Senior Policy Advisor

Job Description: Senior Policy Advisor

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.



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 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 have expertise in at least one of the following policy areas: (1) postsecondary education, with preference for community college policy and/or higher education finance background; (2) workforce development policy; (3) state appropriations and/or federal funding; or (4) natural resources.




A Senior 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.

  • 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.
  • Researches and conducts in-depth evaluations of state policy, including data and state law, rules, and operations to identify opportunities to develop, refine, and advance policy priorities.
  • 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.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to help the organization achieve its long-term goals.



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

  • 10+ years of public policy experience, including required experience working with the Texas Legislature. All candidates should have experience either in a legislative office/agency, an executive agency, or in a role that included significant legislative interaction. Advanced degrees in relevant fields may count toward years of experience.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and is competitive with or exceeds compensation for comparable legislative and agency staff roles. 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.



The Senior Policy Advisor 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 Policy Advisor position, please send via email to 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.