The National Association of Counties (NACo) is seeking a Senior Program Manager for Behavioral Health/Justice who, under the direction of the Associate Program Director, will help to manage a portfolio of projects (primarily grant-funded programs) that aim to promote and foster county-level innovations nationwide. Duties of this position include a variety of professional assignments aimed at informing, educating, and assisting county officials across the country in their efforts to improve local justice and behavioral health systems, including crisis response. The Senior Program Manager sits in the Programs and Practices division of NACo’s Counties Futures Lab.
The position is dependent on the availability of project-based outside funding.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Actively promote NACo initiatives for Community Health and Justice in written materials, conference calls and national webinars, small group convenings and national events.
- Provide quality information and guidance to county government officials on topics related to behavioral health, criminal justice, crisis response and other related emerging issues relevant to county needs and interests.
- Manage the timely delivery, day-to-day quality and completion of project deliverables including other assigned duties under the guidance and direction of the Associate Program Director.
- Hire and oversee consultant contracts.
- Plan and conduct in-person and virtual technical assistance activities and idea exchanges for county leaders.
- Coordinate and staff working groups and networks that advance behavioral health and justice initiatives; engages with NACo members, groups and committees on these issues.
- Research best practices and develop educational resources such as webinars, workshops, case studies, toolkits and issue briefs.
- Develop, forecast, monitor and ensure adherence to program budgets; work well across departments to ensure timely completion of financial and narrative reports to program funders.
- Identify funding opportunities and lead proposal development for future projects.
- Supervise up to two (2) program or research intern(s).
- Maintain productive ongoing relationships with NACo members, foundation and corporate funders and other NACo departments.
- Other duties as assigned by Associate Program Director and Counties Futures Lab leadership.
- Some travel is required, estimated at four to six trips per year.
Qualifications and Competencies:
- Minimum 6 years’ experience in the public policy, local government, or foundation sector.
- Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) in criminal justice, law, public administration, public policy, public health, communications, or another related field.
- Strong project management and organizational skills ability to manage multiple projects without compromising quality or timely delivery.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including in public speaking and in conducting formal meetings with internal and external stakeholders.
- Self-starter and shows enthusiasm for and strong content knowledge of behavioral health and justice policy and programs, particularly the intersection of the two.
- Experience creating, leading, or supporting a national campaign or topics-based initiative preferred.
- Brings collaboration, innovative ideas and creativity to the position and work products; works well under pressure and as part of a team and with external partners.
- Passion for supporting innovative county government programs and policies.
- Knowledge of federal, state and local governments and relevant organizations.
- Ability to work well in a political environment while maintaining non-partisan perspective.
- Demonstrated ability to maintain credibility and positive relationships with various constituencies.
Working at NACo
Employees of NACo enjoy a fun and challenging environment with a wide range of competitive benefits. Benefits include comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance coverage; paid holidays and leave; tuition reimbursement; group life insurance, 401(k) match and pension plans, credit union membership; and short-term/long-term disability coverage.
NACo and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. Our jobs are open to all applications regardless of race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, disability, military status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.
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