STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION


Salary Group B20

Class No. 1573

PROGRAM SPECIALIST IV

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs highly complex (senior-level) consultative services and technical assistance work.  Work involves planning, developing, and implementing major agency program(s) and providing consultative services and technical assistance to program staff, governmental agencies, community organizations, or the general public.  May train, lead, and/or prioritize the work of others. Works under limited 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 for assigned program(s). 

Oversees the completion of and monitors required performance reports and recommends appropriate changes.

Coordinates and collaborates with program staff in program planning, development, implementation, analysis, and documentation of agency program(s).

Coordinates and conducts surveys, inspections, or reviews to determine compliance with certification requirements, laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.

Coordinates the marketing of programs to community and professional groups to encourage interest in the programs and to secure support for the programs. 

Coordinates the review and evaluation of service delivery system methods, outputs, activities, and trends to identify gaps in resources and recommends and implements improvements to resolve technical problems.

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

Analyzes operations and reviews reports, recommendations, and justifications.

Collects, organizes, analyzes, and/or prepares materials in response to requests for program information and reports. 

Develops program policies, procedures, standards, and manuals in accordance with program objectives and goals. 

Evaluates research findings relative to specific projects being developed.

Reviews program area functions and operations, identifies areas needing change, and develops plans to improve programs or to address areas of concern.

Conducts training and provides guidance to staff in the development and integration of new or revised methods and procedures.

May analyze the application of and variations within programs to develop action plans for improving or initiating new programs.

May prepare and evaluate program budget requests.

May train, lead, and/or prioritize the work of 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, lead, and/or prioritize the work of others.


State Auditor’s Office

Revised 9-1-15