Project Manager

Recruitment #200129-UNCE-40


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a Project Manager. This is an unclassified position in state government working for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority - OMMA, located in Oklahoma City, OK. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependentsFor more information about the benefit allowance [click here]. The annual salary for this position is up to $65,000, based on education and experience.

Position Summary
The OMMA Project Manager provides critical planning and development of program areas required by statute. The position provides coordination and applies project management techniques, and sets long-range strategic priorities for OMMA and OSDH while still ensuring that new projects and rules are implemented efficiently and in compliance. This position is expected to interact with agency leadership and program staff, as well as executive level partners, from both the public and private sectors in Oklahoma.

Position Responsibilities
• Provides oversight, management and consultation in the planning, development, and implementation of high-priority, complex projects for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority.
• Ensures key projects are properly planned for implementation from identifying resources needed, offering alternatives, building consensus and establishing and monitoring timeframes needed to complete projects according to state or agency deadlines.
• Develops project work plans, utilizes project management tools and software such as Office 360 Planning and SharePoint, Teamwork, Asana and Smartsheet.
• Convenes stakeholders, and ensures the critical path is identified and deliverables are completed over the course of a project; utilizes problem-solving skills to mitigate risks to the project.
• Manages implementation strategies, developing alternative solutions as necessary, by conducting research, analyzing options, and consulting key stakeholders and agency leadership.
• Serves as a consultant and subject matter expert in regard to project planning and design.
• Conducts research for the purposes of policy analysis, project planning, and informing leadership and stakeholders.
• Tracks issues (legislation, policy, etc.) that may have an impact on OMMA strategic projects.
• Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments within Medical Marijuana and related fields.
• Coordinates with state entities as necessary to ensure adherence to laws and policy.
• Facilitates and schedules project team, stakeholder, and planning meetings.
• Writes and prepares briefs, white-papers, and other graphic and narrative documents that assess costs, benefits, and/or impact of OMMA strategic projects.

Other Duties
• Demonstrates knowledge of and supports mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
• Works effectively in team environment, participating and assisting their peers.
• Participates in the development and evaluation of program objectives and procedures.
• Responds to program-related inquiries from the general public.
• Provides training and technical assistance to internal staff and medical marijuana licensed entities.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Education and Experience
Master’s degree in any of the following fields: public administration, public health, business, finance, or a closely related field, and at least three years of professional experience in strategic planning, performance management, public policy, management of complex projects for public, private, or nonprofit organizations, and state and federal policies and regulations.

Specialized training in strategic project management application, previous experience working with policy implementation at state or federal level, and Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) are preferred.

Valued Skills and Experience
• Knowledge and experience in strategic planning, performance management, policy development, stakeholder engagement, and public health
• Ability to think critically
• Analytical and problem-solving skills
• Ability to define planning-related needs and problems, and to formulate appropriate recommendations
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
• Ability to prepare and review complex planning reports, to interpret laws, rules and regulations, and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Office environment – daily, with potential for telework (when available)
Computer-based systems
Some travel – less than 10%



If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview. 

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.

The OSDH in conjunction with Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority - OMMA shall not employ an individual if any of the following circumstances exist:
a) The individual has a direct or indirect interest in a licensed medical marijuana business; or

b) The individual or his or her spouse, parent, child, spouse of a child, sibling, or spouse of a sibling has an application for a medical marijuana business license pending before the Department or is a member of the board of directors of a medical marijuana business, or is an individual financially interested in any licensee or medical marijuana business.



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