Friday, September 2, 2016

Job Posting - Data Specialist



For the Position of:
Data Specialist

 
Position Specifics

Position:  Data Specialist                                                               Salary Range: $43,000-48,000
                                                                                              
Business Unit:  Research, Policy & Innovation                     Department: Information Management Services

Reports To:  Manager                                                                   Posted:  August 31, 2016 – September 14, 2016

Role Summary

This position is responsible for reporting activities central to the case management system operations. The Data Specialist works with subcontractors, and internal staff increase usage and productivity. The Data Specialist is responsible for development of custom reports and forms within case management software. The Data Specialist is responsible for maintaining a strong relationship with all programs and providers, ensuring that all incoming information is accurate and received in a timely fashion; overseeing all data entry into all Workforce Data Systems and assurance of accuracy.  This position is responsible for training program and provider users of the data systems and assisting the Manager, Information Services, ensuring that the needs of program and provider users are met.

This position will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Provide 1st tier user support and coordinate technical troubleshooting; escalates to software vendor when needed. Documents helpdesk contacts, issues, solutions, and best practices. 
  • Provide support for the expansion of the case management system into new program areas and/or the coordination with other internal systems to improve data integrity.
  • Prepare documentation for publication in an online knowledge base for users.
  • Analyze user needs, program functions and steps required to apply technology to develop or modify standard operating procedures and computer applications.
  • Provide assistance with the preparation or reports and presentations for management and partnering agencies.
  • Support trainers in developing and writing the training programs. Provide input to content i.e. text and handouts.
  • Analyze the state data system and case management software information and reports and evaluate for accuracy. Provide analysis and trends to Operations and subcontractor staff.
  • Ensure that a filing system of all incoming documentation is maintained in shared environment to allow for easy retrieval.  Respond to program and data unit requests for submitted documentation in a timely manner.
  • Assist Manager to ensure all programmatic data requirements are met in the data systems.  This includes data elements to be captured and reporting data to meet program, provider and data analysis needs.
  • Review and communicate weekly reports to contractor staff.  Ensure necessary action has been taken on all cases. Assist contractors in identifying and resolving reconciliation discrepancies in all systems.
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned.

Education/Professional Experience

Bachelor’s or Associates’ degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Computer Science, Information Management, or another quantitative field with at least 4 years’ experience.

Or, any combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
·         Considerable knowledge of case management software (ETO, Client Track, etc.)
·         Knowledge of data entry and quality assurance practices
·         Understanding of relational databases and queries
·         Excellent verbal, written, analytical and interpersonal communication skills
·         Excellent oral and written communication and technical skills
·         Must be organized and detailed oriented
·         Must be able to meet deadlines
·         Must be able to work effectively with all staff, contracted providers and management
·         Proficient in use of Microsoft Word and Excel
·         Knowledge of the state data system, CWDS, a plus


Contact Information

Interested applicants should apply online at
www.philaworks.org  and click on
 “About Us” and then “Careers at Philadelphia Works


Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
Alternate Formats, Auxiliary Aides and Services are available upon request





Job Posting - Youth System Program Representative



For the Position of:
Youth System Program Representative

Position Specifics

Position:  Youth System Program Representative             Salary Range: $43,000-47,000
                                                                                              
Business Unit:  Operations                                                          Department: Workforce Strategies- Youth System

Reports To:  Manager                                                                   Posted:  August 31, 2016 – September 14, 2016

Role Summary

This position is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the practices of the competitively procured YouthWorks Administrator and related youth workforce development programs to ensure compliance with contractual requirements. This position is also responsible for providing technical assistance to contracted providers to promote performance and quality services consistent with contract requirements and State program guidelines. This position is responsible for analyzing performance management reports, Philadelphia Works data systems and Commonwealth Workforce Development System (CWDS) to identify and articulate performance trends and make appropriate suggestions for program improvement. This position will assist in developing trainings as identified by leadership that will enhance programmatic operations and performance outcomes.

This position will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Conduct site visits to contractor and subcontractors to ensure quality service is being rendered as outlined in the scopes of work.
  • Use Program Monitoring tools to analyze program operations and monitor program compliance.
  • Provide technical assistance to contractor and subcontractors to ensure program performance and compliance with contract requirements and program guidelines. Furthermore, conduct observational follow-up to ensure that the recommendations have been implemented; update and /or make changes if necessary.
  • Ensure all programmatic data requirements are met. This includes data elements to be captured and reporting data to meet program, provider and data analysis needs.
  • Compile and track the monitoring results of all provider reviews, create statistical reports in Excel and submit written summary reports and improvement recommendations on a monthly basis.
  • Analyze all relevant data reports (i.e. CWDS) and compare to PWI and State performance management results to identify performance trends.  Compare findings of current report to previous report findings to track changes as they apply to improvement recommendations and action plan.
  • Work with management to prepare for State audits, and analyze and compare State audit results to performance review results to develop more efficient corrective action plans.
  • Assist in identifying best practices for enhancing processes and procedures for better performance, service delivery, and efficiency services throughout the workforce system.
  • As needed, assist in drafting Operations Memoranda and/or policies to increase efficiencies
  • Participate in youth system interdepartmental team meetings and maintain all agendas and meeting minutes.
  • Attend relevant internal and external meetings as necessary.
  • Maintain records for all performance management results. 
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned.

Education/Professional Experience

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Human Services, Youth Development, Business Management or related field with 2-3 years monitoring or quality assurance experience.

Or, any combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
·         Strong project management skills
·         Ability to interpret contract scope of service
·         Strong analytical and problem solving skills
·         Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal and presentation skills
·         Proficient in Word and Excel and working knowledge of Access and Power Point
·         Ability to interact effectively with various levels of staff, management, government officials, and the public
·         Ability to travel to various locations throughout the city


Contact Information

Interested applicants should apply online at
www.philaworks.org  and click on
 “About Us” and then “Careers at Philadelphia Works


Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
Alternate Formats, Auxiliary Aides and Services are available upon request





2-Ingredient Hack To Clean And Deodorize Your Cutting Board

cutting-board-hack

Last year, I really got into woodworking, which is something I’ve been exposed to my whole life. My dad is a master craftsman and is able to build anything under the sun — it’s really quite impressive. With his help, I began to make functional projects for my house, including a few cutting boards.
 
 Wooden, rustic cutting boards are all the hype, however, the concept is far from new. I have heard of cutting boards being passed down from generation to generation, based on the quality of the wood and the overall maintenance of the board itself. If you properly clean and treat a solid piece of hardwood, it will last several lifetimes.
Say no to soapy board baths cutting-board
What you may or may not know is that, in many cases, too much soap and water will damage wood. Over time, soapy water will weaken wood fibers, significantly reducing the cutting board’s lifespan. With that being said, you need to clean it after it’s been exposed to food, helping you avoid harmful bacteria.

Which leads me to tip number one — whenever you’re finished with your cutting board, give it a quick rinse with hot water. I generally use hot water and the smallest dab of my homemade organic soap to ensure that the surface is clean.
Tip number two — never submerge your cutting board in water, which will reduce its lifespan and increase the risk of warping and splitting. Secondly, when you place a dirty cutting board in water, wood has a porous surface, and will easily absorb pathogens if submerged. To combat bacteria and stinky (but delicious) ingredients, such as onions and garlic, this hack will always have your back.
Simple and effective, this solution combats the above issues, all while reducing your reliance on chemicals and harsh soaps. Utilizing lemon and salt, this hack will help you naturally clean and deodorize your cutting boards with ease. I use my favorite cutting board every day, so I generally give it a deep clean once a week.
Tip number three — after you clean the board, “condition” all solid wood, such as oak and walnut. This will create a protective layer that helps maintain the look and feel of the board itself. I personally use a vegan, coconut-based oil made with essential oils and a wax made from rice — but there are a number of options available.
Time to scrub up
clean-up-cutting-board
Besides the two key ingredients mentioned, all you’ll need is a little water, a cloth and some good ol’ fashion elbow grease.
Ingredients
  • 1 lemon — which does not need to be fresh. If you often cook with lemons or make vinaigrettes, save the squeezed peels in the fridge to use the following day. This is an excellent way to reuse ingredients, maximizing their potential use.
  • Coarse sea salt — I often combine same more finely ground sea salt with some larger, more coarse pieces as well.
  • Warm water
  • Clean cloth or sponge
  • Oil and wax to condition (optional, but highly recommended)
Instructions
1. Wipe your cutting board, before sprinkling a generous amount of salt over the board itself.
2. With your lemon halves, give the board a good scrub, working the abrasive salt around the entire surface.
3. Using a cloth, wipe away the salt to expose a clean, fresh smelling surface.
Note: Once a month, I will also use a touch of hydrogen peroxide. Pour a small amount on the board, allowing it to fizz for a few minutes before wiping clean. Then simply apply the 2-ingredient hack above to further remove stains and deodorize.  
— Krista Hillis

Back to School Picnic - Bookbag Giveaway!!! - Register Today!

 
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Community picnic and back-to-school celebration book bag giveaway
Residents of all ages from across the 164th Legislative District are invited to my Sixth Annual Community Picnic and Back-to-school Giveaway, which will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Second Ward Playground, 747 Crosley Avenue, Upper Darby, across the street from the Fernwood Cemetery on Church Lane.
We'll have free barbecue and drinks, family games, entertainment, state resources and information for students and families. We provide this service every year so that families can have a successful 2016-17 school year.
The event will also include a book bag and school supplies giveaway for students, but pre-registration is mandatory to receive a free book bag and is first-come, first-served, while supplies last.
You must pre-register by Sept. 2 to receive the book bag and school supplies.
To pre-register, call 610-259-7016, email arice@pahouse.net or stop by my office in the Barclay Square Shopping Center, 1500 Garrett Road, Upper Darby.
 
 
 


Rep. Margo Davidson
D-164th District
Delaware County
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