Sample Position Descriptions
General Summary of Function/Purpose of Position
This position develops the program goals and plans for implementation for the underage drinking prevention and enforcement programs, young driver and bicycle safety programs and grants with State and local agencies. This position represents the State Highway Safety Office (SHSO) at the local, State and national levels. This position is responsible for developing grants with State and local agencies, monitoring and evaluating grant programs, and providing technical assistance to grantees. This position serves as the single State resource person for the U.S. Department Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Block Grant Program as well as serves as a Regional Coordinator for the assigned region of the State.
Plan and prepare the underage drinking prevention and enforcement, bicycle safety and young driver safety programs of the SHSO Highway Safety Plan based on research, national and State best practices and interaction with law enforcement and traffic safety professionals. 50% of time
- Provide overall guidance and direction to the SHSO underage drinking prevention and enforcement programs, as well as the young driver and bicycle safety programs.
- Analyze and evaluate professional journals, publications, reports and literature reviews dealing with underage drinking prevention and enforcement, as well as young driver and bicycle safety issues.
- Analyze ongoing program operations and recommend modifications of policies and procedures to meet program goals effectively and in a cost-efficient manner.
- Review and analyze highway safety crash data and substance abuse data to conduct problem identification on a statewide basis.
- Design policies, strategies and guidelines to resolve the identified underage drinking, teen driver and bike safety problems statewide.
- Develop program and budget plans for the underage drinking, young driver and bike safety areas of the highway safety plan, allocating available funding for selected programs to most effectively address traffic related problems in local communities and on State highways.
- Prepare information for statewide partners on the highway safety plan.
- Conduct research and investigate potential statewide and national funding opportunities for program implementation with identified organizations.
- Draft grant applications for above program areas.
Provide direction and oversight for grant development, implementation and evaluation for 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. 25% of time
- Provide leadership, direction, training and oversight for law enforcement agencies and other grantees receiving grant funds. Review grant proposals and concepts that apply to the highway safety plan based on problem identification, and provide input on changes or revisions necessary to comply with State and Federal requirements.
- Provide recommendations to develop countermeasure strategies targeted at resolving problems indicated by the problem identification process.
- Review draft grant applications and provide input on changes or revisions necessary to comply with State and Federal requirements.
- Approve final applications for implementation after determining the goals and activities are consistent with goals stated in the Highway Safety Plan (HSP).
- Manage all aspects of the grant administration process, including grant development, budgeting, implementation and on-site program monitoring.
- Oversee statewide program implementation and coordinate local community programs into the overall State plan.
Monitor and evaluate regional and programmatic grant programs to determine if they are impacting the problem and using resources in both an effective and cost-efficient manner on an ongoing basis. 15% of time
- Review grant activity through telephone contacts, quarterly reports, written correspondence, personal visits and other documentation on an ongoing basis.
- Analyze operational and programmatic methods to ensure that the SHSO grant requirements are followed.
- Evaluate implementation of program activities to determine effectiveness in terms of achievement of goals 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 goals and make technical application of those methods in other grant programs.
- Provide guidance and recommendations to enhance existing grant programs based on review findings.
- Monitor progress and provide recommendations for local and State law enforcement agencies to maximize enforcement strategies and community support for enforcement details.
- Review and approve reimbursement requests as submitted by grantees.
- Recommend the appropriate training for law enforcement to carry out grant activities where needs are identified.
Represent the SHSO at local, State, and national meetings, conferences, workshops, training seminars, and other activities as the youth programs coordinator. This position also serves as a resource in response to requests from the general public, media and legislature on underage drinking prevention/enforcement, and young driver and bicycle safety programs. 10% of time
- Facilitate networks of both private and public sector representatives, including law enforcement, government agencies and local agencies that have an association with underage drinking prevention/enforcement, bicycle safety and young driver safety on a statewide basis.
- Compile and present information regarding the SHSO program initiatives at local, State and national levels.
- Train and advise grantees on information gained from highway safety meetings and conferences.
- Serve as the SHSO representative and board member for related youth committees.
- Respond to requests from the national level on legislative issues and programs affecting the State.
- Prepare information and data on the Highway Safety Plan (HSP) for statewide partners.