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GENERAL DESCRIPTION: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.ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:Assists OPUCs Director of Government Affairs and External Communications with matters at the Texas Legislature and state agencies.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. Assists with the coordination and preparation of educational materials for meetings with legislative members and staff, state government agencies, and stakeholders. Assists with the preparation of testimony for legislative hearings.Assists with the preparation of presentations for public speaking engagements, conferences, and other events Assists with the preparation of responses to legislative, public, and media inquiries.Assists with consumer outreach efforts and preparation of educational materials. Assists with consumer inquiries submitted via the agencys consumer inquiry hotlineMINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Bachelors Degree in political science, public policy, communications, or other related field from an accredited university or college. A minimum of 2 years of legislative experience at the Texas Legislature or state government agency. Texas legislative session experience preferred. Experience with electric and/or water utility matters, or other regulated area preferred.MILITARY OCCUPATION CODES:http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_InformationandCommunication.pdfREMARKS: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 employees 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 employee handbook.The Office of Public Utility Counsel has a Post-Employment Restriction details furnished upon request.