Project Manager

Position: Project Manager
Location: Raleigh ,NC
Duration: 12 Months

Experience in data analysis, data management, and social and policy related research
Experience in data visualization a plus
Experience implementing practices to ensure privacy of sensitive data
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Ability to work collaboratively with others at all levels and to support effective communication within and outside of the agency
Ability to plan, manage, and coordinate a statewide program
Ability to identify problems, identify constraints and facilitators, and solve problems appropriately when they arise
Master’s degree in a field related to the position
Experience managing or supervising projects
Experience collaborating with state, federal, and local government officials, planners, community leaders, and representatives of private concerns

Background:
In November 2019, DCDEE submitted an application to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care, for a Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Renewal to further the work for activities to strengthen North Carolina’s early childhood education system. On December 31, 2019, notification was received that North Carolina is among 20 states and territories that have been awarded three-year renewal grants through the PDG B-5.

DCDEE will receive funding during the 3-year grant to build upon work from the planning grant and implement activities that will address areas identified as high priority in the PDG Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan. The funded activities will align with North Carolina’s Early Childhood Action Plan.
A portion of PDG funding will be provided to continue work to improve and expand the NC Early Childhood Integrated Data System (NC ECIDS). Several projects have been funded to support NC ECIDS:
• Continued work to modernize the NC ECIDS reporting and request platforms
• Expanded work to integrate home visiting data into NC ECIDS
• Expanded work to integrate Head Start data into NC ECIDS
• Work to integrate data from NC’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program into NC ECIDS

Description of Work:
This position provides vision, direction, management and oversight of the NC Early Childhood Integrated Data System (NC ECIDS) and NC ECIDS projects. NC ECIDS is the sole source of integrated data across multiple early childhood programs in North Carolina, with the goal to improve outcomes for children by linking and using existing administrative data to support program and policy decisions. The NC ECIDS Project Manager’s primary job responsibilities include the following:

• Managing and overseeing NC ECIDS projects funded by the PDG, including:
o Modernizing the NC ECIDS reporting and request platforms
o Expanding work to integrate home visiting data into NC ECIDS
o Expanding work to integrate Head Start data into NC ECIDS
o Expanding work to integrate Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) data into NC ECIDS
• Managing budgets, timelines, and progress reporting to fulfill responsibilities of PDG implementation
• Working with the Department of Information Technology staff, state agency personnel, and external data vendors on the inclusion of new programmatic data
• Working with the Department of Information Technology staff, state agency personnel, and external data vendors to create data sharing and other agreements as necessary to support NC ECIDS work
• Working with the Department of Information Technology and other state agency staff on any updates to the NC ECIDS website
• Managing the process of receiving, reviewing, and responding in a timely manner to complex internal and external data requests, which includes coordinating with data managers in multiple state agencies
• Working with staff from the Department of Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Public Instruction to manage the assignment of unique identifiers (UIDs) to data records and taking the lead on resolving near matches in the UID assignment process
• Generating standard and customizable reports and advising on the creation of new reports based on identified needs
• Updating NC ECIDS policies, procedures, and user manuals
• Coordinating meetings with the NC ECIDS Governance Council members and other key stakeholders as needed

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities/Competencies:

• Experience in data analysis, data management, and social and policy related research
• Experience in data visualization a plus
• Experience implementing practices to ensure privacy of sensitive data
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
• Ability to work collaboratively with others at all levels and to support effective communication within and outside of the agency
• Ability to plan, manage, and coordinate a statewide program
• Ability to identify problems, identify constraints and facilitators, and solve problems appropriately when they arise
Management prefers applicants with the following:

• Master’s degree in a field related to the position
• Experience managing or supervising projects
• Experience collaborating with state, federal, and local government officials, planners, community leaders, and representatives of private concerns

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