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Director of Special Projects - Public Service Executive II

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Augusta, Maine, United States

Job Description

Director of Special Projects – Public Service Executive II

Augusta , Maine , United States | Education | Full-time Apply by: Nov. 28, 2023 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Department of Education

Director of Special Projects – Public Service Executive II

Opening Date: November 21, 2023

Closing Date: November 28, 2023

Job Class Code: EA35

Grade: 35

Salary: $81,182.40 – $110,635.20/Annually

Position Number: 014006306

Purpose:

The Director of Special Projects will lead communications and strategic project work for DOE. The role will support various high-level coordination efforts, based on DOE’s and the Governor’s key initiatives, and will represent the Commissioner of Education in various capacities. Major areas of policy focus include energy and climate issues, economic and workforce development, children’s issues including early childhood and implementation of specialized supports, opioid response and prevention efforts, and support for innovative educational programming. The position will manage office responses on key policy issues, in partnership with the Director of Communications and the Governor’s Office, which may include press releases, speech writing, graphic design support, social media, and stakeholder communications. The position will also coordinate communications and expanded partnerships between state-led groups and other key partners which may include the business community, non-profit sector, foundations, federal officials, municipalities, legislators, and other key stakeholders.

Candidates Must Have:

+ Strong communications and/or public relations background with excellent writing and oral communication skills, and experience with social media

+ Strong administrative and organizational skills and at least four years of program management or relevant coordinator experience

+ Ability to partner with key state leaders, including legislators, business owners, municipal representatives, non-profit and foundation groups, and others. Any past experience with these types of partnerships is helpful.

+ Meeting facilitation skills and experience is preferred

+ Knowledge of and experience with state policy issues, legislative processes and state government preferred

BENEFITS: No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto-“Dirigo” or “I lead”-as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce’s health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

+ Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays , 12 days of sick leave , and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.

+ Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,150.80-$11,942.16 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.

+ Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements .

+ Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).

+ Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes17.96 % of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.

+ Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.

+ Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.

+ Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office .

+ Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.

+ Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child-including fathers and adoptive parents-receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave . Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act (https://www.maine.gov/bhr/state-employees/rules-policies/policy-practices-manual/Employee-Rights-and-Responsibilities-Federal) .

+ Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.

+ Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness (https://www.maine.gov/bhr/oeh/) .

There’s a job and then there’s purposeful, transformative work. Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role. As an Equal Opportunity employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics. If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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Job Posting: JC251572584

Posted On: Nov 27, 2023

Updated On: Dec 02, 2023

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