Projects Officer IV, Special – DeSoto County, MS

This is professional work in directing major research and project activities in a state agency with an extremely varied and complex program. Incumbents are responsible for planning, organizing, and coordinating project activities of the agency and directing specific aspects of the overall work program. Duties also include participation in policy formulation of the agency and responsibility for ensuring that this policy is adhered to in the agency’s programs, projects, and other activities. Work is performed in accordance with advanced modern economic principles and techniques. Incumbents may supervise subordinates. Incumbents work under the administrative direction of the agency head, and work is reviewed through conferences, personal inspection, written reports, and results obtained.
Examples of Work:

Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:

Directs, monitors, and supervises projects, including planning, scheduling, budgeting, analyzing, reporting, controlling, and evaluating functions associated with projects.

Originates, prepares, monitors, and presents proposals for special projects; and prepares, negotiates, and administers contracts, subsidies, loans, grants, and interagency agreements associated with such projects.

Reviews completed work for soundness of professional judgment, evaluates the accomplishments, publishes the results, and assures timely and adequate completion of projects and activities.

Ensures the preparation, submission, and proper execution of budgets for carrying out the assigned mission of the agency.

Determines and recommends the special projects organization and staffing plan to the director.

Exercises administrative control over special projects staff, assures their proper training, evaluates performance, and recommends promotions and terminations.

Counsels regularly with the director and other members of the senior management staff in the promulgation and implementation of policies and procedures.

Acts as a liaison and represents the agency before development, business, industrial, and civic groups and state, local, and federal agencies.

Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned

Minimum Qualifications: These minimum qualifications have been agreed upon by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in this job class and are based upon a job analysis and the essential functions. However, if a candidate believes he/she is qualified for the job although he/she does not have the minimum qualifications set forth below, he/she may request special consideration through substitution of related education and experience, demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Any request to substitute related education or experience for minimum qualifications must be addressed to the Mississippi State Personnel Board in writing, identifying the related education and experience which demonstrates the candidate’s ability to perform all essential functions of the position.

EXPERIENCE/EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Education:
A Master’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in a field related to the scientific, technological, or specialized functions of the employing agency;

AND

Experience:
Four (4) years of experience related to the above described duties, three (3) years of which must include line or functional supervision.

OR

Education:
A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in a field related to the scientific, technological, or specialized functions of the employing agency;

AND

Experience:
Five (5) years of experience related to the above described duties, three (3) years of which must include line or functional supervision.

OR

Education:
Graduation from a standard four-year high school or equivalent (GED or High School Equivalency Diploma);

AND

Experience:
Nine (9) years of experience related to the above described duties, three (3) years of which must include line or functional supervision.

Substitution Statement:

Related education and related experience may be substituted on an equal basis, except there shall be no substitution for the three (3) years of line or functional supervision.
Essential Functions: Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring agency. The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Develops, administers, and monitors the operation of program/project activities in a state agency.

2. Prepares and administers proposals, contracts, grants, and/or agreements related to specific programs/projects of the agency.

3. Provides assistance and information to agency personnel, public and private agencies, and/or the general public.

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