Regional Representative (Program Specialist IV)

Job #: 2022-118

  • TWC Job #: 15392943
  • Opening Date: 7/11/2022
  • Travel Required: 70%
  • Monthly Salary: $4,583.34 - $5,000.00/mo
  • Position Location: Central Texas
  • Group Step: B20
  • Class: 1573

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%.

Benefits

  • Defined Retirement Benefit Plan.
  • Optional 401(k) and 457 accounts.
  • Medical Insurance - State pays 100% of the health plan premium for eligible full-time employees and 50% of the premium for their eligible dependents. State pays 50% of the eligible part-time employee’s premium and 25% for eligible dependents.
  • Optional Benefits such as dental, vision, and life insurance.
  • 8 hours sick leave per month and 8 hours vacation leave per month with potential to earn more with longevity. Part-time employee’s hours are proportional with no longevity.
  • Telework Program – telework opportunities are available upon request. Reliable internet is required. Alternate work schedules and telework may be discussed with the hiring manager during the interview process.

General Description

The Regional Representative works within the Office of the Governor (OOG), Economic Development and Tourism (EDT) Office and reports to the Director of Business and Community Development. Performs highly complex (senior-level) consultative services and technical assistance work in the Central Texas region. Provides support to regional businesses, economic development organizations, local, state and federal units of government and other relevant constituents. Promotes business lead generation and job creation, expansions and relocation of businesses to Texas. May provide guidance to others. Works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Duties

  • Provides consultation and technical assistance to businesses, economic development assistance staff, organizations, and related local, state and federal units of government located in and outside the region.
  • Works with business prospects in identifying and locating financing, business sites, market/sales opportunities, and sources of supplies and raw materials in the region.
  • Works with regional economic development partners to support activities with the objective of promoting and sustaining economic growth throughout Texas.  Conducts and supports both marketing and training activities in line with prioritized objectives for the region.
  • Assists Business and Community Development with expansion and recruitment projects as needed, occasionally coordinating with businesses and regional economic development stakeholders during the engagement process.
  • Provides direction and coordination to businesses and regional economic development stakeholders in relation to the expansion and recruitment process.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with program staff in program planning, development, implementation, analysis, and documentation of agency program(s) for the region.
  • Collects, organizes, analyzes, and prepares materials in response to requests for program information and stays informed about project performance in the region. 
  • Coordinates the marketing and presenting of programs to community and professional groups in the region to encourage interest in programs and to secure support for the programs.
  • Represents the agency at functions related to economic development activities and other OOG activities as needed in the region.
  • Engages in public speaking to a wide range of audiences in a variety of forums.
  • Conducts training and provides guidance to staff/regional economic development stakeholders regarding economic development initiatives and office processes to facilitate the recruitment and expansion of businesses. 
  • Reviews regional program area functions and operations, identifies areas needing change, and develops plans to improve programs or to address areas of concern.
  • Drafts briefing documents for OOG staff, as requested.
  • Remains well-informed of division and OOG initiatives, operations, new releases, web content, programs, statewide trends, OOG policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrates subject matter expertise, professional confidence and clarity when representing the office.
  • Performs and assists in special projects as assigned.
  • May prepare and evaluate program budget requests for the region.
  • Maintains regular work schedule.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business administration, marketing, economics, urban/regional planning, government, or a related field; and
  •  Four (4) years of progressively responsible professional experience.

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

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to program areas.
  • Knowledge of the Texas Workforce Commission, U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, and a wide variety of other online public and private data sources.
  • Knowledge of business recruitment and expansion project development in Texas.
  • Knowledge of community and economic development in Texas.
  • Knowledge of government data programs.
  • Knowledge of economic development principles.
  • Skill in publication/graphic design, complex spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Skill in public relations and public speaking.
  • Skill in use of personal computers and software applications.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in developing and making presentations.
  • Ability to plan, develop and prepare research projects.
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to establish goals and objectives.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service and work effectively with high-level business leaders, consultants, elected officials, community partners and other staff.
  • Ability to develop and evaluate policies and procedures.
  • Ability to research, comprehend and effectively communicate and convey complex ideas and concepts.
  • Ability to prepare concise reports.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment in making critical decisions.
  • Ability to travel up to 70% 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 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.


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 512-463-8315 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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