Digital Media Production Consultant (Program Specialist II)

Job #: 2019-28

  • TWC Job #: 3644426
  • Opening Date: 12/11/2018
  • Travel Required: 30%
  • Monthly Salary: $3,500.00 - $4,634.00/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B18
  • Class: 1571

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

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

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

This position works at the Texas Film Commission (TFC) within the Office of the Governor’s (OOG) Economic Development and Tourism Office (EDT) and reports to the TFC Director.  This position works as part of the Production team and assists in development and implementation of plans to improve the climate for growing animation, video game, visual effects, and Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality business (A, VG, VFX, & VR/AR) in Texas.  Serves as the OOG liaison for the A, VG, VFX & VR/AR industries.  Provides information and guidance regarding the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP) and other TFC initiatives.  Coordinates special projects provides support to other production team members as needed.  Works under general supervision with limited to moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Develops and implements marketing and other strategic plans to increase Texas’ market share in the animation, video gaming and visual effects production industries.
  • Manages outreach and information used to analyze the economic impact of each industry.
  • Coordinates TFC participation and markets Texas as a production center at film and game industry festivals, tradeshows, and marketing events.
  • Provides specialized knowledge to agency staff on the A, VG & VFX industries. 
  • Provides information on the TMIIIP to potential program applicants, program participants, industry stakeholders, legislators, agency staff, and the general public. 
  • Prepares and analyzes data for the TFC on Texas educational institutions offering curriculum in Film, Television, Video Game, Animation and Digital Media related studies.
  • Liaises and advises in all aspects of video gaming, animation, and digital media production in Texas, including financial incentives, community development, and troubleshooting regulatory or industry challenges.
  • Connects A, VG, VFX, and VR/AR industry teams with support organizations, regional entities, and post-secondary education programs that provide workforce to the pipeline.
  • Performs research projects and prepares reports specific to workforce training programs. Identifies industry needs in workforce skill development and collaborates with internal and external entities to assist in the development of training programs.
  • Collects, compiles and analyzes production and economic development information from Texas A, VG, VFX & VR/AR industries and develops methodologies for reporting this spending activity and its economic impact.
  • Establishes internal and external working relationships to facilitate TFC special programs. 
  • Provides support to other production team members and assists in production planning and scouting as necessary for all related industries.
  • Develops A, VG, VFX & VR/AR related web content for the Commission and marketing materials.
  • Drafts briefing documents for OOG staff, as requested.
  • Remains well-informed of division and OOG initiatives, operations, new releases, web content, programs, statewide trends, OOG policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrates subject matter expertise, professional confidence and clarity when representing the office at marketing events and conferences.
  • Maintains regular attendance and works extended hours, as needed.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in marketing, business, communication, public relations, digital media,  film or video game production, or a related discipline.   Must possess three (3) years of marketing, research, technical writing and/or direct related experience in the animation/video game industry. Additional experience may be substituted for education on a year for year basis. Candidate must clearly demonstrate proficiency and knowledge of proper research techniques and resources, project management, English grammar, punctuation, spelling, language use, and standards of business writing.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIREMENTS:

  • Thorough knowledge of animation, video gaming, visual effects and VR/AR production industries.
  • Working knowledge of automated information tracking systems.
  • Knowledge of current marketing practices.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and software applications.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and management.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to program areas.
  • Skill in video game play of multiple platforms, including PC, PlayStation, Wii U/Nintendo Switch and Xbox.
  • Skill in verbal and written communications.
  • Skill in public speaking and making presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Skill in planning and coordinating.
  • Skill in writing and compiling plans and reports.
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluates alternatives, and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to establish goals and objectives, to devise solutions to program administrative problems.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment in making critical decisions.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to develop and evaluate program policies.
  • Ability to travel up to approximately 30%, (i.e., weekly-monthly) under normal conditions for long distances.
  • Reel-Scout experience preferred.
  • FileMaker Pro experience preferred.

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 as needed.  Will need to occasionally move about the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. Must be able to communicate and exchange accurate information via phone, computer and in person. Must be able to observe and/or identify animation and visual effects on a monitor. Must have stamina to work a regular 8-hour work day and to work extended hours as needed.  Must be able to work hours during a legislative session that include holidays and as needed. 


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. 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 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.