Program Specialist VII (Innovation Program Manager)

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Program Specialist VII (Innovation Program Manager)
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Job Posting:





Open Until Filled

Position Title:

Program Specialist VII (Innovation Program Manager)



Military Occupation Specialty Code:

Air Force 8U000, 88B0

Fair Labor Standards Act Status:


Number of Vacancies:



Chief Technology Office/Digital Services

Salary Range:




Hours Worked Weekly:


Work Schedule:

This position may be eligible for flexible work hours and/or a hybrid work schedule if certain program guidelines are met; working arrangements may change at any time at the sole discretion of the agency.



Work Location:

300 West 15th Street, #1300 / Austin, Texas 78701

Web site:

Refer Inquiries to:

People and Culture Office


(512) 475-4957 or (512) 463-5920

How To Apply:

Special Instructions:

  • Applicants must provide in-depth information in the EXPERIENCE & CREDENTIALS section to demonstrate how they meet the position qualifications. Incomplete applications may result in disqualification.
  • Resumes may be uploaded as an attachment but are not accepted in lieu of the information required in the EXPERIENCE & CREDENTIALS section of the application.

Interview Place/Time:

Candidates will be notified for appointments as determined by the selection committee.

Selective Service Registration:

Section 651.005 of the Government Code requires males, ages 18 through 25 years, to provide proof of their Selective Service registration or proof of their exemption from the requirement as a condition of state employment.

H-1B Visa Sponsorship:

We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa at this time.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Department of Information Resources does not exclude anyone from consideration for recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention, or any other personnel action, or deny any benefits or participation in programs or activities, which it sponsors on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability.  Please call 512-475-4922 to request reasonable accommodation.

What We Do

The Texas Department of Information Resources is the state agency charged with protecting the state’s data and critical technology infrastructure, managing a multi-billion-dollar cooperative contracts program, and providing strategic technology leadership, solutions, and innovation to all levels of Texas government.  DIR is a fast-paced and collaborative environment with highly motivated and engaged employees dedicated to achieving the best value for the state.

Position Summary

Performs highly advanced (senior-level) consultative services and technical assistance work supporting the Chief Technology Office and managing the Texas Innovation and Education Center (TIEC) Innovation Lab. Work involves planning, developing, coordinating, and implementing strategic goals and objectives for projects. Provides consultative services and technical assistance to program staff, government agencies, community organizations, or the general public. Develops guidelines, procedures, rules, and regulations. May serve as a lead worker providing direction to other project staff and coordinates and evaluates program activities. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. 

  • Plans, prioritizes, and performs of a variety of technical, training, research, planning, policy, program assessments, and administrative activities for the innovation lab including overseeing the delivery of services, program budget, schedules, work plans, resource requirements, and cost estimates and projections. 
  • Provides high-level technical program assistance for the innovation lab and creates efficiencies where opportunities occur; Organizes, manages, and refreshes the innovation lab environment. 
  • Leads the implementation and ongoing management of complex program initiatives. 
  • Completes, monitors, and ensures timely execution of proofs of concept, prototypes, administrative    and performance reports, studies, innovative metrics, and specialized projects by ensuring focus on viable product and sprints. 
  • Reviews, approves, and oversees the implementation of proposed changes to program and project parameters and changes to original plans and budget projections; develops project plans including strategy definition, project forecast allocation, timelines and milestones, and contingency planning. 
  • Ensures compliance with program policies and procedures, statutes, and rules; Leads and recommends corrective actions as needed. 
  • Consults with internal groups, innovation center customers, and external service partners to achieve agency objectives, goals, and initiatives, including the identification, prototype, and testing of new products and services to incorporate their solutions into capabilities that accelerate innovation and market access. 
  • Performs other work-related duties as assigned.


  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in business, computer science, or a related field. 
  • Additional work-related experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis (High-school diploma required.) 

Experience and Training Required

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience managing complex programs 
  • Minimum of five (5) years developing guidelines, procedures, rules, and/or regulations 
  • Familiar with various Software Development Life Cycles (SDLCs) 

Experience and Training Preferred

  • Experience working with cross-functional teams.
  • Experience leading groups toward creative solutions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of state government and responsibility to the public. 
  • Skilled in making decisions with the customer experience in mind.  
  • Skilled at creative at problem solving. 
  • Strong written, verbal, and communication skills. 
  • Ability to apply analytical and critical thinking skills to manage complex programs. 
  • Ability to manage projects; to establish goals and objectives; to devise solutions to administrative       problems; to develop and evaluate policies and procedures; to prepare reports; and to plan, assign, and supervise the work of others. 
  • Ability to analyze systems and procedures; to write and revise standards and procedures; and       analyze complex issues and draw valid conclusions. 
  • Ability to understand technical concepts and language and transform into easily understood and engaging content for variety of non-technical audiences. 
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships at all organizational       levels, including agency management, direct supervisors, co-workers, internal and external customers. 
  • Ability to understand, follow and convey brief oral and/or written instructions. 
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing, in a clear and concise manner. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to support and contribute to a cohesive team environment. 
  • Ability to work under pressure and exacting schedules to complete assigned tasks. 
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet required deadlines. 
  • Ability to comply with all agency policy and applicable laws. 
  • Ability to comply with all applicable safety rules, regulations, and standards. 
  • Ability to comply with all applicable safety rules, regulations, and standards.

Computer Skills

  • Proficiency in the use of a computer and applicable software necessary to perform work assignments e.g., word processing, spreadsheets (Microsoft Office preferred).

Other Requirements

  • Regular and punctual attendance at the workplace.
  • Criminal background check.

Working Conditions

  • Frequent use of computers, copiers, printers, and telephones.
  • Frequent standing, walking, sitting, listening, and talking.
  • Frequent work under stress, as a team member, and in direct contact with others.
  • Occasional bending, stooping, lifting, and climbing.

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