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Management Analyst 1

Description

Positions conduct continuing and special studies of departmental organization, methods and procedures to recommend solutions to clearly defined operating problems with limited scope and complexity in areas such as records and publications management; policy and procedures development/analyses; organization of office space; work and information flow; systems and analysis design; data processing; fiscal and budgetary analysis; cost/benefit analysis; review of legislation; and analysis of organizational structure.

Research, Analysis and Implementation: Analyze operating division procedures to make recommendations to improve/revise/modify organizational structure, work methods, systems and/or procedures. Revise procedures and forms to increase effectiveness of existing systems. Conduct forms analysis and comparative cost/benefit studies, test alternative approaches, and design and propose revised procedures and/or forms for managment review and approval.

Report Development: Write reports on results of investigations and analyses, summarizing findings, identifying problem areas and recommending methods to improve operations. Prepare bulletins or manual material needed for implementation and provide instructions to operating personnel on new procedures/methods. Perform follow-up reviews.

Required Qualifications

Knowledge of or experience in a specific natural resources field related to the work being conducted.

Knowledge of organizational theory and management principles sufficient to design studies or surveys used to evaluate organizational structure, work methods, systems and procedures.

Computer skills

Writing skills sufficient to compose clear, concise and understandable narrative summaries and develop questionnaires and surveys to collect and compile data.

Oral communication skills sufficient to present data and explain procedures and instructions

Interpersonal/human relations skills sufficient to establish effective working relationships with supervisors and employees.

Desired Qualifications

Bachelors Degree in Public Administration, Business, Environmental Planning, Natural Resources Management, Parks and Recreation, or related field.

Knowledge of the organizational function of departmental operations where studies are conducted sufficient to recommend revisions to procedures and forms.

Knowledge of computer programs using statistical analysis, spreadsheet, database or presentation graphics.

Organizational skills.

Problem solving skills.

Physical Requirements

Very Light Work - occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.

License Requirements


Management Analyst 2

Description

Positions conduct continuing and special studies of departmental organization, methods and systems requiring specialized knowledge of program operations and the application and interpretation of policy to recommend and install new or revised work methods and procedures for clearly defined problems in areas such as records and publications management; policy and procedures development/analysis; organization of office space; work and information flow; systems and analysis design; data processing; fiscal and budgetary analysis; cost/benefit analysis; review of legislation; and/or analysis of organizational structure.

Research, Analysis and Implementation: Performs analysis in a specific area of an operating division (e.g., computer or telecommunication system, staffing and programs, records management, organizational structure, office space requirements and layout, work methods and procedures). Develops, revises and modifies policies and procedures by conferring with operating personnel, making on-site observation and determining user needs; by establishing systems requirements and operation/administrative procedures and communicating these needs to personnel; by preparing flow charts and planning and carrying out design studies to determine needed improvements; and by analyzing applications for technical feasibility. Drafts policy and procedures manuals or other instructional materials. Installs new methods and procedures and provides on-going technical assistance to staff.

Required Qualifications

One year experience working at the level of Management Analyst 1.
Knowledge of organization, control and techniques used in dealing with procedural and management problems sufficient to plan and carry out design studies.
Writing skills sufficient to prepare clear and comprehensive reports, procedures and instructional manuals.
Knowledge of office equipment sufficient to make recommendations for purchase, upgrades and utilization.
Computer skills.
Oral communication skills sufficient to explain procedures and instructions.
Interpersonal/human relations skills sufficient to establish effective working relationships with supervisors and employees.

Desired Qualifications

Bachelors Degree in Public Administration, Business, Environmental Planning, Natural Resources Management, Parks and Recreation, or related field.
Knowledge of specific organization where study/analysis will be accomplished.
Strong organizational skills.
?Problem solving skills.

Physical Requirements

Very Light Work - occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.

License Requirements


Management Analyst 3

Description

This position conducts continuing and special studies of departmental organization, methods and systems requiring specialized knowledge of program operations and the application and interpretation of policy to recommend and install new or revised work methods and procedures for clearly defined problems in areas such as records and publications management; policy and procedures development/analysis; organization of office space; work and information flow; systems and analysis design; data processing; fiscal and budgetary analysis; cost/benefit analysis; review of legislation; and/or analysis of organizational structure.

Research, Analysis and Implementation: Evaluates policy, rules, operations, work procedures and/or work methods in the department to provide assistance in solving managerial and procedural problems by defining needs and determining the methodology to be used to monitor, audit and review operations in assigned department-wide/state-wide projects or operational areas; by developing objectives and determining the resources required; by directing the work of individuals from other operating divisions/agencies who may be temporarily assigned to assist with projects; and by developing work plans and assigning priorities and time limits. Writes or coordinates writing of reports to provide documentation of findings and to present recommendations by serving as the consultant/coordinator for others assisting in the study; by reviewing information for accuracy; and by identifying alternatives and options in preparing final recommendations. Plans and implements work procedures, and improved techniques to assist the department/agency in meeting operating needs with greater efficiency by following through on the reassignment of functions, lines of authority, staffing needs, etc; by applying forms analysis and design, distribution of work, methods analyses and work measurement techniques; by applying revised systems procedures to the operation of existing procedures; and by preparing manuals and other informational materials and making oral presentations to affected staff.

Required Qualifications

Two years of professional experience working at the level of a Management Analyst.

Knowledge of organization, control and techniques used in dealing with procedural and management problems sufficient to plan and carry out design studies.

Knowledge of organizational structure, methods and procedures of operating divisions sufficient to analyze and evaluate operations and recommend and install new/revised procedures.

Writing skills sufficient to prepare clear and comprehensive reports, procedures and instructional manuals.

Knowledge of modern office equipment and electronic data processing principles sufficient to design and implement systems for their use.

Knowledge of accounting techniques sufficient to perform fiscal and budgetary management.

Oral communication skills sufficient to explain procedures and instructions.

Interpersonal/human relations skills sufficient to establish effective working relationships with managers and employees.

Desired Qualifications

Bachelors Degree in Public Administration, Business, Environmental Planning, Natural Resources Management, Parks and Recreation, or related field.

Knowledge of computer programs using statistical analysis, spreadsheet, database or presentation graphics.

Leadwork/supervisory experience.

Strong organizational skills.

Problem solving skills.

Physical Requirements

Very Light Work - occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.

License Requirements


Management Analyst 4

Description

As a recognized departmental expert, this position directs and/or conducts and executes studies for areas with little or no procedural precedent which have major department and /or state-wide policy implications and which may involve major departmental reorganization, liaison with staff from other agencies, as well as performing as a lead worker for interdisciplinary task forces; to provide management with information necessary for decision-making and long-range organizational or systems planning in an area such as records and publications management; policy and procedures development/analyses; organization of office space; work and information flow; systems analysis/design; data processing; fiscal and budgetary analysis; cost/benefit analysis; review of legislation; and analysis of organizational structure; performs audit and quality assurance functions in terms of providing leadwork direction and review to high-level professional staff.

Analysis, Development and Implementation: Develops long-range administrative and management strategies to resolve organizational issues by clarifying the scope of issues and assigning responsibility and tasks to various personnel; by developing documents which represent desired directions and ensuring compatibility of new policies with existing statutes, etc. Directs the implementation of new, improved work procedures and improved techniques to assist the department in meeting operating needs with greater efficiency by applying forms analysis and design, distribution of work, methods analyses and work measurement techniques, revise system procedures and by preparing manuals and other informational materials and making oral presentations to affected staff. Consults/advises the departmental decision makers, the legislature or others on events or program conditions to communicate significant developments and issues by performing a complete analysis and inventory report; by recommending changes in reporting techniques and maintaining a reports control program; and by using pertinent newsletters, journals and commercial services, newspapers, internal memoranda and professional contacts within and outside of government.

Required Qualifications

Two years of advanced professional experience working at the level of Management Analyst 3 or equivalent.

Knowledge of organization, controls and techniques used in dealing with procedural and management problems.

Knowledge of organizational structure, methods and procedures of operating divisions, with particular reference to the department to which assigned, principles and techniques involved in work simplification and work measurement studies.

Knowledge of modern office equipment and electronic data processing principles sufficient to design and implement systems for their use.

Interpersonal/human relations skills sufficient to establish and maintain effective working relationships with division heads during studies and during their installation.

Ability to appraise and evaluate problems of a procedural nature.

Ability to conduct detailed analyses of work flow and prepare and interpret flow charts.

Desired Qualifications

Bachelors Degree in Public Administration, Business, Environmental Planning, Natural Resources Management, Parks and Recreation, or related field.

Knowledge of bargaining unit contractual information.

Knowledge of legislative process.


Physical Requirements

Very Light Work - occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.

License Requirements


Mine Hoist & Maintenance Worker

Description

This position is responsible for the following:
Inspect, maintain, repair, and operate the mine hoist and its peripheral mechanical equipment, communication systems and safety devices.
Maintain and repair underground structure and structural equipment and mechanical equipment.
Inspect, maintain, and repair other facilities, equipment, buildings and grounds.
Operate, inspect, maintain, repair and monitor the performance of other heavy equipment.
Practice ongoing safety awareness at work site.
Participate in the development of the park?s emergency plan and procedures and serve on the mine rescue team.
Perform administrative and operational activities.

Required Qualifications

All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to be considered further:
1) Two years experience as a heavy construction equipment mechanic or plant maintenance mechanic which involves significant responsibility for the repair of heavy equipment; or responsibility for the maintenance and/or repair of mine hoists, drill rigs, heavy cranes, underground mining equipment or similar heavy equipment under general work direction; or equivalent experience; OR
2) One year experience in a mining company as a maintenance mechanic or millwright; or significant responsibility for the maintenance and/or repair of mine hoists, drill rigs, heavy cranes, underground mining equipment or other similar heavy equipment operated by an electric motor and cables; or equivalent experience.

Additional requirements include the following:
Skills in both arc and acetylene welding.
Ability to work in adverse weather and environmental conditions (e.g., dust, dampness, cold, heat, noise).
Ability to respond to emergency situations.
Ability to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus for extended periods of time during emergency situations.
Ability to work off a small platform at extreme heights.
Ability to perform work over head.

Desired Qualifications

Post secondary coursework in areas such as blueprint reading; power saws and blades; drill presses and drilling machines; shop safety; plumbing; hydraulics; crane/excavator/loader operations; pump operation and maintenance; building electrical/electricity; welding; machine/equipment maintenance and repair; millwright; diesel engines/mechanics.

Physical Requirements

Medium Work - occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pound bags of feed maximum and frequently lifting and/or carrying objects such as heavy tools and file boxes. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

License Requirements

CLASS D DRIVER'S LICENSE - A single unit vehicle with a GVW of less than 26,000 pounds. This is your basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the GCW does not exceed 26,000 pounds.