Technical Writer - Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in Austin Texas

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Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Austin, Texas 78752

United States

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Detailed Job Description

General Description:
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) is seeking a Technical Writer to assist in grant writing, fund development and communications for the Office of Development. This is an opportunity for a seasoned professional or a recent graduate to make a meaningful contribution toward improving the lives of others through higher education. The successful applicant will be welcomed into an organization by colleagues who have a shared commitment to help increase educational attainment levels in Texas; improve completion rates of college students; ensure graduates know and can articulate the marketable skills acquired through their higher education experiences; and avoid student debt levels that are unmanageable. The highly capable writer selected for this position must be resourceful, organized, and results-oriented, with an engaging personality and strong interpersonal communication skills. Skills in collaboration and team work are necessary and highly valued. 

Performs advanced technical writing and grant development, prospect research, and limited administrative or special project functions for the Office of Development. Work involves collecting and analyzing information; organizing grant teams; and composing and editing draft narratives to create final, compelling, visually appealing, and persuasive proposals for consideration by funders. Conducts ongoing research on potential funders with an interest in higher education, and develops communications to inform stakeholders about strategies to achieve the goals of 60x30TX. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. This position reports to the Senior Director, Development.  

General Duties and Responsibilities:
• Interprets published grant guidelines to produce compelling proposals requesting foundation, corporate, and federal funding.
• Analyzes, synthesizes, interprets, and makes deductions using a variety of sources.
• Gathers and uses educational research and data to effectively establish and present the need for funding in proposals.
• Conducts research on potential funders' strategic plans and grant guidelines, and seeks to align 60x30TX goals with funders' interests.
• Collaborates with the subject matter experts, division staff, and senior management during preparation of proposals (assembles appropriate team, develops program timelines, plans program elements, and assists in developing budget).
• Plans and schedules timelines for proposal completion, assigns deadlines for content specialists to contribute to proposal.
• Applies knowledge of 60x30TX goals in preparation of proposals that are in alignment with THECB's strategic plan.
• Gathers and uses data to accurately describe program outcomes in grant reports, according to funder guidelines.
• Collaborates with the appropriate division staff, stewardship director, and senior management during preparation of reports to funders.
• Assists with preparation of materials for public presentations.
• Reviews and edits materials upon request and recommends revisions or changes in scope, format, and content.
• Maintains and seeks to enhance knowledge of higher education issues.
• Attends relevant workshops, conferences, and webinars, as required.
• Performs related work as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Knowledge of techniques and methods of planning, organizing, and writing various types of materials in collaboration with a team.
• Knowledge of multiple methods for information-gathering and research methodologies.
• Knowledge of business English, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and writing fundamentals including proofing and editing documents.
• Skill in using standard office software (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel) in a PC environment.
• Skill in grant and report writing; project management; and attention to detail. 
• Skill in identifying potential challenges, resolving problems, and taking proactive measures to address potential problems.
• Ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
• Ability to understand and appropriately interpret and apply state and federal laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures affecting expenditure of grant funds.
• Ability to take initiative, work independently, and make decisions using sound judgment, analytical thinking and sound reasoning.
• Ability to communicate and apply creative solutions when problem solving.
• Ability to keep management informed of problems or critical issues.
• Ability to complete multiple priorities and projects concurrently.
• Ability to set priorities, problem solve, meet periodic, milestone, and final deadlines.
• Ability to communicate complex information in a clear, organized, and concise way.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with coworkers, legislators and their staff, and external agencies and organizations.
• Ability to compose, review, illustrate, and edit technical documents, marketing materials, and reports.
• Ability to be resourceful under the pressure of deadlines.
• Ability to follow funder's guidelines, with close attention to detail.

 Required Minimum Qualifications:

Required Minimum Education and experience:
• Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in English, rhetoric, communications, journalism, or related field.
• Experience in technical writing, journalism, grant writing, or communication.

 Preferred Qualifications:

• Master's degree from an accredited college or university in English, rhetoric, communications, journalism, or related field may substitute for one year of required work experience.
• Experience in or demonstrated capacity for development of grant proposals, logic models and strategic plans.
• Experience with higher education research and outreach or student success initiatives.
• Skills in graphic design and in use of Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.
• Knowledge of higher education policy issues and best practices.

 Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions:

Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions:
Work is performed in a standard office environment and requires:
• Regular, reliable, and punctual attendance at work;
• Frequent use of personal computer, copiers, printers and telephones;
• Frequent sitting;
• Frequently works under deadlines, as a team member, and in direct contact with others.
• Demonstrate knowledge of customer service deliverables.
• Show flexibility and adaptability toward changes in assignments and work schedules; and work extended hours as necessary.
• Adhere to the organization's internal management policies and procedures.
• Contribute to the agency's performance measures and mission.
• Travel occasionally for work assignments and training.

Compliance with the Selective Service Law for males ages 18-25.  Please be advised that under Texas law, names and other information concerning applicants or nominees may be subject to disclosure upon request.

THECB does not allow dual employment with other state of Texas agencies or institutions.

Skills assessment may be conducted at time of interview.

Application Requirements

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  A State of Texas application is required to apply.  For more information on how to apply for this position, go to the Coordinating Board's employment opportunities website at  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board participates in E-Verify for each new employees' Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.  For questions please call the HR Department at 512-427-6190.  For vocal and/or hearing assistance call 7-1-1, (512) 427-6190.


Keyword Phrases

  • Grant and Report Writing
  • Higher Education research
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Writer
  • Office of Development
  • Student Affairs and Services
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: $49,092 - $57,996
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: Transcripts