Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Employment at the Office of the Governor

Human Resources

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    Austin, Texas 78701

Research Specialist IV

Job #: 2015-05
TWC Job #: 3264711
Opening Date: 10/14/2014
Closing Date: Until Closed
Travel Required: N/A
Monthly Salary: *$4,023.16-$4,449.85
Position Location: State Insurance Annex, 221 East 11th Street
Group Step: B21
Class: 0606

*Salary Commensurate With Experience


The Research Specialist IV position works within the Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism Division (EDT) reporting to the Business Research Manager. The Research Specialist analyzes and interprets economic and industry data in order to market the State of Texas to prospective businesses. The Research Specialist is expected to develop and work on data-driven publications and web content, as well as work collaboratively within the various units of EDT to assist state marketing efforts.  The Research Specialist also provides assistance to local economic development partners and the general public. Works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


  • Stays abreast of federal and state economic and demographic data policies and availability. Advises in project design, data collection, data organization, data presentation, and related work performed internally, by other state agencies and economic development organizations.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with other research staff of the Business Research team on data and research projects within the scope of legislative mandates, including industry location analyses.
  • Keeps current on Texas economic (e.g., employment, occupational, industrial, transportation, business climate, and international trade) trends.
  • Stays abreast of corporate and international activities affecting the Texas economy.
  • Plans, develops, coordinates and/or administers research projects.
  • Implements and maintains quality standards and procedures for data gathering, analysis, writing, editing, and presentations.
  • Prepares research data sets and maintains the Texas industrial expansion and retention database on the agency website and prepares analyses in publishable format.
  • Responds to information requests from within and outside the Office of the Governor, including conducting independent research to satisfy such requests.
  • Assists in research related to the Texas Enterprise Fund.
  • Represents the Office of the Governor at meetings and events.
  • Supports other EDT and Office of the Governor teams with research assistance.
  • Remains informed on economic and business trends, state economic development policies, and data sources from agencies such as the TWC, US Bureau of the Census, US BEA, and US BLS.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in economics, business, political science, urban planning, geography, or related field, plus two (2) years of related experience in a field specifically relevant to posted duties. Experience and education may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis. Must demonstrate verbal, written, organizational, and planning skills, as well as strong quantitative analysis skills in order to develop and prepare research projects. The assigned duties require superior interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.


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.