Communications Specialist (Information Specialist V)

Job #: 2022-03

  • TWC Job #: 14800318
  • Opening Date: 9/08/2021
  • Travel Required: 30%
  • Monthly Salary: $5,416.67 - $6,000.00/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B23
  • Class: 1834

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 Communications Specialist is hired to photograph, edit, and direct media content for the Office of the Governor (OOG), reporting to the Director of Communications. Performs highly advanced (senior-level) informational and communications work. Work involves photographing press conferences and agency media events. Works collaboratively with agency staff to plan, coordinate and assist with all media production as required by the OOG. Will prepare, capture and deliver media as directed. Maintains strictest confidentiality and demonstrates ethical judgment in conducting business on behalf of the OOG. As required, the incumbent frequently works on-call and must be available for travel as needed, including on short notice and in crises. Demonstrates sustained awareness of the Governor’s calendar, events and other scheduling items as necessary to effectively fulfill assigned duties. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Duties

  • Responsible for preparation of all media, to include preproduction planning, operation of video and still cameras, use of editing equipment and operation of teleprompter equipment.  Must have knowledge of all related software.
  • Responsible for high quality photography and the assembling and editing of footage or still photography.  Responsible for the delivery of product in appropriate format. 
  • Designs and arranges settings for photographs.
  • Prepares media-related web content, to include use of all necessary hardware and software to manipulate digital media.
  • Sets up and operates equipment such as cameras, lights, and microphones to film and record productions; edits for production using computer-assisted and other special effect audiovisual equipment.
  • Travels as required to events or press conferences. 
  • Responsible for digital media related to Texas Film Commission events.
  • Works closely with agency divisions to deliver visual media as determined by the OOG.
  • Communicates, documents and relays information clearly to others and consistently follows complex instructions.
  • Effectively coordinates the availability of equipment, transportation, and other business needs.
  • Confers with staff at designated event and/or meeting sites to understand, coordinate and expedite all related details; determines special requirements, including for the Governor and location staff.
  • Responds to Executive staff inquiries relative to media activities. 
  • Consults and communicates with other agency staff as required to successfully perform duties.
  • Responsible for the distribution of video and film to the appropriate parties.
  • May oversee or make repairs to audiovisual, television, and related equipment.
  • Maintains media archives in accordance with the agency’s records retention schedule; to include maintenance of video libraries and photo books.
  • Maintains regular work schedule.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree radio-television-film, journalism, communications or a related discipline;
  • Five (5) years of professional experience in a field relevant to assignment.  

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Must have knowledge of principles related to multimedia production activities including audio, video, and photography.
  • Candidate must demonstrate proficiency in use of a personal computer and software applications in a Windows environment with Microsoft Office Suite products. Must also be proficient with Mac platform and highly skilled in Final Cut software.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Knowledge of instrumentation.
  • Knowledge of still and video photographic techniques.
  • Knowledge of computer editing, transmission, and storage of images.
  • Knowledge of photographic operations; of production methods and procedures.
  • Knowledge of supply procedures.
  • Knowledge of the use, care, and arrangement of equipment.
  • Knowledge of lighting as it relates to photography.
  • Knowledge of maintenance procedures for cameras.
  • Skill in organization.
  • Skill in attention to detail.
  • Skill in leadership, problem-solving, decision-making, and communication.
  • Ability to develop web content that meets all accessibility requirements for people with disabilities.
  • Ability to execute and direct photographic operations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to do abstract reasoning.
  • Ability to explain the abstract in concrete terms.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to be self-motivated.
  • Ability to travel.

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 media and grant presentations. Must be able to work hours during a legislative session that include holidays and as needed.


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. 

Apply Online at Work in Texas

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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