Budget Data Analyst (Research Specialist I)

Job #: 2023-34

  • TWC Job #: 15696298
  • Opening Date: 11/28/2022
  • Travel Required: 10%
  • Monthly Salary: $4,000.00-$4,333.34/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B15
  • Class: 0600

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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%.


  • Defined benefit retirement plan
  • Optional 401(k) and 457 Plans
  • 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
  • Paid vacation and sick leave that accrues from your first day worked
  • Longevity pay
  • Confidential and personalized Employee Assistance Program services
  • 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 Research Specialist works within the Office of the Governor, Budget & Policy Division, and reports to the Director of Budget & Policy.  Performs routine (journey-level) program research, analyses, and writing as need to support the Governor’s statewide agenda, particularly as it relates to fiscal policy.   Work involves coordinating and performing the development, implementation, and monitoring of specialized research projects. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement. This position is not intended to exceed the end of Fiscal Year 2023.

Essential Duties

  • Produces charts, databases, spreadsheets, and graphs as assigned.
  • Coordinates, plans, develops, executes, and monitors research projects.
  • Collects, compiles, and analyzes research data.
  • Analyzes budget decision ramifications in relation to the General Appropriations Act.
  • Plans, develops, implements, administers, and analyzes results.
  • Provides consultation and technical advice on research methods and techniques.
  • Assists with the preparation of/and provides presentations for the Budget Director and Executive Staff.
  • May provide limited presentations to professional organizations, governmental entities, and the public.
  • Responds to technical information requests from within and outside the Office of the Governor.
  • Maintains databases (both spreadsheets and relational databases) to track internal program data.
  • May represent the Office of the Governor at meetings and events.
  • Maintains regular work schedule.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from high school; and
  • Two (2) years of professional experience in program evaluation, research, and the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data. 

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in Economics, Business Administration, Political Science, Government, Data Analytics, Finance, Accounting, or a related degree; and
  • At least one (1) year experience working in the legislative process, and/or conducting advanced research and policy analysis. 


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Skill in using computers, software, including MSWord, PowerPoint and especially Excel.
  • Ability to graph data and create pivot tables and pivot charts in Excel.
  • Basic math skills, including calculation of percent change.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and oversee research projects.
  • Ability to evaluate research data and to present it in concise format.
  • Ability to compile and evaluate research data and to summarize and present in a concise and user-friendly format.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.

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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