Social Services Director

The Town Of Vernon, CT Vernon , CT 06066

Posted 2 months ago

Town of Vernon Department: Social Services

Job Title: Director of Social Services Bargaining Unit: Directors Independent Union

Wage Classification: E-4 - $74,248.99 - $85,192.58

General Statement of Duties: A highly responsible position involving planning, organizing, and directing comprehensive municipal services programs for the Town.

Supervision Received: Receives general direction from the Mayor and Town Administrator.

Supervision Exercised: Provides general supervision to professional and support staff.

Oversees and provides training and development for staff members, interns and volunteers. Evaluates and recommends personnel actions for all staff members.

Essential Job Functions: Develops, coordinates and oversees the administration of social services programs and evaluates effectiveness of same.

Identifies and plans work according to an assessment of needs of the community, and in accordance with state and federal laws and related programs. Increases community awareness by developing and maintaining strong working relationships with Town departments, community organizations, referral agencies, grant resources, local officials and the media. Develops strategic short-term and long-range plans to meet current and anticipated needs of the community.

Prepares applications for Federal, state and non-profit organization grants and manages and evaluates approved grants. Provides guidance to staff in determining eligibility of clients or residents for various assistance programs, such as Energy Assistance, Renter's Rebate, CHOICES counseling. Provides interpretation and explanation to staff of rules and regulations governing eligibility, methods of payment and legal rights of applicants or recipients.

Develops and implements department policies and operating procedures. Develops and trains staff, assigns tasks, and monitors performance. Coordinates with Corporation Counsel in litigation arising from department activities.

Administers all funding, including operating budget. Prepares narrative and statistical reports of some complexity for the Mayor, Town Administrator and appropriate Town agencies.

Regular and punctual attendance.

Other Job Functions Duties: Coordinates activities of department with other town departments and external agencies.

Refers clients to programs offered by other agencies. Meets with interest groups to communicate services available to residents. Participates in professional human services organizations to maintain awareness of development in the field of social services.

May represent the Town of Vernon Social Services at the State. May be called in to work at or assist the Town's Emergency Operation Center (EOC). Performs related work as required.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, hear and perform repetitive tasks with hands, wrists and arms. May be occasionally required to walk, kneel, use hands to operate, finger, handle or feel objects or controls and reach with hands and arms; may be required to perform repetitive motions.

May occasionally be required to lift, push or pull up to 20 pounds. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essentials functions.

Must be able to concentrate on fine detail with constant interruption, attend to task for 45-60 minutes at a time, remember multiple assignments given over long periods of time and understand the theories behind several related concepts.

May be exposed to dust, fluctuations in inside temperature & electro-magnetic radiation as a computer screen. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: High level of professionalism and confidentiality.

Thorough knowledge and ability to analyze, interpret and apply state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to social services programs. Knowledge of available assistance and social service programs and benefits in the community and surrounding areas. Thorough knowledge of and considerable ability to obtain and manage grants and develop and maintain department operating budget.

Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills. Critical thinking skills with the ability to draw conclusions or approaches to problems to implement solutions; ability to recruit, lead, supervise, train and evaluate staff; ability to foster relationships and deal effectively with officials, business owners, outside agencies, employees, and the general public. Ability to assess needs, initiate, organize and execute programs in relation to social services; ability to acquire working knowledge of community resources.

Ability to prepare and publicly present reports in a clear and concise manner; ability to maintain statistical records. Must be computer proficient with the ability to learn software programs specific to the job. A Police background check will be required.

Experience & Training: Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Education, Public Administration, or some closely related field, with at least three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in providing human services programs, of which at least two (2) years must be responsible administrative and supervisory experience.

Master's degree in social work or public administration desirable. Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

License of Certificate: Valid Driver's License. Notary Public desirable.

This job description is not intended to be a complete statement of all duties, functions and responsibilities which comprise this position. EOE/AA/M/F Revised: 11/12/2015; Adopted 11/17/2015



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Social Services Director

The Town Of Vernon, CT