Harris County was founded in 1836 and is located in the Gulf Coast region of Texas approximately 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Harris County covers over 1700 square miles with over 4 million residents, making it the most populous county in Texas and third most populous in the United States.
The Harris County Universal Services (US) exists to support the mission of Harris County by developing, implementing and supporting high quality, innovative and cost-effective information technology solutions.
Harris County – Universal Services seeks a dynamic policy analyst or legal counsel to help develop and promote innovative policy initiatives that focus on broadband access and adoption. This position includes research and analysis to support these policy initiatives, participation in coalitions, and advocacy within Harris County & surrounding regions. On an average day in this position, the Policy Analyst can expect to serve as the County's primary advocate to expand the County's broadband coverage model by lead and participating in coalition meetings. Analyst will draft statements on a wide variety of broadband access, spectrum, and competition policy issues; or help produce public events, webinars, or blog posts to amplify Universal Services work to help close the digital divide and ensure everyone has equitable access to the internet.
Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
This position is designed for a technology analyst or lawyer with demonstrated experience in tech policy.
Minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience
Exceptional written and oral communication skills and demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
Knowledge of and experience with at least one of the following issues: broadband access and adoption (particularly impacts on historically marginalized communities); ISP competition, and broadband mapping
Experience working, or an enthusiastic willingness to learn how to work with stakeholders, public interest groups, and policymakers to advocate for these issues
A basic technical understanding of modern communications networks and technologies
A self-starter with an ability to multitask and maintain momentum in a fast-moving environment
Demonstrated interest or dedication to fostering equitable outcomes across society and especially for lower income communities, communities of color, and other historically marginalized constituencies. This can be in either your personal or professional life.
Applicants for this position will be subject to a criminal background check that includes being fingerprinted. This applies to any position with network access to CJI (Criminal Justice Information) systems or access to an area where CJI is received, maintained or stored either manually or electronically (i.e. custodian, maintenance).