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Special Initiatives Project Manager- Social Work Research & Public Service

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Project Manager (1 Position) – CSW:

Social Work Office of Research and Public Service

Salary Range: $75,000 - $80,000

The University of Tennessee Knoxville, College of Social Work, through the Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS) is accepting applications for a Project Manager for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Title IV-E Evaluation and Fidelity Monitoring Project. Reporting to the Director for the Division of Applied Research and Evaluation, the person in this position is responsible for a broad range of duties related to planning, organizing, executing, and monitoring the implementation and ongoing operations for this statewide initiative.  This position establishes priorities and develops schedules for project deliverables, ensuring project goals and objectives are met.  The person in this position manages internal and external communications and liaises with local, regional, and state stakeholders on program operational matters.  The position also provides day-to-day technical/professional guidance and support to the project team as needed and appropriate.


Key Areas of Responsibility

The following job duties include, but not limited to:

Project Management

-Manages and oversees statewide program operations

-Sets priorities and develops schedules for project deliverables

-Ensures project goals and objectives are met

-Provides day-to-day technical/professional guidance and support to the project team as needed and appropriate

-Collaborates closely with project leads to ensure timely deliverables and smooth project execution

-Coordinates internal and external resources effectively ensuring compliance with project and sponsor requirements

-Analyzes project status regularly and proactively engages relevant stakeholders in revisions to scope, schedule, or budget, if necessary, to ensure project requirements can be met

-Collects, compiles, and shares updates on project progress and key performance indicators (KPIs) co-created with relevant stakeholder to ensure quality and continuity of reports

Managing stakeholder relationships and needs

-Develop positive and trusting relationships with sponsors/program staff, serving as the primary contact for day-to-day project status updates and changes

-Manages internal and external communications responding in a timely and professional manner via telephone and email

-Liaises with local, regional, and state stakeholders on program operational matters

-Organizes and/or participates in local, regional, or state meetings

-Develops and disseminates/delivers reports and professional presentations as needed

Supporting Project Staff

-Organizes and/or participates in search committees to select project staff

-Provides training, supervision, coaching, and/or technical assistance to project staff

-Other duties/projects as assigned



Master’s or Doctoral degree in Psychology, Sociology, Human Development, Public Health, Social Work, or related field.

Required Work Experience

-Minimum of 5 years of job experience successfully leading/managing human service programs or projects.

-Minimum of 3 years of job experience leading teams, providing training and technical assistance, and supervision.

-Demonstrated experience leading and managing projects, including establishing project timelines, delegating work, and supporting team members.

-Demonstrated experience with evidence-based practice models.

-Fluency in participant confidentiality and data security protocols.

-Strong written, oral, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

Preferred experience

-Knowledge of the field of child welfare and child maltreatment prevention.

-Project Management certification.

-Experience with multi-site projects.

Exempt Position: Market Range, 13.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday with occasional weekends, evenings, and overnight travel.

WORK LOCATION:  Remote- Knoxville, TN (position is remote with occasional state-wide travel in TN)

Application Process: Interested individuals should provide a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required and preferred qualifications, a resume, and complete contact information for 3 professional referencesScreening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Social Work Research & Pub Svc
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Feb 26, 2024, 7:51:19 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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