Budget Data Analyst (Research Specialist I)

Job #: 2018-85

  • TWC Job #: 8657870
  • Opening Date: 8/06/2018
  • Travel Required: 10%
  • Monthly Salary: $2,748.00 - $4,337.00/mo.
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B15
  • Class: 0600

Military Occupational Specialist codes that may be applicable to this position: 35F, 3SL, 35N, 35V, 35X, 352, 49A, 49W,49X,181X, 182X,642X,644X, 742X, 744X,8051,8850,02,88

Omission of data on the state application is grounds for disqualification of the application.


The Research Specialist position is assigned to the Office of the Governor’s (OOG) Budget Division and reports to the Director of Budget.  Performs highly complex program research, analyses, and writing as need to support the Governor’s statewide agenda, particularly as it relates to fiscal policy.   Work involves coordinating and performing the development, implementation, and monitoring of specialized research projects.  Works under limited supervision, with latitude for the use of initiative.


  • Produces charts, databases, spreadsheets and graphs as assigned.
  • Coordinates, plans, develops, executes and monitors research projects.
  • Collects, compiles, and analyzes research data.
  • Analyzes budget decision ramifications in relation to the General Appropriations Act.
  • Plans, develops, implements, administers and analyzes results.
  • Provides consultation and technical advice on research methods and techniques.
  • Regularly prepares and provides presentations for the Budget Director and Executive Staff. Some limited presentations to professional organizations, governmental entities, and the public.
  • Responds to technical information requests from within and outside the Office of the Governor
  • Maintains databases (both spreadsheets and relational databases) to track internal program data.
  • Represents the Office of the Governor at meetings and events
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.


Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in economics, business, political science, statistics, research, or evaluation is preferred. At least 1 year experience with a state agency or the Texas legislature is preferred. Experience in program evaluation, and the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data.  


  • Skill in using computers, software, including MSWord, PowerPoint and especially Excel..
  • Ability to graph data and create pivot tables and pivot charts in Excel.
  • Basic math skills, including calculation of percent change.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and oversee research projects.
  • Ability to evaluate research data and to present it in concise format.
  • Ability to compile and evaluate research data and to summarize and present in a concise and user-friendly  format.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.

Registration, Certification or Licensure:   Valid Texas Driver’s 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 electronic presentations. Must be able to work hours during a legislative session that include holidays and as needed.