Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Employment at the Office of the Governor

Human Resources

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  • Address: 1100 San Jacinto
    Austin, Texas 78701

Program Specialist I

Job #: 2015-02
TWC Job #: 2780729
Opening Date: 09/12/2014
Closing Date: Until Closed
Travel Required: 20%
Monthly Salary: *$3,333.33 - $3,833.33
Position Location: 1100 San Jacinto, State Insurance Building
Group Step: B17
Class: 1570

*Salary Commensurate With Experience


This Program Specialist position is assigned to the OOG’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD) and reports to the Section Manager. Performs routine generalist consultative and technical assistance duties, including administering, reviewing, and recommending grant funding for agencies. Writes and edits reports, briefs, plans, and other documents. Effectively coordinates with other state agencies and organizations working collaboratively to accomplish mutual business objectives. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


  • Effectively plans, implements, coordinates, monitors, and assists team members in evaluating grant-funded programs related to specialty courts.
  • Timely reviews and evaluates grant applications to determine programmatic and budget compliance.
  • Performs all required daily grant management duties.
  • Completes grant adjustments, approves payment requests as authorized, removes special conditions, and provides superior and reliable technical assistance, including telephone, written correspondence and in-person.
  • Collects, manages and manipulates criminal justice data using Excel and Access databases.
  • Provides training and technical assistance to CJD staff, grantees, applicants, and others, including via conferencing and other means.
  • Assists the CJD management team in ensuring state goals are met in the management of criminal justice fund sources.
  • Maintains productive and effective business relationships with other state and local criminal justice agencies and organizations as required to fulfill the objectives of this position.
  • Assists in conducting special reviews, program analyses, and research studies.
  • Develops, proofreads and edits reports and special publications relative to content, financial data, spelling and grammar to ensure flawless work products.
  • Researches, prepares, drafts, edits, proofs and timely responds to correspondence and inquiries.
  • Assists CJD staff in the development and dissemination of program guidelines, procedures, policies, rules, and regulations.
  • Actively monitors assigned agencies to determine sustained compliance with CJD and grant administration policies and procedures.
  • Assists in developing and preparing qualitative training modules and operations manuals, educational materials, and informational handouts.
  • Identifies and attends conferences, training and other professional development opportunities to increase job knowledge, technical expertise and customer service.
  • Assists in preparing and reviewing program budget requests.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.



The successful applicant must be a college graduate from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in government, criminal justice programs, business, or a related discipline. Prior experience with grant or program management is preferred.  Experience and education may be substituted for each other on a year-for-year basis. 


To apply, you may download the uniform State Employment Application or request an application from the Office of the Governor Human Resources Division, State Insurance Building, 1100 San Jacinto, Room 2.300, Austin, Texas, 78701. If required in this posting, copies of college transcripts must be provided concurrent with application for further applicant consideration. For additional information, please call 512- 463-5873, or visit our agency's website. Dial 7-1-1 for Relay Services.

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. Candidates selected for interviews will be subject to background check and required to complete authorization form.

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:

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.