Public Policy Specialist Position Open

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The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is hiring a Public Policy Specialist to perform complex public policy and legislative advocacy activities. This position will be located in Austin, Texas.

The Public Policy Specialist (specialist) is selected by and responsible to the Public Policy Director (director) of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD). The specialist performs highly complex professional public policy and legislative advocacy activities consistent with the goals, priorities, and principles of the Council under the limited supervision of the director. The specialist’s duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • identifies and analyzes key public policy issues affecting people with developmental disabilities (DD) as established by the director

  • assists the director in coordinating public input processes concerning priority issues for people with DD in Texas

  • assists the director in providing support to the TCDD Public Policy Committee

  • prepares issues papers or briefing materials on key topics

  • monitors disability policy discussions of state agency boards, advisory committees, and the Texas Legislature

  • recommends strategies and provides information to advance TCDD positions

  • coordinates with other advocate and consumer organizations on public policy input

  • represents TCDD positions and communicates information regarding grantee accomplishments related to policy improvements to policymakers, agency board and staff members, and the general public

  • provides information and ongoing support to consumers/advocates to facilitate their response to public policy issues

While representing the mission and public policy priorities of the Council, the specialist maintains a positive working relationship with the Council, TCDD staff, consumer and advocate organizations, grantees, state agency personnel, and the public. The specialist provides consultation, guidance, and technical assistance to grantees as appropriate and collaborates with TCDD’s Planning Division to incorporate advocacy, capacity building, and systems change activities in the various TCDD planning initiatives that include the Council’s State Plan and Annual Performance Report. The specialist works under limited supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Work and Qualifications

Essential job functions for this position include:

  • collaborates on public policy activities to support the advocacy priorities of the Council

  • provides ongoing assistance, information, and support to people with disabilities, advocates, and the public to facilitate their participation in public policy and the public input process

  • provides support to the TCDD Public Policy Committee

Qualified applicants will have:

  • Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in education, liberal arts, public affairs, psychology, rehabilitation, social sciences, or social work.

  • Experience: Two (2) years of professional experience in planning, coordinating and/or evaluating advocacy or public policy strategies; or experience working with programs that provide direct services and supports for people with DD; prefer four (4) years. Volunteer or personal life experiences in related activities may be included.

  • Substitution: Education and experience may substitute for one another on a year-for-year basis.

The full job description is available on the Program Specialist IV (Public Policy Specialist) — cc800–23448–B20–1573 Employment Opportunities webpage.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range is $3,763.16 to $4,956.08 monthly and is part of the Total Compensation Package for State of Texas Employees. Learn more about the compensation package on the State Auditor’s Office Total Compensation Package for State of Texas Employees webpage.

How to Apply

TCDD receives human resources services from TEA. All applicants are required to enter their employment applications using TEA’s Government Jobs online system by the closing date for each position they are interested in. Resumes are not accepted.

To apply, visit the Program Specialist IV (Public Policy Specialist) — cc800–23448–B20–1573 Job webpage.