Outreach and Communications Specialist (Program Specialist II)

Job #: 2022-132

  • TWC Job #: 15487430
  • Opening Date: 8/18/2022
  • Travel Required: 15%
  • Monthly Salary: $3,500.00 - $4,166.00/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B18
  • Class: 1571

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 Outreach and Communications Specialist works within the Office of the Governor (OOG), Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC), and reports to the Executive Director. Performs moderately complex (journey-level) consultative services and technical assistance work. Work involves planning, developing, and implementing TMPC programs and providing consultative services and technical assistance to program staff, government agencies, community organizations, or the public on military issues. May provide guidance to others. Works under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

 Essential Duties

  • Performs comprehensive reviews of literature, statutes, rules, and/or policies; and prepares administrative reports, studies, and specialized research projects.
  • Provides support and collaborates in the planning, development, implementation, analysis, and documentation of an agency program.
  • Assists in planning and coordinating events and meetings for the division.
  • Coordinates travel arrangements for the Commissioners and prepares or processes related paperwork and files.
  • Provides timely clarification and customer service. Demonstrates knowledge of the military.
  • Assists with the collection, organization, analysis, and/or preparation of materials in response to requests for program information and reports on military issues.
  • Monitors and reviews compliance with program policies and procedures, statutes, and rules.
  • May assist in research, data collection, and timely analysis of information from the Military Services and the Department of Defense.
  • May assist in the administration of grant and loan programs.
  • May prepare and present reports, briefings, and information as authorized by the Executive Director.
  • Remains informed of division and OOG initiatives, operations, news releases, web content, programs, statewide trends, OOG policies and procedures.
  • Maintains regular attendance and may work extended hours, as needed.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university; and
  • Two (2) years of professional experience in a related field.

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Texas military installations and the Base Realignment and Closure process.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process, which includes analysis and interpretation of legislation.
  • Knowledge of contracts.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws related to the program area.
  • Knowledge of program management processes and techniques.
  • Knowledge of electronic data and/or work processing equipment and word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and Internet software.
  • Skill in identifying measures or indicators of program performance and the use of a computer and applicable software.
  • Skill in gathering and analyzing accurate and relevant information.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication skills.
  • Skill in planning.
  • Skill in writing, editing, and compiling plans and reports.
  • Ability to market programs.
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to develop, evaluate, and interpret policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • 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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(512) 463-5873

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