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Director of Human Services

County: Luzerne
Job Description
LUZERNE COUNTY JOB DESCRIPTION Position: Director of Human Services Division/Department: Human Services Employment Status: Division Head Level, Non-Union, Regular Full Time, Exempt Salary: $70,000 - $85,000 Reporting Authority: County Manager Summary: The Director of Human Services is the Department Head for the Division of Human Services. This position shall be responsible for programs relating to adult care and welfare, child care and welfare, drug and alcohol, mental health and developmental services, veteran affairs, transportation and any other powers, duties, programs, services or functions that may be assigned by the County Charter and Administrative Code. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: • Oversee the administration of such offices and human service programs as are assigned to the department • Develop a structural organization for human services delivery in the County which provides an optimum mix of services to an individual or family, with minimum destruction of functional and professional autonomy in the community • Develop a client-oriented management information system and case management program to monitor and assure continuity of care within and among programs and services of the department • Establish linkages to other human service programs in the County to achieve maximum coordination among agencies and programs, including coordination of planning effort • Review annual plans and budget estimates of the Office of Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the Office of Mental Health and Developmental Services, the Office of Children and Youth Services, and any other agencies and programs of the department and make such changes, comments, and recommendations to the County Manager as are deemed appropriate. The department’s action shall be consistent, however, with other provisions of the Administrative Code and State law and regulations assigning authority to determine priorities of need to the Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission, the Mental Health and Developmental Services Board, and the Advisory Board to the Office of Children and Youth • Submit recommendations to the County Manager and County Council concerning participation and funding levels of other human service programs not integral to the department, as requested by the County Manager or the County Council • Determines long and short-range goals, programs, policies and schedules; develops management implementation policies and practices • Develops budget, staffing and other administrative needs for such recommendations; insures development of complete justifications, statistics and other back-up information • Prepares long-range plans, budgets, work programs, reports and projections necessary for program discussion and/or adoption • Identifies funding and other resources; reviews and approves grant proposal packages • Confers with and advises lower level managers and supervisory personnel on program and operational plans, progress and performance • Reviews subordinate work programs, plans, reports, and budget, staffing and other administrative information submitted by managers; develops departmental work programs and budgets from that information • Reviews proposed and actual ordinances and regulations from a variety of sources, determining impact on departmental concerns and need for further attention • Confers with the County Manager on matters concerning major departmental activities; provides advice and assistance on human services problems; recommends actions, policies and procedures affecting departmental issues and/or other matters discussed • Attends and participates in administrative, legislative and other decision-making sessions, providing information and recommendations on topics under consideration; attends civic organization, professional, and other meetings, representing County administration • Performs related work as required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: • Comprehensive knowledge of the public administration principles and practices commonly employed in the planning, direction and control of an organization providing diverse human services • Thorough knowledge of goals, objectives, methods and techniques applicable to the management human service programs • Thorough knowledge of public and private organizations, operations, and functions affecting human service regulation, function and service provision at all government levels • Thorough knowledge of supervisory principles and practices • Ability to organize, direct and coordinate the activities of several organizational subdivisions engaged in separate human services functions • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with officials and representatives of other County and government agencies, advisory boards, community organizations, service-providers and the public • Ability to express ideas and communicate County policy on human service an/or administrative subjects, both orally and in writing Minimum Qualifications and Experience: • Education equivalent to completion of a bachelor’s degree program with major course work in public administration or social services • Extensive social service or public administration experience in an administrative or operational capacity, including three years in a supervisory position. Possession of a master’s degree in social work, sociology, psychology, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one year of the general experience requirement • Any equivalent combination of acceptable training and experience which has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities cited above First Review of Applications: Monday, January 28, 2013 Send cover letter, resume, salary history and six professional references to: or Hard Copy to: Luzerne County Human Resources 200 North River Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711 The County of Luzerne is an EEO/ADA employer
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Marilynn Allabaugh
200 North River Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711