Production Incentives Specialist (Program Specialist II)

Job #: 2019-58

  • TWC Job #: 3678852
  • Opening Date: 4/05/2019
  • Travel Required: 15%
  • Monthly Salary: $3,293.42- $4,332.09/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 Program Specialist position works within the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division (EDT) and the Texas Film Commission (TFC) reporting to the TFC Director.  The Production Incentives Specialist performs auditing and production accounting work for the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program.  Interprets relevant statutes, policies and rules and examines applicants’ paperwork and documentation for thoroughness. Works under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement.

Essential Duties:

  • Provides information to film/television, commercial, video game and animation industry representatives about the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP).
  • Tracks incentive applications and relevant paperwork; advises applicants on necessary changes to applications.
  • Assists in processing incentives contracts, vendor paperwork, purchase requisitions, and payment requests for incentive applications.
  • Provides support and answers constituent queries on sales tax exemptions for film, commercial, video game and animation productions.
  • Answers phone and email requests for general TMIIIP information.
  • Examines production company applications for TMIIIP grants for missing information and documentation.
  • Provides support for legislative goals and monitors ongoing compliance with state law and administrative code.
  • Monitors inquiries regarding TMIIIP fund availability.
  • Assists in the development of procedures for the submission of grant applications and the awarding of grants.
  • Assists in interpreting and/or developing policies, rules, or regulations for the development of divisional goals and timelines.
  • Prepares and reviews all incoming TMIIIP submissions for the initial audit review and the Office of Compliance review in accordance with established goals and within identified timelines.
  • Advises production companies on the rules, regulations and policies of the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program.
  • Assists program staff in preparing complex compliance reports by compiling, reviewing, and analyzing data.
  • Monitors deadlines and facilitates the completion of reports and other legislative requirements.
  • Demonstrates advanced technical expertise and the ability to work on multiple projects concurrently.
  • Represents the TFC and TMIIIP team at trade shows and industry events.
  • Works with other TFC departments and EDT programs to ensure consistency in reporting.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

 Graduate from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business, finance, accounting, or a related discipline plus three (3) years of related experience. Experience and education may be substituted for each other on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in film or television production accounting.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements:

  • Knowledge of film, television, commercial and video game pre-production, production, and post-production processes.
  • Knowledge of automated information tracking systems and databases.
  • Knowledge of production accounting procedures and General Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • 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 Microsoft Excel.
  • Skill in math.
  • Skill in proofreading.
  • Skill in verbal and written communications.
  • Skill in planning and managing deadlines.
  • 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 and administrative issues.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, and sustained professionalism.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to coordinate and prioritize.

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 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 data in a variety of formats, including hard copy, electronic and media formats. Must be able to work hours during a legislative session and festivals and events as needed that include holidays. 

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 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.