Director of Social Services Recruitment

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About The Position

This position oversees the overall operations of a regional Department of Social Services for the combined district of Roanoke County and the City of Salem. 

The Director of Social Services reports to Roanoke County Administration and presents an opportunity for the right individual to ensure continuity of an excellent array of services to those citizens in need of assistance. The Director oversees a staff of 120 employees with the assistance of two Assistant Directors. The department budget in the 2021/2022 fiscal year is approximately $13 million and the Children’s Service Act budget is approximately an additional $8 million.

The Director ensures that the appropriate resources are made available to meet the social and financial needs of individuals and families, and that children and adults are protected from abuse and neglect through the effective and proactive administration of programs including: Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Foster Care and Adoptions, Employment and Training Initiatives, Workforce Development, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, Food Stamps (SNAP), Child Care Assistance, and the Children’s Services Act (CSA). 

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  1. Candidate Profile and Experience
  2. Current Challenges
  3. Our Community
  4. County Government
  5. Compensation
  6. Application Process

Brochure cover-1 Opens in new windowThe ideal candidate will have extensive background and experience in all facets of Social Services and be an individual up to the challenge of leading a diverse department. The County is looking for someone who will lead a highly skilled team of service providers in both social services areas of services and benefits. The Department also oversees the Children’s Service Act (CSA) programs so knowledge of that function would be desirable.

The new Director must be able to ensure compliance with State laws and regulations and alignment with County goals and objectives. The Director provides leadership in policy development, strategic planning and public/private collaboration to effectively provide the delivery of social services. 

Qualifications Director of Social Services position are:

Required qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in social work, psychology, counseling, or related field. Ten years human services experience with five years at the senior management level. 

Preferred qualifications: Master’s degree in any of the above fields.

The Director of Social Services must also have the following qualities:

  • Skill in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with County officials, local businesses, state and federal agencies, and public;
  • Skill in motivating all levels of staff to be proactive and participatory in recognizing needed change and coordinating application of quality government principles and practices;
  • Skill in developing collaborative relationships with other social services and mental health entities;
  • Skill in application of trend analysis techniques to evaluate programs and recommend enhancements.

For More Information

For more information, please contact Roanoke County Administration at (540) 772-2004.

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