Production & Community Relations Specialist (Program Specialist III)

Job #: 2022-128

  • TWC Job #: 15466389
  • Opening Date: 8/09/2022
  • Travel Required: 35%
  • Monthly Salary: $4,200.00 - $4,834.00/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B19
  • Class: 1572

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 Production & Community Relations Specialist works within the Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism (EDT) Office and reports to the Director of the Texas Film Commission (TFC). Performs complex (journey-level) consultative services and technical assistance work. Coordinates and markets film and media production resources, location resources, and business development lead information between Texas community stakeholder groups and industry professionals. Works collaboratively with all levels of leadership as the TFC liaison between media industry professionals and local municipalities, convention and visitors bureaus, as well as city and county governments. Promotes the Film Friendly Texas program within the state and collaborates in the planning, development, and implementation of program outreach and curriculum. Assists in researching, scouting, photographing and inputting locations information into the TFC database for film, television, commercial and digital media projects. May provide guidance to others. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Duties

  • Performs technical training by facilitating Film Friendly Texas certification workshops and other economic development opportunities for community partners.
  • Develops and plans additional opportunities for community engagement and training for the Texas creative industry professionals and community partners.
  • Oversees and promotes the Film Friendly Texas program within the state and plans, develops, and implements program outreach.
  • Prepares production guidance and distributes business leads to Film Friendly Texas Certified communities and Economic Development regional representatives.
  • Markets Film Friendly Texas program to community and professional groups to encourage and motivate participation in the program.
  • Monitors and verifies Film Friendly Texas certification criteria for participating communities, maintaining accurate, clean and up-to-date program status records.
  • Conducts compliance reviews with Film Friendly Texas certification requirements and plans for additional education for program participants.
  • Updates Film Friendly Texas training guidelines and collateral as necessary.
  • Organizes information regarding Film Friendly Texas communities within TFC internal databases and prepares legislative reports as needed.
  • Advises production company personnel on all aspects of filmmaking in Texas, including locations selection, permitting, personnel referral, specialized equipment and use and availability, weather conditions, applicable laws, financial incentives, and other relevant information. 
  • Performs extensive internet, internal database and on location research and makes appropriate location recommendations for media projects interested in Texas production.
  • Researches, scouts and photographs potential locations for general reference, as well as for specific projects, for inclusion in the TFC’s digital photo database.
  • Plans, coordinates, and schedules statewide location scouting trips and familiarity tours with production company representatives, regional film commissions, municipalities, CVBs and related organizations. 
  • Responds to TFC and other general Texas creative industry inquiries. 
  • Actively markets Texas as a production destination at film festivals, trade shows and marketing events. 
  • 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 communications, public relations, radio/television/film, marketing or related field; and
  • Three (3) 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

  • Experience in media production industries and state or municipal government.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to independently ensure quality and accuracy of content.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Thorough knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to program areas. 
  • Knowledge of the media production industry in Texas.
  • Knowledge of business and economic development organizations within the state.
  • Knowledge of Texas geography.
  • Knowledge of automated information tracking systems.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, and general project management database functionalities.
  • Knowledge of digital photography.
  • Skill in written and verbal communication.
  • Skill in proofreading and editing.
  • Skill in planning and organization.
  • Skill in use of personal computers, software applications and projection systems.
  • Skill in networking.
  • Highly Skilled in public speaking.
  • Skill in training, curriculum planning.
  • Ability to professionally and courteously represent the Texas Film Commission and the Office of the Governor.
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions for daily work and in front large groups of people.
  • Ability to establish goals and objectives, to devise solutions to administrative problems.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to coordinate events.
  • 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 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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