Research Specialist V

Full Time Austin, Texas Metropolitan Area Texas Health and Human Services

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Texas Health and Human Services is seeking candidates for a position of Research Specialist V on Full Time basis located at Austin, Texas Metropolitan Area. Do not forget to review the job posting carefully before apply online.

Job Title: Research Specialist V
Company Name: Texas Health and Human Services
Job Location: Austin, Texas Metropolitan Area
Job Type: Full Time
Job Category: Government Administration
Job Link Expiry: 2023-04-15
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Job Description

The Research Specialist (RS V) performs highly advanced (senior-level) program evaluation for HHSC units, management, legislative entities and federal partners. Located within the Office of Data, Analytics, and Performance (DAP), the RS V reports to the Director of Research & Evaluation in collaboration with the Evaluation Team Lead.

The RS V designs and conducts research and evaluation studies requiring data collection, analysis, and reporting; applies advanced research designs and statistical methods to health and human services (HHS) data; writes advanced scripts and code for computer-based statistical software; develops, builds, and administers survey instruments and focus groups; and prepares a variety of reports, presentations, and other deliverables for state legislative entities, federal agencies, and HHSC departments.

The RS V provides research consultation and technical assistance to DAP and other HHS departments in developing research methods for effective data reporting and an enhanced understanding of HHS programs. The RSV works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions

Prepares a variety of advanced evaluation reports, technical studies, and other deliverables concerning HHS data, programs, and projects; documents the data sources, methods, findings, and policy implications for the Texas Legislature, Governor’s Office, and other federal and state agencies. (40%)

Leads comprehensive evaluations of HHS programs including planning the evaluation design, consulting with HHS staff and third party evaluators, developing data collection/survey instruments, performing advanced statistical analysis, and summarizing and interpreting the results. (40%)

Provides expert consultation and assistance to HHS staff in developing methods and strategies for effective research and evaluation of programs, data, analyses and reporting functions. (20%)

Knowledge Skills Abilities

Knowledge of HHS programs.

Skill in conducting qualitative and quantitative research.

Knowledge, experience, and advanced ability in using statistical analysis and data management software such as SPSS, SAS, Stata, MAXQDA, and other software such as Microsoft Office (Excel, Access, Word, Outlook, and Power Point).

Knowledge of survey methods and online survey tools (e.g., SurveyGizmo, Alchemer).

Ability to conceptualize, develop, and write evaluation plans and reports.

Ability to interpret and communicate complex concepts and research findings, both verbally and in writing.

Ability to manage multiple research and evaluation projects simultaneously.

Ability to exercise independent judgement and show initiative.

Must be skilled in working in a collaborative environment that may cross departments and/or agencies, and to communicate effectively with team members.

Registration Or Licensure Requirements


Initial Selection Criteria

Education and experience in research and evaluation; Graduate degree from an accredited college or university in statistics, research methods, social and behavioral sciences, public administration or policy preferred, plus two years of full-time experience in program evaluation or related field preferred. Experience in written and verbal communication on a complex level in a professional setting.

Additional Information

Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 49A, 783X, OSS, 8051, 15AX. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at

MOS Code

49A, 783X, OSS, 8051, 15AX

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