Executive Office/Office of Strategic Communication - Government Relations Officer - Government Relations Specialist II

  • Posting Number: 1106-22
  • Group/Step: B25, Position: 432
  • Opening Date: 11/18/21
  • Closing Date: until filled
  • $77,160.00- $93,500.04 annually

Job Description

The Government Relations Officer is responsible to and selected by the Executive Director and performs advanced legislative duties for the Department as a member of the Office of Strategic Communication (OSC). The Government Relations Officer reports to the Senior Government Relations Officer and is responsible for the coordination, evaluation and preparation of legislative matters for the agency. Work involves providing consultative services with respect to the agency’s legislative matters, including cost estimates, bill tracking and analysis; assisting in the preparation and interpretation of agency policy statements and actions for legislative representatives; acting as a liaison for federal, state and local governmental agencies and effectively preparing and disseminating information concerning agency functions to interested parties. The Government Relations Officer works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of independent judgment and initiative in the administration of duties.

Essential Duties

  • Participates in agency activities related to the legislative session; and attends legislative hearing and meetings with legislators, legislative staff, and other legislative liaisons.
  • Assists Executive management in preparing to appear before legislative committees and other groups addressing Agency issues, ensuring that testimony provided is accurate and thorough. Prepares and interprets agency policy statements and actions for legislative representatives.
  • Monitors and reports to executive staff on state and federal legislation and trends impacting agency operations. Manages and coordinates the agency’s legislative bill tracking system, assisting subject matter experts with bill tracking and analysis and cost estimates for fiscal notes.
  • In coordination with the Senior Government Relations Officer, plans, assigns and provides feedback and guidance relating to legislative matters where appropriate to OSC team members and TDLR employees. Ensures work is completed timely and accurately. Participates in the development of team goals and strategies for achieving agency-wide objectives.
  • Assists in the preparation and monitoring of the agency's Strategic Plan, Legislative Appropriation Requests, and performance reports.
  • Provides timely and accurate responses to constituent inquiries.
  • Coordinates with and acts as liaison for federal, state and local governmental agencies, accurately and effectively communicating agency policies and procedures. Attends meetings, hearings and functions that pertain to or may impact the agency.
  • Evaluates programs to assess the effective implementation of statutory, regulatory and legislative directives and organizational changes. Communicates need for program and organization changes.
  • Assists in the support of the agency’s advisory boards and Commission.
  • Provides consultative services to agency staff regarding public or professional meetings, seminars, conferences and hearings. May assist in coordinating with program management the development, effectiveness and use of publications and news releases.
  • Researches and develops reports, including statistical analyses, benchmarks, implementation reports and case studies.
  • May prepare and disseminate information of public interest regarding agency hearings, meetings and other related functions.
  • May assist as an agency liaison with media representatives at the national, regional and local levels, fielding inquiries in a timely and courteous manner.
  • Complies with division and/or agency training requirements.
  • Keeps management appropriately informed of ongoing activity and critical matters affecting the operation and well-being of the agency.
  • Demonstrates a spirit of teamwork, offering positive and constructive ideas, encouragement, and support to other members of the staff and team, while upholding the agency’s core values.
  • Adheres to all Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Personnel Policies and performs related work as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Five (5) years’ experience with the state legislative process, including work for state legislators, governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house, or governmental agencies in performing high level legislative work. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university is required with a preference for major course work in political science, public relations, journalism, history, public affairs or a related field. Experience as a legislative aide, committee clerk, government relations officer, or chief of staff is preferred.

Veterans, Reservists or Guardsmen with an MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of, 46A Public Affairs Officer, 165X RL - Special Duty Officer - Public Affairs, 4502 Communication Strategy and Operations Officer, 14FX Information Operations or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirements may meet the minimum qualifications for this position and are highly encouraged to apply.

Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at: https://hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_InformationandCommunication.pdf

Remarks

The successful candidate will have: Knowledge of the state legislative process and state government administration; of agency programs, policies, objectives, technology, and terminology; and, of research methods. Knowledge of the agency’s strategic plan, goals and action plan; and, working knowledge of the agency’s bill implementation process. Skill in compiling, evaluating and presenting legislative information; in problem-solving and negotiating; and in policy analysis and research. Skill in managing multiple assignments at the same time. Skill in the use of standard office equipment, including mobile devices and personal computers, and relevant software including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, internet and email applications and bill tracking software. Ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing); to analyze various issues; and, to work under pressure and meet all deadlines. Ability to quickly and effectively respond to constituent inquiries; to accurately interpret and translate agency programs and research; and, to develop and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to establish section goals and objectives that support the agency's strategic plan.

Applications may be downloaded from TDLR’s website https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/employ.htm.

E-mail or fax applications to: TDLR, Human Resources Office, Austin Texas 78711, Fax (512) 475-3377. E-mail Human.Resources@tdlr.texas.gov. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of State Applications. Applications not completely filled out may be rejected. Only typed applications will be considered.

This job is not covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

TDLR provides a total compensation package that enables us to attract, motivate, and retain highly skilled and talented employees, including a merit system, full use of salary ranges, performance awards, retention and recruitment bonuses.

TDLR 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.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), TDLR will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the application, contact TDLR Human Resources at 512-463-7184. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview


Benefits Available to TDLR Employees

In addition to a positive and supportive work environment, The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation offers a strong benefits package.

  • State-paid health and life insurance plans for you;
  • Optional dental plan and health insurance for your family members;
  • State retirement matching contribution;
  • Optional 401K and 457 Plans;
  • Flexible health and dependent day care accounts;
  • Optional term life insurance for you and your dependents;
  • Short and long term disability insurance for you;
  • Voluntary AD&D insurance;
  • Retirement through the Employees Retirement System (ERS);
  • Long Term Care Insurance;
  • Longevity Pay;
  • Direct Deposit;
  • Optional after tax-contributions to a 529 Texas College Investment Plan;
  • Paid sick leave accrues from your first day at work;
  • Sick Leave Pool for catastrophic illnesses and injuries;
  • Workers’ Compensation;
  • Family Medical Leave;
  • Military Leave;
  • Jury Duty Leave;
  • Smoke-free workplace;
  • Confidential and personalized Employee Assistance Program services;
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program;
  • Career Paths that ensure professional growth and advancement within the agency;
  • On-the-job and cross-training to develop job related skills and enrich professional growth;
  • Wellness programs and activities such as yoga and massage therapy;
  • Employee and family-friendly workplace;
  • Flexible/Compressed work schedules;
  • Paid vacation accrues from your first day worked;
  • Active charitable employee associations;
  • Length of Service awards;
  • Generous holiday schedule;
  • Employee Recognition Programs;
  • Casual dress; and
  • A progressive agency culture that promotes open communication, efficiency, transparency and trust.

Staff Compensation Information, as required by Government Code, Section 659.026.