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Position Title: Manager, Strategic Initiatives

Salary: $75,000 - $85,000 per year

How to Apply:

Applications are submitted online until the position is filled and/or the posting in closed. After reviewing this job announcement, please click on the link at the bottom of the page to apply online. A resume is required with the application. Further instructions on submission of documents are available in the online applications. A resume may not be substituted for an application.

Minimum Requirements:

A Master’s degree from an accredited college/university in a related field, including Public Policy or Social Work, plus at least (3) three years of experience in project management, program planning or program development. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.


It is the policy of Allegheny County that in order to receive a final offer of employment, candidates for positions within the executive branch must provide proof of a Covid-19 vaccination. The prospective employee will need to be fully vaccinated or have at least one shot of a two-shot series before beginning work. Any employee who does not receive and provide proof of the second shot within 30 days will have their probationary employment terminated. Allegheny County will allow for medical and religious exemptions from the requirements in accordance with state and federal law.


Additionally, it is the policy of Allegheny County that in order to receive a final offer of employment, candidates must successfully pass a background check, which includes verification of Allegheny County Real Estate Tax status, and drug/medical examinations, and must be free of from communicable diseases as required for the position. The pre-employment drug screen must be completed within 48 hours of the acceptance of the conditional offer of employment.

Position Summary:

The Manager, Strategic Initiatives is part of DHS’s Office of Community Services (OCS) and is responsible for coordinating and managing projects that are critical to fulfilling DHS’s strategic plan. The Manager reports to the Deputy Director, OCS and is a highly impactful role in the organization. 


The role includes determining project scope and objectives with leaders and stakeholders within the department and with the community; managing to a project schedule, coordinating teams; preparing budgets and tracking project costs; and reporting on results. The Manager also will support DHS in building collaboration and community engagement—convening partners, leading meetings, providing project updates to stakeholders and consulting them about strategy, necessary adjustments, and progress. A third set of duties is in the area of writing and research, including grant writing; supporting research and analyses of programs, processes, and outcomes; working with leaders in developing and implementing quality improvement strategies.

  • Identifies high priority initiatives through data-driven approaches that include using qualitative and quantitative information developed by the department’s Client Experience, Community Engagement, QI, Analytics and other teams as well as stakeholders.
  • Identifies Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and results that project designs aim to achieve.
  • Designs projects that address documented needs, advance DHS priorities, and meet the county’s human services goals. These goals include improving access to services for the county’s most vulnerable people, and reducing the use of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and similar services. 
  • Organizes projects within OCS, across DHS, and with community partners.
  • Manages projects and project teams, within OCS, across DHS and with community partners.
  • Measures progress and results and reports to Deputy Director, OCS and Director, DHS during implementation and at conclusion of project.
  • Coordinates research and evaluation of projects with DHS support offices.
  • Coordinates budgeting and plans for project implementation with DHS offices.
  • Identifies effective models to improve access and quality; and supporting DHS in implementing models.
  • Supports sustainability: Providing leadership, guidance, and information for the development of the annual Needs Based Plan and Budget and Human Services Block Grant; writing grant applications.
  • Coordinates advisory groups and working on community engagement with DHS’s Office of Equity and Engagement and other offices in designing and implementing community engagement.
  • Collaborates with community members, staff and others to design creative solutions to issues with DHS systems, programs, or service delivery.
  • Provides leadership, direction, supervision, and motivation to program staff.
  • Performs special projects as requested by the Deputy Director, OCS or the Director, DHS.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of:
  • Supervisory principles and practices
  • Health and human services programs and methods of delivering services
  • Criminal justice and crisis systems and their intersection with the human services system
  • Fiscal management and budgeting 

Ability to:
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Think strategically and creatively about cross-sector partnerships to improve the services, and ability to quickly build rapport and communicate effectively with provider agencies and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrate strong analytical, writing, and public speaking skills
  • Show a high degree of initiative, to take ownership and deliver quality work products within required time frames—all while using a very collaborative approach
  • Be committed to racial equity and be sensitive to cultural diversity
  • Maintain a high degree of flexibility while consistently focusing on the organization’s mission and high standards.
  • Learn and respond quickly on subject areas within the health and human services field
  • Sit at a computer for long periods of time (2 plus hours) and traverse the building carrying up to 10 pounds (files, books, etc.).
  • Have available and consistent access to reliable transportation and able to navigate in the community for work-related assignments.

Residency: Allegheny County within 1 year.
Veterans' Preference: Will be awarded to eligible candidates.