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Policy Analyst

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

Opening Date: June 19, 2017
Closing Date: June 30, 2017
Job Title: Policy Analyst (multiple positions)
Starting Salary: $46,000 annually plus state benefits package. Salary is negotiable only for individuals with two or more years of directly related experience.

Expected Start Date: September 12, 2017

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 or a Bachelor’s degree with at least two additional years of 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.
Benefits
  • 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 Emily Johnson 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, references, and other materials submitted. Selected applicants will be interviewed, asked to complete a writing exercise, and subject to a background check.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Persons with special needs or who wish to request an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation with the application process should contact the Sunset ADA Coordinator at (512) 463-1300. Individuals using a TTY, VCO, or HCO assistive device may contact Relay Texas at 7-1-1 and have the communication assistant who answers dial 512-463-1300. The Sunset Advisory Commission will work with anyone making a request to provide reasonable accommodations.

Director of Business Operations

The Sunset Commission is seeking a professional, experienced, and motivated individual interested in effectively carrying out the financial and other business operations for our small state agency.

Opening Date: June 19, 2017
Closing Date: June 30, 2017
Job Title: Director of Business Operations
Starting Salary: $72,000 annually plus state benefits package. Salary is negotiable only for individuals with significant, directly related experience.

Expected Start Date: August 2017

Job Description

The Director of Business Operations (DBO) serves as the primary accounting, payroll, and purchasing director for the agency. The DBO is responsible for processing agency financial transactions using the Uniform Statewide Accounting System (USAS), Automated Budget Evaluation System of Texas (ABEST), and Uniform Statewide Payroll System (USPS) while maintaining records and preparing all required filings and financial-related reports. The DBO also serves as the Benefits Coordinator for the agency. The DBO performs all responsibilities under the general supervision of the Director or Deputy Director, but with considerable latitude for initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Functions
  • Prepares and manages the overall agency budget and all financial reports.
  • Provides monthly expenditure reports to Director; informs the Director of overall agency budget deviations, problems, and events likely to affect operations; explains causes; and measures effect on the agency’s mission and resources.
  • Monitors, tracks, and clears default and suspense funds.
  • Responsible for all payroll activities, including processing, entering, and maintaining all leave accounting in USPS; maintaining the internal timesheet software system (actiTIME); and administering and supporting the Employee Information System (EIS).
  • Prepares and enters purchase, interagency, refund, travel, cancellation, journal, and expenditure transfer vouchers into USAS following agency policies and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts procedures.
  • Prepares monthly, quarterly, and annual business-related reports as required by federal and state law.
  • Prepares the agency’s quarterly USAS/ABEST reconciliations.
  • Serves as the Benefits Coordinator for the agency, assisting with insurance, workers’ compensation, deferred compensation, TexFlex, and COBRA.
  • Manages new employee in-processing and coordinates the employee separation process.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
  • Performs other duties as assigned, which may include managing and coordinating:
    • agency travel (i.e. hotel reservations, car rentals, air reservations)
    • security access and parking applications
    • agency property inventory
    • SORM risk management and continuity of operations
    • agency telecommunications through DIR
    • agency retention schedule
Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in accounting, finance, math, business administration, or related field. Each year of related experience can substitute for one year of college credit (30 semester hours).
  • At least three years of experience in state agency accounting, auditing, budget preparation, and analysis, and/or related professional work.
  • Experience using USAS, USPS, State Government Accounting Internet Reporting System (SIRS), Payment Services/Texas Identification Number System (TINS), and State Property Accounting System (SPA).
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in Risk Management/Continuity of Operations, Worker's Compensation Insurance, Unemployment Insurance, and/or property inventory.
  • Knowledge of Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts policies and procedures controlling expenditures.
  • Ability to understand and apply principles of financial management and government accounting, and accurately analyze, interpret, and present financial data.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments, work in a team environment, and prepare and maintain accurate and well-organized files and records.
Benefits
  • 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.
How to Apply

Please submit the following application materials to Dawn Roberson via email at dawn.roberson@sunset.texas.gov, or by mail or hand-delivery: (1) a State of Texas application; (2) resume; and (3) three references with email addresses and phone numbers. Initial screening will be based on a review of qualifications, applicable experience, references, and other materials submitted. Selected applicants will be interviewed and subject to a background check. 

Equal Opportunity Employer

Persons with special needs or who wish to request an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation with the application process should contact the Sunset ADA Coordinator at (512) 463-1300. Individuals using a TTY, VCO, or HCO assistive device may contact Relay Texas at 7-1-1 and have the communication assistant who answers dial 512-463-1300. The Sunset Advisory Commission will work with anyone making a request to provide reasonable accommodations.


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.