Legislative Liaison (Program Specialist VI)

Job #: 2020-04

  • TWC Job #: 13814720
  • Opening Date: 9/06/2019
  • Travel Required: 10%
  • Monthly Salary: $4,599.00-$6,667.00
  • Position Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Group Step: B23
  • Class: 1575

Military Occupational Specialist codes that may be applicable to this position: OS, YN, YNS, 611X, 612X, 641X, 712X, OSS, 8U000, 16GX, 60C0, 63G0, 86M0, 86P0, 88A0

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.

General Description:
The Program Specialist position reports to the Executive Director of the Office of State-Federal Relations (OSFR) which is administratively attached to the State of Texas Office of the Governor (OOG).  Facilitates communication between Texas state officials, the Executive Branch, Congress, and relevant staff to promote Texas’ federal priorities.  Provides information and analysis regarding the effects of federal legislative and regulatory proposals on Texas and its citizens.  In coordination with the Executive Director, recommends and carries out actions to maximize the position of the state. Works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement. 
Essential Duties:

  • Develops federal priority issues in conjunction with the OSFR Executive Director and in coordination with the OSFR, OOG and other state agencies.
  • Develops and implements strategies and action plans to advance legislative issues in consultation with the Executive Director.
  • Researches federal legislation or administrative actions and prepares memoranda analyzing and outlining options for response.
  • Identifies and disseminates information to Texas congressional delegation members and state officials on priority issues, in writing and through briefings with staff members.
  • Monitors the status and content of federal legislation.
  • Responds to questions from state officials and congressional delegation members’ staff on federal legislative and regulatory activities.
  • Prepares testimony to be used before Texas legislative committees on federal legislative activities.
  • Reads, reviews and analyzes pending legislation and amendments to determine their impact on Texas and its citizens.
  • Writes memos related to pending legislation and/or legislation signed into law.
  • Works with relevant state officials to provide appropriate feedback and modifications.
  • Represents the agency at meetings, hearings and conferences.
  • Provides direction, guidance and assistance in program areas.
  • Establishes goals and objectives that support overall strategies; plans, develops, and approves schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving goals; and directs evaluation activities.
  • Maintain regular attendance and may work extended hours as needed.
  • Develops and implements strategies and action plans to advance legislative issues.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university, with a degree in business administration, government, public administration, public relations or a related field.  Six (6) years of relevant experience. Experience and education may be substituted for each other on a year-for-year basis.   Must have strong computer, oral and written communication skills.  

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in state and/or federal government. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Congressional and/or state legislature/agency procedures, public policy initiatives, and laws and regulatory activities.
  • Knowledge of state and federal legislative processes, 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.
  • 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 establish goals and objectives.
  • Ability to prepare concise reports.
  • Ability to proactively manage program activities.
  • Ability to plan work for favorable results.
  • Ability to exercise common sense, good judgment, and work independently.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to work with unpredictable deadlines, handle multiple projects, and generate proactive solutions.

Registration, Certification or Licensure:    None.

Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions:  This classification functions in a standard office environment.  Ability to move up to 35 lbs.  Ability to drive as needed.  Will need to occasionally 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 during a legislative session that 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 www.sss.gov. Applicants may obtatin 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.