Research Specialist (Research Specialist IV)

Job #: 2019-36

  • TWC Job #: 7367562
  • Opening Date: 1/23/2019
  • Travel Required: 10%
  • Monthly Salary: $4,023.00 - $6,579.00/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B21
  • Class: 0606

Military Occupational Specialist codes that may be applicable to this position: 35F, 35L, 35N, 35Y, 35X, 35Z, 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.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: 

The Research Specialist position is assigned to the Office of the Governor’s (OOG) Committee on People with Disabilities.  Performs advanced (senior-level) research work including detailed technical analysis of disability policy issues.  Work involves coordinating the development, implementation, and monitoring of specialized research projects pertaining to fiscal, administrative, or program functions.  Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Plans, develops, coordinates, and administers research projects
  • Collects, compiles and analyzes research data about people with disabilities
  • Coordinates the preparation of reports and research findings
  • Researches, analyzes and summarizes state and federal disability rights laws and information
  • Analyzes, synthesizes, tracks and summarizes proposed changes to state disability-related laws and regulations
  • Identifies each current long-range plan relating to persons with disabilities in this state created by a state agency, a committee of a state agency, or a nonprofit organization required by federal law to produce such a plan, and links the website address of the reports for each long-range plan, if available, on the Internet website of the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities
  • Reviews and analyzes the state agency’s long-range plans to identify gaps in state laws and services for persons with disabilities
  • Assists in preparing biennial recommendations in the committee's report to address identified gaps
  • Prepares disability-related data, information, and resources in user-friendly formats for publications in a professional manner
  • Disseminates disability-related information to stakeholders
  • Conducts trainings and presentations on a variety of disability issues
  • Works closely with staff, constituents and outside agencies and organizations to provide a coordinated approach to all Committee programs
  • Provides technical assistance to Committee members and as requested at Committee meetings
  • Maintains regular attendance and may work extended hours, as needed.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in social work, disability studies, educational psychology, special education, counseling, public administration, statistical analysis, or research methodology, is generally preferred.  Master’s degree preferred.  At least three years experience in a disability-related services program.  Must demonstrate advanced research, policy analysis, writing and planning skills.  Experience and education may be substituted for each other on a year-for-year basis.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIREMENTS:

  • Knowledge of research methods and principles related to policy development
  • Knowledge of Texas legislative resources, legislative tracking systems and policy research resources
  • Knowledge of disability-related federal and state laws, public policy and state programs
  • Knowledge of Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS) and Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG)
  • Knowledgeable in disability etiquette and people-first respectful language writing style
  • Skill in using personal computers, software, and data analysis tools for technical projects
  • Skill in verbal and written communication
  • Skill in developing and making presentations
  • Skill in public relations
  • Skill in public speaking
  • Ability to display technical information in understandable formats
  • Ability to write technical information clearly and concisely
  • Ability to analyze and solve complex, technical and managerial problems
  • Ability to develop and implement effective solutions
  • Ability to communicate effectively to convey complex ideas and concepts
  • 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 grant presentations. Must have the 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. Applicants may obtatin a copy of the Agency's Equal Employment Opportunity Utilization Report upon request.

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.