Hiring Organization Information
Managing Director – Higher Education
Educate Texas (EdTX), an initiative of the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), is a
catalyst for large-scale statewide educational systems change. EdTX partners with public
and private entities to achieve the goal of strengthening the public and higher education
system in Texas so that every student is prepared for educational and workforce success by
earning a college degree, certificate, or technical credential.
Educate Texas currently describes itself in this way:
Strengthen the public and higher education system so that every Texas student
is prepared for educational and workforce success.
Increase postsecondary readiness, access and success for all students by
building partnerships, leading innovation, and scaling practices and policies.
Collaboration, both internally and with our partners, amplifies our ability to effect
change. Measurable impact, on behalf of all students in the educational system, is our
goal. Integrity and a commitment to being open, honest, and accountable to all
underpins our work/voice. Learning through study, knowledge sharing, and experiences
drives our work.
(These core statements will continue, but an expanded and strengthened version will be
part of the new strategic plan to be announced in December 2020)
EdTX is headquartered at CFT’s offices in Dallas, with satellite offices in Austin and the Rio
Launched in 2003 as the Texas High School Project, Educate Texas has broadened its
mission to strengthen K-12 support as well as the transition to and success with
postsecondary credentials. Its new strategic plan will work to dramatically increase the
number of students who can access high-quality college and career readiness programs;
ensure workforce needs are built into K-12 and higher education systems and resources;
support policies and data needed to support statewide efforts to enable the growth of degree
and certificate attainment; and concentrate efforts in high-need communities, including
Black, Latino, Asian, and low-income communities.
The challenge: the newly-created Managing Director – Higher Education position is the first
addition to EdTX’s leadership team in ten years. This is an important expansion area for
Educate Texas. The Managing Director will become the strategy director and thought leader
for the improvement of postsecondary access and success, and the new strategic plan’s
significant goals in this area, across the state of Texas. Marshalling resources inside and
partnerships outside EdTX, the Managing Director will be asked to design, build and execute
a new, expanded vision for an innovative higher education program portfolio.
The Managing Director is responsible for the development of Educate Texas’s higher
education and workforce efforts to increase postsecondary readiness, access and success for all students by building partnerships, leading innovation, and scaling practices and policies.