The County of Santa Cruz is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as Division Director - Human Services Department (HSD). The Division Director assists the Department Director with overseeing the overall coordinated services and functions of the Department and is responsible for organizing, directing, coordinating and evaluating programs. The incumbent will represent the Department in statewide initiatives and local collaborations and will be responsible for strategic development of centralized functions and agency-wide procurement. The Division Director will also provide strategic direction and oversight related to quality assurance and improvement and will provide direct supervision to a diverse set of staff functions.
The Human Services Department provides a broad array of social service programs and issues entitlement assistance payments designed to protect the vulnerable, promote self-sufficiency, alleviate poverty and improve the quality of life for residents of Santa Cruz County. The Department provides safety net services to meet the basic needs of individuals and families, ensures the protection of children, the elderly and dependent adults, and also provides job search assistance and job training opportunities to help job seekers become self-sufficient. The Department is founded on the values of excellent service, compassion, integrity, partnerships and effective practice. The Human Services Department is dedicated to making a difference!
This position requires three years of responsible administrative or management experience, or similar experience, which would demonstrate application or possession of the required knowledge and abilities listed below. A master's degree in business or public administration, social services or social work, or a closely related field, may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
Possess strong background in human services
Strategic thinker with experience evaluating social service programs
Politically astute with experience collaborating with multiple agencies, stakeholders, and staff members, and executive leadership
Adept at data collection, analysis and reporting with a strong ability to determine programmatic success, weaknesses, and necessary change extracted from data analysis
Additional Salary Information: Qualified individuals may be eligible for relocation assistance up to $10,000 based on actual expenses.
Live and work in beautiful Santa Cruz County!
The County’s natural beauty spans from its coastal beaches to its redwood forests. The County also has excellent shopping throughout the local communities and features a lively downtown area in the City of Santa Cruz and Capitola.
The ideal Mediterranean climate features low humidity with a typical 300 days of sunshine a year. Its unique shops a...nd restaurants, coupled with a multitude of cultural and recreational activities, including theater, music, art, as well as golfing, surfing, hiking and biking offer a wealth of leisure activities. Higher education includes Cabrillo College and the University of California, Santa Cruz, with two additional State Universities less than an hour away. These elements of high-quality living make Santa Cruz one of California’s most desirable areas.
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