Tourism Grant Program Administrator (Manager V)

Job #: 2022-36

  • TWC Job #: 14995201
  • Opening Date: 12/16/2021
  • Travel Required: 15%
  • Monthly Salary: $6,250.00 - $7,083.34/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B26
  • Class: 1604

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 Tourism Grant Program Administrator works within the Office of the Governor (OOG), Economic Development and Tourism’s (EDT) Finance Division and reports to the Director of Economic Development Finance. Performs advanced (senior-level) managerial work. Work involves establishing goals and objectives for effective management and administration of a federal grant program awarded to the State of Texas through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Develops guidelines, procedures, policies, rules, and regulations for administering tourism grants received; coordinating and evaluating grant activities; and developing and evaluating budget requests. Identifies areas of needed change and makes recommendations to improve operations and procedures. Serves as the OOG’s knowledge source on Tourism Grant Program matters and as a resource to public officials, governmental bodies, stakeholders, and the public. Supervises the work of others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Duties

  • Supervises and directs all activities and work of the Tourism Grant Program team, and provides guidance and leadership as needed. 
  • Leads strategic planning efforts with stakeholders to build appropriate relationships and actively seeks input from the field on the division’s direction and possible projects or initiatives.
  • Maintains division priorities for staff, identifies areas of needed change, and implements operational changes as needed.
  • Prepares management and productivity reports; and reviews and approves documents and reports developed by employees to ensure professional quality and appearance, appropriate content, consistency, and responsiveness.
  • Solves complex problems or issues regarding management or administrative issues and systems. Counsels Tourism Grant Program team on solutions.
  • Coordinates and oversees the writing of policy documents and presents actionable alternative analyses to make policy-making decisions in conjunction with the Executive Director. 
  • Oversees federal ARPA funding streams related to the Tourism Grant Program for the Governor’s Office.
  • Supervises preparation of federal grant applications and plans, including collection and preparation of necessary documentation.
  • Actively monitors budgetary compliance and expenditures of funded programs.
  • Actively monitors subgrant reporting to ensure timely filing of all required federal grant reports.
  • Oversees final reviews and modifications of grant applications, including formulas, accuracy, and content and eligibility criteria.
  • Supervises the implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation, and close-out of grants according to rules and regulations.
  • Prepares and delivers informational and educational programs and public presentations.
  • Develops and recommends policies and procedures and prepares training materials.
  • Performs supervisory duties, including hiring and performance management.
  • Establishes, maintains, and oversees accurate, well-organized, and secure databases and records administration practices.
  • Serves as subject matter expert in the development of requirements for grant programs and in the creation of Request for Application documents.
  • Prepares comprehensive fund plans for all funding streams administered by the Tourism Grant Program team.
  • Identifies, presents and implements effective and ethical business solutions as needed.
  • Serves as a point of contact and resource for legislative issues.
  • 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 government, marketing, public administration, business or related field; and
  • Five (5) years progressively responsible professional experience in the area of grants or program management; and
  • One (1) year of progressively responsible managerial experience.

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Seven (7) years progressively responsible professional experience in the area of grants or program management; and
  • Two (2) years of progressively responsible professional managerial experience.
  • Knowledge of the state’s Uniform Grant Management Standards.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Thorough knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to program areas; and of the principles and practices of public administration and management.
  • Thorough knowledge of management methods and practices which includes managing, planning, assigning, and reviewing the work of professional and clerical staff in a variety of tasks.         
  • Working knowledge of the legislative process which includes analysis and interpretation of legislation.
  • Working knowledge of automated information tracking systems.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and software applications.
  • Skill in gathering and analyzing accurate and relevant information.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication skills.
  • Skill in presentations and meeting facilitation.
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to develop and evaluate policies and procedures.
  • Ability to develop, train and coach staff.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to coordinate.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.

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. 

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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 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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