Research Specialist (Research Specialist IV-V)

Trabajo No.: 2023-08

  • No. de trabajo TWC: 15550743
  • Fecha de apertura: 9/09/2022
  • Requiere viajar: 10%
  • Salario mensual: $4,024.00 – $6,250.00/mo
  • Ubicación de puesto: Austin, Texas
  • Paso de grupo: B21 - B23
  • Clase: 0606 - 0608

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

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.

OOG employees applying for a position in the same pay group, if selected, will be laterally transferred with a maximum increase in salary of 3.4%.


  • Defined Retirement Benefit Plan.
  • Optional 401(k) and 457 accounts.
  • Medical Insurance - State pays 100% of the health plan premium for eligible full-time employees and 50% of the premium for their eligible dependents. State pays 50% of the eligible part-time employee’s premium and 25% for eligible dependents.
  • Optional Benefits such as dental, vision, and life insurance.
  • 8 hours sick leave per month and 8 hours vacation leave per month with potential to earn more with longevity. Part-time employee’s hours are proportional with no longevity.
  • Telework Program – 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.

General Description

The Research Specialist works within the Office of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, and reports to the Director. Performs advanced to highly advanced (senior-level) research work, including detailed technical analysis of disability policy issues. Work involves coordinating the development, implementation, and monitoring of specialized research projects pertaining to fiscal, administrative, or program functions. May supervise the work of others. Works under limited to minimal supervision, with considerable to extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

 Essential Duties

  • Oversees the development, implementation, and monitoring of research projects.
  • Collects, compiles, and analyzes research data about people with disabilities.
  • Coordinates the preparation of reports and research findings.
  • Develops and reviews policies and procedures used in conducting and administering research activities.
  • Researches, analyzes, and summarizes state and federal disability rights laws and information.
  • Analyzes, synthesizes, tracks, and summarizes proposed changes to state disability-related laws and regulations.
  • Identifies each current long-range plan relating to persons with disabilities in Texas created by a state agency, a committee of a state agency, or a nonprofit organization required by federal law to produce such a plan and links the website address of the reports for each long-range plan, if available, on the Internet website of the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.
  • Analyzes and evaluates the state agency’s long-range plans to identify gaps in state laws and services for persons with disabilities.
  • Assists in preparing biennial recommendations in the committee's report to address identified gaps.
  • Prepares disability-related data, information, and resources in user-friendly formats for publications in a professional manner.
  • Disseminates disability-related information to stakeholders.
  • Conducts trainings and presentations on a variety of disability issues.
  • Works closely with staff, constituents and outside agencies and organizations to provide a coordinated approach to all Committee programs.
  • Provides technical assistance to Committee members and as requested at Committee meetings.
  • Maintains regular work schedule.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Research Specialist IV

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in social work, disability studies, educational psychology, special education, counseling, public administration, statistical analysis, or research methodology; and
  • Four (4) years of professional experience in research and planning work.

Research Specialist V

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in social work, disability studies, educational psychology, special education, counseling, public administration, statistical analysis, or research methodology; and
  • Five (5) years of professional experience in research and planning work.

Note: Experience and education may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis. Salary and position level will be based on experience and demonstrated skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree.
  • Prior experience in a disability-related services program.
  • Demonstrated skill in research, policy analysis, writing and planning.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Advanced knowledge of research methods and principles related to policy development.
  • Advanced knowledge of disability-related federal and state laws, public policy, and state programs.
  • Advanced knowledge of Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS) and Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG).
  • Advanced knowledge in disability etiquette and people-first respectful language writing style.
  • Knowledge of Texas legislative resources, legislative tracking systems, and policy research resources.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers, software, and data analysis tools for technical projects.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in developing and making presentations.
  • Skill in public relations and public speaking.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate research projects.
  • Ability to display technical information in understandable formats.
  • Ability to write technical information clearly and concisely.
  • 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 20 Ibs. Ability to 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. 

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 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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