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Job Specification



Under the direction of a supervisory or administrative officer in a State Department, performs professional planning of educational programs; interprets and prepares data for managerial decisions; assists in the development of proposals and reports on special educational problems, programs, or innovations; does other related work.

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 listed


Compiles, organizes, analyzes, and prepares data and materials on a specific educational problem or assignment.

Confers with education personnel within and without the department to gather data for planning.

Utilizes informational research, retrieval, and repository systems on the national, state and local levels.

Compiles data on specific problems for planning purposes.

Reviews and analyzes state and local education plans and reports on their usefulness and feasibility.

Provides support to department task forces in the area of planning.

Assists in developing systems for the analysis of state educational plans under various programs.

Designs strategies for modifying state grant-in-aid programs to meet special needs of designated school districts.

Assists in conducting training workshops for education specialists and various field personnel.

Assists in the implementation of the departmental budgeting system; aids in the preparation of reports; follows through on budget planning activities undertaken in various department units.

As assigned, "costs out" programs, applying combinations of variables for short-term and long-range projections.

Prepares various position papers and project reports relative to educational programs.

Provides advisory service to project or program directors in education areas.

May 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.


NOTE:Applicants must meet one of the following or a combination of both experience and education. Thirty (30) semester-hour credits are equal to one (1) year of relevant experience.

Seven (7) years of professional experience in the field of program planning and development, which shall have included responsibilities for the research, negotiation, and writing of proposals for such programs.


Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; and three (3) years of the above-mentioned professional experience.

NOTE:"Professional experience" refers to work that is creative, analytical, evaluative, and interpretive; requires a range and depth of specialized knowledge of the profession's principles, concepts, theories, and practices; and is performed with the authority to act according to one's own judgment and make accurate and informed decisions.


Appointee 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 the essential duties of the position.


Knowledge of current innovative approaches for planning and program development.

Knowledge of the use of research, statistical skills and analytic devices in social and planning areas.

Ability to apply procedures and techniques of procedures analysis, systems analysis, the process of planned change goal analysis, community and school structure and process, and the use of educational and demographic data to the work of the program.

Ability to do organized technical research and planning work in the field of education, analyze the problems which arise and develop appropriate work methods.

Ability to work independently and in groups on projects.

Ability to convene and conduct task force meetings.

Ability to plan and evaluate appropriate in-service training programs.

Ability to communicate and interact with a wide variety of people, professionals in the department and in other agencies and local school systems, and with citizens and pupils in different settings.

Ability to prepare clear, technically sound, accurate and informative statistical, research, program and other reports or correspondence containing findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Ability to maintain essential records, reports and files.

Ability to learn 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, or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

CODES: 22/P22-72622 MCK 2/26/00