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The Sunset Commission is seeking energetic, motivated, analytical, and innovative individuals with a desire to help government work smarter.


Opening Date: January 9, 2020             Closing Date: February 7, 2020

Job Title:  Policy Analyst (multiple positions)

Starting Salary: $47,000 annually plus state benefits package. Salary is negotiable only for individuals with two or more years of directly related experience.

Expected Start Date: Spring 2020

Job Description

A policy analyst works as part of a team to review and evaluate the operations of Texas state agencies. Outstanding candidates may be called on to lead small projects under the supervision of senior staff. A policy analyst takes a deep dive into an agency; collects and analyzes information and data; identifies state laws and operations that need improvement; writes concise reports recommending positive changes; makes oral presentations on the results of reviews; and provides information and assistance to legislators and their staff.

In a nutshell, a policy analyst looks for creative ways to improve state government and agency operations, learns about a wide variety of policy issues, works with the top management of state agencies, interviews interested parties both in and outside state government, and participates in the legislative process. Periodic travel and occasional long hours are components of this job.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduate degree by June 2020, or a bachelor’s degree followed by at least two additional years of full-time, directly related experience.
  • Strong research skills and ability to analyze and synthesize information and data, identify problems, investigate issues, and develop effective solutions supported by evidence.
  • Able to assess current state policy and agency practices, and develop workable alternatives for consideration by the Legislature.
  • Able to write clearly and persuasively, and summarize complex information accurately and concisely.
  • Able to independently and effectively create timely, relevant, and accurate work products.
  • Strong communication skills, including team, interpersonal, public speaking, and interviewing skills. Able to build effective working relationships with team members, agency personnel, interested parties, and legislative staff.
  • Able to work under pressure and manage multiple work assignments to meet tight project deadlines.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Graduate degree in public policy, law, social sciences, business administration, or a similar field. 
  • Program evaluation, policy analysis, project management, or other professional experience.
  • Knowledge of Texas state government and legislative experience.
  • State of Texas benefits package, including health insurance, employer-matched retirement plan, and paid vacation and sick leave. Dental and disability insurance, health and dependent care savings accounts, 401(K), and an employee assistance program are also available.
  • Small, professional office located in the Capitol Complex in downtown Austin with parking.
  • Opportunities to advance based on individual performance and initiative.
  • Emphasis on professional development, both through in-house training and opportunities to attend external training sessions, workshops, and seminars.  
How To Apply

Please submit the following application materials to our office via email, mail, or hand-delivery: (1) a letter of interest addressed to Kay Hricik clearly stating how you match our expectations as set out in this posting; (2) a State of Texas application; (3) resume; and (4) three references with email addresses and phone numbers. Initial screening will be based on a review of qualifications, applicable experience, and other materials submitted. Selected applicants will be interviewed, asked to complete a writing exercise, and subject to a background check.

Hiring Schedule

Sunset typically posts job announcements during the summer after a legislative session (odd-numbered years). However, hiring for Policy Analysts occasionally occurs at other times. Hiring for administrative staff is on an as-needed basis. Information about upcoming hiring and all job postings will be on this page and Work in Texas as soon as available. Please check back regularly.

Policy Analyst Description

Policy Analysts work in teams to review and evaluate the operations of Texas state agencies. Key job duties include developing background research, participating in interviews, analyzing policy and program issues, and developing recommendations to improve agencies under review. Experience in or knowledge of state government and the legislative process, and Masters-level education are preferred.

Diversity Policy

The Sunset Commission is committed to workplace diversity, believing that varied perspectives within the staff encourage creativity and innovation. Fostering a supportive environment for people with diverse ethnic, gender, age, cultural, educational, experiential, and other backgrounds is crucial to Sunset's success.

The Sunset Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.