Budget Data Analyst (Research Specialist I)

Job #: 2021-18

  • TWC Job #: 14294739
  • Opening Date: 12/23/2020
  • Travel Required: 10%
  • Monthly Salary: $2,748.00 to $4,337.00/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B15
  • Class: 0600

Veterans, Reservists or members of the Guard with a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) code of 46A –Public Affairs Officer, OS –Operations Specialist, 16RX –Planning and Programming or other related fields may meet the minimum requirements for this position and are highly encouraged to apply.

Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at: https://hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_PlanningResearchandStatistics.pdf 

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. 

OOG employees applying for a position within the same job classification, if selected, will be laterally transferred with no increase in salary.

General Description:

The Research Specialist position is assigned to the Office of the Governor’s (OOG) Budget & Policy Division and reports to the Director of Budget & Policy.  Performs routine (journey-level) program research, analyses, and writing as need to support the Governor’s statewide agenda, particularly as it relates to fiscal policy.   Work involves coordinating and performing the development, implementation, and monitoring of specialized research projects. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement. This position is not intended to exceed the end of Fiscal Year 2021.

Essential Duties:

  • Produces charts, databases, spreadsheets and graphs as assigned.
  • Coordinates, plans, develops, executes and monitors research projects.
  • Collects, compiles, and analyzes research data.
  • Analyzes budget decision ramifications in relation to the General Appropriations Act.
  • Plans, develops, implements, administers and analyzes results.
  • Provides consultation and technical advice on research methods and techniques.
  • Assists with the preparation of, and provides presentations for the Budget Director and Executive Staff.
  • May provide limited presentations to professional organizations, governmental entities, and the public.
  • Responds to technical information requests from within and outside the Office of the Governor.
  • Maintains databases (both spreadsheets and relational databases) to track internal program data.
  • May represent the Office of the Governor at meetings and events.
  • Maintains regular work schedule
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in economics, business, political science, government, statistics, research, sociology, or evaluation. 
  • Experience in program evaluation, research, and the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data. 

Note: Experience and education may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least one (1) year experience working in the legislative process, and/or conducting advanced research and policy analysis. 
  • Duties require demonstrated superior oral and written communication skills and personal computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office Suite products and web content software. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements:

  • Skill in using computers, software, including MSWord, PowerPoint and especially Excel.
  • Ability to graph data and create pivot tables and pivot charts in Excel.
  • Basic math skills, including calculation of percent change.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and oversee research projects.
  • Ability to evaluate research data and to present it in concise format.
  • Ability to compile and evaluate research data and to summarize and present in a concise and user-friendly format.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • 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 electronic presentations. 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 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.