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Deputy Social Services Director

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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 required.

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.


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.

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