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Children And Families Services Director

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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.


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 requirements.
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) strategic planning.
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 Association.


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 development; or,
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 backgrounds.

Desirable Qualifications:

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.

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