Assistant Director I is the first level in the group for Social Services Directors. Employees are responsible for all social service and financial programs in a small office and directly supervise line staff and/or supervisors. Incumbents typically are responsible for all human resource functions as prescribed by the local board of Social Services. General work task include but not limited to: Plans, organizes, and directs social service programs in a small office; Develops department budget and monitors expenditures; Performs human resource duties as prescribed by the local board of social services; Plans and coordinates implementation of programs; Ensures quality of services and maintenance of records / files; Develops policies, procedures, rules and regulations to meet needs of clients and department; Develops plans to meet changing regulations and program requirements; Supervises staff, including performance planning and evaluation; Collaborates with community partners, such as County or City Administrator, department directors and other social service agencies; Prepares reports and makes presentations as needed; Researches and develops agency resources, such as grants; Conducts staff conferences; plans case studies, and plans and directs staff development projects; Conducts program appeals hearings and renders written decisions; Makes recommendations for changes in the interest of improving operations; Interprets and explains programs, regulations, procedures and eligibility requirements.
Minimum Qualifications Considerable knowledge of: the current social, economic, and health issues relating to clients in jurisdiction; Social Security Act; laws and regulations on administration of welfare services; social services offered in the county or city; available public and private resources and services for the needy; methods and techniques of counseling with clients; literature, trends and developments in the field of human services administration; and basic principles of community organization and supervision. Comprehensive knowledge of: management practices and principles of supervision; business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, and coordination of people and resources; principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, and personnel information systems; program planning, fiscal management and program funding sources; organization and structure of local, State and Federal government, and volunteer agencies, particularly regarding human services; and research methods and statistical analysis. Skill in operating office equipment including the personal computer and related equipment. Demonstrated ability to: work effectively with others; communicate effectively both orally and in writing with diverse group of persons; conduct research; plan and direct social services programs of varied natures; interpret and implement policies and regulations and enforce Local, State, Federal laws, ordinances, rules and regulations; supervise the work of division managers that supervise multiple programs and administrative supervisors; mobilize community support and generate community awareness of programs offered in the county; establish and implement effective management and administrative programs and procedures; represent the agency on Boards and/or Councils; provide reasoning and application of logical thinking for problem solving; provide leadership in system designs, personnel management, and budget formulation; negotiate contracts to support program and policy objectives; and analyze, initiate, concentrate and be creative with ingenuity.
Preferred Qualifications Extensive experience in finance, budget and procurement. Performs Quality Assurance to ensure compliance with state and federal policies and timelines, strong leadership and considerable supervisory experience. Experience in LDSS software such as Thomas Brothers, VaCMS, OASIS. Previous DSS experience preferred.
Special Requirements Must have a valid Virginia Driver's License with driving record that meets agency standard. Must be able to pass a drug- screening test, CPS and Criminal History Search. The investigation may include: fingerprint checks (State police, FBI); local agency checks; employment verification; verification of education; credit checks; and other checks requested by the hiring authority. Must be willing to work outside of normal business hours at times; participate in supervision of afterhours on-call; and participate as part of the local emergency shelter response team assigned to shelter duty during community disasters and/or emergencies as needed.