Deputy Social Services Director
DEFINITION: Under general direction, plans, organizes, and
administers social services and income maintenance programs; acts in
the department head's absence; and performs related duties as
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is an at-will assistant
department head class that serves at the pleasure of the Social
Services Director. Incumbents report to the Social Services Director
and are responsible for County social service programs or
administrative functions of the Department in Lompoc, Santa Maria,
or Santa Barbara.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Plans, organizes, and coordinates the program and/or
administrative activities of a large staff engaged in social
services and income maintenance; supervises the work of subordinates
engaged in departmental operations such as income maintenance,
centralized recordkeeping, purchasing, accounting, and fiscal
control and claims; advises subordinate staff and makes decisions on
difficult casework and administrative problems; participates in the
interviewing, selection, assignment, and training of professional
and key staff personnel.
2. Participates with other top management and executive staff in
developing, revising, and implementing social service programs in
accordance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
3. Directs and/or participates in the development and preparation of
the departmental budget and compiles supporting statistical and
fiscal data; supervises and reviews the preparation of a variety of
financial and statistical reports such as administrative
reimbursement claims to the State, which require data such as
numbers of applications for assistance, population, and case loads.
4. Receives community input and reviews, evaluates, modifies, and
proposes programs to meet community needs; serves as an interface
between the Department and the Board of Supervisors, community
groups, individuals, and other official bodies such as the Red Cross
and Civil Defense; participates in community organizations and
speaks before public and private groups on departmental operations
and programs; develops and maintains effective relations with the
media and community organizations.
5. Conducts program evaluations to determine whether programs are
being administered properly and efficiently; meets with employees
and employee organizations to discuss and resolve grievances and
problems, and participates in negotiations with employee groups;
analyzes and interprets for subordinate supervisory staff any
legislative or legal changes from federal, state, and local agencies
which affect fiscal operations or departmental programs.
6. Develops and implements general policies; performs special
assignments for the Director and acts in the Director's absence.
1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in social work, business or
public administration, or a closely related field and three years of
broad and progressively responsible public social or human services
management experience, including significant supervisory experience.
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that would
provide the required knowledge and abilities.
Knowledge of: public sector social services programs and systems;
budget preparation, fiscal management and principles of public
funding; principles of personnel management including selection,
supervision, evaluation, and training of subordinate staff; general
data processing applications.
Ability to: plan, organize, and direct the administrative activities
of a large-scale Social Services program; interpret and apply
Federal, State, and local laws and regulations such as the Social
Security Act, Title XX, the Welfare and Institutions Code, and local
civil defense rules; establish and maintain effective relationships
with employees, members of community organizations, and
representatives from Federal, State, and local agencies; analyze
situations and adopt effective courses of action; speak and write
effectively; and prepare clear, concise correspondence and reports.