Budget and Revenue Data Analyst

Job Description: Budget and Revenue Data Analyst

Texas 2036

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, non-partisan 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 non-partisan solutions that will improve the lives of all Texans. Candidates for this position should be prepared to leverage appropriate experience in state government, data use, and communications to immediately engage in the upcoming special legislative sessions as well as develop, execute, and collaborate on mid- and long-term data, research and policy development projects aligned with Texas 2036’s Strategic Framework. Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience with state budgetary processes and trends, as well as a working knowledge of state revenues and economic indicators. Candidates should have the data skills to synthesize and visualize narratives regarding budgetary matters, and the writing/speaking skills to articulate the analysis. This position will be an interdisciplinary role, merging data analysis with the legislative, public policy development, and public engagement opportunities.

Responsibilities
A Budget and Revenue Data Analyst works to evaluate and assess various state fiscal trends and economic drivers to determine potential changes or policy recommendations that are likely to sustain Texas as the best place to live and work.

  • Identifies, collects, and analyzes complex fiscal and economic information to support data-driven policy, budget, and revenue analysis. Synthesizes that information into concise, layman’s terms writing and visualizations for communication to wide audiences.
  • Researches and conducts in-depth evaluations of state fiscal matters and economic trends, including data and state law, rules, and operations to identify opportunities to develop, refine, and advance policy priorities.
  • Visualizes financial and economic data and writes recommendations, plans, reports, and other briefs on fiscal and economic matters to inform the public and advance policy.
  • Serves on Policy Team and reports to VP of Policy; works closely with Data Team, merging financial expertise into both data and policy analysis.
  • 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 federal and state policy activities relating to fiscal matters and reports concisely on information relevant to fiscal policy priorities from a variety of sources, including pending legislation, legislative appropriations requests, economic and revenue estimate reports, 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.
  • 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:

  • 4+ years of public policy experience, preferably including experience with the Texas Legislature, Legislative Budget Board, Comptroller’s Office, or other relevant governmental agencies/institutions. Advanced degrees in relevant fields may count toward experience. All candidates should have a working knowledge of state government, the General Appropriations Act, state budget development process, and state revenues.
  • Results-oriented 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 the ability to communicate data-based information effectively. Able to write clearly and persuasively, and summarize 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.
  • General knowledge of the state’s budget and revenue data systems and informational resources. Preference for general knowledge of the federal budget process, federal funds, and federal fiscal and economic policy impacting the state’s fiscal health.
  • Able to translate concepts, ideas, and broad goals into concrete tasks and agendas with tactical next steps for implementation.
  • Able to integrate data from the budget and financial accounting systems used by the state of Texas.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and GSuite applications (Google Drive/Docs/Sheets/etc.)
  • Preference for analytics and visualization skills (including R, Python, Tableau, and/or Power BI), knowledge of statistical programming languages (R, SAS, and/or Stata), and experience working with publicly-available datasets through APIs (e.g. U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis).
  • Available to work extended hours during business peaks, including holidays, nights and/or weekends as required.
  • Ability to effectively manage outside consultants.

Compensation and Benefits
Compensation is commensurate with experience and exceeds comparable legislative staff pay. 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 reimbursement, 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 Budget and Revenue Data Analyst will be based out of Texas 2036’s Austin office and must be willing to travel regularly (up to 30% 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 Budget and Revenue Data Analyst position, please send via email to PolicyCareers@Texas2036.org with 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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