Senior Strategy Analyst (Project Manager IV)

Job #: 2020-59

  • TWC Job #: 14122997
  • Opening Date: 6/30/2020
  • Travel Required: 10%
  • Monthly Salary: $7,500.00-$9,167.00/month
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B26
  • Class: 1561

Veterans, Reservists or members of the Guard with a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) code of 8060- Acquisition Specialist, 63AX- Acquisition Manager, 3450- Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) Officer, or other related fields may meet the minimum requirements for this position and are highly encouraged to apply.

Additional Military Crosswalk Information

In order to qualify for this position a State of Texas Applications must be submitted through Work In Texas. The OOG requires all sections of the state application to be completed.

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

Only interviewed applicants will receive notice of the final disposition of the selection process. 

General Description

This position is assigned to the Office of the Governor’s Public Safety Office (PSO) and reports to the Executive Director. PSO makes public investments, through grant programs, to promote strategies that improve public safety, support victims of crime, prevent terrorism and prepare communities for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to Texans.  The focus of this position is working with organizations throughout the state to improve public safety outcomes using collaborative planning techniques and analysis of grant investments. Performs advanced (senior-level) project management, planning, research, and coordination work related to public safety systems and processes. Work involves coordinating the planning, design and execution of diverse projects; developing and coordinating the implementation of projects to address capability gaps; designing and executing research projects on public safety funding, activities, and related topics; coordinating multi-jurisdictional planning efforts at the local, regional, or state level; and conducting meetings with federal, state, and local officials and regional groups. Works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement.

Essential Duties

  • Coordinates division-wide strategic planning efforts, including risk and capability assessments as well as monitoring implementation against state and regional plans.
  • Coordinates and participates in interagency working groups focused on addressing significant public safety issues.
  • Interacts and liaises with state and local agencies, regional governmental entities, and private organizations to facilitate projects and address emerging public safety issues, especially where they intersect with grant funding offered through PSO.
  • Advises and assists PSO program areas with the development of required project plans ensuring consistency in tone and messaging across program areas.
  • Assists the division and regional partners with aligning funding recommendations to risk and capability assessments.
  • Conducts research and analysis on complex public safety issues, legislation, and policies at the federal, state and local level.
  • Prepares and monitors statistical performance measures to identify trends and assist in developing strategies to maintain effective programs.
  • Develops procedures for using assessment results to inform funding decisions, forecast trends, develop plans or programs, and measure progress.
  • Serves as an internal consultant to PSO to assess data and reporting needs.
  • Collects, summarizes, and analyzes data used by management to make strategic decisions.
  • Assists with the development of recommendations for policy and programmatic issues relating to the implementation, improvement, and/or expansion or reduction of program funding.
  • Prepares and assists with complex reports, studies, research projects, and other technical documents.
  • Consults with other OOG divisions as appropriate.
  • May testify before legislative and interested groups.
  • Collects, organizes, analyzes, and prepares materials in response to requests for information and reports.
  • Prepares and provides presentations for professional organizations, governmental entities, and the public.
  • Attends conferences, training and other professional development opportunities to increase job knowledge and technical expertise.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in criminal justice, government, business, public administration, political science, or a related discipline.
  • Seven (7) years of progressively responsible work in public safety, criminal justice or homeland security.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include an advanced degree (J.D., M.A, or Ph.D.) and demonstrated experience in strategic planning, project management, and/or research.  

Note: Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Knowledge of government organization and administration; and of principles, objectives, and procedures of governmental planning, project management, and research.
  • Knowledge of public safety policies, systems, and challenges for Texas.
  • Knowledge of risk management processes and systems.
  • Ability to coordinate and develop strategic and operational plans.
  • Ability to exercise poise, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Ability to maintain positive working and professional relationships with internal/external customers.
  • Must be organized, flexible, and able to effectively prioritize in a multi-demand and constantly changing environment.
  • Ability to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines without sacrificing accuracy, timeliness or professionalism.
  • Ability to construct and deliver clear, concise, and professional presentations to a variety of audiences and/or individuals.
  • Ability to quickly and efficiently access relevant information, and be able to utilize and/or present research and conclusions in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to examine data/information, discern variations/similarities, and be able to identify trends, relationships and causal factors, as well as grasp issues, draw accurate conclusions, and solve problems.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information and situations, and adhere to applicable laws/statutes/policies related to access, maintenance and dissemination of information.
  • Skill in the use of a computer and applicable software, in applying statistical tools to data, in preparing reports, and in collecting and analyzing demographics and statistics.
  • Ability to evaluate planning material, to conduct research, and communicate effectively.

Registration, Certification or Licensure   

  • Valid Texas Driver’s License.

Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions

This classification functions in a standard office environment and requires a regular schedule of 8-5, M-F or an alternate schedule to be approved by OOG.  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 hours during a legislative session that include holidays and as needed. Work with overlapping projects and deadlines. Work as a team member. Have direct customer contact.

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 obtain 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.