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Research Specialist

Job #: 2015-52
TWC Job #: 7047421
Opening Date: 08/28/2015
Closing Date: Until Closed
Travel Required: N/A
Monthly Salary: *$3,520.33 - $4,158.33
Position Location: 221 EAST 11TH STREET AUSTIN, TX 78701
Group Step: B19
Class: 0604

*Salary Commensurate With Experience

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The Research Specialist position works within the Office of the Governor (OOG), Economic Development and Tourism Division (EDT) reporting to the Manager of Business Marketing and Planning. Performs complex (journey-level) research tasks. Responsible for the research, coordination and dissemination of economic trends and policy issues.  Work involves planning, coordinating, and conducting economic studies and analyses; determining and evaluating economic factors relating to various programs and projects; and disseminating the collection of information pertinent to those analyses to provide information and assistance to businesses and communities in the state.  This is an exempt position.  Works under general supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Conducts, collects and compiles research data for advanced economics analysis.
  • Uses statistical methods and relational databases to analyze data sets Oversees and monitors the production of innovative research reports assessing specific Texas industries.
  • Gathers data for, prepares, and oversees portions of the due diligence for the Texas Enterprise Fund and division Bank programs, focused on the company, management members, and industry.
  • Provides research data for the creation of fact-based online and print content to aid the Economic Development and Tourism marketing team.
  • Maintains familiarity with current data tools including government resources like the TWC, US Bureau of the Census, US BEA, and US BLS; business resources like Dun & Bradstreet, Factiva, newspapers, magazines, aggregators including the Quorum Report/Texas Energy Report and Texas Tribune Newswires, and selected newswires/listservs. Keep abreast of new data tools and resources.
  • Authors, edits, and reviews technical reports and summaries of findings.
  • Provides consultation and technical advice on research methods, techniques, and best practices as needed.
  • Implements and maintains quality standards and procedures for data gathering, analysis, writing, editing, research projects, and presentations.
  • Collaborates and provides technical analysis and research to the division’s business recruitment teams to meet the information needs of domestic and international business prospects.
  • Prepares research data sets, and documents data structure and definitions.
  • May assist in preparing research budget estimates, maintaining cost accounting records of project expenditures, and preparing monthly budget reports
  • May prepare and provide presentations for professional organizations, governmental entities, and the public.
  • Performs related work as assigned

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business administration, economics, political science, urban planning or related field plus four (4) years of progressively responsible professional experience in research and economic analysis, preferably within an economic development organization.  Experience and education may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIREMENTS:

  • Thorough knowledge of economic development and relevant local, state, and federal programs.
  • Thorough knowledge of relevant information sources, including governmental data websites and proprietary business research tools.
  • Knowledge of Texas-specific issues in economic development.
  • Skill in developing publications, infographics and other informational materials to convey research findings as well as promote programs and services.
  • Skill in overseeing the design and execution of major research projects such as industry studies.
  • Skill in using spreadsheet and database software.
  • Skill in using geographic information systems software preferred.
  • Ability to plan for long term goals and meet all required deadlines.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast paced environment. 
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with employees and general public.
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to develop and evaluate policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to convey complex ideas and concepts.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to travel frequently, 20%, (i.e., weekly-monthly) under normal conditions for long distances.

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 grant presentations. Must be able to work hours during a legislative session that include holidays and as needed.

APPLICANT INFORMATION:

To apply, please visit http://gov.texas.gov/employment/ for instructions on submitting your application. You may download the uniform 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.