Job Posting No.: 21-03
OPEN: June 2, 2021
CLOSE: Until Filled
Government Affairs and External Communications Analyst
(Government Relations Specialist I)
Monthly Salary: $5,000 - $6,667
(Commensurate with Qualifications)
The Government Affairs and External Communications Analyst will work directly for the Director
of Government Affairs and External Communications at the Office of Public Utility Counsel
(OPUC). The Analyst must have knowledge of the Texas legislative process, legislative members,
and stakeholders; experience with tracking, analyzing, and interpreting legislation; preferably
some experience with electricity and/or water utility matters or other regulatory matters;
experience with coordinating interactions with the Texas Legislature, state government agencies,
and stakeholders; experience with external communications; strong interpersonal and
communications skills; strong writing skills, and ability to exercise strong independent judgement
and initiative. (Download PDF Version)
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
1. Assists OPUC’s Director of Government Affairs and External Communications with
matters at the Texas Legislature and state agencies.
2. Assists with monitoring and tracking pending legislation and other legislative activities at
the Texas Legislature, including attending and reporting on legislative committee hearings
and stakeholder meetings.
3. Assists with the coordination and preparation of educational materials for meetings with
legislative members and staff, state government agencies, and stakeholders.
4. Assists with the preparation of testimony for legislative hearings.
5. Assists with the preparation of presentations for public speaking engagements,
conferences, and other events
6. Assists with the preparation of responses to legislative, public, and media inquiries.
7. Assists with consumer outreach efforts and preparation of educational materials.
8. Assists with consumer inquiries submitted via the agency’s consumer inquiry hotlineMINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
1. Bachelor’s Degree in political science, public policy, communications, or other related
field from an accredited university or college.
2. A minimum of 2 years of legislative experience at the Texas Legislature or state
government agency. Texas legislative session experience preferred.
3. Experience with electric and/or water utility matters, or other regulated area preferred.
MILITARY OCCUPATION CODES:
• The position may require additional work hours including evenings, weekends, and/or
holidays to meet critical deadlines.
• OPUC participates in E-verify and will provide to the Social Security Administration
(SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information
from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.
• A satisfactory driving record may be required for driving a state or personal vehicle to
conduct agency business. Employees may have their driving record evaluated.
• Employees are required to comply with Office policies and provisions outlined in the
• The Office of Public Utility Counsel has a Post-Employment Restriction – details
furnished upon request.
Send State of Texas application and references to:
Office of Public Utility Counsel
ATTN: Janalee Paiz
P.O. Box 12397
Austin, TX 78711-2397
The Office of Public Utility Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, age or
disability in employment or the provision of services. A disabled individual requiring reasonable
accommodation shall not be denied opportunity due to the disability. The applicant should
communicate requests for reasonable accommodation.