STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION


Salary Group B19

Class No. 1572

PROGRAM SPECIALIST III

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs complex (journey-level) consultative services and technical assistance work.  Work involves 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 general supervision, with moderate 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.

Collaborates in the planning, development, implementation, analysis, and documentation of an agency program.

Collaborates with program staff in determining trends and resolving technical problems.

Serves as a liaison to staff, government agencies, community organizations, or the general public to explain and provide technical assistance on program specifics and requirements.

Conducts surveys and/or reviews to determine compliance with certification requirements, laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.

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

Monitors, reviews, and evaluates compliance with program policies and procedures, statutes, and rules for assigned program.

Prepares comprehensive reviews of literature, statutes, rules, and/or policies and prepares administrative reports, studies, and specialized research projects.

Studies and analyzes operations and problems, prepares reports of findings and recommendations, and prepares justifications for procedural or policy changes.

Reviews and evaluates information on service delivery system methods, outputs, and activities to identify gaps in resources and recommend improvements.

Analyzes legislation and assists with the development of recommendations for policy and programmatic issues relating to the implementation, improvement, and/or expansion or reduction of program funding.

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

Assists in preparing and evaluating program budget requests.

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

May recommend and coordinate activities to produce a more effective program.

May develop 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