-year basis.

•Knowledge of federal or state laws, regulations, guidance, and agreements pertaining to grants administration
•Knowledge of educational administrative regulations, uniform administrative grant requirements, cost principles, financial accounting rules, grant processes and procedures, and related resources
•Experience with electronic accounting and grants administration systems including TCAPPs/TGIF, Expenditure Reporting (ER system), paper and eGrants; knowledge of TEA’s grant systems and application processes preferred
•Experience reviewing, analyzing, and negotiating paper and electronic grant applications for program and fiscal compliance
•Ability to correctly interpret complex laws, regulations, guidelines, agreements, and follow policies and procedures
•Ability to accurately process a large volume of grant applications within a relatively short period of time
•Highly organized; ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines in a dynamic environment
•Excellent written and verbal communication skills
•Meticulous attention to detail; strong proofreading skills
•Strong research, problem-solving and decision-making skills
•Advanced mathematical aptitude
•Skill in providing superior customer service
•A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve
•Ability to exercise independent judgment in planning, organizing, performing duties and working under minimal supervision
•Ability to work as a contributing member of a team by establishing and maintaining positive effective working relationships with all levels of staff and with grantees
•Highly skilled in Microsoft Office applications and PeopleSoft Financials
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category: State-level Positions > Coordinator
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Texas Education Agency is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • At least 1 year of relevant experience preferred
    • Bachelor degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

    Contact Information

    • Emily Douno
    • 1701 N. Congress Avenue
    • Austin, Texas 78701

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