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The Assistant Commissioner for Research and Technology is responsible for overseeing strategic operations within the research and technology division. This position is governed by

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Supervises managerial and professional personnel within four sections including data reporting and systems, research and data sharing, data quality and management, and technical support by interviewing and selecting applicants for hire, establishing section and position goals, objectives, and standards, assigning and monitoring work, and evaluating employee performance. Directs multiple strategic projects inclusive of the Statewide Longitudinal Data System, the Arkansas Public School Computer Network Statewide Information System, and the K-12 information systems. Directs the development of legislatively delegated business intelligence statistical reports pertaining to public school districts including the Consolidated School Performance Report Card (CSPRC), Four Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, and Annual Statistical Report (ASR), and ensures submission to the state legislature and the United States Department of Education. Monitors each section’s responsibilities by evaluating regularly submitted information system project assessment reports and ensuring that the strategic objectives of the agency are met. Develops and administers the division’s annual operating budget, approves division expenditures and purchases, and participates in biennial budget and personnel planning. Ensures adherence to strategic needs of the Statewide Longitudinal Data System by monitoring its data quality steering committee, coordinating inter-agency operations abating duplicate data collection, advocating the sharing of educational data between agencies, and confirming current information systems remain in compliance with applicable regulations. Communicates within internal and external stakeholders, ensuring they remain apprised of significant divisional operations as they pertain to their interests. Reviews existing legislation pertaining to research and technology; formulates strategic plans and regulations applicable to agency operations and its usage within public school districts. Facilitates unit, section, and division meetings. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of principles and practices of complex database systems and data structures. Knowledge of federal and state laws regarding budget, human resource, and purchasing. Knowledge of principles and practices of program development and administration. Knowledge of established practices concerning information systems strategic planning. Knowledge of emerging technological enhancements and their education applications. Knowledge of federal and state regulations governing information systems operations. Knowledge of advanced principles and practices within computer science operations. Knowledge of complex network systems’ security measures, tools, and practices. Knowledge of management principles and techniques. Ability to interpret and apply the provisions of federal and state laws to specific situations. Ability to estimate time, costs, personnel, equipment, and materials to support operations. Ability to communicate orally and in writing and establish working relationships with others. Ability to supervise managerial personnel to execute divisional programs. Ability to handle multiple projects spanning an expansive spectrum. Ability to prepare and present detailed reports. Ability to assess operational requirements and generate practical alterations. Ability to apply organizational development principles and practices. Ability to apply innovative solutions to organizational problems. Ability to utilize requisite software applications. Ability to develop and administer divisional budgets.

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The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in education, public administration, computer programming, computer science, information systems, or a related field; plus eight years of progressively more responsible experience in computer science, business administration, education, or a related field, including four years in a managerial capacity.

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