Public Safety Program Specialist

  • Public Safety Program Specialist
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Class Number: 
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$39,708.00 – $56,520.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,654.50 – $2,355.00
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This is specialized professional work coordinating the activities of a public safety grant program.

An employee in this class is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating the activities of a grant program for an agency of the Department of Public Safety. Work includes coordinating the review and evaluation of grant applications; preparing grant contracts and notifying selected recipients; monitoring and assessing approved projects for compliance with grant requirements; conducting on-site performance audits of projects and records; and preparing and presenting training workshops and seminars. Work also includes developing and maintaining program goals, objectives, policies, procedures and guidelines; promoting public safety programs and services; and providing technical assistance to governmental, public and private entities in the preparation of grant proposals. Supervision and/or training may be provided to a small professional and/or clerical staff. Work is performed under the general supervision of a designated administrative superior; however, the employee exercises considerable independence and initiative in the performance of assigned responsibilities.

Job Duties

Plans, coordinates, implements and evaluates the activities of a public safety grant program.

Develops and maintains program goals, objectives, policies, procedures and guidelines.

Prepares and disseminates program announcements and application packets to publicize the availability of grant funds to potential participants.

Reviews grant applications from governmental, public and private entities; coordinates the rating and eligibility determination process; prepares grant contracts and notifies selected recipients.

Monitors and tracks progress of grant projects in an assigned public safety program; maintains regular contact with project administrators; maintains progress logs, status reports and compliance records; prepares close-out reports on completed projects.

Conducts on-site performance audits to evaluate progress of projects and review grant files and contract documents; completes monitor checklists and prepares correspondence to grantees detailing areas of non-compliance.

Interprets, explains and applies state and federal rules, regulations and program guidelines.

Prepares and presents program-specific workshops, training sessions and seminars.

Provides technical assistance and advice to governmental, public and private entities relating to grant proposal preparation and grant application completion.

Promotes public safety programs and services; responds to inquiries from public safety groups, officials and the general public regarding the assigned program.

Serves as liaison to advisory committees; represents the agency at meetings of public safety advocacy groups and organizations.

Provides administrative support and advice to management regarding public safety programs and related issues.

Supervises and/or trains a small professional and/or clerical staff.

Prepares and submits required statistical, progress and assessment reports to document program activities.

Plans and schedules work activities to achieve established program goals.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

Three years of professional or technical experience in planning, grant administration, or in an area that affords a knowledge of public safety programs and services; and graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with specialization in business or public administration, planning, criminal justice, law enforcement, safety, social sciences or a closely related area. (Graduate work in the specified educational areas may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the stated experience.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Considerable knowledge of the nature and objectives of public safety grant programs.

Considerable knowledge of state and federal rules and regulations applicable to public safety grant programs.

Considerable knowledge of public safety organizations, theory and practices.

Considerable knowledge of grant administration techniques.

Working knowledge of personal computers and related software packages.

Some knowledge of the principles and practices of effective supervision and training.

Ability to interpret, explain and apply state and federal rules, regulations and guidelines related to public safety grant programs.

Ability to prepare and present program-specific workshops, seminars and training sessions.

Ability to plan and organize work activities to achieve established program goals and objectives.

Ability to communicate effectively and to prepare complete and concise reports.

Ability to travel in the performance of assigned duties.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, public safety organizations, grantees, public officials and the general public.

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