Existing Industry and International Specialist (Program Specialist II - III)

Trabajo No.: 2023-11

  • No. de trabajo TWC: 15573815
  • Fecha de apertura: 9/20/2022
  • Requiere viajar: 25%
  • Salario mensual: $3,950.00 - $4,500.00/mo
  • Ubicación de puesto: Austin, Texas
  • Paso de grupo: B18 - B19
  • Clase: 1571 - 1572

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 Existing Industry and International Specialist works within the Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism Office, and report to the Director of Business and Community Development (BCD). Performs moderately to complex (journey-level) consultative services, and provides technical assistance and direction to Texas and international businesses, BCD staff, constituents, economic development organizations, and local, state and federal units of government. Assists Texas/International businesses and their representatives with expansion and retention efforts, international trade and investment efforts, and assists BCD staff with projects coordinating with regional representatives and Texas communities. Assists in the development of Business Retention and Expansion /International strategies for Texas industries and companies. May provide guidance to others. Works under general supervision, with limited to moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Duties

  • Responds to high number of routine and complex existing industry/international information requests — both written and oral.
  • Develops and maintains filing, recordkeeping, and records management systems for the Existing Industry and International programs.
  • Coordinates meetings, events, and conferences.
  • Prepares purchase requisitions, bid specifications, contracts, and related financial documents.
  • Monitors the work of contractors involved with providing services for existing industry and international initiatives.
  • Provides consultation and technical assistance to Texas businesses, economic development staff, economic development organizations, industry associations and related local, state and federal units of government located in and outside the region.
  • Identifies issues and/or obstacles within assigned industry sectors to ensure continued growth in the state’s economy.
  • Assists Existing Industry/International staff regarding opportunities available for Texas’ businesses and communities.
  • Performs an array of technical, training, research, planning, program assessment, and administrative activities for the Existing Industry and International programs.
  • Assists in identifying and locating financing, business sites, market/sales opportunities, and sources of supplies and raw materials for companies working with the Existing Industry/International staff.
  • Provides support and collaborates in the planning, development, implementation, analysis, and documentation for business prospects.
  • Collects, organizes, analyzes, and prepares materials in response to requests for program information. 
  • Assists in the development of marketing strategies to assist existing Texas industry and to attract industry domestically and globally.
  • Assists in determining and packaging the needs of business prospects to include site location information. 
  • Represents the agency at functions related to economic development activities and other OOG activities as needed.
  • Serves as liaison to industrial recruitment allies statewide, including chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and regional groups. 
  • Maintains a status on project performance. 
  • Provides customer service to both internal and external customers.
  • May provide input on developing and/or revising policy and procedure manuals.
  • Maintains regular work schedule.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Program Specialist II

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business administration, marketing, economics, or a related field; and
  • One (1) year of progressively responsible professional experience.

Program Specialist III

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business administration, marketing, economics, or a related field; and
  • Two (2) years of progressively responsible professional experience

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

  • Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Access.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to program areas.
  • Knowledge of the Texas Workforce Commission, U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, and a wide variety of other online public and private data sources.
  • Knowledge of government data programs.
  • Knowledge of economic development principles.
  • Skill in the use of a personal computer and software applications.
  • Skill in publication/graphic design, complex spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Skill in gathering and analyzing accurate and relevant information.
  • Skill in organization.
  • Skill in developing and making presentations.
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to establish goals and objectives.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.

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. 

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.

Contact Human Resources

(512) 463-5873

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