The Institute for Innovation and Implementation in the University of Maryland School of Social Work has an opportunity for a Program Specialist to support B'More SUCCEEDS, Partnering for Success, the Title IV-E Waiver/Families Blossom and other related initiatives within the Maryland Center. The Program Specialist will independently support a range of grant-funded activities related to improving services, supports, and systems for youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability, have a mental health and/or substance use disorder, and/or are involved with the child welfare system. The selected candidate will independently assist in the coordination of the grant activities and will collaborate closely with the grant and contract project directors, implementation teams and stakeholders, as well as with faculty and staff at the School of Social Work. This position is expected to exercise discretion and contribute to assignments and projects that require significant evaluation, originality, and ingenuity. The Program Specialist provides solutions to issues and judgment outside of pre-established guidelines or processes.
The Institute supports state and local governments and organizations to implement effective systems and practices to best meet the needs of children and youth with complex behavioral needs and their families. Over the past decade, The Institute has been involved with many key children's initiatives in Maryland and across the nation, many of which have been supported by federal grants, waivers, and contracts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). In Maryland, The Institute works closely with the Departments of Human Services, Juvenile Services, and Housing & Community Development, as well as the Maryland State Department of Education and local communities and providers, supporting and informing systems-level reform efforts. For more information about the Institute and the Maryland Center, please visit theinstitute.umaryland.edu .
The University of Maryland, Baltimore offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.
Coordinates technical assistance, completion of deliverables, and monitors work used to support project faculty and staff working on B'More SUCCEEDS, Partnering for Success, the Title IV-E Waiver, and other related projects. This includes preparing periodic reports on program activities, progress, status, or other special reports for management or outside agencies.
Coordinates daily operations and activities of the project teams with Institute leadership and grant/contract project management. Makes recommendations to leadership, staff, and partners.
Performs administrative duties having a significant impact on the overall goals of the Maryland Center at The Institute, such as scheduling meetings; coordinating all logistical aspects of conference calls, webinars, and trainings; taking meeting notes; creating meeting agendas; ensuring follow-up to action items articulated in meetings; and, disseminating resources and information.
Maintains project-specific workplans and databases, including entering and/or reviewing data under direction of staff and faculty.
Establishes effective communication channels and acts as liaison between the Institute faculty and staff and federal, state, or local partners and stakeholders. Collaborates with other areas of the Maryland Center and across The Institute for project management and logistical support.
Assists in the conceptualization, development, and drafting of written products such as training materials, website content, final progress reports, promotional materials, recommendations, and other informational resources for the improvement of the grants, contracts, and initiatives.
Conducts in-depth research by conducting literature reviews, online searches, and other research tasks to address client/system of care grantee community's complex and unique information requests. Conducts policy analysis. Interacts and maintains liaison with faculty, staff and outside/community agencies in facilitating program objectives.
Serves as a primary contact and thinks critically about all aspects of the program to resolve questions and make decisions related to how to best run the program.
Prepares or assists in preparation of grant proposal/submission for funding and/or funding continuation from outside sponsors for faculty in the division.
Researches and remains abreast of evidence-based and promising programs and models, implementation science practices, and relevant assessment tools.
Perform other related duties.
Education: Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Public Health, Human Development, Family Studies, Counseling, or related field of study. Preferred Education: Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Public Health, Human Development, Family Studies, Counseling, or a related field of study. Experience: Two (2) years of experience in program planning and/or coordination related to behavioral health, child welfare, or housing or homeless service systems or other child- and family-serving systems (e.g. juvenile justice, interagency systems). Experience at a policy level is preferred.
Consideration may be given for a unique combination of education and experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Possesses a knowledge of position requirements and able to perform position in compliance with all requirements/regulations/laws. Ability to maintain high standards with the work being performed and maintain awareness with trends and influences.
Ability to work independently under minimal supervision; makes effective and timely decisions; and learns how to effectively use technology. Advanced skill in relevant PC applications and programs, including Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Maintains productivity and uses knowledge strategies to increase knowledge base.
Ability to effectively attend to various duties on simultaneous assignments. Ability to develop new methods for operation and/or streamlining of processes. Skill in exercising initiative, resourcefulness, and sound judgment with an ability to solve problems and make decisions.
Ability to prioritize ongoing and new projects necessary to implementation a specific organizational program.
Ability to effectively communicate both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts. Excellent writing skills and the ability to write and present information in a clear and concise way. Interprets and understands written information and is able to listen attentively to verbal and non-verbal cues that lead to a deeper understanding.
Ability to work cooperatively with others and demonstrates professional, ethical, respectful, and courteous behavior when interacting with others. Demonstrate pleasant and positive interactions with other to meet customer expectations, and provide follow up with customers. Reaches compromise and consensus to influence and negotiate. Remains calm and is able to manage conflict, and works well with a diverse workforce. Approachable style allows others to be open in sharing thoughts and ideas.
Ability to travel to meetings in Baltimore City and across Maryland with sufficient notice.
Hiring Range for this position is high $40,000s to low $50,000s, commensurate with education and experience.
If accommodations are needed for a disability, please contact Human Resource Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff - E1431D
Employee Class : Exempt Regular
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Financial Disclosure: No
Organization: School of Social Work - The Institute for Innovation and Implementation
Job Posting: Mar 22, 2019
Unposting Date: Apr 20, 2019, 3:59:00 AM
Internal Number: 118521
About University of Maryland, Baltimore
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, global health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.