Tourism Grant Program Associate Administrator (Program Specialist VI)

Job #: 2024-73

  • TWC Job #: 16604580
  • Opening Date: 5/29/2024
  • Travel Required: 5%
  • Monthly Salary: $5,833.34 - $6,250.00
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B23
  • Class: 1575
  • Status: Open

Tourism Grant Program Associate Administrator – Austin, Texas

The Office of the Governor is looking for a Tourism Grant Program Associate Administrator (Program Specialist VI) to work in the Economic Development and Tourism Office (EDT) - Economic Development Finance.

Who We Are

The Office of the Governor works to build a healthier, safer, freer, and more prosperous future for all Texans. We are located primarily within the Texas State Capitol Complex in Austin.

What You’ll Earn

The salary is $5,833.34 - $6,250.00 a month ($70,000.08 - $75,000.00 a year).

Benefits include medical insurance, sick leave, and vacation leave. Also, State of Texas employees are eligible for a defined retirement plan. Learn more:

What You’ll Do

This is a job that performs highly advanced (senior-level) consultative services and technical assistance work for federal grants awarded to the State of Texas through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Work involves preparing, maintaining, and reporting of grants; coordinating grant applications; reviewing incoming applications to determine compliance with requirements and standards; monitoring grant awards; and serving as a liaison between funding sources and the state or federal government. Writes and edits reports, briefs, plans, and other documents. May serve as a lead worker providing direction to others.

  • Effectively plans, implements, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates the Tourism Grant Program.
  • Analyzes grant applications to determine eligibility and compliance with state/federal statutes and best practices.
  • Negotiates changes with potential grantees to make adjustments that ensure accountability, and that project scope meets the requirements and priorities established by EDT or the federal government.
  • Works with Tourism Grant Program Administrator to develop funding plans and priorities that align with designated federal sources of funding.
  • Independently reviews and recommends approval of requests for payments involving multi-million-dollar state and federal appropriations.
  • Initiates contact with applicants to discuss potential ineligible items or to request additional documentation to support requested funds.
  • Actively monitors Program reporting to ensure timely filing of all required Program reports; may collect and review programmatic information from grant managers to prepare and submit required reports.
  • Analyzes performance data to identify discrepancies and ensure follows-up with grantee to revise data, as appropriate.
  • Professionally communicates with city and county leaders; state agency executives; and other professionals about Program priorities, guidelines, and requirements.
  • Develops, establishes, and maintains productive and effective working relationships with stakeholders as required to fulfill the objectives of this position.
  • Analyzes Program activities, identifies problem areas, and works with grantees to correct and update application related questions and documentation.
  • Represents the Governor’s Office at meetings related to Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program, assists in strategic program development, and fosters collaborative working partnerships to effect positive change.
  • Provides guidance to Tourism Grant Program team, grantees, applicants, and others, including via conferencing and other means.
  • Prepares administrative reports and studies and performs specialized research projects.
  • Manages the collection, organization, and analysis of grant-related data using Excel and Access databases.
  • Assists the Tourism Grant Program Administrator in coordinating the workflow of Tourism Grant Program activities.
  • Works collaboratively with vendor and other OOG divisions, including Financial Services and Information Services, to meet Program requirements.
  • Provides training for new staff and guidance in the development and integration of new methods and procedures.
  • Develops and maintains clear, accessible, and updated training and operations manuals, educational materials and information.
  • Provides training to potential and current grant recipients on the application process and reporting requirements.
  • Identifies, presents, and implements effective and ethical business solutions as needed.
  • Attends conferences, training and other professional development opportunities to increase job knowledge and technical expertise.

How You’ll Qualify                                           

Six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in the area of grants or program management.

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

You’re a Great Fit with

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in government, marketing, public administration, business or related field; and
  • Knowledge of the state’s Uniform Grant Management Standards.

Other Things to Know and When You Should Apply

It’s a great job for a professional who likes to perform consultative services and technical assistance for financial programs. Apply now by submitting a state of Texas application. Applications are reviewed daily.

This position is a federally funded position and is not intended to exceed the end of 2024.

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.


Veterans, Reservists, or members of the Guard can compare this position to Military Occupations (MOS) at the Texas State Auditor's Office.

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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(512) 463-5873

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