MISSION: The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is committed to creating change so that everyone can be fully included in their own communities and exercise control over their own lives.
POSITION OVERVIEW: Per a Governor’s Executive order, the Texas Education Agency is the designated state agency for TCDD, and as such provides administrative support to hire and select the best talent to support TCDD’s mission. TCDD operates as a separate government entity of TEA and manages its federal award separately. TCDD offices are located on E. Oltorf in Austin, Texas. TCDD is governed by a 27-member governor appointed Council.
The Director of Communications and Reporting for the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) is selected by and accountable to TCDD’s Executive Director. This position performs highly complex(senior-level) managerial work administering the functions of the Communications Division of TCDD that also supports the public policy, grants administration, new projects, and annual program performance reporting activities of the Council. This position is responsible for developing the annual budget needs for the division and monitoring budget requests and expenditures.
This individual must be capable of working independently under limited supervision and will have moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. This position will develop, coordinate, evaluate, and monitor compliance with all policies and operating procedures related to external communications. This role will provide high level technical assistance and guidance to TCDD staff across divisions, the Council, and grantees about marketing and public information options, products, and activities. This position may require occasional overnight travel and some evening and weekend work.
TCDD is responsible for awarding and administering over $3 million in federal funds to organizations that assist people with developmental disabilities to achieve their potential for independence, productivity and integration into their communities by awarding grant funds to subrecipients who develop a comprehensive system of service and supports in Texas.
- External Communications: Oversees and coordinates all external communications for TCDD including all public information and public relation activities for the agency, which can include reports, announcements, news releases, and editorials. This position would also develop and design material for the TCDD website, social media, and other publications, assuring that all communications are culturally appropriate and reach target audiences.
- Project Development: Oversees the content development of new projects by researching critical issue topics, writing executive summaries for Council members’ review, and preparing Requests for Applications (RFAs) to be posted. This position will develop techniques for improving marketing practices and manage and oversee the outreach of campaigns to increase awareness of potential applicants for TCDD funded grant projects.
- Performance Reporting: Collects data, experiences, and stories from grantees to create grant project summaries for TCDD audiences and uses the data as input to the TCDD annual performance report submitted to our federal funding agency. This position also reviews and provides technical assistance, edits, and design recommendations for TCDD created materials and grant products that can be distributed to the public as resources. This position also maintains these resources.
- Stakeholder Representation: Represents TCDD at local, state, or national meetings and conferences to promote the Council’s mission and priorities. This position is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with state agencies, disability and advocacy groups, grantees, legislators, news and media outlets, and other stakeholder organizations. This position further manages TCDD audience databases that include consumers and families, peer reviewers, grantees, partners, agency representatives, and elected officials.
- Staffing and Oversight: Responsible for hiring, training, counseling, and evaluating the Communications staff, that include a Web Administrator, three Information Specialists, and occasional intern and contractor. The position will supervise their work activities to assure timely completion of assignments and quality of work is performed to meet Council standards, goals, and objectives. This role further assures communication staff follow policy and procedures pertaining to communication activities.
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in communications, marketing, journalism, or public relations.
Experience: At least four years of professional experience in journalism, public information, communications, media relations marketing or public relations work is required. Experience in public information or public relations work for state agencies or legislative offices is preferred.
Substitutions: Education and experience may substitute for one another on a year for year basis.
- Be familiar with current marketing and merchandising practices and strategies and be able to monitor their effectiveness.
- Be highly skilled in, and have knowledge of, the various types of media outlets.
- Ability to identify, communicate, interact, build, and maintain relationships with key stakeholders.
- Experience with supervising staff and the ability to assign and evaluate the work of others.
- Highly skilled in oral and written communications.
- Skill in composing, preparing, and presenting complex information to committees, boards, and other groups.
- Effective use of Yahoo and Google, internet marketing applications and social media.
- Be familiar with and have knowledge and use of desktop publishing applications such as Microsoft, Photoshop, and InDesign.
- Maintain and establish effective working relationships with diverse groups both as a team member and leader.
- Experience using software to develop Web sites, including WordPress and Dream Weaver.
- Familiarity and experience with developing budgets and monitoring expenditures.
- Excellent skill in composing news releases, letters to the editor, and editorials to media outlets.
- Be able to work independently, manage multiple priorities, and oversee a variety of projects/activities concurrently.
- A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve.
- Certified Texas Contract Manager (CTCM) certification may be required at a later date.
As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or veteran status, unless an applicant is entitled to the veteran’s preference.
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This position requires the applicant to meet Agency standards and criteria which may include passing a pre-employment criminal background check, prior to being offered employment by the Agency.
No phone calls or emails, please. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not accept telephone calls and cannot reply to all email inquiries. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.