Director of Government Affairs

About Texas 2036 

Texas 2036 uses data, research, and leading expertise to enable Texans to make informed decisions to ensure our state continues to be the best place to live and do business through its bicentennial in 2036 and beyond. Texas 2036 is achieving this mission through the creation of robust data resources, a long term state policy strategic framework, and a statewide, nonpartisan coalition of Texans advocating for meaningful long-term policy solutions. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization seeking energetic individuals passionate about creating a long-term vision for the future of Texas and developing data-informed, pragmatic policy solutions to solve the state’s long-term challenges. 

Summary 

Texas 2036 uses data to drive civic demand for nonpartisan solutions that will improve the lives of all Texans. Candidates for this position should be prepared to immediately engage in the upcoming 2025 Legislative Session, leveraging their experience in state government, data use and communications to positively contribute to the successful realization of Texas 2036’s 2025 legislative agenda. Candidates should be prepared to develop, execute, and collaborate on mid and long-term research and policy development projects aligned with Texas 2036’s Strategic Framework. Successful candidates will have demonstrated success developing, pursuing passage of and/or implementing state policy in Texas and managing a legislative team. 

Responsibilities 

The Director of Government Affairs directs legislative and agency communications and strategy for the organization, while supporting policy team members with internal logistics for policy development, research and messaging. The Director of Government Affairs works to evaluate various state policy areas to determine potential changes or recommendations that are likely to sustain Texas as the best place to live and work. The Director of Government Affairs may serve in a policy lead role for certain issues, as appropriate. 

  • Manages the external team of consultants, while providing support and strategic guidance to the internal policy team on legislative and administrative matters.
  • Manages coalition engagement and stakeholder outreach. 
  • Monitors and supports all policy projects throughout the legislative session and interim.
  • Aids in fundraising and donor relations. 
  • Identifies, collects, and analyzes complex information and data to support data-driven policy analysis and synthesizes that information into concise, layman’s terms for communication to wide audiences.
  • Writes recommendations, plans, reports and other briefs on key topics in various policy spaces to inform the public and advance policy.
  • Works with key stakeholders, including policymakers, coalition partners, researchers and advocates to engage critical partners and to develop and advance data-driven policy solutions. 
  • Continually monitors state policy activities and reports concisely on information relevant to policy priorities from a variety of sources, including pending legislation, media reports, reports from think tanks, academic research literature and advocacy organizations.
  • Participates in public speaking engagements, including but not limited to legislative hearings, speeches, and panel discussions, and provide interviews to the media.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to help the organization achieve its long-term goals.

Qualifications 

The ideal candidate will have a combination of the following qualifications and experience: 

  • 10+ years of public policy experience, including experience with the Texas Legislature or  relevant state agencies/institutions. Advanced degrees in relevant fields may count  toward experience, though all candidates should have a working knowledge of state  government and the legislative process. 
  • Results-oriented attitude and self-motivated entrepreneurial spirit that thrives in a  dynamic, fast-paced, diverse, collaborative environment while managing and prioritizing  many simultaneous projects. 
  • Strong communication skills, including team, interpersonal, and public speaking skills. Strong written communication skills, including messaging skills and ability to  communicate data-based information effectively. Able to write clearly and persuasively. Capable of summarizing complex information accurately and concisely. 
  • Strong research skills and ability to analyze and synthesize qualitative and quantitative data, identify trends or areas of concern, and investigate issues. Able to develop  effective, workable policy solutions supported by data and evidence using appropriate state policy levers. 
  • Ability to respectfully engage, support, and collaborate in an intellectually diverse and creative work environment with colleagues and stakeholders of diverse personal and  ideological backgrounds. This includes a commitment to constructive dialogue on controversial topics impacting our state. 
  • Able to translate concepts, ideas, and broad goals into concrete tasks and agendas with tactical next steps for implementation. 
  • Available to work extended hours during business peaks, including holidays, nights and/or weekends as required. 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and GSuite applications (Google Drive/Docs/Sheets/etc.)
  • Ability to effectively manage outside consultants.

Compensation and Benefits  

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Texas 2036 employees are eligible to participate in a number of company-sponsored benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance with employee premiums paid by Texas 2036, cell phone stipend, and a 401k matching program. In addition, you will be entitled to generous paid time off, comp time, and paid parental leave policies. Texas 2036 provides a flexible and entrepreneurial work environment in which we expect personal accountability in efficiently performing high quality work in collaboration with colleagues and representing the organization well through professional communication and conduct. 

Location 

The Director of Government Affairs position will be based in Texas 2036’s Austin office. This is a hybrid role and the Director of Government Affairs will be expected to be present in the Austin office during the work day, three days a week on average. Additional office days may be required as needed, particularly during legislative sessions. The Director of Government Affairs must be able to travel (up to 20% of the time) to cities across Texas for meetings with various stakeholders, including board members, advisors, stakeholders, partners and Texas 2036 colleagues.  

To Apply 

If you are interested in applying for the Director of Government Affairs position, please send via email to jobs@texas2036.org your resume as well as a cover letter addressing your interest in the position and how your experience aligns with the position’s responsibilities and qualifications.

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