Chief of Staff to Board Member (Director III)

Texas Water Development Board

Job Description Summary

Performs highly advanced (senior-level) managerial work providing guidance and planning for an appointed TWDB Board Member.  Work involves establishing strategic plans, goals, and objectives of Board Member, developing policies, reviewing guidelines and procedures. Establishes priorities, standards, and measurement tools for determining progress in meeting goals. Coordinates and assists Board Member in evaluating program activities.  Reports to an appointed TWDB Board Member while working under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions

  • Provides a wide range of strategic and operational support to an appointed TWDB Board Member.
  • Responsible for the coordination of Board Member programs, activities and outreach efforts.
  • May prioritize tasks, conduct daily briefings, and set Board Member schedules.
  • May arrange and participate in Board Member meetings and conferences; provide advice, and conduct follow-up communications.
  • Conducts research, analyzes and interprets information.
  • Oversees the flow and content of information provided to the Board Member.
  • Monitors relevant legislation as applicable to the TWDB.
  • Develops and maintains effective communication and working relationships with Executive Administrator and TWDB staff, other state agencies, legislative staff, associations, organizations, advocacy groups, and the general public.
  • Maintains confidential and sensitive information.
  • Ensures individual and team files (electronic and hard versions) are appropriately maintained and timely disposed of in accordance with the agency’s records retention procedures and schedule.
  • Maintains required certifications and licenses and meets the continuing education needs and requirements of the position to include, attending mandatory training courses.
  • May be required to operate a state or personal vehicle for business purposes.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in business, public or policy administration or a related field.
  • Substantial experience in the development of public policy.
  • Relevant education and experience can be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous work experience with the State of Texas.
  • Experience with water infrastructure planning, conservation, and financing, or natural resources policy.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Texas Water Code and other local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to program areas.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and management.
  • Skills in establishing plans and setting objectives and goals that support an overall business strategy and projects.
  • Skills in using Microsoft Office program such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.
  • Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
  • Ability to direct and organize activities.
  • Ability to establish program goals and objectives that support a strategic plan.
  • Ability to prepare reports.
  • Ability to adhere to work schedules, follow procedures with respect to leave and submit accurate timesheets by prescribed deadlines.
  • Ability to make mature, objective decisions and identify areas of potential problems.
  • Ability to perform effectively and willingly when changes occur in scope and nature of the work and work environment.
  • Ability to perform routine and non-routine work assignments accurately and on-time with little or no supervision.
  • Ability to perform assigned duties and improve work habits and/or output.
  • Ability to complete assigned work, on time, neatly and with infrequent errors.
  • Ability to develop and interpret policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Ability to provide prompt, courteous and accurate assistance and clear and concise communication to internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work and cooperate with others in a team environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Ability to stand/sit/move with no physical limitations or aids to perform activities such as retrieve/replace files in a large file system for boxes up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability and willingness to travel 20% of the time, primarily within the State of Texas.
  • Ability to operate a vehicle (state or personal) for state business and maintain a driver’s license and driving record that complies with state and agency requirements.
  • Ability to work days that may exceed 8 hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends.
  • Ability to train others.


  • Copy of required academic transcripts and/or licensures and driving record must be submitted at the time of hire. Failure to provide required documentation will result in no further consideration for employment.
  • Important Notice: Otherwise qualified candidates who are ultimately considered for potential employment with the Texas Water Development Board may be the subject of a request for any criminal history record information maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). Evidence of a criminal conviction or other relevant information obtained from the DPS shall not automatically disqualify an individual from employment with the Texas Water Development Board.

Posted: March 12, 2018