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Education Specialist II

Education Specialist II (Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission)

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Position Title:  Education Specialist II (Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission)

Job Posting Number:  15-16

Salary:  $4,100 - $4,450 (Monthly)

Salary Group/Class #:  B19 / 0821

Opening Date:  July 16, 2015

Closing Date:  Until Filled

Work Location Address: 1302 Colorado Street, Austin, TX  78701

Duration:  Regular, Full-time 

Hours/Week:  40

Typing:  45 WPM Preferred

Valid Driver’s License:  Yes

Travel Required:  Yes


The Education Specialist works under general supervision of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide (THGC) Program Coordinator to plan, develop, conduct and/or monitor the Commission’s educational programs.  Employee will comply with all agency policies and procedures.


Plans, develops, and monitors educational programs, including educator workshops and trainings, outreach programs, anti-bullying initiatives, educator grants, and lesson plan and resource development.

Prepares and presents Commission resources and develops and presents workshops to educators, traveling to locations throughout the state.

Develops and carries out work plan focusing on providing advice and assistance to public and private primary and secondary schools and institutions of higher learning in implementing courses of study and awareness programs.

Coordinates communication with public and private primary and secondary schools, institutions of higher learning, existing public or private Holocaust resource organizations including the United States Holocaust Museum, Texas Holocaust museums, and Texas organizations and state agencies that carry out educational functions, such as the Texas Education Agency and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Develops lesson plans as needed to accompany Commission educational projects.

Assigns and supervises the work of other educational staff.

Conducts surveys, reviews, and/or monitoring activities to determine compliance with requirements, laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.

Collaborates with program staff to determine educational needs and resolve technical problems.

Collects, organizes, analyzes, and prepares materials in response to requests for program information and reports.

Prepares administrative reports and performs work on studies and specialized projects.

Studies and analyzes program functions and operations, and prepares reports of findings and recommendations to produce more effective educational programs and strategies.

Performs project work, such as coordination of activities, monitoring of program outcomes, documenting and reporting progress.

Assists in maintaining and updating information on the Commission’s website.

Interacts and coordinates projects with THGC Commissioners as needed.

May train others.


Experience and Education

Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in Holocaust studies and education is required.  Graduate degree in one or more of these fields highly preferred. Minimum of two years job-related experience working with Holocaust education programs is preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another. Willingness on rare occasions to work irregular hours such as weekends and nights is required.  Periodic travel to quarterly commission and other meetings in cities across Texas is required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Expert-level knowledge of Holocaust and genocide-related topics is required.

Skilled in effective written and verbal communication.

Ability to prioritize and attend to multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously with a strong attention to detail and high standard of quality.

Ability to effectively teach educators is required.

Ability to work independently, exercise good judgment, and make sound decisions.

Ability to establish program goals and objectives that support commission initiatives.

Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions.

Ability to clearly and effectively communicate with commission management and the general public.

Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.

Ability to analyze data, solve work-related problems and make recommendations clearly in written and verbal formats.

Skill in the operation of computers and in using applicable computer software.

Registration, Certification, or Licensure

Must have or obtain a valid Driver’s License and Defensive Driving Course to be able to operate state vehicles.


Office environment, some vehicle and air travel required.  Non-smoking environment in state buildings and vehicles.

REMARKS (Application procedures, Special requirements)

Application must be submitted through the Work In Texas website at "here". You must have a Work In Texas profile in order to login and complete the application.

Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection.  Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed state application.

Disability access for testing and interview accommodations can be provided upon reasonable notice by contacting Human Resources at 512-463-5849.

Section 651.005 of the Government Code requires males, ages 18 through 25, to provide proof of their Selective Service registration or of their exemption from the requirement as a condition of state employment.

As part of the employment process, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) will conduct a driving and criminal background check.  Unsatisfactory information relevant to the position may disqualify the applicant from employment.  Documents will need to be provided within three (3) days from date of hire that establish identity and employment eligibility. THC participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.