| HUMAN SERVICES DEPUTY DIRECTOR|
|Organization: Arlington County Government|
Arlington, Virginia, is an attractive, well-planned community in which to live, visit or conduct business with a unique blend of excellent location, desirable living standard, and effective, pro-active government. It is a community that is interested in and very supportive of its parks and recreational facilities. An urban County of about 26 square miles located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Arlington is best known to visitors as the home of the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington has won recognition as an innovative, progressive and dynamic organization that is well-known for its community-driven processes with significant and meaningful opportunity for public participation. There are no incorporated towns or cities within Arlington's boundaries.
Over the years, Arlington has received much national recognition for its forward-thinking policies and practices. Since the 1930s our community has viewed itself as a learning organization, one that strives to constantly improve for the benefit of all its citizens. That culture is infused throughout our workforce and among our citizens.
Arlington will be a diverse and inclusive world-class urban community with secure, attractive residential and commercial neighborhoods where people unite to form a caring, learning, participating, sustainable community in which each person is important.
Arlington seeks a strong executive leader to serve as Deputy of an integrated Department of Human Services. (DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES DEPUTY DIRECTOR, #:0601-14A-DHS-ST) This senior executive has overall responsibility for the delivery of services provided by the five operating divisions of the department. This position directly supervises the Division Chiefs who manage operations, including:
- Aging and Disability Services;
- Child and Family Services;
- Economic Independence;
- Behavioral Healthcare Services; and
- Public Health Services.
The successful candidate must have a strong professional and personal commitment to values embodied in the Arlington vision and must demonstrate self-confidence, intellectual ability, strategic agility, comfort with ambiguity, high energy, positive perspective, superb interpersonal skills, and the highest ethical standards.
The County Board (governing body) encourages a high level of citizen involvement in local government. Arlington has an estimated population of 212,900 and is among the most densely populated jurisdictions in the country. About 36% of residents are Hispanic, African-American, Asian or multi-racial. Arlington County public school children speak 98 languages and hail from 126 countries. More than 70% of adults have bachelor’s degrees and 36% have graduate or professional degrees.
Civic engagement is a strong value in this community. The County government continually creates effective venues for all citizens, with a special emphasis on those who are traditionally under-represented in civic processes, to become involved. This commitment to inclusive civic engagement ensures that social equity is built into the development of public priorities and policies
The Department of Human Services (DHS) is designed to promote a healthy, stable and safe community for the residents of Arlington. It is the largest department in the County, providing services for more than 50,000 clients per year with an approximate $136 million budget, over 700 staff, and about 140 programs. Housing the multiple and varied social service, behavioral healthcare, public health, and employment programs under one department provides both great opportunities and complex challenges. DHS monitors and assesses the full realm of human needs in the County, facilitates services by the private sector, and provides services directly. DHS serves as a problem identifier and catalyst for community action, working toward greater community collaboration.
The Deputy Director works closely with the Division Chiefs to set operational policies, benchmark evidence-based best practices, develop and meet standards for outcomes and performance, and fulfill the Department’s pledge to the community to provide high quality services in a cost effective manner. The Deputy Director works across divisions and with community partners to promote high quality service and integration of services, and works with other County departments and other agencies to achieve broader County goals. Work involves evaluating policy and programs to identify and set new direction in particular areas. The Deputy Director also represents the Department to State and federal agencies, community groups, professional agencies, and elected officials.
For details about Arlington County Government and the community, go to www.arlingtonva.us
We are looking for an experienced executive with a combination of education and substantial progressively responsible experience in a mid- to upper-level managerial capacity with a local government human service organization or comparable government organization.
The ideal candidate will have:
- a record of significant accomplishments in a complex human services organization in local government;
- comprehensive knowledge of the principles of public administration, human resources and organizational development;
- in-depth knowledge of and experience in quality assurance and program performance assessment;
- strong oral and written communication skills;
- the ability to interact effectively with clients, elected and appointed officials, managers, employees, and community members; and
- the ability to guide the implementation of broad-scoped human services strategy at the program level.
The employee should be an innovative and strategic thinker who is capable of seeing the broader picture, while simultaneously managing many issues and projects; and an inspirational leader who has excellent team-building skills to motivate staff to achieve the vision of the Department and County.
The salary is negotiable. Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected. This position is in the Arlington County Government’s Senior Management Accountability Program (SMAP), in which Senior Executives are eligible for a negotiated salary/benefits package and are evaluated and compensated on the basis of a performance agreement linked to the County Management Plan, results achieved, and a multi-rater appraisal. SMAP is a flexible total rewards/compensation system directly linked to performance and the market.
Interested candidates should apply on-line at www.arlingtonva.us (click on employment). You may attach a resume to your on-line application.
A letter of application is required. Please use the space provided in the supplemental question section of the on-line application to insert a letter addressing the following: a description of your most relevant management position(s), the organization where you held this position, the number of staff, the type of functions and budget you managed and to whom you reported. Please provide a few examples of your role in continuous quality improvement initiatives and state the outcomes of your efforts.
Please mention you learned of this employment opportunity on the Careers In Government website.
Administration & Management|
Human and Social Services
|Department of Human Services|
2100 Washington Blvd.|
Country: UNITED STATES
Negotiable / DOQ
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|Position is open until filled.|