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SAS Programmer (Programmer V)

at Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

Posted: 7/24/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 00006267
Keywords: technical

Job Description

MISSION: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will improve outcomes for all public-school students in the state by providingleadership, guidance,and support to school systems.


This position is in the Division of Research andAnalysis and performs advanced (senior-level) SAS programming work as well as complex research and statisticalanalyses. This position will prepare and analyze data as needed in support of theimplementation of new school finance legislation (House Bill 3, 86thTexas Legislature), including the TeacherIncentive Allotment, and in areas of testing andmeasurement (e.g., SAT, ACT, PSAT, ACT Aspire, Advanced Placement,International Baccalaureate and other student performance indicators). Thiswork supportsthe measurement of how well school districts are functioning and students arelearning in the Texas public school system. The Programmer V is expected towrite, revise, and implement SAS code, test and debug programs, and preparedata usage instructions. This position is alsoresponsible for assisting in project planning, designing, and implementation,producing written annual reports for the public, supporting policy researchthrough data analysis and research reporting, preparing data for release todistricts and the public, providing technical consultation, and responding toad hoc requests from internal and external customers. The Programmer V is alsoexpected to review the work of other team members and may assign and/orsupervise the work of others. The ideal candidate is knowledgeable in researchand statistical analysis, a strong SAS programmer, detail-oriented,self-driven, and works well in a team environment as well as independently. This position's funding begins on September 1, 2019.


Applicants whoare strongly being considered for employment must submit to a national criminalhistory background check. 

  • Perform analytical tasks on time and to a highdegree of quality and accuracy, including implementing and understandingbusiness decisions, creating clean, well-documented SAS code, and followingunit's processing rules.
  • Perform accuracy and quality control checks ofSAS programs and output, including those generated by other team members, ontime with a high degree of quality and accuracy.
  • Usedivision publication standards to prepare and/or review technical reports,executive summaries, and publication abstracts, professional presentations,and/or web releases.
  • Document project data, decisions, programs (SAS),and outputs.
  • Provide technical assistance, data analysis, andconsultation to internal and external agency partners, including ad hocrequests for information from agency staff, the general public, EducationService Centers, school districts, parents, students, the legislature, andothers. 



Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university withmajor course work in education, sociology, psychology, psychometrics, and/orstatistics preferred.


Experience:At least (4) years of experience in research, evaluation, or statistical analysis, including a minimum of two (2) years of experience in SAS programming.


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


  • Knowledge of theresearch process, including experience with problem identification, projectplanning and design, data collection and management, statistical analysis, andreporting
  • Experience withcomplex SAS programming, including troubleshooting/debugging of programs andpreparing data for web publication
  • Experience withperforming quality control checks (e.g., reviewing own and others' code andoutput, parallel programming)
  • Experience withMS Office suite, especially Word and Excel
  • Experienceworking with large, institutional databases
  • Ability to workin a team environment and maintain working relationships with a variety ofpeople and groups
  • Strong researchwriting skills with ability to synthesize literature, data analyses, and results
  • Excellentcommunication skills with ability to express ideas clearly verbally and in writing
  • Ability topresent research results
  • Strong attentionto detail
  • Possessanalytical skills and problem-solving ability
  • A desire toself-reflect, give/receive feedback, and continuously improve
  • Knowledge of webprogramming languages (e.g., html) preferred
  • Experience analyzing legislation and developingpolicy options prefer

As anequal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion,color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or veteran status, unlessan applicant is entitled to the veteran's preference.


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


Thisposition requires the applicant to meet Agency standards and criteria which mayinclude passing a pre-employment criminal background check, prior to beingoffered employment by the Agency.