Project Manager

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 012200 - Social Science Research Center
Location: Canton, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Mississippi State University’s Social Science Research Center is funded primarily via grants and contracts. Based at the Social Science Research Center (SSRC) at Mississippi State University, the Mississippi Children’s Health Policy Project Manager will work full-time with SSRC staff on the Child Health and Development Project: MS THRIVE! to understand the challenges around children’s health in Mississippi and implement programmatic and policy responses to these challenges. MS THRIVE! is a partnership between the SSRC and the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics, funded by the Health Services and Resources Administration. The project is designed to create and implement a high-quality statewide system for early childhood developmental health promotion, screening, and referral that will improve outcomes for Mississippi’s children and serve as a model for other high-need states.

Salary Grade:  15

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The SSRC is a 70 year old organization with a fully developed interdisciplinary program. For more information, please visit our website at

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Assessing existing policies and programs related to early childhood developmental health in Mississippi
• Reviewing evidence-based policies and programs in other states
• Planning and leading early childhood stakeholder meetings
• Evaluating developmental health service gaps and proposing solutions
• Working closely with project leadership to determine desired policy changes in Mississippi to enhance the early childhood developmental health system
• Meeting with project partners and state agency representatives to discuss system development and policy recommendations
• Synthesizing research findings
• Writing policy briefs

Minimum Qualifications:

• Master’s degree in public health, public policy, or related field
• Minimum of three years of experience in health policy, health care administration, health-related non-profit work, or state agency work

Preferred Qualifications:

• Doctorate or Terminal Degree in Law, Public Policy, Public Health, or related field
• Interest in early childhood development
• Interest in policy research and systems change

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Excellent writing abilities
• Strong research, organizational, and communication skills
• Demonstrated problem-solving skills
• Ability to work creatively within broad program goals
• Basic computer skills
• Ability to meet travel requirements of the position
• Ability to work both independently and in diverse teams
• Strong sense of self-motivation

Instructions for Applying:

In addition to applying online and attaching a cover letter, resume, and writing sample, please submit a transcript and two letters of recommendation to Jennifer Flannagan at Social security numbers should be redacted prior to submission.

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon continued funding availability.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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