Program and Fiscal Recovery Manager (American Rescue Plan), Guilford County (open until filled)

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Closing: Open until filled
Salary Range: $68,458 – $116,943 annually

Job Description:

Performs skilled professional work including establishment, coordination, and oversight of Guilford County’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) implementation. General duties include all facets of program management in accordance with federal requirements to ensure compliance with spending parameters, monitoring, and accurate reporting. This position will also be responsible for supervising the work of professional staff and administration and support for related programs and initiatives, either directly or in collaboration with other County departments and possible community stakeholder groups.  This is a grant funded, benefit-eligible position with an anticipated end date of December 31, 2024 but may be extended through December 31, 2026.

The incumbent will conduct various forms of research, community outreach and other forms of networking activities to develop strategic relationships and transformational programs that leverage SLFRF funds for purposes of economic recovery. This position may be required to represent the County in various venues involving excellent communication and presentation skills. Support of the County’s administrative functions and related special projects may also be required. It is anticipated that projects will primarily be related to addressing community disparities which might involve issues related to housing, transportation, health, and/or employment. The Program and Fiscal Recovery Manager coordinates and expedites projects, works directly with local government contacts and other professional service providers.  The position will develop and maintain FAQs and track member requests and questions in a searchable database. The majority of the time may be spent answering members’ queries about eligible projects, other available funds, members’ monthly reporting, including reviewing and appropriately categorizing expenditures, and supporting accurate and timely reporting.

Essential Duties & Tasks:

  • Thorough understanding and interpretation of the American Rescue Plan Act and local government/community-based programs that may be beneficial to Guilford County.
  • Coordinate County policy, administrative, and operational meetings regarding the overall recovery strategy in collaboration with internal and external departments and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate and manage multiple moderately complex projects at various stages of implementation, in coordination with County Administration and in compliance with state/federal requirements.
  • Communicate effectively with local officials, professional service providers, and various state and federal agencies through written memos, e-mails, formal letters, and telephone conversations.
  • Assess programs that will positively impact the recovery and long-term success of the county.
  • Provide a recommended strategic plan which prioritizes programs and projects and initiatives that will strengthen local government and the community while also transforming local government.
  • Manage and coordinate the County’s reporting requirements for pandemic-related funding.
  • Manage financial details of project management including review of professional service invoices, budget tracking, billing projections, and payment thresholds. Also work with the Budget, Finance, and other departments to explore grants and other revenue sources to conserve ARPA funds to appropriate to other gaps and priorities.
  • Under leadership of County Administration, periodically present to Board of Commissioners regarding project status
  • Interpret government publications and regulations as they pertain to project implementation
  • Create innovative programs aligned with ARPA guidelines for the community
  • Renew applicable certifications on an annual basis (if needed) and participate in ongoing training to maintain familiarity with ARPA programs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with pandemic-related funding sources available to support local recovery and growth, including the American Rescue Plan Act funds, State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, and other related funding sources.
  • Experience working in local municipal or county government and knowledge of related service areas.
  • Familiarity with FEMA reimbursement and reporting procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of government policy/practices.
  • Considerable experience developing budget and financial projections, analyses, and reports.
  • Considerable knowledge of governmental accounting and budgeting procedures, both at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Strong affinity for relationship building among diverse stakeholders, particularly local government entities, elected officials, and internal and external stakeholders
  • Working knowledge of census and other demographic data used to identify project beneficiaries
  • Ability to set, measure, and report on project milestones and goals
  • Strong computer skills, including the ability to navigate and search the internet to retrieve information when required, learn new programs as required, create PDFs, create and manage multi-formatted MS Word and Excel documents, and create and manage data visualizations.
  • Excellent document and time management skills
  • Experience with creating and giving presentations and meeting facilitation
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices, and techniques, including group facilitation, building consensus, and conflict resolution.
  • Familiarity with federal, NC state, county, or municipal procurement standards

Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with a combination of education and experience that would provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies to perform the essential duties and tasks of this position. Education and experience should be clearly documented with demonstrated linkages to the essential duties and tasks of this position.

Preferred qualifications would include:

  • A college degree and 4-6 years related government experience
  • A graduate degree in planning, public administration, or related field highly desirable
  • Familiarity with pandemic-related funding sources available to support local recovery and growth, including the American Rescue Plan Act funds, State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, FEMA, and other related funding sources.
  • Ability to monitor budgets and work in a timely and cost-effective manner
  • Ability to set, measure, and report on project milestones and goals
  • Strong computer skills, including the ability to navigate and search the internet to retrieve information when required, learn new programs as required, create PDFs, manage multi-formatted MS Word and Excel documents
  • Excellent document and time management skills
  • Experience with creating and giving presentations and meeting facilitation

Supplemental Information:

Physical Demands: Work is sedentary.  Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work.  However, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts, driving an automobile, or use of a PCs or other VDTs to accomplish work objectives.  No specific physical demands required.  Mental demands and normal stress regarding achieving work deadlines are present

Working Conditions:

  • Environment: Work environment involves normal, everyday discomforts or unpleasantness.  Work area has adequate light, heat, and ventilation; environment is organized and stable.
  • Hazards: Work presents no significant hazards to employees

May Require Driving: This position may require driving for this position whether driving a County owned or personal vehicle to conduct county business such as but not limited to attending conferences, meetings, or any other county related functions.   Motor Vehicle Reports may be verified for valid driver’s license and that the driving record is compatible with the county’s driving criteria. If a personal vehicle is operated for county business proper insurance is maintained as per Guilford County’s vehicle use policy.

Special Note: This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job functions and recommended job requirements. However, for each individual position assigned to this class, there is available a completed job description with physical abilities checklist which can be reviewed before initiating a selection process.

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