Research Specialist (Research Specialist V)

Job #: 2023-52

  • TWC Job #: 15780595
  • Opening Date: 1/13/2023
  • Travel Required: NA
  • Monthly Salary: $4,599.00-$6,500.00/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B23
  • Class: 0608

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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%.

General Description

The Research Specialist works within the Office of the Governor (OOG), Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC) and reports to the Director of TWIC. Performs highly advanced (senior-level) work on research and program evaluation. Work involves overseeing the development, implementation, and monitoring of specialized research projects for the TWIC. Projects may include work pertaining to program evaluation, administrative or policy issues, demographics of target populations, and labor market analyses. May supervise the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Duties

  • Oversees the development, implementation, and monitoring of research projects.
  • Serves as primary author in the preparation of reports and research findings.
  • Determines the scope and methodologies of projects and areas to be assessed.
  • Determines and develops policies and procedures used in conducting and administering research activities.
  • Develops quality assurance procedures and conducts quality assurance and data integrity reviews on research projects.
  • Designs and creates computer programs for research applications.
  • Collects, compiles, and analyzes research data.
  • Prepares all project related documentation, including but not limited to: logic models, evaluation plans, surveys, and questionnaires, as well as formative and summative reports based on research findings.
  • Provides consultation and technical advice on research methods and techniques.
  • Formulates and monitors long-range research objectives, programs, and priorities.
  • Analyzes and evaluates the impact of legislation, regulations, and policies affecting current research.
  • Prepares and provides presentations for professional organizations, governmental entities, and the public.
  • May use statistical methods and relational databases to analyze data sets.
  • Maintains regular work schedule.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in statistics, research, sociology, or evaluation; and
  • Five (5) years of professional experience in directing research and planning work.

Note: Experience and education may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis. Research writing samples will be required at interview.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree.
  • Advanced writing skills.
  • Experience in program evaluation, and the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data, including large data sets.
  • Experience in using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), American Community Survey (ACS) and census data.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Knowledge of statistical concepts and methods and their application to research analysis.
  • Knowledge of measurement, testing, and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of research methods, principles, techniques, and philosophies.
  • Skill in conducting qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Skill in using computers, software, and statistical tools and programs, including SPSS Statistics, R, or similar applications.
  • Skill in using personal computers and software for technical projects.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and oversee research projects.
  • Ability to evaluate research data.
  • Ability to develop measuring instruments to ensure relevance, reliability, and validity.
  • Ability to interpret and publish research findings.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to communicate research results.

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 512-463-8315 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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