Program Specialist (Program Specialist V)

Job #: 2022-56

  • TWC Job #: 15087412
  • Opening Date: 2/04/2022
  • Travel Required: NA
  • Monthly Salary: $4,024.00 – $6,250.00/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B21
  • Class: 1574

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 Program Specialist works within the Office of the Governor (OOG), Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC) and reports to the Director of TWIC.  Performs advanced (senior-level) consultative services and technical assistance work. Work involves planning, developing, and implementing major projects and providing consultative services and technical assistance to program staff and governmental agencies. Assists in the development of a strategic plan for the state’s workforce development system, monitoring the implementation of that plan, and for monitoring state and federal workforce legislation. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Duties

  • Performs a variety of technical, training, research, planning, policy, program assessment, and administrative activities for assigned project plans.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of the state’s workforce development system strategic plan.
  • Monitors relevant strategic plan(s) and required evaluative reports, and recommends appropriate changes and oversees processes to update reports/plans.
  • Studies and analyzes operations and problems and prepares reports of findings and recommendations.
  • Consults with public and private agencies involved in the program or initiative to resolve problems, identify needs, and increase effectiveness through system-wide planning.
  • Coordinates and conducts surveys or reviews to determine compliance with certification plans and/or recommendations.
  • Analyzes the application of and variations within programs, and develops action plans to improve or initiate pilot or demonstration projects.
  • Analyzes and tracks state and federal legislation to develop recommendations for policy and programmatic issues relating to the implementation, improvement, and/or expansion or reduction of a program or funding.
  • Collects, organizes, analyzes, and/or prepares materials in response to requests for information and reports.
  • Develops and implements effective techniques for evaluating agency programs and plans.
  • Develops program policies, procedures, standards, and manuals in accordance with program objectives and goals.
  • Prepares administrative reports and studies and performs specialized research projects.
  • Provides guidance to staff in the development and integration of new methods and procedures.
  • May prepare and evaluate project requests.
  • 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, government, economics, public administration or a related field; and
  • Five (5) years of professional experience in a field related to the agency program.

Note: Experience and education may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis. Examples of written work will be required at interview. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree;
  • Experience with strategic planning; and
  • Excellent writing skills.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Thorough knowledge of local, state, and federal laws related to the program area.
  • Thorough knowledge of research, training, and marketing techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of program management processes and techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of public administration and management techniques.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process, including analysis and interpretation of legislation.
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis processes.
  • Knowledge of budget processes.
  • Knowledge of automated information tracking systems.
  • Skill in the use of a computer and applicable software for managing projects.
  • Skill in applying statistical tools to data.
  • Skill in preparing reports.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to evaluate planning materials and to conduct research.
  • Ability to demonstrate exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to present complex material to a diverse audience.
  • Ability to coordinate large, complex projects across multiple agencies.
  • Ability to study and evaluate programs and propose recommendations.
  • Ability to apply agency policies and procedures.
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently solve work problems.
  • Ability to make considered decisions and identify potential unintended consequences.
  • Ability to deal with and resolve conflict in a positive manner.

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 512-463-5873 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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