Sample Position Descriptions
Occupant Protection Program Coordinator
(also has EMS program responsibility)
General Summary of Function/Purpose of Position
This position serves as a professional specialist with independent responsibility for the development of the statewide occupant protection (seat belts and child passenger safety issues) and emergency medical services program areas of the Highway Safety Plan (HSP); directs oversight of grant development with State and local agencies; monitors and evaluates grant programs statewide; and represents the State Highway Safety Office (SHSO) at local, State and national levels. This position serves as the single State’s expert and technical advisor, with advanced knowledge of the occupant protection and emergency medical services programs, to assist managerial/program staff, industry, community groups and governmental agencies in identifying, developing and providing technical support regarding occupant protection and emergency medical services programs statewide, regionally and nationally. This position serves as a Regional Liaison to share traffic safety programs and information within the designated region of the State.
Provide direction, oversight and coordination for the statewide seat belt, child passenger safety and emergency medical services programs’ grant development, implementation, public information/education and evaluation in partnership with SHSO staff and State and local agencies identified through contacts, written proposals submitted for review, and other traffic safety advocates implementing programs identified in the Highway Safety Plan. 50% of time
- Conduct needs assessments to determine specific problems and priorities to be addressed through grant programs.
- Develop countermeasure strategies targeted at resolving problems indicated by the problem identification process.
- Prepare and implement an evaluation component to measure project outcomes.
- Review and approve regional and programmatic grant applications that apply to the Highway Safety Plan (HSP) based on problem identification and solutions based on local and State crash data, and recommend programs that will save lives and reduce injuries resulting from traffic crashes.
- Manage all aspects of the regional and programmatic grant administration process, including site selection, development, budgeting, implementation, review of quarterly progress and financial reimbursement requests, on-site grant monitoring for the program activity, and grantee financial oversight procedures.
- Approve statewide work plans for seat belt, child passenger safety and emergency medical services program areas.
Independently plan and prepare the Occupant Protection (Seat Belt and Child Passenger Safety) and Emergency Medical Services sections of the Highway Safety Plan (HSP), as well as other incentive funding plans, based on research and interviews with traffic safety professionals at the State, regional and national levels. 30% of time
- Review and evaluate professional journals, publications, reports and literature reviews pertaining to occupant protection and emergency medical services issues.
- Review, analyze and evaluate highway safety crash and injury data for program implementation.
- Review, analyze and evaluate nationally, State and locally recommended traffic safety strategies for the above program areas, to save lives and prevent serious traffic injuries.
- Evaluate traffic crash, fatality and injury data and conduct problem identification on a statewide basis for the occupant protection and emergency medical services area networks.
- Design and implement policies, strategies and guidelines to resolve the identified occupant protection and emergency medical services problems.
- Develop and oversee both program and budget plans for the occupant protection and emergency medical services areas of the Highway Safety Plan, allocating available funding for selected programs to most effectively address the problems.
- Oversee the development and implementation of long-term statewide traffic safety plans in occupant protection and emergency medical services that impact traffic fatalities and injuries.
- Work with the SHSO Program Coordinators and the Communication Section to develop statewide strategies for seat belt, child passenger safety and emergency medical services issues.
Monitor and evaluate regional and programmatic grant programs to determine if they are impacting the problem and using resources in both an effective and efficient manner on an ongoing basis. Develop follow-up plans to address grant program issues that are not meeting expectations. 10% of time
- Monitor regional and programmatic grant activity through telephone contacts, quarterly reports, written correspondence and other documentation in compliance with the monitoring policy on an ongoing basis.
- Schedule and conduct regional and programmatic on-site monitoring reviews as required by Federal guidelines to analyze operational and financial methods to insure the SHSO’s grant requirements are followed.
- Evaluate implementation of regional and programmatic program activities to determine effectiveness in terms of achievement of objectives and compliance with established timelines.
- Recommend program policies and procedures to correct identified deficiencies.
- Review program evaluations to determine what methods are successful in achieving program objectives, and make technical application of these methods in other grant programs.
- Provide guidance, recommendations and alternative strategies to enhance existing grant programs based on review findings.
- Prepare reports regarding grant activity along with collection, review and summarizing of enforcement data related to Occupant Protection programs.
Represent the SHSO at local, State, regional and national highway safety meetings, conferences, workshops, training seminars, legislative meetings and other activities as the Occupant Protection and Emergency Medical Services Program Coordinator. 5% of time
- Serve as the Regional Liaison to provide oversight for the designated region of the State during the development, implementation and monitoring of the Safe Community grant programs.
- Facilitate networks of both public and private sector representatives, including government and local agencies that are associated with the occupant protection and emergency medical services programs on a statewide basis.
- Compile and present information regarding the SHSO program initiatives at the local, State, regional and national levels.
- Advise the SHSO staff on information gained from highway safety meetings and conferences.
- Research and develop fact sheets on seat belt, child passenger safety and emergency medical services issues for distribution.
- Respond to requests for information from the general public, the media and legislature regarding seat belt, child passenger safety and emergency medical services issues in writing, through live interviews and at press conferences.
- Use advanced knowledge of the program area to respond to requests for information from the general public, the media and legislature regarding occupant protection and emergency medical services issues in writing, through live interviews and at press conferences.
- Respond to requests from the regional and national levels on legislative issues and programs affecting the State.
- Represent the SHSO at various State agency meetings to provide information on seat belt, child passenger safety and emergency medical services issues.
- Prepare information and data on the Highway Safety Plan (HSP) for statewide partners.
- Conduct research and investigate potential statewide and national funding opportunities for program implementation with identified organizations.
- Provide technical assistance and support for statewide collaboration on seat belt, child passenger safety and emergency medical services issues.
Manage and direct special Occupant Protection or Emergency Medical Services projects as assigned by the Manager or the Division Director. 5% of time
- Direct the development of committees, task forces and work groups to address emerging seat belt, child passenger safety and emergency medical services issues.
- Direct the preparation of grant applications for additional Federal incentive funding in the seat belt, child passenger safety and emergency medical services program areas.
- Administer, monitor and evaluate the implementation of programs supported with the Federal incentive funding.
- Prepare quarterly and annual progress reports for Federal incentive funding grants.
- Plan and coordinate training for partner, staff and grantee training programs regarding seat belt, child passenger safety and emergency medical services issues.
- Initiate and coordinate meetings with non-traditional agencies and organizations regarding partnerships on seat belt, child passenger safety and emergency medical services issues.