Texas Water Development Board’s Mission
Leading the state’s efforts in ensuring a secure water future for Texas and its citizens.
The Texas Water Development Board does not discriminate on basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability in employment or provision of services, programs, or activities.
* Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
Job Description Summary
Performs moderately complex (journey-level) data administration, data management, outreach, and data inclusion tasks in support of the Texas Water Data Hub. Work involves internal and external outreach to stakeholders to identify and coordinate the use of and access to water data for integration into a statewide data hub. Promotes adoption of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) data principles through outreach and data management practices. Works as a member of a team to develop processes and procedures to find, document, index, and maintain FAIR data. Identifies and establishes relationships with key personnel (federal, state, and local governments and private sector) to understand data needs and to prioritize inclusion of datasets in the Texas Water Data Hub. Develops data use and access guidelines for data administration for all contributors to and users of a statewide data system according to FAIR data principles. Works with development and design team to guide enhancements to the Hub based on human centered design principals and user needs. May train others. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Assistant Deputy Executive Administrator of the Water Science & Conservation Office.
Essential Job Functions
- Administers the Texas Water Data Hub, including responding to data requests and inquiries, maintaining links and user databases, and developing administration guidelines and procedures as needed throughout development of the Hub project.
- Assists in development and implementation of outreach plans to identify data gaps and opportunities to address them to support buildout of the Texas Water Data Hub.
- Develops guidelines for water data stakeholders that set expectations for data sharing and use and adhere to FAIR data principles.
- Works closely with data hub development and coordination team to implement data schemas and integration strategies for water data.
- Validates data integration processes for the Texas Water Data Hub and identifies security and integrity issues.
- Compiles and evaluates water data and information, including applications, and maintains a catalog that is updated regularly.
- Develops and provides presentations and/or training sessions as needed for Texas Water Data Hub data users and data providers.
- Develops working ontology of water data and relationships between water data types for Texas.
- Identifies data gaps, errors, anomalies, inconsistencies, and redundancies by analyzing the content, structure, and relationships within data.
- Develops use cases demonstrating data interoperability and plans for data interoperability integration based on ontology development findings, data gap analyses, and user testing.
- Maintains confidential and sensitive information.
- Ensures individual and team files (electronic and hard versions) are appropriately maintained and timely disposed of in accordance with the agency’s records retention procedures and schedule.
- Maintains required certifications and licenses and meets the continuing education needs and requirements of the position, to include attending mandatory training courses.
- May be required to operate a state or personal vehicle for business purposes.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in Computer Science, Information Science, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Natural/Physical/Environmental Science, Engineering, Planning, or a related field.
- Three to four years of work experience relevant to data analysis and management in a professional work environment.
- Relevant education and experience can be substituted on a year-for-year basis.
- Graduate degree, or working towards completion of a graduate degree, from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Computer Science, Information Science, GIS, Natural/Physical/Environmental Science, Engineering, Planning, or related field.
- Two years of experience with the development and analysis of geospatial, engineering, and/or scientific data, including time-series data.
- Previous experience with Texas water datasets.
- Previous experience in data development or water resources.
- Previous experience using GIS.
- Previous experience using scripting languages such as python, working with databases, and/or building and working with web services or APIs.
- Previous experience with the graphical display of engineering and/or scientific data.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
- Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to the Office of Water Science & Conservation; and of the principles and practices of public administration.
- Knowledge of data schemas and data mapping services.
- Knowledge of relational database concepts, common data standards, and data management practices.
- Knowledge of GIS and/or hydrologic modeling and related software and tools of the profession.
- Skills in scientific data collection, management, interpretation, and visualization.
- Skills in programming/scripting languages, such as Python or equivalent.
- Skills in spatial data analysis techniques (e.g., ArcGIS, etc.) and common statistical analysis techniques.
- Skills in the development of scientific applications, web applications, and/or web services.
- Skills in identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Skills in interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of customers and stakeholders.
- Skills in giving presentations to the general public.
- Skills in using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Access.
- Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
- Ability to communicate both technical and non-technical issues clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to utilize analytical and problem-solving skills to address complex problems and devise solutions.
- Ability to gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze data.
- Ability to meet public/government officials to initiate collaborative efforts and to request data for integration into work products.
- Ability to adhere to work schedules, follow procedures with respect to leave and submit accurate timesheets by prescribed deadlines.
- Ability to make mature, objective decisions and identify areas of potential problems.
- Ability to perform effectively and willingly when changes occur in scope and nature of the work and work environment.
- Ability to perform routine and non-routine work assignments accurately and on-time with little or no supervision.
- Ability to perform assigned duties and improve work habits and/or output.
- Ability to complete assigned work, on time, neatly and with infrequent errors.
- Ability to interpret policies, procedures, and regulations.
- Ability to provide prompt, courteous and accurate assistance and clear and concise communication to internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to work and cooperate with others in a team environment.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks.
- Ability to stand/sit/move with no physical limitations or aids to perform activities such as retrieve/replace files in a large file system for boxes up to 30 lbs.
- Ability and willingness to travel 5% of the time, primarily within the State of Texas.
- Ability to operate a vehicle (state or personal) for state business and maintain a driver’s license and driving record that complies with state and agency requirements.
- Ability to work days that may exceed 8 hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends.
- Ability to train others.