Established:  02/79
Revised: 04/15
FLSA:  Exempt
EEO:  2



Under general direction, to assist in the planning, development, and coordination of a comprehensive community program to serve clients' needs and meet departmental goals and objectives; to analyze, evaluate, and recommend appropriate courses of action on program proposals based on a thorough understanding of appropriate departmental discipline; and to do other work as required.


This is a journey-level class designed to serve the needs of County departments in both evaluating and improving existing programs, policies, and procedures. This class assists departments in designing and conducting necessary research to develop recommendations for modifications as appropriate. Incumbents work closely with senior level department supervisors and staff in obtaining input on needs and program effectiveness, and assist in staff training by disseminating new information. Primary responsibilities include coordination and monitoring of contract resources to evaluate and improve the quality and service provided the client. Assignments are of moderate scope and difficulty with incumbents possessing backgrounds of specific preparation in the appropriate discipline. Assignments are performed without close supervision, although initial direction and final review of findings and recommendations are provided.

Program Planner is distinguished from the Administrative Analyst series which is responsible for general administrative functions, rather than specific planning and evaluation functions in a particular discipline.


Duties may include but are not limited to:

  1. Plans, organizes, and conducts studies of program effectiveness to evaluate assets, deficiencies in service, and utilization of staff and fiscal resources.
  2. Makes recommendations to increase effectiveness of existing programs and methods of treatment and administration based upon preliminary planning studies, reviews of relevant literature and research.
  3. Assists in improving, coordinating, promoting, and developing needed resources through the implementation of referral and contract services with maximum utilization of existing community resources.
  4. Coordinates client referral and access to a variety of systems and/programs; ensures systems are working together to reach a common goal; researches and works toward resolution of system problems; works to eliminate barriers to system access.
  5. Encourages community resource development through the utilization of community involvement by effective orientation on existing programs and coordination in the development and implementation of new and modified programs.
  6. Establishes and maintains liaison with similar personnel engaged with other local programs and agencies.
  7. Prepares and maintains current research information regarding specific programs, as well as funding and grant sources.
  8. Prepares specifications, negotiates, and monitors all contracts for referral services approved by the department.
  9. Conducts special studies and work projects relating to departmental goals, objectives, and specific program performance.
  10. Conducts in-service training for departmental staff in specific programs and their utilization, and acts as liaison with contractors in the resolution of problems.


Working knowledge of: Principles, procedures, and techniques of research, program evaluation, and analysis of program design and administration; availability of community and contract resources; departmental policies and procedures as they relate to stated goals and objectives; concepts and principles of human behavior, behavioral or personality adjustment problems as they relate to the client group and respective program emphasis of a specific department; modern office practices and procedures; budget concepts, basic accounting and mathematical skills and techniques of monitoring expenditures.

Skill to: Assess and present need for service, compose and negotiate contracts, and establish procedures for effective program appraisal; analyze and evaluate situations accurately and recommend effective courses of action; present comprehensive information in either oral or written form; communicate effectively in public; interpret professional material to lay individuals; conduct staff training in utilizing available programs and assess their effectiveness with departmental personnel and the public; establish and maintain effective working relationships.


Duties are performed indoors and are of a sedentary nature.


Some positions may require certification as a Qualified Mental Health Associate or other professional certification to meet qualification for grant funding sources as mandated by Oregon Administrative Rules.

Some positions must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.

Some positions must pass pre-employment drug test.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that would demonstrate possession of the required knowledge and skills.

Edited: 07/12