Office of the Governor - Greg Abbott

Employment at the Office of the Governor

Program Assistant - Child Sex Trafficking Unit

Job #: 2016-51
TWC Job #: 3397295
Opening Date: 05/19/2016
Closing Date: Until Closed
Travel Required: NA
Monthly Salary: *$3,293.42 - $5,239.75
Position Location: 1100 San Jacinto, State Insurance Building Austin, Texas 78701
Group Step: B18
Class: 1571

*Salary Commensurate With Experience

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Military Occupational Specialist codes that may be applicable to this position: 35F, 712X, 040, 0231, 60C0

This position serves as the Program Coordinator for the Governor’s Sex Trafficking Unit (CSTU) and is assigned to the Criminal Justice Division (CJD) in the Office of the Governor (OOG). The position reports to the CSTU Administrator. The CTSU has been tasked to coordinate statewide efforts to prevent child sex trafficking and to coordinate state and local services to provide wrap-around, long-term care for individual victims of this crime.

The CTSU is new, so the Program Coordinator will assist in its design and establishment, helping to research best practices in prevention, identification, interdiction, investigation, and prosecution of child sex trafficking and the recovery and treatment of victims.
Once the program is established, the Program Coordinator will provide administrative, research, communications and outreach support to the Administrator and manage stakeholder outreach.  The Program Coordinator will help with planning and implementing strategy for the Unit, and assist with the monitoring and reporting on the Unit’s operations, budget, and internal and external performance measures.  The Program Coordinator will also write and edit reports, briefs, plans, and other documents, and effectively communicate and coordinate with other OOG staff and stakeholders to accomplish the Unit’s and OOG’s objectives. This position works under general supervision, with moderate latitude of the use of initiative and independent judgment. NOTE: Work involves sensitive and confidential information, and subject matter can be concentrated.  Must be able to handle stress effectively and work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
Registration, Certification or Licensure:  Valid Texas Drivers License.

Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions: 
This classification functions in a standard office environment.  Ability to move up to 35 lbs.  Ability to drive and travel as needed.  Will need to move about the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, set up conference rooms for meetings, etc. Must be able to communicate and exchange accurate information via phone, computer and in person.  Must be able to observe and evaluate media and program presentations. Must be able to work extended hours, work during a legislative session that include holidays, and as needed.  Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Work with overlapping projects and deadlines. Work as a team member. Have direct customer contact.  Work involves sensitive and confidential information, and subject matter can be concentrated.  Must be able to handle stress effectively and work effectively in a fast-paced environment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Punctual, reliable, and consistent work attendance is required.
  • Performs an array of technical, training, research, planning, policy, program assessment, and administrative activities related to the Unit.
  • Provides support and collaborates in the planning, development, implementation, analysis, and documentation of the Unit’s programs.
  • Prepares comprehensive reviews of literature, statutes, rules, and/or policies and prepares administrative reports, studies, and specialized research projects.
  • Assists CTSU staff in resolving administrative and technical problems.
  • Assists in the collection, organization, analysis, and/or preparation of materials in response to requests for program information and reports.
  • Assists in analyzing legislation to develop recommendations for policy in programmatic areas relating to the implementation, improvement, and/or expansion or reduction of program funding.
  • Assists in preparing and evaluating program budget requests.
  • Assists in preparing justifications for the implementation of procedural or policy changes.
  • May recommend and coordinate activities to produce a more effective program.
  • Demonstrates superior interpersonal effectiveness and professionalism in all internal and external business relationships.
  • Handles stress effectively.  Work environment is fast paced.
  • Performs related work as assigned.
  • Attend conferences, training and other professional development opportunities to increase job knowledge and technical expertise.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in government, criminal justice programs, social work, business, or a related discipline.  Advanced degree or two or more years’ prior experience with administration or project management.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  Excellent attention to detail.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIREMENTS:

  • Thorough knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to program areas.
  • Working knowledge of automated information tracking systems.
  • Knowledge of the state’s Uniform Grant Management Standards preferred.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and software applications.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and management.
  • Skill in verbal and written communications.
  • Skill in gathering and analyzing accurate and relevant information.
  • Skill in customer service.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication skills.
  • Skill in planning.
  • Skill in writing and compiling plans and reports.
  • Skill in identifying measures of program performance.
  • Effective critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to establish goals and objectives, to devise solutions to grant management problems.
  • Ability to anticipate needs and risk.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to develop and evaluate program policies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.

APPLICANT INFORMATION:

To apply, please visit http://gov.texas.gov/employment/ for instructions on submitting your application. You may download the Texas Workforce Commission State Employment Application or request an application from the Office of the Governor Human Resources Division, State Insurance Building, 1100 San Jacinto, Room 2.300, Austin, Texas, 78701. If required in this posting, copies of college transcripts must be provided concurrent with application for further applicant consideration. For additional information, please call 512- 463-5873, or visit our agency's website. Dial 7-1-1 for Relay Services.

The Office of the Governor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all new employees to present proof of eligibility to work in the United States within three (3) days of being hired. The Office of the Governor participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. Candidates selected for interviews will be subject to background check and required to complete authorization form.

Male candidates between 18 and 25 years of age are required to show proof of Selective Service registration (or exemption) prior to an offer of employment being extended. Such proof is not required to be filed with an application but must be provided upon request by the Human Resources office. For additional information pertaining to Selective Service registration, you may visit: http://www.sss.gov/

Notice to Applicants Who May Require Reasonable Accommodation in the Interview Process:

Applicants with disabilities who may need to discuss special accommodations during the interview process should contact 512-463-5873 and ask to speak to the Office of the Governor's Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator in the Human Resources Department. If reasonably possible, please call at least 48 hours in advance to afford our representative and the hiring division sufficient time to properly review and coordinate your request.