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In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority Director

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DEFINITION: Under general direction and in collaboration with the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Public Authority Board of Directors, provides overall policy and program direction for the IHSS Public Authority in cooperation with the IHSS Advisory Committee; acts as a liaison to the Board of Supervisors, County Administrator, and County departments; provides staff support to the IHSS Advisory Committee; represents the Public Authority at the local and state level regarding Public Authority issues; responsible for compliance with all relevant county, state, and federal laws, regulations, and agreements; and performs other related duties as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This management-level classification is distinguished by its responsibility for IHSS Public Authority policy and program direction. It is also distinguished by its role in coordinating the operations of the Public Authority with the operations of affected County departments and programs and acting as a liaison between the Public Authority and the County Administrator and County Board of Supervisors. This single position civil service classification is allocated to the Department of Social Services and will work under the auspices of a contract between the Department of Social Services and the IHSS Public Authority.


1. In cooperation with the IHSS Advisory Committee, develops and implements overall policy goals, objectives, and operating procedures for the delivery of services; establishes priorities and develops strategies to achieve program objectives.
2. Oversees IHSS provider employee relations activities, including labor negotiations and interpretation of the Memorandum of Understanding.
3. Determines funding needs and options; prepares funding requests including grant applications; oversees budget preparation and ensures effective monitoring of fiscal performance and contracts; plans, facilitates, and oversees the use of automated systems to support the Public Authority; develops and makes recommendations to the IHSS Public Authority Board of Directors and the Public Authority Advisory Committee on issues related to the functioning of the Public Authority.
4. Establishes and maintains a registry of IHSS providers; provides information to the County for the purposes of substantiating Public Authority reimbursement rates to the California Department of Health Services and the California Department of Social Services; provides information to the County required to bill the California Department of Social Services for the state and federal share of Public Authority costs; provides other relevant information to the County as required.
5. Analyzes and reports on proposed pieces of federal and state legislation as they affect the IHSS Public Authority; ensures compliance with applicable laws, regulations, codes, and agreements.
6. Represents the IHSS Public Authority and explains and interprets policies, procedures, legislation, and regulations for legislative bodies, boards, commissions, and other groups.
7. Hires and supervises IHSS Public Authority staff; ensures proper training, orientation and development of staff through regular reviews and evaluations of performance.


1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in public or business administration, or social services with an emphasis on the elderly and disabled and three years of management or administrative experience in a public or private human services agency, including some experience, training, or education in collective bargaining; 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.

A master's degree in business or public administration, social work, or a closely related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of financial administration, budgeting, contract administration, program management; performance measurement; principles and practices of human resources management, labor relations, supervision, and training; issues impacting the elderly and disabled; basic concepts of the collective bargaining process; effective communication techniques and public presentation methods; standard English usage and grammar.

Ability to: plan, organize, and direct the work of professional staff; plan, organize, and implement comprehensive programs and administrative operations; analyze and evaluate complex program, legislative, and administrative problems and recommend effective solutions; analyze problems, consider alternatives, project consequences, and adopt appropriate solutions; develop short- and long-range budget plans; develop long-range strategic plans for program operations; make effective public presentations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, County departments, IHSS providers and clients; work independently; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; identify and pursue potential funding sources; learn the IHSS system in California, including various laws, regulations, and rules related to IHSS.


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