Project Development Coordinator (Program Specialist IV-V)

Job #: 2021-56

  • TWC Job #: 14640731
  • Opening Date: 6/23/2021
  • Travel Required: 25%
  • Monthly Salary: $5,000.00 - $6,083.00/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B20 - B21
  • Class: 1573 - 1574

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

OOG employees applying for a position in the same pay group, if selected, will be laterally transferred with a maximum increase in salary of 3.4%.

General Description:

The Project Development Coordinator works within the Office of the Governor (OOG), Economic Development and Tourism (EDT) Office and reports to the Director of Business and Community Development. This position assists both international and domestic businesses and their representatives in the site selection process, disseminates leads and project requirements to qualified Texas economic development organizations and coordinates the project development with the regional specialists—resulting in the creation of new jobs and investment in Texas. Provides highly complex to advanced (senior-level) and highly specialized consultation, technical assistance and support and direction to businesses, economic development organizations and local, state and federal units of government. Works under limited supervision, with moderate to considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Duties:

  • Works with qualified business prospects across a variety of industries, and their representatives, through all phases of the site selection process, as needed.
  • Disseminates business leads to economic development organizations across the state, assisting in the identification of suitable business sites and recommending available state funding support.
  • Determines and packages the needs of business prospects to include site location information. 
  • Collects, organizes, analyzes and prepares materials in response to requests for project information and maintains status on project performance. 
  • Provides consultation and technical assistance to businesses, economic development organizations, and related local, state and federal units of government located in and outside the region.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with program staff in planning, development, implementation, analysis and documentation for business prospects. 
  • Serves as liaison to allies statewide, including chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, regional groups and other state agencies. 
  • Assists in the execution of marketing strategies to attract industry domestically and globally.
  • Represents the agency at functions related to economic development activities and other OOG activities as needed.  
  • Assists with planning and execution of EDT business development initiatives and missions.
  • Demonstrates subject matter expertise, professional confidence, and clarity when representing the office.
  • Engages in public speaking to a wide range of audiences in a variety of forums.
  • Maintains status on project performance and reports updates as frequently as directed. 
  • Drafts briefing documents for OOG staff, as requested.
  • Provides excellent customer service to both internal and external customers.
  • Remains well-informed of division and OOG initiatives, operations, new releases, web content, programs, statewide trends, OOG policies and procedures.
  • May provide guidance to others.
  • Maintains regular attendance and may work extended hours, as needed.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Program Specialist IV:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business, international trade, economics, economic development, urban or regional planning, commercial real estate, political science, government, marketing, communications or a related field;
  • Four (4) years of progressively responsible professional experience.

Program Specialist V:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business, international trade, economics, economic development, urban or regional planning, commercial real estate, political science, government, marketing, communications or a related field;
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience.

Note: Experience and education may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis. Salary and position level will be based on experience and demonstrated skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Completion of Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements:

  • Knowledge of business development resources and governing local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to program areas.
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of public and private data sources.
  • Knowledge of community, economic and/or business development principles.
  • Knowledge of industry and market terminology, procedures, and related business trends.
  • Skill in gathering and analyzing accurate and relevant information.
  • Skill in leadership, management, and strategic planning.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in using a personal computer and spreadsheet, and databases.
  • Skill in attention to detail.
  • Skill in public relations and public speaking.
  • Skill in maintaining effective internal and external working relationships.
  • Ability to establish goals and objectives, to devise solutions to program administrative problems.
  • Ability to develop and evaluate policies and procedures.
  • Ability to research, comprehend and effectively communicate convey complex ideas and concepts.
  • Ability to prepare concise reports.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to support and contribute to a cohesive team environment.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service and work effectively with high-level business leaders, consultants, elected officials, community partners and other staff.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment in making critical decisions.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time (i.e., weekly-monthly) under normal conditions for long distances.

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 20 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 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.