State Technology and Data Systems Advisor

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 

The Policy Advisor, State Technology and Data Systems will have a particular focus on how Texas government uses technology and data to support effective decision-making, streamline and improve the delivery of services to residents, and manage government costs by working.

The Advisory will work with policymakers, state agencies, and stakeholders to understand, develop, and advance modern technology and data policies and practices in compliance with data privacy laws and standards. This position will work across Texas 2036’s policy areas, collaborating on technology and data issues in areas including, but not limited to, education and workforce, health, infrastructure, and criminal justice.

As a member of the policy team, the Policy Advisor should be prepared to immediately engage in the upcoming 2025 Legislative Session, leveraging their experience and communications to positively contribute to the successful realization of Texas 2036’s 2025 legislative agenda. The Policy Advisor will synthesize complex data into meaningful policy recommendations; communicate technology and data policy issues in a clear and understandable manner to legislative offices, state agencies, the media, and the general public; organize coalitions to achieve meaningful policy reforms; and manage concurrent projects and multiple consultants to amplify these efforts.

The Policy Advisor will work alongside a team of skilled professionals in a collaborative, diverse, and creative environment. The Policy Advisor will need to be capable of working independently and entrepreneurially and should be self-motivated to solve historically difficult problems to improve the lives of all Texans.

Responsibilities 

The Policy Advisor 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 and is expected to:

● Identify, collect and analyze complex information related to state technology and data issues to support data-driven policy analysis and synthesize that information into concise, layman’s terms for communication to wide audiences.

● Research and conduct in-depth evaluations of Texas policy, including state law, bills, rules and operations, as well as policies in other states and at the federal level, to identify opportunities to develop, refine and advance policy priorities.

● Write recommendations, plans, reports and other briefs on key topics in various policy spaces to inform the public and advance policy.

● Work with key stakeholders, including policymakers, coalition partners, researchers and advocates to engage critical partners and to develop and advance research and data-driven policy solutions.

● Continually monitor 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.

● Participate in public speaking engagements, including but not limited to legislative hearings, speeches and panel discussions.

● Perform 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: 

● 4+years of public policy experience, preferably experience with the Texas Legislature or relevant state agencies. Advanced degrees in relevant fields may count toward experience. All candidates should have a working knowledge of state government and the legislative process.

● Knowledge of how state government uses technology and data in decision-making and service delivery and relevant best practices and emerging trends in both the public and private sectors

● Understanding of state and federal technology and data privacy laws and standards, particularly as it relates to education and workforce, health, infrastructure and criminal justice.

● 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 and summarize complex information accurately and concisely.

● 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.

● 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.

● Able to translate concepts, ideas and broad goals into concrete tasks and agendas with tactical next steps for implementation.

● Able to work outside of standard office hours, including holidays, nights and/or weekends, as required during business peaks.

● 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 offers health, vision and dental insurance, including employee premiums paid by Texas 2036, cell phone reimbursement, a 401k matching program, and a flexible time off policy.

Location 

The Policy Advisor is a hybrid position that will be based out of Texas 2036’s Austin office and must be willing to travel regularly (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 Policy Advisor, State Technology and Data Systems 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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