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OCRA Project Manager

Date Posted:  Jun 6, 2019
Requisition ID:  10505

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


About the Lieutenant Governor's Office

The Office of the Indiana Lieutenant Governor’s mission is to strengthen Indiana’s rural economies and communities through capacity building, advocacy and innovation in agriculture, small business, tourism, defense development, housing, and community economic development.  


The project manager (PM) position serves the state of Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and the Lt. Governor as the individual responsible for serving as the subject matter expert providing knowledge of concepts and theory that relate to multiple areas of specialization. They represent the interests of Indiana, the Lt Governor, and OCRA. The project manager is responsible for the development, delivery, and ongoing management of various short and long-term projects and programs. This position will support policy analysis, short and long-term research, and evaluation of projects of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs.  The project manager provides excellent customer service and responsive communication to state-wide contacts of all disciplines. They are well versed in the technical requirements of all programs and financial solutions. 

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Incumbent administers multiple projects and/or programs within a state agency and serves as the specialist and final authority in several specific areas. Incumbent utilizes education, consultation, cooperative programming and coordination to accomplish goals. Representative duties include:

  • Formulate, establish, interprets, compile and disseminate to applicable agencies and groups, all policies and procedures related to their responsible programs;
  • Review all incoming policy or procedural information for decisions on distribution;
  • Research, consult and develop new programs in response to community needs in order to enhance impact;
  • Act as technical consultant to the entire staff, clarifying and interpreting all procedures, providing references, developing and providing trainings, and resolving disputed issues;
  • Ensure 90% of projects funded from assigned programs meet designated timelines and budgets;
  • Develop scoring methodology and coordinate review for grant programming;
  • Research issues that will affect rural communities as they prepare for economic growth;
  • Create and maintain project plans to ensure 95% of key milestones for assigned programs and projects are met;
  • Organize regional conferences, workshops, trainings, and exchanges to provide educational and networking opportunities;
  • Facilitate interactive meetings to gather community input and provide realistic options for enhancing communities;
  • Ensure that users and project team members roles and responsibilities on the project are defined;
  • Coordinate and monitor activities of all parties involved in the project to ensure the system is completed on time and within budget;
  • Prepare applications for additional funding to enhance current programming and capacity building initiatives;
  • Communicate project status to appropriate management and interested parties;
  • Provide relevant information for inclusion in agency, state and national newsletters, newsletters and press releases;
  • Ensure proper documentation is submitted prior to approving program invoices;
  • Serve as a liaison between agency and other state and federal agencies;
  • Responsible for data collection, development of project data, and preparation of project reports, managing and maintaining research regarding various matters simultaneously;

Preferred Experience:

  • B.S./B.A. degree required plus a minimum of five years of project management experience;
  • Advanced knowledge of project cost management, benefit analysis, risk management, funding and estimation of resources;
  • Considerable knowledge of project management theories and practices and the ability to apply that knowledge;
  • Establishes program goals, priorities and methodology;
  • Extensive knowledge of an entire program area(s);
  • Extensive knowledge of all source materials and references, including federal and state laws governing the projects/programs;
  • Extensive knowledge of the organization of the agency and of state and federal agencies dealing with the projects/programs;
  • Extensive knowledge of the understanding of  the relationships between Indiana’s community economic development goals and various programs and  services provided by the agency and its partners;
  • Considerable knowledge of the information systems development life cycle, information technology, project tools and approaches to development and implementation;
  • Broad knowledge of grant administration, accounting and budget principles;
  • Ability to comprehend, analyze, interpret and correlate very technical material and make recommendations on implementation in current programs;
  • Ability to develop and implement new principles and polices and discern any far reaching implications;
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing;
  • Ability to travel occasionally within the state and nationally;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with federal and state agencies.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer



The starting salary for this position is $47,000.

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Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis

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