Allegheny County Department of Human Services is participating as one partner in a nationwide, multi-jurisdiction project to pilot preliminary guidelines for managing information related to the sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression (SOGIE) of youth in child welfare systems. The Project Manager position is a three-year, grant-funded position in which the incumbent is primarily responsible for managing the planning and implementation of the SOGIE Demonstration Project across the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) child-serving systems. Specifically the Project Manager will be responsible for:
*Directing complex projects requiring cooperation of persons with varying functions and roles not reporting to incumbent.
*Serving as primary contact for external groups, stakeholders, advisory board members, etc.
*Interacting with providers and facilitating projects, assuming both task and process management.
*Developing, managing and distributing project information to assure effective awareness, response and recognition.
*Managing project scope, objectives, timelines and expectations.
*Identifying and managing project risks, challenges and opportunities.
*Routinely handling confidential information appropriately.
*Leading research into funding and program opportunities to support ongoing work.
*Evaluating the design of IT systems and technology tools to identify opportunities for improvement. Where needed, developing specifications to align those tools with best practices.
*Coordinating DHS-wide efforts to continually improve the cultural competency of services provided to LGBTQ community members
*Engaging diverse stakeholders in project work to ensure the work is culturally-informed and inclusive
*Communicating about the impact and purpose of the work, including information that is data-driven and informed by best practices research.
*Creating concept papers, presentations, reports, memos, etc. to document the impact, purpose, and implementation of the project.
Master’s/Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university, plus 2/3-5 years of experience in project management in a public or private organization. Knowledge of project and process management with the ability to communicate rationale and impact of the whole or portions to effected groups, strong interpersonal skills with the ability to clearly communicate (written/verbal) with diverse people and ability to serve as effective advocate, negotiator and manager of complexity are important. Additionally, f amiliarity with the challenges and best practices related to providing human services to the LGBTQI community, along with the a bility to work at a high level of independence with minimal supervision are key.