Health and Human Services Agency Director
Health & Human Services Agency Director
The Health and Human Services Agency Director is an at-will department head position appointed by the Board of Supervisors and evaluated by the County Administrative Officer. The HHSA Director has direct oversight of all activities and operations of the County’s Health and Human Services Agency including responsibility for overall policy development, program planning, fiscal management, and administration and operation of the integrated Health and Human Services Agency. Major functions of the position include:
- Applying strategic, innovative thinking to the development of the Agency’s annual budget, evaluating the Agency’s needs and fiscal condition while seeking opportunities for improvement and increased cost effectiveness;
- Monitoring legislation, trends, and national best practices to conduct short- and long-term planning for continued effective delivery of health and social services programs including the research, preparation, and administration of new and existing grant opportunities;
- Interacting with citizens and public interest groups in a community that is geographically dispersed with multi-cultural and socioeconomic diversity;
- Maintaining a motivating and challenging work environment by encouraging and recognizing excellence; and
- Representing the County Administrative Officer and the Board of Supervisors in meetings with representatives of private and governmental agencies, community organizations, and other important stakeholders internal and external to Calaveras County.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
Responsible for overall policy development, program planning, fiscal management, administration, and operation of the integrated Health and Human Services Agency, the selected candidate must be able to provide executive leadership and management. In addition to being ethical, well qualified, and experienced, the next Health and Human Services Agency Director must possess certain traits that will be essential for success:
- Must be a leader with integrity and strong core values that are demonstrated consistently throughout decisions and actions.
- The successful candidate should be engaged and focused on transparency, visibility, and educating the community about the HHSA.
- Have the skill to foster an organizational culture of collaboration and efficiency that enhances services by incorporating values and key strategies.
- The successful candidate will possess the leadership skills necessary to facilitate change and inspire teamwork through coaching and mentoring staff.
- Possess a balance of compassion and organizational agility to effectively address controversial and sensitive issues.
- The ability to represent the Agency and the County professionally in the public domain is very important, as the next HHSA Director will be called to speak in a variety of settings. The ideal candidate will have a communicative style and the ability to clearly explain complex issues to a wide variety of constituents, along with excellent writing and great listening skills.
- Strong and principled leadership is needed, with courage to stand up for what is right and buffer dedicated staff from external criticisms.
- A visionary leader who desires to continually improve the Agency and the services it provides through a planned and incremental approach, rather than through drastic changes.
The successful candidate will also be seen as a champion of human services, well versed in:
- Providing leadership and vision with a compassionate approach;
- Embracing the ideals and mission of a robust organization with enthusiasm and vigor;
- Strengthening the bond between team members and the achievement of overlapping objectives;
- Defining the strategic, long-term direction of an organization;
- Ensuring accountability for budgetary and service objectives;
- Displaying sensitivity to the varying needs of children, families, and individuals with a genuine commitment for providing the highest level of service to the public and achieving the programmatic goal of self-sufficiency;
- Identifying and determining appropriate methods for deploying operational resources to optimize outcomes that are financially sustainable; and
- Delivering programs that contribute to a safe and caring community.
Ideally, candidates should have knowledge and management level experience in the broad areas of:
- Integrated health and human service delivery systems;
- Intergovernmental and community relations;
- Building strategic partnerships; and
- Multiple funding sources including their limitations and how to best take advantage of various funding sources.
This position requires sufficient education, training, and/or work experience that will enable the incumbent to perform the essential functions of the position. A typical way to qualify would be:
Education: A Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, gerontology, social services, psychology, public health, or a related field. A Master’s degree in the above-mentioned fields is highly desirable.
Experience: At least eight years of increasingly responsible management level experience in a public agency, preferably over mental health, public health, community services, social services, or similar setting that has included program planning, implementation, and administration.
Must possess a valid driver's license. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Must be available for weekend or after hours meetings.