PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST, COMMUNITY SERVICE
Under direction, assists in the professional, administrative and analytical
work to promote the planning, operation, implementation, monitoring
and/or evaluation of community oriented programs designed to address
the socio-economic, human service and other needs of community residents;
does other related duties as required.
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only.
A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this
job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Using available information makes an initial survey to determine the
social service and other needs of the community.
Carries on a continuing survey of existing services for the aging,
ascertains gaps in services, and initiates negotiations to expand
existing services or to institute needed services not in existence.
Acts as coordinator between community groups, public and private
agencies, and other groups in developing, maintaining, and/or
expanding social service projects such as family counseling,
transportation, consumer education, legal assistance, and so forth.
Meets with concerned groups to determine their needs and hear their
proposals for solutions.
Collects and analyzes data to evaluate the practicality and feasibility of
new and supplementary programs.
Using information obtained from community organizations, county and
municipal governments, and statistical data from field staff, develops
plans to implement new programs to meet community needs.
Organizes data and writes proposals following established guidelines
for discussion and approval by all appropriate agencies and groups.
Identifies sponsoring organizations and assists them in the design and
preparation of proposals for funding programs.
Reviews funding proposals to determine their eligibility, completeness,
and technical content.
Assesses and evaluates project proposals for grants to determine if
they meet federal, state, and/or local requirements and if they
possess the potential for rendering needed services to any community
segment they are designed to serve.
Recommends to superior the approval, disapproval, or further exploration
of the need for service indicated by the proposal as the result of
Negotiates the preliminary grant and contract terms with appropriate
funding agencies for development of programs when directed by
Negotiates contractual arrangements with community based organizations
who have been provided with federal or state funds to expand existing
human service programs for older adults and assists such organizations
in the preparation of goals and objectives determining levels of
service to be provided and budget preparation, and provides them with
ongoing technical assistance.
Works in cooperation with other agencies to isolate human service
problem areas on the county and/or community level with a view toward
implementing new programs.
Carries on a continuing analytical study of pertinent legislation
implementing programs to meet the needs of the entire community.
Works in cooperation with other agencies to isolate problem areas in
local communities for implementing new programs for dealing with the
Conducts studies to analyze legislation for implementing programs
to meet needs of local communities.
May assist with the development of special training programs for
professionals in the community working with local residents.
Acts in a liaison capacity between staff and project operating
agencies with regard to implementing social service projects.
Represents the agency at various meetings and conferences.
Prepares correspondence and reports.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and information systems used by the agency,
office, or related units.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's
NOTE: Applicants who do not meet the above education requirement
may substitute additional experience as described below on a
year-for-year basis with thirty (30) semester hour credits being
equal to one (1) year of experience.
One (1) year of experience in the development of programs designed
to solve socio-economic needs of residents of the state and/or local
communities which shall have included responsibility for research,
negotiation, and/or writing of proposals for community service programs.
NOTE: Possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college
or university with concentration in the field of human or social
services may be substituted for the above experience.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid
in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of federal and state programs relating to the field of human
and social services, community action, and other areas.
Knowledge of current programs offered by foundations and private
organizations to deal with community projects.
Knowledge of methods and procedures used in submitting funding
proposals to the federal government and/or private foundations.
Knowledge of socioeconomic and other problems and needs of
Ability to do research in connection with and to assist in submission
of proposals for projects to assist communities in meeting needs of
Ability to evaluate community needs.
Ability to analyze and evaluate community resources and available
services designed to meet the needs of local residents.
Ability to assist in the preparation of detailed application for
Ability to collect information and develop plans to meet human service
needs of the community.
Ability to comprehend and interpret federal, state, and private
foundation regulations for submitting applications.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with
associates in the department and state and federal agencies involved
in the human or social service fields.
Ability to assist in compiling studies and surveys and preparing first
draft reports as foundations for assessing community needs.
Ability to prepare official correspondence and clear, technically
sound, accurate outlines for reports.
Ability to maintain records and files.
Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording
and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English
sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign
Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as
they can perform the essential functions of the job with or without
reasonable accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be made
because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons
may not be eligible.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.