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Bargaining Unit: N/A
Class Code: 1199
Salary: $36,176.62 - $63,309.09 Annually
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 inter agency 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.


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;


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


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;


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


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


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.

 Physical Requirements:
These physical requirements are not exhaustive, and additional job related physical requirements may be added to these by individual agencies on an as needed basis. Corrective devices may be used to meet physical requirements. These are typical requirements; however, reasonable accommodations may be possible.

Light Work: May frequently walk or stand and/or frequently exert force equivalent to lifting up to approximately 10 pounds and/or occasionally exert force equivalent to lifting up to approximately 20 pounds.

Vision: Requires the ability to perceive the nature of objects by the eye.

Near Acuity: Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less.
Midrange: Clarity of vision at distances of more than 20 inches and less than 20 feet.

Speaking/Hearing: Possesses the ability to give and receive information through speaking and listening skills.

Motor Coordination: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to sit; and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The incumbent is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The incumbent is occasionally required to walk; stand; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or bend.


Any candidate who is called to an agency for an interview must notify the interviewing agency in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.
The following competencies describe the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attributes that lead to a successful employee in this position. An applicant will be expected to exhibit these competencies or the ability to reach competency achievement within a specified time. These competencies are linked to the essential functions of the job. Employees in this position may be evaluated on these competencies as part of the performance appraisal system. Example behaviors are listed below each competency and are used for illustrative purposes only. Specific behaviors may be identified and included later by the hiring agency. It is understood that some of these behaviors might not be acquired until a reasonable time after hire. Failure of an employee to successfully demonstrate some or all of these competencies, as deemed important by his or her reporting official, may result in the employee being placed on a performance improvement plan. If after a reasonable period of time, usually three (3) months, the employee fails to demonstrate successful performance, the employee may be terminated. These competencies include, but are not limited to, the following:


Integrity and Honesty: Demonstrates a sense of responsibility and commitment to the public trust through statements and actions.

Models and demonstrates high standards of integrity, trust, openness, and respect for others. Demonstrates integrity by honoring commitments and promises. Demonstrates integrity by maintaining necessary confidentiality.

Work Ethic: Is productive, diligent, conscientious, timely, and loyal.

Conscientiously abides by the rules, regulations, and procedures governing work.

Service Orientation: Demonstrates a commitment to quality public service through statements and actions.

Seeks to understand and meets and/or exceeds the needs and expectations of customers. Treats customers with respect, responding to requests in a professional manner, even in difficult circumstances. Provides accurate and timely service. Develops positive relationships with customers.

Accountability: Accepts responsibility for actions and results.

Is productive and carries fair share of the workload. Focuses on quality and expends the necessary time and effort to achieve goals. Demonstrates loyalty to the job and the agency and is a good steward of state assets. Steadfastly persists in overcoming obstacles and pushes self for results. Maintains necessary attention to detail to achieve high level performance. Deals effectively with pressure and recovers quickly from setbacks. Takes ownership of tasks, performance standards, and mistakes. Has knowledge of how to perform one's job. Knows the organization's mission and functions and how it fits into state government.

Self Management Skills: Effectively manages emotions and impulses and maintains a positive attitude.

Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works effectively and cooperatively with others to achieve goals. Treats all people with respect, courtesy, and consideration. Communicates effectively. Remains open to new ideas and approaches. Avoids conflicts of interest. Promotes cooperation and teamwork.

Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, and concern to develop and maintain relationships.

Demonstrates cross cultural sensitivity and understanding. Identifies and seeks to solve problems and prevent or resolve conflict situations. Encourages others through positive reinforcement.

Communication Skills: Receives, attends to, interprets, and responds to verbal messages and expresses information to individuals or groups effectively.

Receives other cues such as body language in ways that are appropriate to listeners and situations. Takes into account the audience and nature of the information; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. May make oral presentations. Communicates ideas, suggestions and concerns, as well as outcomes and progress throughout the process of an activity. Provides thorough and accurate information.

Self-Development: Adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.

Seeks efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills; uses training, feedback, or other opportunities for self-learning and development. Develops and enhances skills to adapt to changing organizational needs. Remains open to change and new information and ideas.


Communication: Shares information in writing or verbally.

Concisely and correctly answers questions and/or explains or conveys information to the public, agency, co-workers, management, contractors, vendors, and other entities. Asks appropriate questions to gain information needed to assist the public or provide information to the public, agency personnel (e.g., personnel inside agency, outside agency, and other state's agency personnel), or other entities. Participates effectively in meetings, seminars, and training sessions. Presents oral and written information internally or externally using proper grammar, punctuation, and content. Appropriately documents information using tools such as: letters, e-mails, reports, memoranda, bids, proposals, contracts, grants, etc. Communicates information in a courteous manner without provoking anger. Knowledgeably refers issues to appropriate agency or other personnel. Presents facts, financial documentation, or other information in written and/or oral form.

Workflow Management: The ability and willingness to perform work within defined specifications and time lines and to manage conflicting priorities.

Schedules and manages workload to achieve goals. Works independently resolving all tasks timely. Researches and finds solutions using all available informational resources. Effectively utilizes resources such as time, computer equipment, supplies, travel, etc. Makes appropriate choices or exercises sound judgment for a variety of circumstances. Exercises appropriate level of professional curiosity based on information obtained. Adapts appropriately to a variety of situations and surroundings. May direct and supervise activities involved in developing, planning, directing, and evaluating a wide variety of projects. Monitors special projects and project proposals and assures that findings are applied, implemented, and documented.

Functional Capability: Possesses or is capable of developing the specific knowledges and technical abilities to succeed in the specified position.

Possesses knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, programs and agency policies. Possesses knowledge of plans and programs that are administered by the agency. Analyzes statues, legal memoranda, court decisions, and other data for use in program development. Assists agency personnel (personnel inside agency, outside agency, and other state's agency personnel), public, vendors and contractors (if appropriate) with answers to complex questions within area of expertise. Has ability to think analytically and exercise an analytical thinking process. Has the ability to conduct, analyze, and understand research. Works with and is comfortable with calculations and computations. Maintains regular contact with persons in other departments, entities, or other agencies to coordinate activities, to resolve problems, to furnish or obtain information and to explain policies, procedures, programs, rules, and regulations. Provides managerial, technical, and legal support to the department or agency.

Professional Maturity: Possesses the capacities and aptitudes acquired by means of personal or professional experience, which enable functions to be fulfilled, and enables the incumbent to deal with situations in the workplace in a professional manner.

Is able to assess the situation and appropriately respond. Exhibits the attributes of confidence, assertion, tolerance, patience, and empathy at the appropriate time in stressful or high-pressure situations. Manages conflicts and defuses situations. Knows when to refer an issue to the appropriate level. Aligns personal behavior with agency standards. Continuously assesses work unit for areas of improvements and suggest changes for continuous improvement. Responds appropriately to supervision and administrative decisions. Is able to work under and with authority and accepts decisions. Takes initiative to accomplish stated and unstated goals. Maintains appropriate standards of professionalism and only provides information within authority to provide in area of expertise.

Mentoring or Training: Assists with work of and determines the training needs of co-workers. Utilizes appropriate methods for training.

Mentors or otherwise assists co-workers as assigned helping them to improve their knowledge, skills, and abilities. Develops co-worker's skills and encourages growth. Facilitates co-worker learning. Fosters a positive attitude. Participates in job training programs (On the Job Training). Shares knowledge and wisdom with less experienced employees.

Technical: Is proficient with computers and in operating equipment applicable to position.

Is proficient in using computer hardware and software to complete assign tasks, meet agency goals, and produce required products. Possesses knowledge of software products that could include but is not limited to the following: Windows, WordPerfect, Word, Quattro, Powerpoint, or equivalent.

Project Planning: Devises and maintains a workable scheme to accomplish the need that the project was undertaken to address.

Prepares and presents proposals for special projects. Monitors special projects and project proposals and assures that findings are applied, implemented, and documented. Coordinates program development and activities with agency divisions; federal, state, and local officials; and other individuals involved. Arranges special events and meetings related to agency programs/projects. Prepares, processes, and maintains departmental paperwork, reports, and correspondence.


Emotional Maturity: Conducts oneself in a professional, consistent manner when representing the organization.

Has the ability to work through adversity and hold self and others accountable for work actions.

Macro Oriented: Exercises good judgment, makes sound, well-informed decisions.

Understands and appropriately applies procedures, requirements, and regulations related to specialized areas of expertise.

Working Through Others: Supports, motivates, and is an advocate for staff.

Reinforces and rewards team efforts and positive behaviors. Is fair, yet firm with others. Monitors workloads and provides feedback.

Results Oriented: Plans effectively to achieve or exceed goals, sets and meets deadlines.
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