TCDD Program Specialist III-cc800-2464-B...
Texas Education Agency - Austin, TX

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The TCDD Public Policy Specialist is selected by and responsible to the Public Policy Director of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD). The Public Policy Specialist performs complex consultative and technical assistance work, professional public policy and legislative advocacy activities consistent with the goals, priorities and principles of the Council under the general supervision of the Public Policy Director. Assists in identifying and analyzing key public policy issues affecting people with developmental disabilities concerning issue areas and priorities as established by the Director; assists the Director in coordinating public input processes concerning priority issues for people with developmental disabilities in Texas, assists the Director in providing support to the TCDD Public Policy Committee; assists and collaborates in the preparation of issue 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 state and federal policy makers including Congress, the Legislature, agency board and staff members, and to the general public. Provides information and ongoing support to consumers/advocates to facilitate their response to public policy issues. The Public Policy Specialist maintains a positive working relationship with the Council, TCDD staff, consumer and advocate organizations, grantees, state agency personnel, and the public while representing the mission and public policy priorities of the Council. The Public Policy Specialist provides consultation, guidance, and technical assistance to grantees as appropriate and collaborates with TCDD project development staff to incorporate advocacy, capacity building, and systems change activities in the various TCDD planning initiatives that include the Council's State Plan, Biennial Disability Report, Annual Performance Report, etc. The Public Policy Specialist works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. The Public Policy Specialist performs other duties as assigned. Occasional overnight travel and some evening and weekend work required.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university.

Experience: One (1) year of responsible professional experience in planning, coordinating and/or evaluating advocacy or public policy strategies is required including at least one year experience in programs that provide direct services and supports for people with developmental disabilities. Volunteer or personal life experiences in related activities may be included.

Substitution: An advanced degree may substitute for two years of required experience.

Note: A practical exam may be administered at time of interview.

Travel: 15%

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):
Knowledge in: The primary federal/state programs which provide services and supports for people with disabilities, such as but not limited to Medicaid, vocational rehabilitation, special education, early childhood intervention, mental health, and aging programs; the health and human service delivery system in Texas; TCDD policies, procedures, service delivery systems, and organizational structures; the service and support needs of people with developmental disabilities and the Texas Legislative Process.

Ability to: Research and analyze state and federal laws and policies and prepare summaries, testimony, or other responses consistent with the goals and priorities of the Council; establish and maintain effective working relationships with Council members, co-workers, advocate and agency colleagues, policy makers, people with disabilities, and the public; make clear, concise, meaningful oral and written presentations relative to assigned tasks; work independently and manage time effectively; analyze technical information and summarize in simpler terms for written or oral presentation; operate micro computers with an understanding of the associated hardware and software.

Skill in: Planning, organizing, and executing tasks requiring close attention to detail; developing and using effective advocacy techniques and strategies.

Supplemental Information:
This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Salary is dependent on qualifications.

Positions exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will earn compensatory time off rather than overtime for hours in excess of 40 per week. May be required to work hours other than 8 to 5. May be required to work weekends and holidays.

In accordance with applicable federal and state equal opportunity laws, it is TEA's policy that no person shall be excluded from consideration for recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention or any other personnel action, or be denied any benefits or participation in any educational programs or activities which it operates on the grounds of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or veteran status (except where age, sex, or disability constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration).

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires all new employees to present proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States. TEA does not sponsor H1-B work visas. Males, 18 to 25 years of age, are required to present proof of selective service registration (or exemption) prior to being employed by any state agency.

There is a 90-day waiting period for health insurance coverage and retirement contributions for new hires and re-hires.

This position requires the applicant to meet Agency standards and criteria which may include passing a pre-employment criminal background check, prior to being offered employment by the Agency.

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