PLANNING ASSOCIATE 1
Under direction of a Planning Associate 3, manager, or other
supervisory official in a state department, assists in developing
short and long-term education and/or financial plans; assists in
conducting analyses and evaluations of curricula and other
education programs, surveys, needs assessments, and related
research; assists in the establishment, maintenance, and
evaluation of program and fiscal data related to state and
federal aid, grant applications, and allocations; performs
mandated regulatory functions; works with some independence
in areas of assignments; does other related duties.
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.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
May assist in designing and implementing evaluation instruments
to analyze effectiveness of training, curricula, and related
education services in local school districts and intermediate and
Establishes and maintains effective work communications with
county offices and regional units to ensure goals of education
programs are being met.
Analyzes relevant state and federal laws and regulations and
assists in developing policy recommendations for their
May aid in the development of specialized programs for targeted
May assist in developing technical documents for all New Jersey
education systems to evaluate of educational services.
May aid in reviewing the progress of local district education
goals as approved by the department.
Establishes and maintains liaison with education and public
interest groups to inform them of department activities and
identify their needs.
Analyzes demographic data and helps develop, plan, and recommend
policy and formula for funds distribution.
May aid in researching and analyzing, census, demographic, labor
market, and technological data used in establishing education
programs and plans to meet changing needs.
Provides technical assistance to local programs and assists in
coordinating the development of training programs for funded
Helps to coordinate program maintenance and fiscal reporting
systems with department standards.
May develop and recommend funding criteria and competitive
application procedures and forms for awarding contracts to
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 Master's
degree in Education or related field as determined by the
Three (3) years of experience in education administration, planning,
research, program evaluation, or finance.
NOTE: Applicants who do not possess the required education
may substitute additional experience as indicated on a
year-for-year basis with thirty (30) semester hour credits being
equal to one (1) year of college. Applicants wishing to
substitute additional experience for the required Master=s
degree, must possess a total of six (6) years of combined
education and experience, in addition to the required experience
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 AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of the organization and structure of the New Jersey
Knowledge of public education policy at the local, state, and
Knowledge of state and federal statutes and administrative codes
as applied to education.
Knowledge of principles and practices for providing education
programming at the local level.
Knowledge of state and federal program aid requirements.
Knowledge of legislation and guidelines related to funded
Knowledge of the operational processes and practices of state
agencies including the fiscal system.
Ability to establish and maintain working and information
networks with education and public interest groups.
Ability to exercise leadership in program planning and
development with department staff, county offices, regional
units, and local school district staff.
Ability to coordinate plans and resources and identify areas of
potential problems or additional needs.
Ability to analyze data and prepare accurate reports containing
findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
Ability to prepare accurate documentation of budgetary needs.
Ability to interpret state and federal rules and regulations and
develop a responsible plan for meeting special needs.
Ability to prepare extensive official correspondence.
Ability to coordinate program maintenance, fiscal reporting, and
other essential files.
Ability to maintain records, reports, and files.
Ability to develop technical assistance materials.
Ability to plan and conduct regional and statewide inservice
Ability to develop program plans from needs assessment
Ability to analyze state and federal labor projections and
identify education programs to meet projected needs.
Ability to analyze trends and project future education needs
based on these trends.
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 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.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.