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 II

Job #: 2015-13
TWC Job #: 8327257
Opening Date: 11/20/2014
Closing Date: Until Closed
Travel Required: 15%
Monthly Salary: *$3,293.41 - $3,875.00
Position Location: State Insurance Annex, 221 East 11th Street
Group Step: B18
Class: 1571

*Salary Commensurate With Experience

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Position resides within the Texas Governor’s Office of Economic Development & Tourism; on the Small Business Team.  Performs highly responsible, professional, and administrative work required for coordinating outreach for Governor’s Small Business Forums and related activities.  Position works under limited supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.  This is a temporary position.  It is funded pursuant to an Interagency Cooperation Contract between the Texas Workforce Commission and the Office of the Governor, and is expected to end on October 31, 2015 if the parties to the Interagency Cooperation Contract do not enter into another agreement after that date.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Coordinates, plans, and implements the outreach and marketing activities of all of the Governor's Small Business Forums (Forums) in a way that is consistent with statewide marketing goals for the Governor's Office (OOG). This entails custom tailoring outreach to both urban and rural areas throughout the state.
  • Posts announcements about Forums on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.
  • Designs and disseminates flyers, agendas, pamphlets, postcards, signs, etc. that announce Forums.
  • Coordinates and organizes procurement and production of audio/video, streaming, photography, graphic design, and other services for the Forums.
  • Works in conjunction with and assists local Forum hosts; OOG Program Specialists, DER regional specialists, and Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to market Forums.
  • Monitors electronic software inventory and licenses.
  • Coordinates agenda design and layout for each Forum.
  • Arranges and coordinates overall Forum registration process. Also ensures that necessary staff from OOG, TWC, and Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB) are registered to attend Forums.
  • Arranges space and tables for the OOG/Office of Small Business Assistance, and as needed, arranges for tables and displays for TWC and LWDBs.
  • Promotes the development of business start-ups, expansions, and relocations to Texas.
  • Provides guidance and information on small business programs to constituents and channel partners.
  • Maintains contact database and records, especially for purposes of maximizing outreach efforts for attendance at the Forums.
  • Conductsresearch and works with others to conduct research on the state of small business in Texas.
  • Prepares demonstration materials for conferences, including pamphlets, signs, videos, electronic media, and other visual items as utilized for the Forums.
  • May assign and/or supervise the work of others, especially in regards to outside contractors involved with providing services for the Governor's Small Business Forums.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in political science, public relations, marketing or related field required, plus two (2) years of work experience in a political science, business administration, public relations, marketing, communications, or related field handling small business outreach and marketing programs for urban and rural areas.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of the basic principles promotion, outreach, and communications.
  • Ability to create press releases and to assist in drafting speeches and presentations for small business forums.
  • Ability to easily utilize social media platforms such as Facebook, Linked-In, and Twitter.
  • Flexibility in designing marketing and small business branding plans for both urban and rural outreach initiatives.
  • Willingness and enthusiasm to assist Texas-based small businesses.
  • Familiarity in efficiently organizing and promoting events.
  • Willingness to learn computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop, In-Design, Constant Contact, and other Conference Registration platforms.
  • Ability to evaluate and determine what outside services need to be procured and ability to effectively monitor and lead outside contractors.
  • Comfortable working with various economic development focused networks throughout the state.
  • Skills in organization.
  • Skills in verbal, written, and visual communication (public speaking, emails, visual aids, respectively).
  • Skills in attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Skills in proofing and editing.
  • Willingness to interpret and follow State of Texas regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to use a personal computer in a Windows software environment (Word, Excel and PowerPoint, etc).
  • Ability to communicate effectively to groups through either practiced or extemporaneous oral presentations.
  • Ability to be an effective liaison between the Governor's Office and local governments.
  • Ability to routinely record information such as draft correspondence, reports, documents, policies, procedures, conduct interviews and record information, or prepare other lengthy documents using handwritten or mechanical means.
  • Ability to develop marketing strategies, to communicate effectively, and to train others.
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluates alternatives, and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to adhere to policies and procedures.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple large projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to travel 15% (i.e., weekly or monthly) under normal conditions for long distances.
  • Valid Texas Driver's License required with acceptable driving record.

APPLICANT INFORMATION:

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: http://www.sss.gov/

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.