Children And Families Services Director
DEFINITION: Under administrative direction of the Children and
Families Commission (CFC), exercises overall executive-level
responsibility for: planning, organizing, and directing the
activities of the First Five (aka Children & Families/Proposition
10) Program, and the Early Care and Education Program (ECE);
providing full-service staff support to the CFC, the CFC Advisory
Board and other CFC committees, and the ECE Advisory Committee; and
performing a variety of other related work as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is an at-will, single-position,
executive classification, exempt from the civil service system. The
incumbent serves at the pleasure of the CFC, members of which are
appointed by the Board of Supervisors; however, the Commission
otherwise operates independently of the Board of Supervisors, and in
accordance with state law as administered by the California Children
and Families Commission.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Plans, organizes, and directs the administration of (a) various
large funding programs comprising numerous contractors and
sub-contractors providing complex programs and services in support
of the health, learning, development and well-being of children from
birth to age 5 and their families and (b) the programs of the Office
of Early Care & Education.
2. Manages and supervises in-house staff and contract employees
responsible for coordinating, overseeing, monitoring, supporting,
analyzing, and evaluating a large number and variety of complex
service programs, with particular emphasis on ensuring strict fiscal
compliance, achieving results effectively and efficiently, and
otherwise fulfilling state-mandated requirements.
3. Directs and oversees the establishment and maintenance of complex
financial monitoring and reporting systems for managing Proposition
10 funds, other funds received from grants and reimbursements,
numerous contracts with service agencies, and a large reserve fund,
thereby ensuring full compliance with county, state and federal
4. Provides professional staff support to the Commission in
developing and updating a strategic plan to address community needs
and to guide local funding decisions and other program
responsibilities, consistent with the California Children and
Families Act (Proposition 10); and implements the plan.
5. Directs and oversees the establishment and continuous improvement
of (a) project management and performance measurement systems for
monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on all programs, initiatives,
and projects; (b) training and supporting service providers; and (c)
6. Engages in continuous community outreach throughout the County to
ensure service needs are identified and met, and educates the public
about early childhood health and development issues.
7. Solicits grants and other funding from the State and other
sources to achieve Proposition 10 goals and objectives.
8. Coordinates with cities, other counties, school districts,
non-profit agencies, community-based organizations, and businesses
as required for all aspects of project and program performance.
9. Represents the County in the California Children and Families
1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in business or public
administration, early childhood development, education, psychology,
social work, or other human services-related field, and five years
of progressively responsible management experience, including three
years of experience as a program manager in a public or private
agency with a mission of providing public health, educational,
mental health, or other social services relevant to early childhood
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides
the required knowledge and abilities.
Additional Qualifications: Independent travel is required.
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.
Incumbents may be called on to work non-traditional hours, including
evenings and weekends.
Knowledge of: principles and practices of public or business
administration, program management, program development, project
management, performance measurement, fiscal management, budgeting,
grant writing and administration, contract administration, resource
leveraging, and strategic planning; principles and practices of
management, supervision, training, team building, and organizational
development; civic engagement techniques; principles of public
relations and marketing; standard English usage and grammar;
research and data collection techniques; and data management.
Ability to: collect, analyze, and evaluate data, make
recommendations, and adopt a course of action; work effectively in
an environment characterized by high public visibility and scrutiny;
effectively manage risk, and respond effectively to a variety of
changing situations; identify and pursue potential funding sources;
motivate and develop employees to achieve a high-performance,
customer service-oriented organization; establish and maintain
effective working relationships with members of the Commission and
related advisory boards and committees, other County staff, the
public, and various government agencies, community organizations,
educational institutions, health care providers, child care
providers, social service agencies, and area employers; prepare and
present clear and concise written communications; and speak
effectively before small and large groups, and through print and
electronic media; understand, empathize with, and respond
effectively to the needs of community members from a variety of
ethnic, racial, religious, socio-economic, and educational
Professional experience managing the provision of services under the
direction of a commission or advisory board.
Knowledge of: the requirements for implementing the California
Children and Families Act (Proposition 10) as administered by the
California Children and Families Commission, and other programs
approved by the state and county Commissions, as well as relevant
state and federal regulations; contemporary theories, practices, and
trends in the fields of child development, education, children's
mental and physical health, child care, family functioning, and the
design and delivery of children's and family services; laws,
regulations, and practices regarding employer-provided benefit
plans, flex-time and leave policies, and child care; land use laws
and regulations governing the location and operation of child care
facilities; practices, processes, and legal requirements of
appointed boards and commissions and their roles in local
government; principles and practices of group facilitation, group
dispute resolution, and group conflict management.
Ability to: conduct and facilitate group meetings; defuse tensions
and achieve consensus within groups.