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County Director

H15

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are responsible for managing, supervising, coordinating, and administering all activities and programs in field offices.  Some positions in this family may serve as an assistant county office director.

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Directly supervises and manages assigned staff with responsibility for all program areas within the assigned area of jurisdiction; ensures administrative accountability of staff; effectively manages human resources and assures that agency personnel policies are adhered to by all program areas; maintains personnel records of all local staff; is responsible for the payroll and time/leave reporting of all county office staff. 
  • Prepares budget for office; controls expenditures and allocates appropriations to manage assigned budget and contracts; may sign contracts within budgetary authority.
  • Principal spokesperson for agency in the county; educates the public and solicits support in meeting the department’s mission; establishes and maintains effective relationships within the community and participates in the assessment and development of resources.
  • Responsible for housing, equipment and supplies; ensures compliance with all related Federal and State regulations.
  • Serves as the Affirmative Action Officer and Coordinator for Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act for the assigned office.

Level Descriptors

This job family consists of four levels of work which are distinguished by the size of the field office; the complexity and diversity of the specific job assignments, the extent of responsibility assigned for each field office and the expertise required for the completion of the duties assigned.

Level I Code: H15A Salary Band: L

This is the first level in the family which is normally assigned to small offices with minimum levels of program activities.  Program functions may be performed by a director assigned responsibility for all program areas assigned to the field office.  The County Director will often be responsible for direct line supervision of field staff.  Some program areas may be covered by larger field offices.  Supervisors assigned responsibility for field staff in small offices may be housed in a larger office.  This level is administratively responsible for a budgeted full-time equivalency (FTE) of one through nineteen positions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations on administration of welfare services; of social services offered in the assigned county, regardless of providers; of office management practices and principles of supervision; of social work case load management; of the methods and techniques of counseling with clients; and of basic principles of community organization and supervision.  Ability is required to plan and direct programs of varied natures; to interpret and implement policies and regulations; to supervise the work of professional and clerical employees; to mobilize community support and generate community awareness of programs offered in the county; and to provide direct client counseling.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor's degree in social work, a behavioral science, counseling or business or public administration and four years of professional experience in social work or social services administration; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one additional year of qualifying experience for each year of the required education.

Level II Code: H15B Salary Band: M

At this level employees are normally assigned to medium sized offices with a full range of program activity; or serves as an assistant County Director in a large or metropolitan field office.   This level also includes senior level positions which are responsible for the supervision of Social Service Specialists at the leadership level who are responsible for direct supervision of field staff.  Some program activity may be performed by one or more field staff who have program supervision from senior level positions housed in other field offices. This level is administratively responsible for a budgeted full-time equivalency (FTE) of twenty through sixty-four positions, or serves as an assistant County Director in offices with eighty or more full-time (FTE), or in counties with fewer budgeted FTE where the County Director has full supervisory responsibility for at least one Child Welfare Specialist, Level IV, or Health Care Management Nurse, Level I.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations on administration of welfare services; of social services offered in the assigned county; of office management practices and principles of supervision; of social work case load management; of the methods and techniques of counseling with clients; and of basic principles of community organization and supervision.  Ability is required to plan and direct programs of varied natures; to interpret and implement policies and regulations; to supervise the work of professional and clerical employees; to mobilize community support and generate community awareness of programs offered in the county; and to provide direct client counseling.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus two additional years of experience in a supervisory, managerial or administrative capacity.

NOTE:  No substitution will be allowed for the required supervisory, managerial or administrative experience.

Level III Code: H15C Salary Band: N

At this level employees are normally assigned to a large office with a full range of program activity; may serve as an assistant County Director in a metropolitan office.  This level will normally supervise Social Service Specialists at the leadership level together with other senior level staff.  Normally all programs will have sufficient field staff to require that a Social Service Specialist at the leadership level or other senior level staff be assigned responsibility for program activity. 

This level is administratively responsible for a budgeted full-time equivalency (FTE) of sixty-five through one hundred fifty-nine positions or as assistant County Office Director in field offices with a budgeted full-time equivalency (FTE) of over one hundred fifty-nine positions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations on administration of welfare services; of social services offered in the assigned county, regardless of providers; of office management practices and principles of supervision; of social work case load management; of the methods and techniques of counseling with clients; and of basic principles of community organization and supervision.  Ability is required to plan and direct programs of varied natures; to interpret and implement policies and regulations; to supervise the work of professional and clerical employees; to mobilize community support and generate community awareness of programs offered in the county; and to provide direct client counseling.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus one additional year of experience in a supervisory, managerial or administrative capacity.

NOTE:  No substitution will be allowed for the required supervisory, managerial or administrative experience.

Level IV Code: H15D Salary Band: O

At this Level employees are normally assigned to metropolitan offices with a full range of program activity.  This level may supervise a County Director Level III who will be assigned direct program responsibility.  Assigned programs may have such an assigned level of field staff as to require that a County Director Level III will be responsible for direct supervision of senior level staff. This level is administratively responsible for a budgeted full-time equivalency (FTE) of one hundred sixty or more positions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities at this level include knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations on administration of welfare services; of social services offered in the assigned county, regardless of providers; of office management practices and principles of supervision; of social work case load management; of the methods and techniques of counseling with clients; and of basic principles of community organization and supervision.  Ability is required in planning and directing programs of varied natures; in interpreting and implementing policies and regulations; in supervising the work of professional and clerical employees; in mobilizing community support and generating community awareness of programs offered in the county; and in providing direct client counseling.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus one additional year of experience in a supervisory, managerial or administrative capacity.

NOTE:  No substitution will be allowed for the required supervisory, managerial or administrative experience.

Special Requirements

Applicants must be willing and able to perform all job-related travel normally associated with this classification.

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