Water Use Survey Discipline Lead (Research Specialist III)

Texas Water Development Board
Austin, TX, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Description Summary

Performs complex (journey-level) research and technical assistance work. Work involves coordinating the implementation, research, data analysis, program functions, and monitoring of the Water Use Survey Team. Oversees the daily operation of the annual water use survey, quality control checks for data accuracy, reporting of water use and planning data using SQL queries, historical water use estimates, information and analysis and data to internal and external customers. May provide guidance to others. Works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Manager of the Water Use & Planning Data Department.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assists with oversight of the annual water use survey to include tasks related to mail handling, survey maintenance, and organization of files and tables related to historical data.
  • Assists with oversight of the data collection, review, and annual water use estimates for all categories of water use and planning.
  • Assists with oversight of quality assurance/quality control review of data sets to improve data integrity, accuracy, and reliability.
  • Analyzes water use survey data sets using statistical methods and relational databases.
  • Develops quality assurance procedures and conducts quality assurance reviews of water use survey data.
  • Prepares and conducts presentations.
  • Assists in the enhancements to the water use survey online application as the business area lead for Information Technology Department projects.
  • Assists in formulating research objectives and programs.
  • Writes, edits, and reviews technical reports and summaries of findings.
  • Prepares correspondence related to completion of the survey.
  • Oversees the data collection, review, and annual water use estimates for all categories of water use and planning.
  • Conducts survey data entry of water use survey.
  • Answers phone calls for assistance in completing the survey and responds to requests for water use and planning data.
  • Scans, imports, and indexes submitted surveys into the Hal File storage applications.
  • Updates and prepares survey forms, letters, and procurement of supplies used in mailing the survey.
  • Updates the water use survey webpages.
  • May provide guidance to others.
  • Participates in Supervisor-approved Career Development Plan activities, including the establishment of employee goals and identification of job-related training opportunities as discussed with Supervisor.
  • 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 with a bachelor’s degree in Planning, Resource and Environmental Studies, Geography, Public Administration, Computer Science, or related discipline.
  • Five years of data analysis work experience Planning, Resource and Environmental Studies, Geography, Public Administration, Computer Science, or related field.
  • Relevant education and experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Planning, Resource and Environmental Studies, Geography, Public Administration, Computer Science, or related discipline.
  • Three years of work experience with relational databases, including querying, reviewing, and reporting data.
  • Experience querying data using Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.
  • Experience in water planning and/or water use or water projection data.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to department; and of the principles and practices of public administration.
  • Knowledge geographical concepts, their application to data analysis, and geographical presentation of data.
  • Knowledge of relational databases and data management.
  • Knowledge of statistical concepts and methods and their application to research analysis; of measurement, testing, and evaluation; and of research methods, principles, techniques, and philosophies.
  • Skill in conducting qualitative and quantitative research, in the use of a computer and applicable software, and in using statistical tools and programs.
  • Skills in using Microsoft Office programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and SQL.
  • Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
  • Skills in querying data using software such as Microsoft Access or SQL Server.
  • Skills in building data-related reports using software such as Microsoft Access, Crystal Reports, or Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate research projects; to evaluate research data; to ensure the development of measuring instruments with respect to reliability, relevance, and validity; to interpret and publish research findings; to communicate effectively; and to supervise the work of others.
  • Skills in organizational, interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
  • 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 10% 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 train others.
  • 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 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 manage, manipulate, and analyze complex databases.
  • Ability to schedule work to maintain regular progress on assignments and meet deadlines.

Please see complete job description at http://www.twdb.texas.gov/jobs/index.asp

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $3,520.34 - $4,355.00 per month


  • 401(k)
  • Dental Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Retirement Plan
  • Vision Insurance