Education Program Associate 4 (SPEP Program Manager)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – J – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Health and Human Development
Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center
Full/Part Time:


The position of SPEP Project Manager is part of the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter) in the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Penn State University. This position is part of a team responsible for the statewide rollout of the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP), an initiative to apply evidence from meta-analysis to strengthen and improve programs and services for juvenile offenders in Pennsylvania. Responsibilities: the job responsibilities for the SPEP Project Manager involve directly supervising SPEP Trainers and Specialists and monitoring the assessment of SPEP services, which uses a specified protocol to: collect detailed descriptive and administrative information from youth programs and services used by county juvenile probation departments; rate those programs and services based on their predicted effectiveness at preventing recidivism; develop a program improvement plan to strengthen the service; coordinate and supervise a team of two SPEP Trainers, four regional SPEP specialists and an administrator to ensure quality assurance and consistency to SPEP model, and provide performance feedback, constructive criticism and coaching based on observations of implementation of SPEP; oversee SPEP staff development of policies and procedures for quality assurance model for SPEP and manuals for how to deliver technical assistance for SPEP; network and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to develop and provide support for the SPEP process across Pennsylvania; network with other states involved with the SPEP and juvenile justice system improvement efforts. Specifically, this involves: managing and leading a team of seven staff, including SPEP Trainers, Specialists, and Administrative staff; ensuring all SPEP assessments are moving through the process in a timely fashion and with consistent quality; coaching SPEP staff on the SPEP process, and providing guidance in overcoming barriers; developing methods for scaling up SPEP in new regions and counties; establishing criteria and methods for determining county readiness to adopt SPEP; reviewing SPEP team data for accuracy, consistency, and identifying project status and needs based on those data; developing and managing project budget; project management, delivering on time and accountable for project deliverables; organizing and facilitating meetings, learning communities, phone calls, interviews; meeting regularly with the EPISCenter Director to review project status, identify emerging issues or project needs, and ensure high-quality execution of project roll-out; Qualifications: Required: Vanderbilt certification as a Level 2 SPEP Trainer; Bachelor’s degree required (in social sciences, education, criminal or juvenile justice, public health, or other related fields; Master’s preferred); five years’ experience in juvenile justice required, including experience in overseeing/managing the implementation of system reform in juvenile justice, child welfare or the like (or equivalent combination of education and experience); champion for evidence-based practices, and/or juvenile justice system reform; ability to develop others into champions/foster a culture of champions; interest and willingness to navigate ambiguity of supporting the development of an emerging statewide reform effort; solution-focused, problem-solving skills, can-do attitude; strong diplomacy, relationship building, and collaboration skills; experience in working closely with and collaborating with state and county-level policymakers; ability to create change through a strengths-based approach; ability to build effective teams and provide clear, prioritized direction for staff; must be comfortable presenting in front of small and large audiences about complex content; proficient in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, web-conference software (Adobe Connect, Zoom, others); Skillset/experiences Preferred: knowledge of and experience with Office of Children Youth and Families Needs-Based Budget process and language; strong level of comfort with evidence base for juvenile justice reform and best practices for implementing reform; experience working in the environment of a state-level intermediary organization and/or a top-tier research institution. Competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefits package is available. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. About EPISCenter: EPISCenter is a nationally recognized model for prevention of youth violence, delinquency, and substance use through support of effective practice and inter-system collaboration. Established in 2008, EPISCenter is the result of a long-standing partnership between the PRC and PCCD to achieve PA’s violence prevention mission. EPISCenter focuses on the translation of prevention science to policy and practice, and is essential to the dissemination, sustainability, and quality implementation of evidence-based programs and practice across the Commonwealth. EPISCenter is a project within the Prevention Research Center (PRC), funded by the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), the PA Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth, and Families, and the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP). Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus six years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088