Mar 26, 2020

TCDD Public Policy Analyst

$45,157 - $59,472 yearly
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Austin, TX, USA
Full-time Community Engagement and Outreach

Job Description

MISSION: The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is committed to creating change so that each individual is able to be fully included in their own communities and exercise control over their own lives.

POSITION OVERVIEW: Per a Governor’s Executive Order, the Texas Education Agency is the designated state agency for TCDD, and as such, provides administrative support to hire and select the best talent to support TCDD’s mission. TCDD operates as a separate government entity of TEA and manages its federal award separately. TCDD offices are located on E. Oltorf in Austin, TX. TCDD is governed by a 27-member governor appointed Council.

The Public Policy Analyst is selected and supervised by the Public Policy Director, and performs highly complex professional public policy and legislative advocacy activities consistent with the goals and objectives and priorities of the Texas DD Council. This individual will monitor disability policy discussions of state agency boards, advisory bodies or workgroups, and the Texas Legislature and recommend strategies to advance TCDD’s mission and positions. The Public Policy Analyst will collaborate with other consumer groups to coordinate policy issues and will communicate grantee accomplishments related to policy changes. The person will work under limited supervision and will exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment while completing tasks. The Public Policy Analyst will provide consultative and/or technical assistance and guidance to grant staff to incorporate advocacy capacity building and systems change activities in grant proposals. The role supports the Public Policy Director to integrate best and promising practices and emerging trends into Council practices and activities and assists in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the Council’s 5-year State Plan and Annual Performance Report.

TCDD is responsible for awarding and administering over $3 million in federal funds to organizations that assist people with developmental disabilities to achieve their potential for independence, productivity, and integration into their communities through a comprehensive system of service and supports in Texas.

Please note that a resume and tailored cover letter are required attachments for applying to this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Policy Oversight: Collaborates on public policy activities to support the advocacy priorities of the Council, to include monitoring and reviewing state and federal policy and legislation related to TCDD priorities and provides analysis of the development and implementation of laws, regulations and public policies that impact people with developmental disabilities.
  • Reporting: Summarizes key issues by developing educational fact sheets, issue papers, briefing documents, public comments, testimony and correspondence on the Council’s position to Public Policy Committee, Council, state legislators, state agencies, and local, state and national disability organizations.
  • TCDD Liaison: Represents TCDD at meetings at the Capitol, Legislative hearings, workgroup and task forces, and advisory boards and advances the position of TCDD by providing public input, testimony, and comments supporting the TCDD mission and priorities. Identifies advocacy opportunities and promotes participation of advocates in workgroups and linking people with developmental disabilities and families with policy makers and may conduct training on public policy issues and legislative process.
    Funding/Grant Review: Supports TCDD funding initiatives and planning by providing research, consultation and guidance on public policy issues in the development of Executive Summaries, Request for Applications and State Plan and may assist in the review, implementation, and reporting of funding activities or initiatives which forward the public policy goals.
    Support: Provides ongoing support and technical assistance for the Public Policy Committee to identify and engage in issues according to the Council’s priorities and mission.

 

Qualifications

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in education, liberal arts, public affairs, or social sciences.

Experience: At least 2 years of professional experience in planning, coordinating and/or evaluating advocacy or public policy strategies. Experience in programs that provide direct services and supports for people with developmental disabilities is preferred.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of the primary federal and state programs that provide services and supports for people with developmental disabilities, including Medicaid, vocational rehabilitation, special education, early childhood intervention, mental health and aging programs.
  • Understanding of the health and human service delivery system in Texas.
  • Familiarity with the service and support needs of people with developmental disabilities.
  • Ability to research and analyze state and federal laws and policy and procedures and prepare summaries, testimony or other responses consistent with the goals and priorities of the Council.
  • Awareness of the Texas Legislative process.
  • Proficiency in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with Council members, co-workers, advocate and agency colleagues, policy makers and the public.
  • Skill in planning, organizing and executing tasks and assignments that require close attention to detail.
  • Deftness in making clear, concise, meaningful oral and written presentations relative to assigned tasks.
  • Capacity to work independently and manage time effectively.
  • Aptitude for development and use of effective advocacy techniques and strategies.
  • Effectiveness at conducting focus groups, developing surveys, and interviewing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to gather information and input.
  • Ability to break down complex information into comprehensive parts, ask questions, synthesize and analyze.
  • Strong comprehension of computer operation and Microsoft Office software.

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or veteran status, unless an applicant is entitled to the veteran’s preference.

Additional Military Crosswalk (occupational specialty code) information can be accessed here.

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.

No phone calls or emails, please. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not accept telephone calls and cannot reply to all email inquiries. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.


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