Research Specialist (Research Specialist III - IV)

Job #: 2023-40

  • TWC Job #: 15705953
  • Opening Date: 12/02/2022
  • Travel Required: NA
  • Monthly Salary: $4,000.00-$5,400.00/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B19 - B21
  • Class: 0604 - 0606

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 Research Specialist works within the Office of the Governor (OOG), Economic Development and Tourism (EDT) Office, and reports to the Director of Business and Community Development. The Research Specialist performs complex (journey-level) to advanced (senior-level) research tasks and is responsible for the research, coordination, and dissemination of economic trends and policy issues. Work involves planning, coordinating, and conducting economic studies and analyses; determining and evaluating economic factors relating to various programs and projects; and disseminating the collection of information pertinent to those analyses to provide information and assistance to OOG, EDT, businesses, and communities in the state. May provide guidance to others. Works under limited supervision, with moderate to considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Duties

  • Assists in planning, developing, coordinating, and administering research projects for the division.
  • Coordinates the development, implementation, and monitoring of research projects.
  • Supports EDT and Office of the Governor teams with research assistance.
  • Stays abreast of federal and state economic and demographic data policies and availability.
  • Advises in project design, data collection, data organization, data presentation, and related work performed internally, by other state agencies and economic development organizations. 
  • Coordinates and collaborates with other research staff on data and research projects within the scope of legislative mandates, including industry location analyses.
  • Maintains familiarity with current data tools including federal and state government resources; business resources, journals, newspapers, magazines, aggregators, and selected newswires/listservs. Keeps abreast of new data and resources.
  • Plans, gathers, and interprets state and national economic and industrial data to develop, write, and coordinate selected agency and business research publications relating to the state economy and key industries for website content, print materials, and other agency purposes.
  • Keeps current on Texas economic (e.g., employment, occupational, industrial, transportation, business climate, and international trade) trends.
  • Stays abreast of corporate, national, and international activities affecting the Texas economy.
  • Consults and provides technical advice on research methods and techniques.
  • Develops, implements, and maintains quality standards and procedures for data gathering, analysis, writing, editing, and presentations.
  • Tracks all subscriptions and resources used to ensure effectiveness in gathering information and analysis.
  • Responds to information requests from within and outside OOG, including conducting independent research to satisfy such requests.
  • Assists in conducting data quality assurance procedures and conducting quality assurance reviews on research projects.
  • Prepares briefing materials, as requested.
  • Remains well-informed of EDT and OOG initiatives, policies, procedures, operations, new releases, web content, programs, and statewide trends.
  • Recommends and implements improvements to increase program efficiency and effectiveness.
  • May determine the scope and methodologies of research projects and areas to be evaluated.
  • May develop policies and procedures used in conducting and administering research, demonstration, and evaluation activities.
  • May prepare and conduct presentations.
  • Maintains regular work schedule.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Research Specialist III

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business administration, statistical analysis, economics, political science, communications, or related field; and
  • Three (3) years of professional experience in research and/or economic analysis.

Research Specialist IV

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business or public administration, statistical analysis, economics, political science, communications, or related field; and
  • Four (4) years of professional experience in research and/or economic analysis.

Note: Experience and education may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis. Salary and position level will be based on experience and demonstrated skills. 

Preferred Qualifications

Skill in using geographic information systems (GIS) software.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Knowledge of economic development and relevant local, state, and federal programs.
  • Knowledge of relevant information sources, including governmental data websites and proprietary business research tools.
  • Knowledge of Texas-specific issues in economic development. 
  • Skill in developing publications, infographics and other informational materials to convey research findings as well as promote programs and services. 
  • Skill in overseeing the design and execution of major research projects. 
  • Skill in using spreadsheet and database software.
  • Skill in ensuring attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Skill in providing customer service excellence to both internal and external customers.
  • Ability to plan for long term goals and meet all required deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with employees and public.
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to develop and evaluate policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate concisely and effectively to convey complex ideas and concepts.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment in making critical decisions.

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 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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