FIELD REPRESENTATIVE - #14-717-1
- San Antonio, TX
The Texas Legislature established the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) in 1907. The agency's key objectives are to promote production agriculture, consumer protection, economic development and healthy living. The agriculture commissioner oversees the agency and is elected every four years. The current commissioner, Todd Staples, was first elected in 2006 and re-elected to a second term in 2010.
TDA is a diversified state agency that provides value-added services through our regulatory and marketing and initiatives. TDA is headquartered in Austin and has five regional service offices, two sub-offices, three laboratories and five livestock export facilities.
Mission: TDA’s mission is to partner with all Texans to make Texas the nation's leader in agriculture, fortify our economy, empower rural communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate winning strategies for rural, suburban and urban Texas through exceptional service and the common threads of agriculture in our daily lives.
CLASSIFICATION TITLE: Program Specialist IV
SALARY: B20 $4,000.00/MO.
CLASSIFICATION NO: 1573
LOCATION: Various Counties**
JOB OBJECTIVE: Provide consultation and technical assistance to industry constituents, rural communities and those businesses investing in these communities, Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) staff and local, state and federal entities, to contribute to the increased sales of Texas agricultural commodities and the expansion and promotion of businesses and communities in an assigned TDA region.
- Provide consultation and technical assistance to GO TEXAN members, communities, businesses and community organizations, and serve as a resource to local, state and federal entities.
- Promote and expand markets for all Texas products, services and communities, both within and outside the state and country.
- Actively recruit members for all TDA marketing and economic development programs.
- Proactively pursue educational meetings and seminars to promote programs offered by TDA through the Texas Agricultural Finance Authority (TAFA).
- Provide counsel to local producers, banks and businesses that access TAFA programs.
- Interpret and provide guidance on Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) Action Plans, Texas Administrative Code rules, Housing and Community Development Act; and State Community Development Block Grant Program provisions in the Code of Federal Regulations, HUD’s Guide to National Objectives and Eligible Activities, TxCDBG Implementation Manual, Uniform Grant Management Standards, and other program related rules and regulations at a basic level.
- Conduct surveys, inspections, or reviews to determine compliance with certification requirements, laws, regulations, policies, and procedures, applicable to community development.
- Advise and counsel communities with economic development issues and opportunities to assist in local efforts to attract new business or expand existing businesses.
- Work with business prospects in locating financing, business sites, market/sales opportunities, workforce training and sources of supplies and raw materials.
- Understand and promote all programs administered by the agency that assist with business start-ups, modernizations and expansions.
- Provide guidance and advice regarding finance programs, available through chambers of commerce, small business development centers and local financial institutions that assist with business start-ups, modernizations and expansions.
- Create and maintain networks with various agencies, trade associations, commodity groups and agricultural producers/processors.
- Organize, promote and actively participate in regional economic development summits to help promote TDA, state and federal resources that can benefit rural communities and businesses.
- Attend various functions to promote Texas products, services and communities, to include stock shows, county/state fairs, trade shows, commodity sampling, school programs, in-store promotions, chef/farm tours and other special events.
- Attend and accept speaking engagements at a variety of agricultural/civic/educational meetings, seminars and other events to promote TDA programs; make presentations, as requested.
- Serve as liaison to foreign trade delegations to visit producers in the region, as needed.
- Remain abreast of current marketing trends and economic development opportunities.
- Respond to inquiries and requests from constituents regarding TDA and other agriculture-related issues.
- Complete all required paperwork and reports and submit in an accurate and timely manner.
- Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
- Follow all TDA safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.
- ESSENTIAL DUTIES (continued):
1. Follow all TDA safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.
2. Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
3. Maintain state vehicles and other state property according to agency guidelines.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- ESSENTIAL DUTIES (continued):
QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met.):
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university (two years work experience related to the essential duties may substitute for one year of college);
- Minimum four years work experience in marketing or economic and business development;
- Experience working for or with small businesses;
- Experience planning and executing special events;
- Work experience making presentations to groups;
- Must maintain a phone line and high-speed internet at all times (This is a non-reimbursable expense);
- Valid Texas drivers license and an acceptable driving record;* and
- Required travel up to 80% of the work period in the assigned area.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met.):
- Effective verbal and written communication, human relations, organizational and sales/presentation skills;
- Working knowledge of the principles and dynamics of marketing and economic development;
- Knowledge of marketing or promotion of Texas products, services and communities;
- Skill in providing excellent customer service to both internal and external customers;
- Skill in operating a personal computer with word processing, database, spreadsheet and presentation software;
- Ability to learn TDA policies and procedures, marketing goals and all related laws and regulations;
- Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet strict deadlines while maintaining extreme attention to detail;
- Ability to work in a setting requiring self-motivation/cooperative decision-making and to work effectively with diverse groups of people;
- Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment;
- Ability to adapt successfully and quickly to change and deliver quality results in a timely manner;
- Ability to plan, organize and work independently, as well as in a team environment;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency staff and the general public;
- Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion; and
- Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality.
ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL CONDITIONS: Normal office work environment. Also involves working outdoors when contacting producers, buyers and food processors; safely lifting and carrying items weighing up to 50 pounds; safely operating a state vehicle and driving for long distances, occasionally overnight; and participating in exhibits or making presentations that may involve working evenings, weekends and long hours, as needed.
A skills exercise will be conducted at the time of the interview.
*A valid Texas driver’s license and an acceptable driving record are required.
TDA will verify this information with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
** Aransas, Atascosa, Bee, Bexar, Calhoun, Comal, De Witt, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Live Oak, McMullen, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Wilson
For more information about registering with Work in Texas and submitting an electronic application, you can refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on the WorkinTexas website. Questions directly related to the job posting may be directed to TDA’s Applicant Services Office at (512) 463-7648.
TDA participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. * E-Verify Participation Poster (English) * E-Verity Participation Poster (Spanish) * Right to Work Poster (English) * Right to Work Poster (Spanish)