Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Employment at the Office of the Governor

Human Resources

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    Austin, Texas 78701

Program Specialist II

Job #: 2014-56
TWC Job #: 6316368
Opening Date: 07/29/2014
Closing Date: Until Closed
Travel Required: 10%
Monthly Salary: *$3,228.83 - $3,833.33
Position Location: 1100 San Jacinto, State Insurance Building
Group Step: B18
Class: 1571

*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 moderately complex consultative and technical assistance duties, including administering, reviewing and recommending grant funding for agencies.  Manages federal grant programs related to Byrne Justice Assistance Grants.  Works closely with federal agencies to ensure compliance with program guidance and regulations.  Coordinates with external agencies and groups on collaborative efforts.  Conducts research, compiles statistical data and performs analysis of data.  Develops, writes and edits reports, plans and other documents. Works under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. 


  • Provides support and collaborates in the planning, development, implementation, analysis, and documentation required to administer the federal Byrne Justice Assistance grant program.
  • Performs an array of technical, training, research, planning, policy, program assessment, and administrative activities related to the Byrne Justice Assistance grant program.
  • Serves as liaison to staff, government agencies, community organizations, or the general public regarding program practices and policies.
  • Monitors assigned agencies to determine sustained compliance with state and federal grant administration policies and procedures.
  • Prepares comprehensive reviews of statutes, regulations, rules, and policies.
  • Assists with administrative reports, federal applications and sub-recipient level applications.
  • Assists in the collection, organization, analysis, and preparation of materials in response to requests for program information.
  • Assists in the management of federal funds including development of funding priorities, fund balances and fund accountability.
  • Conducts grant reviews to determine compliance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Performs daily management of assigned grants and programs including adjustments, requests for payment, and application of special conditions.
  • Assists with special reviews and in-depth analysis of grant programs.
  • Assists in the preparation of training and operational manuals, educational materials, and program information.
  • Attends conferences, training sessions and other opportunities to further their knowledge of various programs and new initiatives.
  • Collaborates and coordinates program activities and priorities with external agencies and internal divisions.
  • May participate in the preparation, development, review, and revision of proposed legislation.
  • Perform related work as assigned.


Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in government, criminal justice programs, business, or a related discipline.  PLUS a minimum of four (4) years of experience of the type described.  Work experience may be substituted for the educational requirement with one (1) year equal to thirty (30) semester hours.


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.

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.