County of Del NorteCrescent City 95531
Full Time

Plans, organizes, coordinates and directs a division in the areas of administration, social services, eligibility or employment; establishing performance levels, communicating goals and performance expectations, and ensuring conformance to established policies and procedures, and standards for quality and timeliness.

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Deputy Director Social Services

County of Del Norte
Full Time 880 Northcrest Dr, Crescent City, CA 95531, United States
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Overview

This recruitment will establish a list of candidates to be used in filling the vacancy as well as an eligibility list that may be used for future vacancies or temporary help for up to one (1) year.

Job Opportunity:

Only online applications are accepted. It is the responsibility of each applicant to review the full job description and requirements. Resumes are encouraged, but will not be accepted in lieu of required application materials. Applications which are incomplete as of the final date to apply will be eliminated from consideration. Candidates who meet all the minimum qualifications may be invited to an oral interview. 

Description
This is a Merit System Services position.  To apply for this opportunity, refer to the MSS section under the MENU in the upper left corner and select Merit System Services or visit the website directly at
Under executive direction, the Deputy Director plans, organizes, and directs the overall administrative activities of one or more of the major divisions of a social services agency to include administrative services units, employment, eligibility, or social services programs either directly or through subordinate managers; may act in the Director's absence; and performs related work as required.

A Deputy Director typically has responsibility for multiple functional areas in a social services agency, but may manage a single division or function through subordinate managers and/or supervisors. In these agencies, the Deputy Director serves in a second-level managerial capacity.

The Deputy Director classification differs from the lower level Program Manager and Social Services Program Manager classifications in that the latter typically have responsibility for a single functional area within the agency.

This classification is a Merit System Services (MSS) position with the job requirements subject to change per CalHR.
Detailed Work Activities

Essential job duties may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.

  • Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for a division
  • Plans, organizes, coordinates and directs a division in the areas of administration, social services, eligibility or employment; establishing performance levels, communicating goals and performance expectations, and ensuring conformance to established policies and procedures, and standards for quality and timeliness
  • Plans and manages, through subordinate managers and/or supervisors, the work of division staff; assigns, reviews and evaluates staff and provides for their training and professional development; monitors and directs employee relations activities; and provides guidance to subordinate staff regarding personnel matters
  • Assesses service delivery to communicate findings to upper management, implements changes to improve efficiency and service quality, maximizes effectiveness of program operations, and ensures alignment with the department's mission
  • Serves as an internal technical expert regarding program matters by providing consultation and guidance to staff, subordinate supervisors, managers, executive management, or the Director
  • Prepares and recommends long-term plans for division services and programs; develops specific proposals for action on current and future division services and operations
  • Assesses the need for changes to policies or programs based on initiatives to improve services, new services or program modifications, and opportunities for cross-collaboration of program areas
  • Interprets laws and regulations, including new laws and proposed legislation, to determine relevancy to department operations and services, and assesses program compliance with laws and regulations
  • Develops or revises policies or procedures to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness, and assists higher-level management in departmental strategic planning
  • Works collaboratively with personnel of other agencies, community groups, contractors, and other public and private organizations to determine needs for social services, and coordinates shared services or collaborative projects, or the provision of services by contracted agencies
  • Assists in development of the budget for assigned programs by preparing cost estimates and projections, and performing ongoing monitoring of expenditures to ensure compliance with budget provisions
  • Serves as an external technical expert by providing consultation regarding program, legal, or policy matters to external entities such as County department managers or administrators, State departments, Board of Supervisors, advisory boards, and advocacy groups
  • Ensures that information regarding department services and policies is provided accurately and thoroughly to external parties, and that all complaints are responded to appropriately and in a timely manner
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
This is a Merit System Services  classification. The current minimum qualifications can be viewed by visiting the Merit System Services program webpage at CalHR. 
Pattern 1: One (1) year of full-time experience performing duties as a Social Services Program Manager, Program Manager, Staff Services Manager, or Senior Staff Services Manager within an Interagency Merit System county;
OR
Pattern 2: Four (4) years of full-time supervisory experience in employment, eligibility, social service programs, or administrative and staff services work in areas such as personnel, administrative analysis, accounting, auditing, budgeting, or data processing in a public social services agency.
OR
Pattern 3: A graduate degree in public administration or business administration or a Master's Degree in Social Work or a Master's Degree from a two year counseling program; AND two (2) years of full-time supervisory or managerial experience in employment, eligibility, social service programs, or administrative and staff services work in areas such as personnel, administrative analysis, accounting, auditing, budgeting, or data processing in a public social services agency.

Special Requirements:    Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s license.
All County of Del Norte employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through State law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the County of Del Norte requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Work related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Program development, administration, and service delivery related to programs in the area(s) of responsibility, which may include employment services, eligibility, and/or social services
  • Federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations governing the operation of public social services agencies, including the California Welfare and Institutions Code and the California Department of Social Services Division Regulations
  • Principles of public administration, including intergovernmental relationships affecting delivery of public services
  • Current management and leadership theories, techniques, and applications to ensure that strategies employed in the supervision and oversight of staff are effective and appropriate
  • Planning and scheduling techniques to ensure that timelines and schedules are established appropriately, modified as needed, and adhered to
  • Budgeting principles in order to develop, manage, and/or track budgets, budget allocations, and expenditures.
Ability to:
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with internal management and staff, and with a variety of external stakeholders
  • Monitor the activities in multiple programs or functions run by different subordinate managers or supervisors to ensure all activities are consistent with established policies and procedures, and the mission of the department
  • Develop solutions to complex problems and issues relating to programs, procedures, and policies
  • Be flexible in adapting to changes in priorities or resources that impact pre-established timelines and courses of action
  • Apply knowledge of laws, regulations, and policies to decision making and problem solving to identify solutions and courses of action that are most appropriate or compliant
  • Analyze and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of programs, procedures, and policies
  • Develop alternate work plans and strategies in response to changing priorities, problems, or setbacks to allow for the completion of projects and work assignments within desired timeframes
  • Develop short-range and long-range plans and schedules in support of operating goals and strategic plans of the department
  • Develop systems and controls to ensure the quality of work performed by staff, and overall quality of services provided
  • Delegate work assignments and appropriate level of responsibility to employees in order to ensure the completion of work assignments and projects
  • Read and understand complex written materials, such as laws, proposed legislation, policies, reports, etc., in order to interpret, explain, and apply
  • Use a personal computer to input data, access information, and create materials and documents using a variety of software applications
  • Communicate verbally, in person or by telephone, clearly and concisely with a variety of audiences on a variety of matters
  • Write to ensure effective and clear communication and proper composition of reports, correspondence, email, and other written communication
  • Review and edit documents written by others to ensure proper format, sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation.
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