Children, Youth and Families Division Director

$91,204.46 - $152,006.61 Annually
Aug 13, 2018
Aug 27, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time
Position is located in the Pennino Building in Fairfax, Virginia; however, programs for which this position is responsible are located throughout Fairfax County.
Provides leadership and oversight for Children, Youth and Families Division. Plans, coordinates, directs and monitors a variety of programs/services intended to meet the changing needs of Fairfax County citizens as well as functions mandated at the state and/or federal level. Service programs within the division include:
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Services;
  • Child Protective Services;
  • The Family Engagement Program;
  • Protection and Preservation Services;
  • Foster Care & Adoption; and
  • Foster Care & Adoption Resource and Support.
Ensures services are delivered in accordance with the agency's expectations for quality customer service. Establishes goals, objectives and priorities for the division and oversees evaluations of program outcomes to monitor their effectiveness in addressing the needs within the community. Develops, implements, and monitors the division budget, personnel management practices, and staff development strategies. Participates as an integral member of the Department of Family Services (DFS) senior management team that determines agency priorities and ensures that services are coordinated within the DFS, across the human service system, and integrated within the community to promote and support the well-being of families and individuals. Serves as the DFS liaison with the community, county, state, and other human service organizations. Duties are performed under direction of the Director of the Department of Family Services. Illustrative Duties
  • Plans, coordinates, directs, and monitors a comprehensive array of programs and services to meet the needs of county's citizens and/or to fulfill mandated functions at the state and federal level;
  • Supervises and provides guidance to the individual service program managers in their work;
  • Participates as a member of the senior management team to assist in planning and coordinating agency service programs in the context of the overall human services system in order to ensure a comprehensive array of services is available to county citizens that support and promote the well-being of families and individuals;
  • Consults with the DFS Director, Deputy Director, and other Division Directors when decisions impact other service programs or are of strategic importance to the agency;
  • Evaluates outcomes of individual service programs to monitor their effectiveness; seeks ideas and/or suggestions for improvement, and develops new or revises existing services, policies, and procedures, as appropriate;
  • Identifies inefficiencies, non-value-added activities and quality barriers and works to redefine processes in order to enhance staff, organizational, and program effectiveness;
  • Assures that services meet the community's needs, are in compliance with applicable federal, state and county laws, regulations, policies, and procedures, and are delivered in accordance with the agency's expectations for quality customer service;
  • Establishes goals, objectives, and priorities for the division and its service programs, monitors progress toward their achievement, and makes necessary adjustments to meet requirements, while ensuring collaboration among the service programs;
  • Consults with service program managers on difficult professional and/or administrative problems;
  • Serves as division's primary point of contact in contacts with state, county, community, and other human service organizations, as appropriate;
  • Ensures ongoing open communication occurs at all staff levels to keep employees informed about issues that affect the agency, their assigned service program, location, or employment status;
  • Develops and manages division's expenditures, budgets, and contractual services.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of human service programs and the services they provide, especially as they related to division's service programs;
  • Knowledge of current social service programs and the methods and/or approaches used to address them;
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration (including
  • procurement, budget, and management analysis) and the ability to apply them in a variety of human service programs;
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and county laws and regulations affecting human services programs and the ability to interpret and apply them correctly;
  • Skill in solving problems and resolving conflict;
  • Ability to plan strategically, to develop outcome measures, and to share responsibility for achieving goals;
  • Ability to provide leadership, organizational vision, and to manage change;
  • Ability to effectively manage, train, and motivate employees;
  • Ability to develop and implement creative approaches in order to address problems and opportunities;
  • Ability to analyze data and draw sound conclusions;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates,
  • coworkers, county officials, public and private sector organizations, community groups, and the public.
Employment Standards MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in public administration, social work, human services, or a related field; plus six years of professional experience in a human service field, including two years supervising professional staff. A master's degree in an appropriate field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:Experience in service and program development; implementation of budget strategies; personnel management practices; staff development strategies; federal, state and local policies and practices; performing in a public or private sector human services organization with diverse programs and client populations; and developing collaborative and interactive programs with other public and private agencies. A master's degree in public administration, social work, human services, or a related field is preferred.

Sufficiently mobile to attend meetings and community events. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodation.

The appointee to this position must complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, driving record check and a credit check to the satisfaction of the employer.


Panel interview and may include written exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 711. EEO/AA/TTY.

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