Research Specialist (Research Specialist III)

Job #: 2019-08

  • TWC Job #: 8676909
  • Opening Date: 10/03/2018
  • Travel Required: NA
  • Monthly Salary: $4,300.00 - $4,600.00/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B19
  • Class: 0604

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.


This position works within the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Office (EDT) reporting to the Research & Economic Analysis Manager. The Research Specialist performs complex research tasks and is 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 OOG, EDT, businesses, and communities in the state.  Works under general supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


  • Stays abreast of federal and state economic and demographic data policies and availability. Advises in project design, data collection, data organization, data presentation, and related work performed internally, by other state agencies and economic development organizations. 
  • Coordinates and collaborates with other research staff on data and research projects within the scope of legislative mandates, including industry location analyses.
  • Maintains familiarity with current data tools including federal and state government resources; business resources, journals, newspapers, magazines, aggregators, and selected newswires/listservs. Keeps abreast of new data and resources.
  • Plans, gathers and interprets state and national economic and industrial data to develop, write, and coordinate selected agency and business research publications relating to the state economy and key industries for website content, print materials, and other agency purposes.
  • Keeps current on Texas economic (e.g., employment, occupational, industrial, transportation, business climate, and international trade) trends.
  • Stays abreast of corporate, national, and international activities affecting the Texas economy. 
  • Plans, develops, coordinates and/or administers research projects.
  • Implements and maintains quality standards and procedures for data gathering, analysis, writing, editing, and presentations. 
  • Responds to information requests from within and outside the Office of the Governor, including conducting independent research to satisfy such requests.
  • Supports EDT and Office of the Governor teams with research assistance.
  • Prepares briefing materials, as requested.
  • Remains well-informed of EDT and OOG initiatives, policies, procedures, operations, new releases, web content, programs, and statewide trends.
  • Recommends and implement improvements to increase program efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Maintains regular attendance and works extended hours as needed.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.


Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business administration, economics, political science, communications,  or related field plus two (2) years of professional experience in research and/or economic analysis.  Experience and education may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis.


  • Knowledge of economic development and relevant local, state, and federal programs.
  • 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. 
  • Skill in using spreadsheet and database software.
  • Skill in ensuring attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Skill in providing customer service excellence to both internal and external customers.
  • 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 effectively 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 concisely and effectively to convey complex ideas and concepts.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to manage sensitive information and maintain the highest level of confidentiality.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment in making critical decisions.
  • Skill in using geographic information systems (GIS) software, preferred.

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 extended hours during a legislative session that include holidays and as needed. 

The above statements are not a complete list of all responsibilities, duties and skills held or performed by employees in this job.  Employee may perform other related duties as assigned.