Governor’s Advisor- Article VII (Governor’s Advisor III)

Job #: 2020-58

  • TWC Job #: 14120596
  • Opening Date: 6/26/2020
  • Travel Required: N/A
  • Monthly Salary: $6,000.00-$7,666.67/month
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B25
  • Class: 1882

Veterans, Reservists or members of the Guard with a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) code of 46A- Public Affairs Officer, MC- Mass Communication Specialist, PA- Public Affairs Specialist, or other related fields may meet the minimum requirements for this position and are highly encouraged to apply.

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In order to qualify for this position a State of Texas Applications must be submitted 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.

Only interviewed applicants will receive notice of the final disposition of the selection process. 

General Description

Governor’s Advisors are hired to work within the Office of the Governor’s (OOG) Budget and Policy Division reporting to the Director. Performs highly complex (senior-level) advising and analysis work related to Article VII (Business and Economic Development) of the General Appropriations Act as needed to support and disseminate the Governor’s statewide agenda. Effectively assists and leads state agency executives and boards in strategizing, planning, performance measurement and the strategic allocation of resources. Effectively supports the Governor, his executive team, the Texas Legislature, and other stakeholders in formulating and answering questions, formally defining complex business issues, and determining the most effective course of action to accomplish short-, mid-, and long-term programmatic goals and objectives. Provides superior customer service, including complex technical assistance to the Legislature, senior staff, other state agencies and constituents. Governor’s Advisors remain on-call, including on short notice, during legislative sessions, nights, weekends, and holidays for all related business matters relating to the work of the Budget and Policy Division.  Works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Duties

  • Assigned to the team focused on Article VII of the General Appropriations Act.
  • Assists agency executives, boards, senior staff, the Texas Legislature and other stakeholders in researching, evaluating and preparing comprehensive analyses of state agency budgets, proposed budget revisions, reports, issuing briefs, and flawless written materials on complex state fiscal, policy and programmatic issues.
  • Analyzes budget decision ramifications.
  • Monitors implementation of major legislation from legislative sessions.
  • Evaluates legislation results to develop focus areas for future legislative sessions.
  • Provides superior technical and programmatic assistance and leadership to state agency executives as required to clearly disseminate and successfully implement the Governor’s budget and policy priorities statewide.
  • Assists the Governor and his executive team in program planning, development, and implementation.
  • Conducts benchmarking studies, surveys, inspections and reviews as required to evaluate and determine compliance with certification requirements, applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Evaluates agency operations and business issues, and prepares timely and factual reports of findings and recommendations.
  • Assists agency executives and boards in implementing, overseeing, and evaluating procedural and/or policy changes.
  • Assists in the preparation of administrative reports, studies, and specialized research projects.
  • Engages community and professional groups through public speaking and demonstrated leadership as needed to coordinate, improve, and stimulate interest in state programs and to achieve local success for the Governor’s statewide initiatives and programs.
  • Identifies gaps in resources and recommends improvements. Develops sound action plans to improve existing programs and start new initiatives.
  • Leads and actively contributes in the development of OOG and statewide policy and procedure manuals.
  • Speaks to complex policy, planning, and programmatic issues with clarity.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible budget, policy and/or specialized programmatic experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in and around the Texas Legislature
  • Demonstrated advanced research, policy analysis, writing and public presentation skills.
  • Experience conducting policy research and fiscal analysis, including using Microsoft suite products.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative skills, experience in data analysis, an understanding of complex public finance issues, and an overarching interest in advancing strategic budget and policy initiatives.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Knowledge of policy expertise area; specific to agencies under Article VII.
  • Knowledge of laws, rules, regulations and practices pertaining to records retention.
  • Knowledge of budget processes which includes developing and monitoring budgets.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process, which includes analysis and interpretation of legislation.
  • Skill in negotiation.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers.
  • Skill in developing and making presentations.
  • Skill in public relations.
  • Skill in public speaking.
  • Skill in the use of applicable software, including but not limited to Microsoft suite products.
  • Ability to direct the development of policy and operating procedures.
  • Ability to analyze and solve complex, technical and managerial problems.
  • Ability to develop and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to convey complex ideas and concepts.
  • 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 35 lbs.  Maintain regular schedule of attendance. Ability to drive and travel as needed.  Will need to move about the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. Must be able to communicate and exchange accurate information via phone, computer and in person.   Must be able to work hours that can include holidays and as needed. 

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 Applicants may obtain a copy of the Agency's Equal Employment Opportunity Utilization Report upon request.

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 contact 512-463-5873 and ask to speak to the Office of the Governor’s Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator 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.