TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE by LK2MHZ

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									                                    TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
TODD STAPLES
Commissioner

                                                    POSTING #12-687-1

                                                POSITION DESCRIPTION

                                                PROGRAM SPECIALIST
                                    (Position subject to the availability of federal funds.)

CLASSIFICATION TITLE: Program Specialist I                                               SALARY: B17 $3,100-3,400.00/MO.
CLASSIFICATION NO: 1570                                                                               FLSA: Nonexempt
LOCATION: AUSTIN

JOB OBJECTIVE: Plan, develop, coordinate and implement advertising, promotional and educational projects for the
Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) GO TEXAN program, Federal State Market Improvement Program (FSMIP)
and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) projects. Work with the
State Marketing Coordinator for Horticulture, Produce and Forestry to develop and complete projects described in the
FSMIP and SCBG project proposals and consider opportunities and problem solve for the growth potential of the state’s
specialty crop industries.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
1. Manage assigned GO TEXAN, FSMIP and USDA SCBG projects from contract approval until completion of each job, to
    include monitoring the budget and expenditures for each project.
2. Evaluate status of individual GO TEXAN, FSMIP and USDA SCBG projects, to include tracking current status of
    individual projects, trafficking project status and reporting successful completion of each project.
3. Evaluate bids, design, print concepts and specifications for publications and signage.
4. Prepare and track purchase requests; maintain contact with vendors until completion of each marketing project assigned.
5. Analyze market trends and make recommendations to specialty crop project partners as to direction of project.
6. Make recommendations on creative issues and project opportunities addressing overall success of GO TEXAN program,
    FSMIP and USDA SCBG projects.
7. Review and create plan of action for improving results of GO TEXAN program, FSMIP and USDA SCBP projects.
8. Work with other Marketing staff on creative issues and project opportunities addressing overall success and implementation
    of actions aimed at raising GO TEXAN and Texas specialty crop program awareness and GO TEXAN members’ potential
    growth.
9. Confer with the State Marketing Coordinator for Media and Advertising to develop new GO TEXAN and Texas specialty
    crop marketing inititatives and develop marketing collateral for use in various mediums, including television, print and
    web.
10. Work with State Marketing Coordinator for Media and Advertising to ensure that creative executions are on target, in
    keeping with GO TEXAN brand and legal guidelines, and within scope of work.
11. Correspond with vendor community on design direction and changes for some projects.
12. Develop and implement plan of action for improving results of GO TEXAN program, FSMIP and USDA SCBG projects.
13. Assist in training or advising other marketing staff according to the guidelines of GO TEXAN program, FSMIP and USDA
    SCBG projects.
14. Communicate with GO TEXAN members and specialty crop partners to obtain input and stimulate interest for the
    continued success of the program.
15. Schedule and facilitate internal project meetings.
16. Develop invoices and track income generated by SCBG projects.

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
17. Perform other duties as assigned.

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PROGRAM SPECIALIST
CLASSIFICATION TITLE: Program Specialist I                                                                   SALARY: B17 $3,100-3,400.00/MO.
CLASSIFICATION NO: 1570                                                                                                   FLSA: Nonexempt

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications
are met):
 Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university (one year work experience related to the essential duties may
    substitute for one year of college);
 Minimum one year work experience within a marketing or sales environment;
 Work experience creating and implementing original marketing ideas, plans and/or promotions;
 Work experience organizing and tracking projects;
 Valid Texas drivers license and an acceptable driving record; *and
 Required to travel up to 10% of the work period.

PREFER:
 Experience with or knowledge of the Texas Specialty Crop industry; and/or
 Experience with farmers markets.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (The application must specifically state how each of the following
qualifications are met):
 Knowledge of Texas state purchasing procedures;
 Effective verbal and written communication, human relations, presentation and organizational skills;
 Skill in providing excellent customer service to both internal and external customers;
 Skill in operating a personal computer with word processing, database, spreadsheet software and desktop publishing;
 Skills in artistic sensibility and creativity, design elements, color and composition;
 Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet strict deadlines while maintaining extreme attention to detail;
 Ability to establish goals and objectives and to devise solutions to problems;
 Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion;
 Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality;
 Ability to work independently in a setting requiring self-motivation and cooperative decision-making;
 Ability to work effectively with print and design professionals and to understand print and design terminology;
 Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people; and
 Ability to multi-task and adapt successfully and quickly to change, as needed, in a fast-paced work environment while
   providing quality results in a timely manner.

ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL CONDITIONS: Normal office work environment. Involves safely lifting and carrying items
weighing up to 40 pounds. May occasionally involve standing for long periods of time. Also involves travel, occasionally
overnight. May involve working overtime to include evenings and weekends, as needed.

 * A valid Texas driver’s license and an acceptable driving record are required. TDA will verify this information with the
                                             Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Texas Department of Agriculture is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age
or disability in recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention or any other personnel action or deny any benefits or participation in
programs or activities which it sponsors. Applicants should communicate requests for disability-related accommodations during the application process to our
Human Resources Office at 512-463-7648. 1-800-RELAY TX (for hearing impaired).

Section 651.005 of the Government Code requires males, ages 18 through 25, to provide proof of their Selective Service registration or of their exemption
from the requirement as a condition of state employment.

As part of the employment process, TDA may conduct a driving and criminal background check. Unsatisfactory information relevant to the position may
disqualify the applicant from employment.

Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection. Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application.

                                    Website: www.TexasAgriculture.gov                     Email: hr@TexasAgriculture.gov

								
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