The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Program Administrator - Policy Program Specialist

Hiring department Hogg Foundation
Monthly salary $5,416+ depending on qualifications
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Posting number 18-01-08-01-0442
Job Status Closed
FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Lake Austin Centre (Lake Austin Blvd.)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

This position will assist policy unit in implementing the foundation's strategic direction.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Note: The following additional materials are also required for consideration: Two professional writing samples Instructions for submission of these materials will be provided at the time the online application has been completed.

Additional Information


Participate in the foundation's efforts to influence systems changes that improve the mental health and wellbeing of Texans, through policy change initiatives, grant making activities, collaboration, and dialogue.

Essential Functions

Conduct policy research and analysis; develop strategic solutions for improving mental health systems in Texas. Collaborate with policy team to implement the policy unit strategic plan. Assist with building policy capacity on the community level in conjunction with grant initiatives, including fostering relationships with community groups, leaders, and other stakeholders. Represent the foundation's interests on policy-related workgroups, advisory committees, and coalitions. Build upon the existing legislative, agency, and advocacy relationships of the foundation. Review proposed agency rules relating to behavioral health systems, services, and programs. Analyze proposed legislation and provide a variety of legislative technical assistance as requested by legislators and staff. Design, develop, and manage policy grant programs. Research and develop issue specific policy documents; manage update of the mental health guide. Convene and facilitate meetings of diverse stakeholders on relevant policy issues. Conduct presentations on key issues and policy implications. Assist with facilitating foundation staff learning related to mental health policy and policy processes. Coordinate policy activities with internal communications, operations, and grants management as appropriate. Collaborate with program team on various foundation activities, internal projects, and workgroups. Supervise and mentor graduate research assistants.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Serve on internal operational committees. Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Master's degree in public affairs, public health, social work, law, psychology or related social and behavioral sciences. A minimum of five years experience in public policy. Strong written and oral communication skills including the ability to synthesize complex policy issues for general audiences. Strong policy research and analytical skills. The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues, legislators, legislative staff, state agency staff, advocates, and other external stakeholders. Strong organizational skills including the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize projects. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge and experience in mental health policy. Nonprofit, governmental, or philanthropic experience. Sensitivity and familiarity with diverse cultures and underserved populations in Texas. Knowledge of, and experience working with, health and human services agencies in Texas. Knowledge of, and experience working with, the Texas legislature. Knowledge of the social determinants of health at the community level. Experience in bringing stakeholders together and facilitating community collaboratives. Experience supervising and/or mentoring emerging policy professionals and graduate research assistants.

Working conditions

Use of manual dexterity

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