Neighborhood/comm Svcs Div Dir

Fairfax, Virginia
$89,740.77 - $149,568.02 Annually
Sep 04, 2021
Sep 18, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Under the supervision of the Director of the Office for Children (OFC), manages the OFC division of the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS). OFC works in partnership with early childhood educators, families, schools and community partners to support children from birth through elementary school age in reaching their fullest potential. Provides oversight of the management of programs and services in multiple business areas including Community Education and Provider Services, Head Start, Child Care Services, Infant and Toddler Connection of Fairfax-Falls Church, School Readiness and Child Care Assistance and Referral.

Plans, directs and provides leadership in the provision of a diverse range of services for children and families, implementation of federal and state grants, partnerships with community early childhood programs, nonprofits, community organizations and Fairfax County Public Schools. Provides strategic direction in the implementation of Fairfax County’s Equitable School Readiness Strategic Plan, Birth to Eight, ensuring alignment with One Fairfax and the Countywide Strategic Plan, and development of programmatic responses to human services needs and opportunities.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • Leads the planning, development and coordination of strategic county and agency initiatives.
  • Establishes and supports partnerships within the county (public safety, schools, other human services departments, etc.) and with outside community leaders (faith, private organizations, other public organizations, etc.)
  • Facilitates civic engagement and promotes service integration throughout the entire Human Services system.
  • Initiates and conducts a needs assessment and resource analysis to identify the existing level of services provided and to recognize future needs.
  • Defines objectives and develops plans and projects, including an annual work plan, for the effective use of resources; provides technical and administrative liaison between the community-based groups and private industry.
  • Ensures the coordination of service responses with other human services agencies, businesses, and community-based organizations.
  • In coordination with other NCS Division Directors, manages workforce development efforts, and plans and coordinates neighborhood, regional, and countywide service planning, managing the integration of evidence based prevention and community practices within the service delivery partners model.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all inclusive list.)
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of team-based management and conflict resolution;
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of human services/programs, and the ability to apply them appropriately;
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and methods of organizational development and management;
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration (including personnel, budgeting, accounting, and management analysis), and the ability to apply them in overseeing a variety of services;
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and County laws and regulations affecting human services, and the ability to interpret and apply them correctly;
  • Skill in solving problems and resolving conflicts;
  • Ability to analyze data and draw sound conclusions;
  • Ability to develop and implement departmental goals and objectives;
  • Ability to effectively coordinate and implement departmental changes;
  • Ability to effectively manage, train and motivate employees;
  • Ability to plan, direct and coordinate the work of a large staff;
  • Ability to provide effective leadership;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, 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


Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a bachelor's degree in social services or human services, or with major course work in a specialty that confers within a community-based service delivery setting (for example, child development and family studies, education, public administration, recreation), or other related field; plus five years of professional experience in the social services, human services, or other community-based service delivery service or setting, including three years of experience supervising a major organizational unit of professional human service workers. A master's degree in an appropriate field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, credit check, and a check of the Child Protective Services Registry. May be required to provide emergency services work in the event of an emergency or disaster.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.


Extensive experience working with early childhood and school age programs and initiatives; partnering with families and community partners; managing and directing professional staff; providing strategic leadership; providing direction for and oversight and evaluation of the provision of effective, quality programming; data management, budget and grants management, administering child care subsidies and fee based programs. Experience promoting equity in early childhood systems.

Work is generally sedentary in nature. However, incumbent may be required to do some walking, standing, bending, and carrying items up to 25 pounds. Ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing. Sufficiently mobile to attend meetings at various locations and make presentations to county staff and community. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel Interview and may include a practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran 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 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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