Senior Federal Policy Advisor

Texas Health & Human Services Commission Austin, TX
The Program Specialist VI serves as the Senior Federal Policy Advisor to the Director of Federal Funds and Client Services. Provides high-level consultative and technical assistance. The Senior Federal Policy Advisor interacts with program subject matter experts, and management in defining business problems and facilitating solutions and coordinating projects with others in the agency. The position works under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Essential Job Functions:

(25%) Serves as lead for the development and implementation of complex initiatives. Plans, oversees, and manages the development and ongoing operation of assigned special projects including those related to federal and state directed initiatives. Develops work plans, monitors and reports on progress, and communicates with staff, stakeholders, agency management, and others. Works with contractors, HHSC Rate Analysis, Budget, Accounting, Purchasing, and Legal to identify and resolve project issues. (25%) Oversees the collection, organization, analysis, and preparation of materials in response to requests for information, briefing documents, legislative reports, status updates, and presentations to leadership, fiscal impact analyses, and rules, requests for proposals, contracts and amendments. Prepares quality research, analysis, and written updates, summaries, and other documents as assigned. Develops materials for the preparation or in follow up to workgroups and meetings conducted with internal and external stakeholders. Assists management with subject matter expertise for legislative meetings, conferences, and stakeholder group. (15%) Interprets agency rules and federal and state laws, and oversees initiatives to bring program policies and procedures into compliance with statutes and rules. (20%) Acts as liaison to other program staff and other agencies concerning initiatives being managed by the unit. Provides input and technical assistance and guidance to staff (internal and other HHS agencies) in the development and implementation of program changes and new initiatives. (10%) Works with and speaks to community and professional groups, other HHSC programs, other state agencies, legislative staff, provider associations and public stakeholders, to provide information, technical assistance, identify needs and resolve issues. Provides oral presentations, and written materials, as appropriate. (5%) Performs other duties, as assigned. Knowledge Skills Abilities:

Knowledge of federal laws, regulations, and processes Knowledge of the legislative process and experience analyzing legislation. Skill in leading teams and working with multiple stakeholders. Skill in written and oral communication, including the ability to make public presentations, write technical information in an understandable format, and produce sophisticated reports. Skill in using personal computer application software such as MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or similar programs. Ability to work cooperatively as a team member in a fast-paced, deadline-orientated environment. Ability to plan and organize work. Ability to perform work with a high degree of attention to detail. Ability to lead others. Registration or Licensure Requirements:

N/AInitial Selection Criteria:

Five years of full-time work experience, with three years in the health and human services field. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. Five years of work experience may substitute for a four-year degree. Master's degree preferred. Additional Information:

Additional Information: Note: There are no direct military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position. All active duty, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at

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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

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