Writer (Information Specialist III)

Job #: 2021-68

  • TWC Job #: 14785466
  • Opening Date: 8/31/2021
  • Travel Required: NA
  • Monthly Salary: $3,499.00 - $4,000.00 /mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B19
  • Class: 1832

Veterans, Reservists or members of the Guard can compare this position to Military Occupations (MOS) at the Texas State Auditor's Office.

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

General Description

The Writer works within the Office of the Governor’s (OOG) Constituent Communication Division and reports to the Director of Constituent Communication. Performs highly complex (senior-level) informational and communications work. Work involves the research, writing, editing, and production of correspondence and programs or materials for release to the agency, the public and other agencies. Works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Duties

  • Writes correspondence that accurately reflects the administration’s position on issues.
  • Drafts ceremonial greetings, certificates, proclamations and messages. 
  • Edits and proofreads work of others in a collaborative and positive manner.
  • Conducts interviews and researches sources; and ensures the completeness and accuracy of printed and online materials.
  • Responds to general information inquiries about agency activities.
  • Verifies facts, dates and statistics using standard references and sources. 
  • Documents sources of data in automated database and master catalogue of approved language. 
  • Conducts data searches as required for specific fact checking and background research purposes. 
  • Conducts internal research on previously issued correspondence and ceremonial items. 
  • Interviews appropriate agency staff for background and issue development while composing appropriate responses for correspondence. 
  • Adheres to state agency records retention program, practices, policies and procedures. 
  • Performs hands-on assistance with mailings and communications if required to meet a departmental goal or deadline.
  • Demonstrates interpersonal effectiveness and tact while communicating with various internal and external constituencies. 
  • Maintains knowledge of current events with regard to change and innovation in state governmental affairs and public policy.
  • Establishes and maintains a regular attendance record and a reliable body of work performance.  
  • Contributes to a healthy culture within the division. 
  • May coordinate program information programs, conferences, seminars, workshops, and public hearings.
  • May plan layout, design, illustration, production, color selection, and ink and paper selection for artwork masters.
  • May develop website content and participate in usability testing.
  • May contribute to the development and dissemination of a departmental Style Manual.
  • Maintains regular work schedule.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in English, journalism, public relations, marketing or a related field of study;
  • Two (2) years of related work experience as a writer, editor or similar position, demonstrating advanced skills and experience in communications, computing, information research, and technology;
  • Must be able to work within tight deadlines in a demanding environment. Must be knowledgeable of the administration’s key initiatives and policy positions. Must possess and maintain the highest ethical and confidentiality standards.

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficient use of automated information tracking systems and advanced use of Microsoft Office Suite products, including Word, Access, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Three (3) years of related work experience as a writer, editor, or similar position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Thorough knowledge of English language, including usage and nuances.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of agency functions, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of news and communication media; of editing and preparing informational material.
  • Knowledge of copy layout.
  • Knowledge of publishing and broadcast industries.
  • Skill in advanced computing and information research, and proficiency in performing data entry, word processing, business correspondence formatting, merges, databases, spreadsheets and electronic communications.
  • Skill in editing and proofreading.
  • Skill in detail work and accuracy. 
  • Skill in use of automated information technology and tracking systems.
  • Skill in editorial and design concepts and practices, and in the use of computers and applicable software.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple or competing projects within tight timelines, demonstrating keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to compose original and basic content for use in agency correspondence, reports, and the internet or intranet. 
  • Ability to write with brevity and clarity to communicate the administration’s policy positions. 
  • Ability to work with other writers in a collaborative manner. 
  • Ability to research and prepare information.
  • Ability to design communication plans and materials related to the goals and priorities of the agency.
  • Ability to compose content for the Web.
  • Ability to prepare copy and scripts.
  • Ability to design broad communications plans and materials.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to develop and evaluate program policies and procedures.
  • Ability to establish goals and objectives, to devise solutions to program issues as they arise.

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 Ibs. 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 that include holidays and as needed. Must be able to handle stress effectively and demonstrate interpersonal skills with a varied spectrum of stakeholders. The demands of the job will require reasoning and decision-making capabilities within a fast-paced environment.


How to Apply

Applications are received only 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. Requests for accommodation should be made to the Human Resources office as early as possible in the application/employment process. 

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Equal Opportunity Employer

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. View a copy of the Agency's Equal Employment Opportunity Utilization Report.

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 email the OOG’s Reasonable Accommodation Program Manager or call 512-463-5873 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.

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(512) 463-5873

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