Policy Data Analyst (Research Specialist I)

Job #: 2024-74

  • TWC Job #: 16606030
  • Opening Date: 5/29/2024
  • Travel Required: 10%
  • Monthly Salary: $4,000.00 - $4,583.34
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B16
  • Class: 0600
  • Status: Open

Policy Data Analyst – Austin, Texas

The Office of the Governor is looking for a Policy Data Analyst (Research Specialist I) to work in the Budget and Policy Division.

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 $4,000.00 - $4,583.34 a month ($48,000.00 - $55,000.08 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: https://www.ers.texas.gov/Active-Employees/Health-Benefits

What You’ll Do

This is a job that performs routine (journey-level) budget, policy and program research, analyses and writing as needed to support and disseminate the Governor’s statewide agenda.  Works on a variety of policy issues with a focus on public education. Performs all related duties as assigned and demonstrates sustained understanding and commitment to the Governor’s philosophy.

  • Assists Governor’s Advisors in researching, evaluating and preparing comprehensive analyses of state agency budgets, proposed budget revisions, reports, issuing briefs, and written materials on complex state fiscal, policy and programmatic issues.
  • Assists Governor’s Advisors in program planning, development and implementation.
  • Assists in evaluating agency operations and business issues and drafts timely and factual reports of findings and recommendations.
  • Assists in the preparation of administrative reports, studies and specialized research projects.
  • Engages community and professional groups through constituent and stakeholder meetings.
  • Actively contributes to the development and advancement of the Governor’s policy priorities, working in coordination within the Governor’s executive staff, press office, appointments staff, and legislative staff, as well as with legislative offices and state agencies.

How You’ll Qualify                                           

  • 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.

You’re a Great Fit with

  • 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 research and policy analysis.

Other Things to Know and When You Should Apply

It’s a great job for a professional who is passionate about research and data analysis related to policy development. Apply now by submitting a state of Texas application. Applications are reviewed daily.

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. 

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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