Executive Director (Director VII)

Job #: TSC-01

  • TWC Job #: 16273319
  • Opening Date: 10/31/2023
  • Travel Required: 15%
  • Position Location: Austin
  • Group Step: B32
  • Class: 1626
  • Status: Open

General Description

The Executive Director works under the direction of the Texas Space Commission Board of Directors.  Performs highly advanced (senior-level) managerial work providing direction and guidance in strategic operations and planning of the Texas Space Commission (Commission).  The Commission was established to strengthen Texas’s proven leadership in civil, commercial, and military aerospace activity by promoting innovation in the fields of commercial aerospace and space exploration opportunities, including the integration of space, aeronautics, and aviation industries into the Texas economy.  Work involves organizing and delivering a strategic plan; establishing goals and objectives; developing policies, procedures, and guidelines; establishing priorities, standards, and measurement tools for determining progress in meeting goals; coordinating and evaluating program activities and/or business functions; and reviewing and approving budgets. Supervises the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

 Essential Duties

  • Provides direction, guidance, and oversees daily operations and programs of the Commission.
  • Oversees and develops, establishes, and implements the Commission’s strategic plan for the promotion of space, aeronautics, and aviation economic development in the State of Texas.
  • Oversees and develops, establishes, and implements goals and objectives consistent with the Commission’s legislative mandates and strategic plan.
  • Oversees and plans, develops, and implements procedures for the administration and approval of grants through the Space Exploration and Aeronautics Research Fund.
  • Works collaboratively with the Office of the Governor, the Texas Economic Development and Tourism Office, the Commission’s Board of Directors and Chief Compliance Officer to accomplish the work of the Commission, including planning and policy development.
  • Provides periodic reports to the Commission.
  • Coordinates with and serves as liaison between the Commission, the Office of the Governor, and the Executive Committee of the Aerospace Research and Space Economy Consortium.
  • Represents the Commission at business meetings, hearings, trials, legislative sessions, conferences, and seminars or on boards, panels, and committees.  Serves as a contact with stakeholders.
  • Coordinates and leads Commission meetings, special projects, and related events.
  • Analyzes proposed federal and state legislation for impact on Commission operations, stakeholders, and related policy matters.
  • Participates in activities related to the legislative process including responding to legislative requests for information, provides legislative testimony, and oversees the implementation of legislative changes.
  • Oversees the preparation of program budgets and reviews and approves major expenditures; and ensures that requirements of funding sources are met.
  • Directs staffing and funding for Commission activities; identifies staff development and training requirements.
  • Oversees the preparation, publication, and dissemination of statistical and policy related reports and publications.
  • Demonstrates subject matter expertise, professional confidence, and clarity when representing the Commission.
  • Maintains regular work schedule.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Note: The Commission’s Board of Directors has the statutory authority to hire and delegate duties to the Executive Director. Accordingly, the job description is subject to change to change after the Commission is appointed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree;
  • Seven (7) years of progressively responsible management experience relevant to assignment, to include academia, commercial sector, federal and/or state government; and
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop academic, commercial, military, or governmental partnerships or coalitions.

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree with a focus on space operations, aeronautics, aviation and/or business administration;
  • Advanced degree in commercial aerospace, civil aviation, military aerospace, or space economic development; and
  • Extensive knowledge of space, aeronautics, and aviation industries in the State of Texas.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Thorough knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to program activities.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and management.
  • Knowledge of budget processes, which includes developing and monitoring budgets.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process, which includes analysis and interpretation of legislation.
  • Skill in establishing plans and setting objectives and goals that support the overall strategic plan.
  • Skill in long and short-range planning.
  • Skill in public relations.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to establish goals and objectives that support the strategic plan.
  • Ability to direct and organize programs and activities.
  • Ability to make decisions affecting operations.
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to develop and evaluate policies and procedures.
  • Ability to prepare concise reports.
  • Ability to make presentations and testify at hearings.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally to convey complex ideas and concepts.

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 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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