STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION


Salary Group B17

Class No. 1570

PROGRAM SPECIALIST I

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs routine (journey-level) consultative services and technical assistance work.  Work involves assisting with planning, developing, and implementing an agency program and providing consultative services and technical assistance to program staff, governmental agencies, community organizations, or the general public.  May train others.  Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Performs an array of technical, training, research, planning, policy, program assessment, and administrative activities related to program assignment.

Provides support and collaborates in the planning, development, and implementation of an agency program.

Serves as a liaison to staff, government agencies, community organizations, or the general public to assist in explaining program specifics and requirements. 

Markets program(s) to community and professional groups to encourage and/or improve interest in the program(s).

Monitors compliance with requirements, laws, regulations, policies, and procedures for assigned program.

Assists program staff in determining trends and resolving technical problems.

Assists in the collection, organization, analysis, and/or preparation of materials in response to requests for program information and reports.

Assists in providing consultative services and technical assistance for agency programs. 

Assists in the preparation of administrative reports, studies, and specialized projects.

Assists with preparing and reviewing literature, statutes, rules, and/or policies.

Assists with the review of program area operations to identify areas in need of change and assists with the development of plans to improve or address areas of concern.

Assists in analyzing legislation to develop recommendations for policy in programmatic areas relating to the implementation, improvement, and/or expansion or reduction of program funding.

Assists in preparing and evaluating program budget requests.

Assists in preparing justifications for the implementation of procedural or policy changes.

May assist in developing policy and procedure manuals.

May train others.

Performs related work as assigned.

GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES

Experience and Education

Experience in a field related to the agency program.  Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in a field relevant to the assignment is generally preferred.  Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws related to the program area; of public administration and management techniques; of statistical analysis processes; of budget processes; of research techniques; of training and marketing techniques; and of program management processes and techniques. 

Skill in identifying measures or indicators of program performance and in operating computers and applicable software.

Ability to gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze facts; to devise solutions to problems; to market programs; to prepare reports; to develop, evaluate, and interpret policies and procedures; to communicate effectively; and to train others.


State Auditor’s Office

Revised 9-1-15