Reporting to the IGSR Director, the Program Director for Government Services and Engagement is responsible for performing and administering applied research and technical assistance projects to enhance policies, operations, and outcomes in the delivery of public services. Together with IGSR ITS function manager, the Program Director is also responsible for collaborating with state agencies and other external partners in support of the Institute’s Statewide Maryland Automated Record Tracking (SMART) system. This position involves developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to secure funding that advances IGSR’s public service mission by cultivating local and state government relationships, translating research ideas into sponsored projects, and submitting proposals for local, state, federal, and philanthropic funding. It entails significant outreach responsibilities for a range of constituents on issues affecting local and state governments and nonprofit organizations. The Program Director also performs the role of principal investigator or project manager on grants and contracts initiated by IGSR or other University or external partners. This position serves as the deputy administrative officer and assumes delegated authority for management of general operations in absence of Institute Director. IGSR is a public service unit dedicated to improving the well-being of individuals and communities through applied research, education, training and technology innovations in partnership with public agencies.
Education: Master’s in public policy, public administration, political science, behavioral or social science, community development, or closely related field from an accredited university/college.
Experience: A minimum five (5) years of professional experience performing research, program development, or consulting activities in areas of policy analysis, evaluation, community engagement, strategic planning, service delivery, or education and training, as a team member or project manager in higher education, non-profit, or government entities. Experience securing grants and/or professional service contracts. Experience in public service at the leadership level, along with experience in applied research/ evaluation approaches practiced by government and non-profit agencies, desired. Experience teaching and delivering educational programs, plus familiarity with distance education technology and techniques desired.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain professional relations with key stakeholders, local and state government officials, nonprofit organization professionals, and community leaders. Demonstrated knowledge of public organizations and ability to work with diverse constituencies. Excellent judgement and interpersonal skills, knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analytical methods, and strong oral and written communication, editorial, and presentation skills.
Knowledge of Internet and office technology tools (MS-Office, Google Apps Suite, Google Analytics, presentation software). Knowledge of survey software (Survey Monkey, Qualtrics). Must be results-oriented, well-organized, self-directed, and a team player who can multi-task and set priorities in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment. Knowledge of statistical software used to manage large databases desired (SPSS, SAS, STATA, R). Ability to seek out and respond to funding opportunities, navigate complex professional environments, and build alliances across boundaries desired. A quick study who possesses an appreciation of the value of public service, as well as abilities to be entrepreneurial and creative also desired.
Internal Number: 111857
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